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The Business Case

Virtualization is rapidly reshaping data center infrastructure. By allowing physical server and storage devices to be deployed as resource pools,
management and scalability practices change dramatically.

Publish date: 12/01/06

Storwize TN6000 Product Profile

Enterprise and mid-sized businesses are struggling against heavy data workflows in production environments. Advanced data reduction and data de-duplication techniques have emerged and taken root in the secondary storage environment corporations must keep.

Publish date: 04/01/07

The Cost of Performance

What’s an IO worth to you? Is it worth more than a gigabyte? Less? That’s a hard question for many IT and business professionals to begin to consider; yet we often see it bandied about. It certainly has merit, it just isn’t easily understood. In this industry article, Taneja Group takes a look at how big the cost of performance is, and with that understanding in mind, we’ll look at two examples of new solutions and what they suggest is a changing way to get cost-effective performance inside the data center walls.

Publish date: 04/22/11

Why SSD Auto-Tiering Falls Short in Virtual Environments


Christine Taylor, Analyst, Taneja Group & Don Chouinard, Director of Product Marketing, Nexsan


Discover the dramatic differences between new SSD caching architectures and legacy auto-tiering techniques and how each impact performance in demanding virtualized environments. Auto-tiering falls short and you’ll learn why from Taneja Group Analyst, Christine Taylor. Nexsan follows to examine how unique SSD caching technologies in the NST5000 hybrid storage system meets the random I/O performance needs in complex and virtualized environments.


  • Premiered: 04/25/13 - 04/25/13
  • Speaker(s): Christine Taylor
  • Sponsor(s): Nexsan - ReadyTalk
Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): SSD Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Caching Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Virtualization Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): hybrid storage Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Auto-Tiering

SanDisk Enhances FlashSoft Software for Server-Side Solid State Caching

SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, today announced a significant upgrade to its enterprise software portfolio with a new version of its FlashSoft™ software for Windows Server® and Linux operating systems. FlashSoft 3.2 server-side solid state caching software complements and enhances the performance of existing applications, and server and storage systems.

  • Premiered: 06/18/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: BusinessWire
Topic(s): TBA SanDisk TBA FlashSoft TBA Flash TBA flash cache TBA Caching TBA SSD TBA DAS TBA SAN TBA SAS TBA SATA TBA scalability TBA hot data

5 Tech Experts Share Their Caching Secrets

It matters where you put your cache. Caching - as in the use of DRAM or flash to accelerate IO - should live closest to the application making use of it.

  • Premiered: 09/24/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Techopedia
Topic(s): TBA Caching TBA RAM TBA DRAM TBA server

Accelerating the VM with FlashSoft: Software-Driven Flash-Caching for the Virtual Infrastructure

Storage performance has long been the bane of the enterprise infrastructure. Fortunately, in the past couple of years, solid-state technologies have allowed new comers as well as established storage vendors to start shaping up clever, cost effective, and highly efficient storage solutions that unlock greater storage performance. It is our opinion that the most innovative of these solutions are the ones that require no real alteration in the storage infrastructure, nor a change in data management and protection practices.

This is entirely possible with server-side caching solutions today. Server-side caching solutions typically use either PCIe solid-state NAND Flash or SAS/SATA SSDs installed in the server alongside a hardware or software IO handler component that mirrors commonly utilized data blocks onto the local high speed solid-state storage. Then the IO handler redirects server requests for data blocks to those local copies that are served up with lower latency (microseconds instead of milliseconds) and greater bandwidth than the original backend storage. Since data is simply cached, instead of moved, the solution is transparent to the infrastructure. Data remains consolidated on the same enterprise infrastructure, and all of the original data management practices – such as snapshots and backup – still work. Moreover, server-side caches can actually offload IO from the backend storage system, and can allow a single storage system to effectively serve many more clients. Clearly there’s tremendous potential value in a solution that can be transparently inserted into the infrastructure and address storage performance problems.

Publish date: 08/25/14

In the Cloud Era, The Era of Convergence Is Upon Us

The era of IT infrastructure convergence is upon us. Every major vendor has some type of offering under this category. Startups and smaller players are also "talking" convergence. But what exactly is convergence and why are all the vendors so interested in getting included in this category? We will explain below the history of convergence, what it is, what it is not, what benefits accrue from such systems, who the players are, and who is leading the pack in true convergence.

  • Premiered: 06/10/14
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA Virtualization Review TBA Virtualization TBA IT infrastructure TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA convergence TBA Networking TBA HDD TBA WANO TBA WAN Optimization TBA Data Deduplication TBA Deduplication TBA Hybrid Array TBA Hybrid TBA Cloud Computing TBA Cloud Storage TBA Storage TBA Cloud TBA Hadoop TBA Storage Virtualization TBA Compression TBA RTO TBA RPO TBA DR TBA Disaster Recovery TBA Remote Office TBA ROBO TBA Compute TBA hyperconvergence TBA Server Virtualization

EMC upgrades Isilon NAS for file storage, Hadoop analytics

EMC today launched two new Isilon scale-out network-attached storage arrays and added the ability to use flash as a read cache for all Isilon systems.

  • Premiered: 07/08/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA EMC TBA Isilon TBA NAS TBA Storage TBA File Storage TBA Hadoop TBA analytics TBA VCE TBA Pivotal TBA NVRAM TBA SmartFlash TBA OneFS TBA OpenStack TBA HDFS TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA Caching TBA flash cache TBA DRAM TBA Cloud TBA BYOD TBA Block Storage

Flash runs past read cache

Just because you can add a cache doesn't mean you should. It is possible to have the wrong kind, so weigh your options before implementing memory-based cache for a storage boost.

  • Premiered: 10/16/14
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA Mike Matchett TBA VDI TBA Virtualization TBA Virtual Desktop Infrastructure TBA Deduplication TBA Caching TBA NVRAM TBA DRAM TBA Atlantis Computing TBA Pernix TBA PernixData TBA Astute Networks TBA All Flash TBA Performance TBA HP TBA StoreOnce TBA Oracle

Make this your most modern IT year yet

No one sticks with their New Year's resolution -- where is that gym card anyway? -- but you can pick up seven modern habits and feel good about fit, healthy IT ops.

  • Premiered: 01/13/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA Big Data TBA hyperconvergence TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA predictive analytics TBA SDS TBA Software Defined Storage TBA software-defined storage TBA In-Memory TBA Caching TBA Infrastructure TBA Cloud TBA DR TBA Disaster Recovery TBA DRaaS TBA Disaster Recovery as a Service TBA IoT TBA Internet of Things TBA Virtual storage

Prepare for VMware VVOLs and how they will change storage products

The benefits of VMware VVOLs are vast and unquestioned. But most IT shops are struggling to deal with how they are changing today's storage products.

  • Premiered: 04/03/15
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA VVOL TBA VVOLs TBA VMware VVOLs TBA Storage TBA Virtualization TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM TBA LUN TBA Performance TBA Capacity TBA Acopia TBA Caching TBA Thin Provisioning TBA Snapshots TBA cloning TBA replication TBA Deduplication TBA Encryption TBA Hypervisor TBA Volumes TBA SAN TBA NAS TBA storage container TBA vSphere TBA DAS TBA software-defined TBA software-defined storage TBA SDS TBA Virtual SAN

In the Cloud Era, The Era of Convergence Is Upon Us

What exactly is convergence and what is making vendors scramble to get included in this category?

  • Premiered: 06/10/15
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA IT infrastructure TBA convergence TBA Storage TBA HDD TBA WANO TBA WAN Optimization TBA Storage Virtualization TBA Virtualization TBA Cloud TBA Data Deduplication TBA Deduplication TBA Compression TBA Hybrid Array TBA Hybrid TBA Backup TBA Hadoop TBA Cloud Storage TBA Hybrid Cloud Storage TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA Capacity TBA Disaster Recovery TBA DR TBA RTO TBA RPO TBA hyperconvergence TBA hyperconverged TBA VCE TBA VMWare TBA Cisco TBA EMC

Big data analytics applications impact storage systems

Analytics applications for big data have placed extensive demands on storage systems, which Mike Matchett says often requires new or modified storage structures.

  • Premiered: 09/03/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Mike Matchett TBA Big Data TBA analytics TBA Storage TBA Primary Storage TBA scalability TBA Business Intelligence TBA BI TBA AWS TBA Amazon AWS TBA S3 TBA HPC TBA High Performance Computing TBA High Performance TBA ETL TBA HP Haven TBA HP TBA Hadoop TBA Vertica TBA convergence TBA converged TBA IOPS TBA Capacity TBA latency TBA scale-out TBA software-defined TBA software-defined storage TBA SDS TBA YARN TBA Spark
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Server Side Is Where It's At - Leveraging Server Resources For Performance

If you want performance, especially in IO, you have to bring it to where the compute is happening. We've recently seen Datrium launch a smart "split" array solution in which the speedy (and compute intensive) bits of the logical array are hosted server-side, with persisted data served from a shared simplified controller and (almost-JBOD) disk shelf. Now Infinio has announced their new caching solution version 3.0 this week, adding tiered cache support for server-side SSD's and other flash to their historically memory focused IO acceleration.

  • Premiered: 06/14/16
  • Author: Mike Matchett
Topic(s): Datrium Infinio VMware VSAN Flash SSD Caching

Hedvig storage update offers multicloud capabilities

Hedvig outlined its vision for a Universal Data Plane spanning public and private clouds, as it announced an updated version of its software-defined storage.

  • Premiered: 09/22/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Cloud Storage
Topic(s): TBA Hedvig TBA Cloud TBA Jeff Kato TBA Public Cloud TBA Private Cloud TBA software-defined TBA software-defined storage TBA SDS TBA Software Defined Storage TBA software defined TBA Universal Data Plane TBA iSCSI TBA NFS TBA Amazon TBA Amazon S3 TBA OpenStack TBA OpenStack Swift TBA Deduplication TBA Data Deduplication TBA Compression TBA Snapshots TBA Snapshot TBA tiering TBA Caching TBA VMWare TBA VMware vSphere TBA vSphere TBA Docker TBA Mirantis TBA scale-out