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How to Protect Your Small or Midsized Business with VMware Virtualization

Business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) planning is becoming a critical mandate for all companies and especially for small and midsized businesses, where the cost of downtime and/or lost data can be devastating. If you have implemented virtualization, you already know how it can save you money on IT costs via server consolidation. But are you aware that the benefits of virtualization extend beyond IT cost savings, and that virtualization can also keep your business running through many types of planned and unplanned IT outages?

By leveraging BC/DR solutions from VMware, you can turn your investment in virtualization into an investment in your business. And protecting your business is easier than you might think. Backed by the virtualization industry’s largest IT and developer community, collection of BC/DR best practices, and network of channel partners, many IT managers are surprised how quickly they are able to deploy VMware BC/DR solutions in production, and in the process, demonstrate an ROI that goes well beyond mere cost reduction.

Publish date: 01/19/11

Transforming Data Protection with vDPAS: A Paradigm Shift

Traditional data protection approach is challenged by a new breed of vendors with a more effective approach to data protection and availability. It protects multiple systems, environments (physical, virtual and cloud) and applications in a single, highly efficient, virtualized storage pool – the fountain of life conceptualized by Taneja Group over five years ago.

This new approach to data protection and data availability is so radically different from the choices available in the marketplace today that it warrants its own category. Taneja Group calls the new category Virtualized Data Protection and Availability Storage (vDPAS), which enables SLA-driven data protection and data management across the entire production environment – regardless of application, system or deployment model.

Publish date: 02/29/12

Ensuring Business Continuity of SAN Storage With the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 Family

In this paper, we look at what business continuity means in a storage system, and then focus on the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 array, in which business continuity has been architected into the system from the ground up. We look at the features and capabilities in this system that collectively ensure a high level of business continuity.

Publish date: 12/11/12

Optimizing Virtualization for the Hybrid Cloud

Since its inception, the promise of virtualization has been that it would make everything in the Data Center easier and less expensive. Very few people would argue that broad point, but at the same time, there are still some areas that have not seen those benefits. One of these is data replication.

  • Premiered: 08/29/14
  • Author: Christine Taylor
  • Published: Datamation
Topic(s): TBA Virtualization TBA Data Center TBA replication TBA Cloud TBA Private Cloud TBA Public Cloud TBA Business Continuity TBA DR TBA Disaster Recovery

Hadoop Storage Options: Time to Ditch DAS?

Hadoop is immensely popular today because it makes big data analysis cheap and simple: you get a cluster of commodity servers and use their processors as compute nodes to do the number crunching, while their internal direct attached storage (DAS) operate as very low cost storage nodes.

  • Premiered: 02/19/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Infostor
Topic(s): TBA Hadoop TBA Storage TBA DAS TBA Direct attached storage TBA Compute TBA SATA TBA HDFS TBA Hadoop Distributed File System TBA data TBA MapReduce TBA YARN TBA Hadoop 2 TBA data lake TBA data refinery TBA Enterprise Storage TBA DR TBA Disaster Recovery TBA compliance TBA Security TBA Business Continuity TBA Performance TBA FC TBA Fibre Channel TBA SAN TBA NAS TBA Virtualization TBA Cloud TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA MapR

Data lakes swim with golden information for analytics

First we had data. Then we had big data. Now we have data lakes. Will the murky depths prove bountiful?

  • Premiered: 04/14/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA data lake TBA analytics TBA Big Data TBA Mike Matchett TBA TechTarget TBA Hadoop TBA Business Intelligence TBA BI TBA OLAP TBA OLTP TBA NoSQL TBA SQL TBA Optimization TBA ETL TBA IoT TBA Internet of Things TBA MapR TBA Project Myriad TBA YARN TBA Virtualization TBA Business Continuity TBA Disaster Recovery TBA DR TBA BC TBA data swamp TBA BlueData TBA Dataguise TBA HDFS TBA Hadoop Distributed File System TBA IBM

Navigate data lakes to manage big data

While the data lake concept appeals to business today, IT administrators must exercise caution prior to a full-scale implementation.

  • Premiered: 06/05/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA data lake TBA Storage TBA Big Data TBA storage infrastructure TBA Data protection TBA big data lake TBA analysis TBA HDFS TBA Hadoop TBA Hadoop virtualization TBA Virtualization TBA Hadoop Distributed File System TBA software-defined TBA software-defined storage TBA BI TBA Business Intelligence TBA Disaster Recovery TBA Business Continuity TBA BC TBA DR TBA analytics TBA Spark TBA HP TBA Vertica TBA HP Haven TBA Haven TBA OLAP TBA data-aware

Innovations in Converged Data Protection and Business Continuity

Technologies relating to Data Protection, DR, Cloud, Business Continuity and Secondary Uses of Data are undergoing sea change, as we speak. Come listen to a discussion on many new concepts affecting the storing, protection, movement, management and use of secondary data from two thought leaders in the industry. Mark Campbell is the CTO at Unitrends, a long term player in the data protection space. Mark has been leading the transformation at Unitrends. Arun Taneja is the Founder and Consulting Analyst at Taneja Group, a premier analyst firm that focuses on new, paradigm shifting technologies and their impact on IT and the end user. Arun has also spent several decades building and marketing a variety of infrastructure products.

This webcast will go for 45 minutes.

Mike Matchett
 - Founder & Consulting Analyst; Taneja Group
Mark Campbell - CTO, Unitrends

  • Premiered: 12/08/15
  • Location: OnDemand
  • Speaker(s): Arun Taneja, Taneja Group; Mark Campbell, Unitrends
Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Arun Taneja Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Unitrends Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Data protection Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Disaster Recovery Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): DR Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): DP Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Business Continuity Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Cloud Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): secondary data

Nutanix XCP For Demanding Enterprise Workloads: Making Infrastructure Invisible for Tier-1 Ent. Apps

Virtualization has matured and become widely adopted in the enterprise market. Approximately three in every five physical servers are deployed in a virtualized environment. After two waves of virtualization, it is safe to assume that a high percentage of business applications are running in virtualized environments. The applications last to deploy into the virtualized environment were considered the tier-1 apps. Examples of these include CRM and ERP environments running SAP NetWeaver, Oracle database and applications, and Microsoft SQL Server. In many 24X7 service industries, Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint are also considered tier-1 applications.

The initial approach to building virtualized environments that can handle these tier-1 applications was to build highly tuned infrastructure using best of breed three-tier architectures where compute, storage and networking were selected and customized for each type of workload. Newer shared storage systems have increasingly adopted virtualized all flash and hybrid architectures, which has allowed organizations to mix a few tier-1 workloads within the same traditional infrastructure and still meet stringent SLA requirements.

Enter now the new product category of enterprise-capable HyperConverged Infrastructure (HCI). With HCI, the traditional three-tier architecture has been collapsed into a single software-based system that is purpose-built for virtualization. In these solutions, the hypervisor, compute, storage, and advanced data services are integrated into an x86 industry-standard building block. These modern scale-out hyperconverged systems combine a flash-first software-defined storage architecture with VM-centric ease-of-use that far exceeds any three-tier approach on the market today. These attributes have made HCI very popular and one of the fastest growing product segments in the market today.

HCI products have been very popular with medium sized companies and specific workloads such as VDI or test and development. After a few years of hardening and maturity, are these products ready to tackle enterprise tier-1 applications?  In this paper we will take a closer look at Nutanix Xtreme Computing Platform (XCP) and explore how its capabilities stack up to tier-1 application workload requirements.

Nutanix was a pioneer in HCI and is widely considered the market and visionary leader of this rapidly growing segment. Nutanix has recently announced the next step - a vision of the product beyond HCI. With this concept they plan to make the entire virtualized infrastructure invisible to IT consumers. This will encompass all three of the popular hypervisors: VMware, Hyper-V and their own Acropolis Hypervisor. Nutanix has enabled app mobility between different hypervisors, a unique concept across the converged system and HCI alike. This Solution Profile will focus on the Nutanix XCP platform and key capabilities that make it suitable for teir-1 enterprise applications. With the most recent release, we have found compelling features appropriate for most tier-1 application workloads. Combined with the value proposition of web-scale modular architecture this provides an easy pathway to data-center transformation that businesses of all sizes should take advantage of. 

Publish date: 11/30/15

Business Continuity Best Practices for SMB

Virtualization’s biggest driver is big savings: slashing expenditures on servers, licenses, management, and energy. Another major benefit is the increased ease of disaster recovery and business continuity (DR/BC) in virtualized environments.

Note that disaster recovery and business continuity are closely aligned but not identical. We define disaster recovery as the process of restoring lost data, applications and systems following a profound data loss event, such as a natural disaster, a deliberate data breach or employee negligence. Business continuity takes DR a step further. BC’s goal is not only to recover the computing environment but also to recover them swiftly and with zero data loss. This is where recovery point objectives (RPO) and recovery time objectives (RTO) enter the picture, with IT assigning differing RPO and RTO strategies according to application priority.

DR/BC can be difficult to do well in data centers with traditional physical servers, particularly in SMB with limited IT budgets and generalist IT staff. Many of these servers are siloed with direct-attached storage and individual data protection processes. Mirroring and replication used to require one-to-one hardware correspondence and can be expensive, leading to a universal reliance on localized backup as data protection. In addition, small IT staffs do not always take the time to perfect their backup processes across disparate servers. Either they do not do it at all –rolling the dice and hoping there won’t be a disaster – or they slap backups on tape or USB drives and stick them on a shelf.

Virtualization can transform this environment into a much more efficient and protected data center. Backing up VMs from a handful of host servers is faster and less resource-intensive than backing up tens or hundreds of physical servers. And with scheduled replication, companies achieve faster backup and much improved recovery objectives.

However, many SMBs avoid virtualization. They cite factors such as cost, unfamiliarity with hypervisors, and added complexity. And they are not wrong: virtualization can introduce complexity, it can be expensive, and it can require familiarity with hypervisors. Virtualization cuts down on physical servers but is resource-intensive, especially as the virtualized environment grows. This means capital costs for high performance CPUs and storage. SMBs may also have to deal VM licensing and management costs, administrative burdens, and the challenge of protecting and replicating virtualized data on a strict budget.

For all its complexity and learning curve, is virtualization worth it for SMBs? Definitely. Its benefits far outweigh its problems, particularly its advantages for DR/BC. But for many SMBs, traditional virtualization is often too expensive and complex to warrant the effort. We believe that the answer is HyperConverged Infrastructure: HCI. Of HCI providers, Scale Computing is exceptionally attractive to the SMB. This paper will explain why. 

Publish date: 09/30/15

Assimilate converged IT infrastructure into the data center

With the hype around converged and hyper-converged IT infrastructure, resistance seems futile. While your IT organization will likely be a mix of converged, dedicated and cloud-based resources, convergence is moving into new areas.

  • Premiered: 03/16/16
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA convergence TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA Datacenter TBA Storage TBA converged TBA IT convergence TBA converged IT TBA Cloud TBA Public Cloud TBA OPEX TBA VCE TBA vBlock TBA Virtualization TBA software-defined TBA hyperconverged infrastructure TBA HCI TBA Nutanix TBA SimpliVity TBA Data protection TBA DP TBA Microsoft TBA StorSimple TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA Archive TBA Backup TBA BC TBA Business Continuity TBA Disaster Recovery TBA DR TBA data lake
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Embracing the Cloud for Data Protection

The Amazons, Googles and Microsofts of the world aren’t the only game in town when it comes time to choose a cloud vendor for your data protection and business continuity needs.


Evaluating hyper-converged architectures: Five key CIO considerations

Simplicity and cost savings are among the benefits of hyper-converged architectures, but the biggest draw for CIOs may be how these systems make IT teams more business-ready.

  • Premiered: 04/27/16
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search CIO
Topic(s): TBA CIO TBA simplicity TBA hyper-converged TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA Storage TBA CAPEX TBA Data protection TBA DP TBA Cloud TBA Business Continuity TBA BC TBA Disaster Recovery TBA DR TBA Hypervisor TBA software-defined TBA Networking TBA converged TBA convergence TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Virtualization TBA VDI TBA virtual desktop TBA Virtual Desktop Infrastructure TBA Datacenter TBA scale-out TBA OPEX TBA Provisioning TBA WANO

The Modern Data-Center: Why Nutanix Customers are Replacing Their NetApp Storage

Several Nutanix customers shared with Taneja Group why they switched from traditional NetApp storage to the hyperconverged Nutanix platform. Each customer talked about the value of hyperconvergence versus a traditional server/networking/storage stack, and the specific benefits of Nutanix in mission-critical production environments.

Hyperconverged systems are a popular alternative to traditional computing architectures that are built with separate compute, storage, and networking components. Nutanix turns this complex environment into an efficient, software-based infrastructure where hypervisor, compute, storage, networking, and data services run on scalable nodes that seamlessly scale across massive virtual environments.  

The customers we spoke with came from very different industries, but all of them faced major technology refreshes for legacy servers and NetApp storage. Each decided that hyperconvergence was the right answer, and each chose the Nutanix hyperconvergence platform for its major benefits including scalability, simplicity, value, performance, and support. The single key achievement running through all these benefits is “Ease of Everything”: ease of scaling, ease of management, ease of realizing value, ease of performance, and ease of upgrades and support. Nutanix simply works across small clusters and large, single and multiple datacenters, specialist or generalist IT, and different hypervisors.

The datacenter is not static. Huge data growth and increasing complexity are motivating IT directors from every industry to invest in scalable hyperconvergence. Given Nutanix benefits across the board, these directors can confidently adopt Nutanix to transform their data-centers, just as these NetApp customers did.

Publish date: 03/31/16

Hyper-converged platforms grow to include secondary storage space

Storage vendors are leveraging existing technologies to build products to help hyper-converged systems tackle secondary storage.

  • Premiered: 07/06/16
  • Author: Jim Whalen
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Converged IT
Topic(s): TBA Jim Whalen TBA Storage TBA secondary storage TBA HCS TBA hyper-converged TBA hyperconverged infrastructure TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA IOPS TBA Data protection TBA DevOps TBA tier-1 TBA inline deduplication TBA Data Deduplication TBA Deduplication TBA Automation TBA Business Continuity TBA BC TBA Cohesity TBA Rubrik TBA analytics TBA Actifio TBA SimpliVity TBA copy data management TBA Virtualization TBA Primary Storage

The Quest for Guaranteed Recovery Assurance

You probably have a disaster recovery plan in place. But do you know that it's ready if your worst-case scenario occurs?

  • Premiered: 08/02/16
  • Author: Jim Whalen
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA Jim Whalen TBA Christine Taylor TBA recovery assurance TBA Disaster Recovery TBA DR TBA Business Continuity TBA BC TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM TBA Virtualization TBA flexibility TBA RPO TBA RTO TBA Disaster Recovery as a Service TBA DRaaS TBA Backup
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Unitrends Advances Cloud Support

As the cloud increasingly becomes a backup target, data protection vendors are responding with robust cloud support – and Unitrends is no exception. Earlier this week, Unitrends announced three new products that advance their cloud support.

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Veritas Embarks on Journey to Transform Cloud Data Management

If you have lots of data, and what enterprise today doesn’t have a massive amount of data, you need to store the data, protect the data, enable access to the data, and more and more you are probably moving at least some of the data to the cloud.


Towards the Ultimate Goal of IT Resilience: A Look at the Zerto Cloud Continuity Platform

We live in a digital world where online services, applications and data must always be available. Yet the modern data center remains very susceptible to interruptions. These opposing realities are challenging traditional backup applications and disaster recovery solutions and causing companies to rethink what is needed to ensure 100% uptime of their IT environments.

The need for availability goes well beyond recovering from disasters. Companies must be able to rapidly recover from many real world disruptions such as ransomware, device failures and power outages as well as natural disasters. Add to this the dynamic nature of virtualization and cloud computing, and it’s not hard to see the difficulty of providing continuous availability while managing a highly variable IT environment that is susceptible to trouble.

Some companies feel their backup devices will give them adequate data protection and others believe their disaster recovery solutions will help them restore normal business operations if an incident occurs. Regrettably, far too often these solutions fall short of meeting user expectations because they don’t provide the rapid recovery and agility needed for full business continuance.

Fortunately, there is a way to ensure a consistent experience in an inconsistent world. It’s called IT resilience. IT resilience is the ability to ensure business services are always on, applications are available and data is accessible no matter what human errors, events, failures or disasters occur. And true IT resilience goes a step further to provide continuous data protection (CDP), end-to-end recovery automation irrespective of the makeup of a company’s IT environment and the flexibility to evolve IT strategies and incorporate new technology.

Intrigued by the promise of IT resilience, companies are seeking data protection solutions that can withstand any disaster to enable a reliable online experience and excellent business performance. In a recent Taneja Group survey, nearly half the companies selected “high availability and resilient infrastructure” as one of their top two IT priorities. In the same survey, 67% of respondents also indicated that unplanned application downtime compromised their ability to satisfy customer needs, meet partner and supplier commitments and close new business.

This strong customer interest in IT resilience has many data protection vendors talking about “resilience.” Unfortunately, many backup and disaster recovery solutions don’t provide continuous data protection plus hardware independence, strong virtualization support and tight cloud integration. This is a tough combination and presents a big challenge for data protection vendors striving to provide enterprise-grade IT resilience.

There is however one data protection vendor that has replication and disaster recovery technologies designed from the ground up for IT resilience. The Zerto Cloud Continuity Platform built on Zerto Virtual Replication offers CDP, failover (for higher availability), end-to-end process automation, heterogeneous hypervisor support and native cloud integration. As a result, IT resilience with continuous availability, rapid recovery and agility is a core strength of the Zerto Cloud Continuity Platform.

This paper will explore the functionality needed to tackle modern data protection requirements. We will also discuss the challenges of traditional backup and disaster recovery solutions, outline the key aspects of IT resilience and provide an overview of the Zerto Cloud Continuity Platform as well as the hypervisor-based replication that Zerto pioneered.

Publish date: 09/30/16

HPE 3PAR Enables Highly Resilient All-Flash Data Centers: Latest Release Solidifies AFA Leadership

If you are an existing customer of HPE 3PAR, this latest release of 3PAR capabilities will leave you smiling. If you are looking for an All Flash Array (AFA) to transform your data center, now might be the time to take a closer at HPE 3PAR. Since AFAs first emerged on the scene at the turn of this decade, the products have gone through various waves of innovation to achieve the market acceptance it has today. In the first wave, it was all about raw performance for niche applications. In the second wave, it was about making flash more cost effective versus traditional disk-based arrays to broaden economic appeal. Now in the final wave, it is about giving these arrays all the enterprise features and ecosystem support to completely replace all legacy Tier 0/1 arrays still in production today. 

HPE 3PAR StoreServ is one of the leading AFAs on the market today. HPE 3PAR uses a modern architectural design that includes multi-controller scalability, a highly-virtualized data layer with three levels of abstraction, system-wide striping, a highly-specialized ASIC and numerous flash innovations. HPE 3PAR engineers pioneered this very efficient architecture well before flash technology became mainstream and proved that this architecture approach has been timeless by demonstrating a seamless transition to support all-flash technology. During this same time, other vendors ran into architectural controller-bound bottlenecks for flash, making them reinvent existing products or completely start from scratch with new architectures. 

HPE’s 3PAR timeless architecture has meant that features introduced years before are still relevant today and features introduced today are available to current 3PAR customers that purchased arrays previously. This continuous innovation of features available to old and new customers alike provides the ultimate in investment protection unmatched by most vendors in the industry today. In this Technology Brief, Taneja Group will explore some of the latest developments from HPE that build upon the rich feature set that already exists in the 3PAR architecture. These new features and simplicity enhancements will show that HPE continues to put customer’s investment protection first and continues to expand its capabilities around enterprise-grade business continuity and resilience. The combination of economic value of HPE 3PAR AFAs with years of proven mission critical features promises to accelerate the final wave of the much-anticipated All-Flash Data Center for Tier 0/1 workloads.

Publish date: 02/17/17