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NexGen – Storage Control for the Virtual Data Center

In this Taneja Group Product Profile, we examine the challenges facing the data center architect when dealing with consolidating, ever-denser, next generation workloads. Clearly, the most difficult challenges show up in the storage layer. With this in mind, a new generation of storage array providers are coming to market, aiming to scale and provide more performance, in a denser footprint than ever before. But it takes more than just throwing IO at the problem, and NexGen has a unique approach that is poised to go further than ever before in solving problems around enterprise storage.

Publish date: 11/08/11
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The HP Storage Portfolio – Building the Foundation for the Virtualized Infrastructure

Over the past couple of years, HP has executed an impressive number of storage acquisitions, and is systematically innovating around each of three key technologies – HP 3PAR, P4000, and their deduplicating StoreOnce. Perhaps nowhere are the synergies more clear than among the virtual infrastructure. In this Opinion, we’ll turn a critical eye toward these synergies, and render the Taneja Group perspective on whether HP is on the right path. 

Publish date: 08/29/11
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Selecting Exchange Storage Infrastructure-3 Critical Questions for the Selection of Microsoft..(IBM)

SELECTING EXCHANGE STORAGE INFRASTRUCTURE - 3 Critical Questions for the Selection of Microsoft Exchange Storage Infrastructure

Building ideal Microsoft Exchange storage infrastructures has always been an exercise in uncertainty and complexity. Uncertainty in terms of unknown future growth in both capacity and performance demands, and complexity because Microsoft Exchange seems to blossom in storage demanding features and capabilities with each new release. Worse yet, Microsoft itself can sometimes exacerbate the situation, by seemingly injecting Exchange with more storage features and speaking in veiled terms about the usefulness of external storage versus direct attached storage. To be certain, the demands from Exchange mandate something better than direct attached disk (DAS or DAD). In fact, Exchange demands more than run of the mill networked storage (NAS or SAN). In this solution profile, we’ll examine the fundamental pressures found in Exchange environments, and take a look at why it takes more than just capacity, and more than just performance.

Publish date: 11/21/11
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Top 5 Ways for IT to Improve Database Performance

The performance of databases often slows as data and business grows, users find new and demanding ways to leverage applications, and those applications mature and expand in functionality. Whenever a key database slows down, SQL or NoSQL, the business damage can be widespread and it usually becomes a high priority effort to remediate. 

At Taneja Group we’ve noted 5 major ways that IT operations can improve database performance, including a couple of quick and ready ideas that impose little risk or cost. In this 30 minute webcast, we'll look at why IT operations often gets the responsibility for database performance, and the IT-centric options they can pursue.

Mike Matchett brings to Taneja Group over 20 years experience in managing and marketing IT datacenter solutions particularly at the nexus of performance, capacity and virtualization. Currently he is focused on IT optimization for virtualization and convergence across servers, storage and networks, especially to handle the requirements of mission-critical applications, Big Data analysis, and the next generation data center. Mike has a deep understanding of systems management, IT operations, and solutions marketing to help drive architecture, messaging, and positioning initiatives.
 

  • Premiered: 04/30/14 at 10 am PT/ 1 pm ET
  • Location: OnDemand
  • Speaker(s): Mike Matchett, Senior Analyst, Taneja Group
  • Sponsor(s): BrightTALK, Taneja Group
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A First Look at the HP StoreServ Management Console

Recently, I had a chance to spend some time working with the new HP StoreServ Management Console (SSMC) that was unveiled at the HP Discover EMEA show on Dec. 2, 2014. SSMC is the interface to its unified (file and block) storage solution.

  • Premiered: 12/15/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA HP TBA StoreServ TBA File Storage TBA Storage TBA NFS TBA HP Discover EMEA TBA Block Storage TBA Performance TBA Capacity TBA 3PAR TBA object storage
Profiles/Reports

Enterprise Flash - Scalable, Smart, and Economical

There is a serious re-hosting effort going on in data center storage as flash-filled systems replace large arrays of older spinning disks for tier 1 apps. Naturally as costs drop and the performance advantages of flash-accelerated IO services become irresistible, they also begin pulling in a widening circle of applications with varying QoS needs. Yet this extension leads to a wasteful tug-of-war between high-end flash only systems that can’t effectively serve a wide variety of application workloads and so-called hybrid solutions originally architected for HDDs that are often challenged to provide the highest performance required by those tier 1 applications.

Someday in its purest form all-flash storage theoretically could drop in price enough to outright replace all other storage tiers even at the largest capacities, although that is certainly not true today. Here at Taneja Group we think storage tiering will always offer a better way to deliver varying levels of QoS by balancing the latest in performance advances appropriately with the most efficient capacities. In any case, the best enterprise storage solutions today need to offer a range of storage tiers, often even when catering to a single application’s varying storage needs.

There are many entrants in the flash storage market, with the big vendors now rolling out enterprise solutions upgraded for flash. Unfortunately many of these systems are shallow retreads of older architectures, perhaps souped-up a bit to better handle some hybrid flash acceleration but not able to take full advantage of it. Or they are new dedicated flash-only point products with big price tags, immature or minimal data services, and limited ability to scale out or serve a wider set of data center QoS needs.

Oracle saw an opportunity for a new type of cost-effective flash-speed storage system that could meet the varied QoS needs of multiple enterprise data center applications – in other words, to take flash storage into the mainstream of the data center. Oracle decided they had enough storage chops (from Exadata, ZFS, Pillar, Sun, etc.) to design and build a “flash-first” enterprise system intended to take full advantage of flash as a performance tier, but also incorporate other storage tiers naturally including slower “capacity” flash, performance HDD, and capacity HDD. Tiering by itself isn’t a new thing – all the hybrid solutions do it and there are other vendor solutions that were designed for tiering – but Oracle built the FS1 Flash Storage System from the fast “flash” tier down, not by adding flash to a slower or existing HDD-based architecture working “upwards.” This required designing intelligent automated management to take advantage of flash for performance while leveraging HDD to balance out cost. This new architecture has internal communication links dedicated to flash media with separate IO paths for HDDs, unlike traditional hybrids that might rely solely on their older, standard HDD-era architectures that can internally constrain high-performance flash access.

Oracle FS1 is a highly engineered SAN storage system with key capabilities that set it apart from other all-flash storage systems, including built in QoS management that incorporates business priorities, best-practices provisioning, and a storage alignment capability that is application aware – for Oracle Database naturally, but that can also address a growing body of other key enterprise applications (such as Oracle JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, Siebel, MS Exchange/SQL Server, and SAP) – and a “service provider” capability to carve out multi-tenant virtual storage “domains” while online that are actually enforced at the hardware partitioning level for top data security isolation.

In this report, we’ll dive in and examine some of the great new capabilities of the Oracle FS1. We’ll look at what really sets it apart from the competition in terms of its QoS, auto-tiering, co-engineering with Oracle Database and applications, delivered performance, capacity scaling and optimization, enterprise availability, and OPEX reducing features, all at a competitive price point that will challenge the rest of the increasingly flash-centric market.

Publish date: 02/02/15
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Breaking Down VMware's VSAN 6

How does the new, all-flash version compare with VSAN 5.5?

  • Premiered: 02/03/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA All Flash TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA VSAN TBA VMWare TBA VMware VSAN TBA SDS TBA software-defined TBA software defined TBA Software Defined Storage TBA Hypervisor TBA Virtualization TBA Low latency TBA Capacity TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA VMFS TBA Storage TBA Hybrid TBA Hybrid Array TBA hybrid flash TBA vSphere
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PernixData Meets Huge Demand for Server-Side Storage Intelligence

Server-Side Storage Intelligence has become a major presence in virtualized data centers, with PernixData selling more FVP software in the first twelve months of shipping than any enterprise infrastructure software company to date.

  • Premiered: 02/25/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtual-Strategy Magazine
Topic(s): TBA PernixData TBA Jeff Byrne TBA Virtualization TBA virtualized data center TBA Storage TBA FVP Software TBA Storage Performance TBA Data Center TBA flexibility TBA scale-out TBA Capacity TBA Hypervisor TBA hypervisor clustering
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New approaches to scalable storage

With all these scalable storage approaches, IT organizations must evaluate the options against their data storage and analytics needs, as well as future architectures.

  • Premiered: 03/16/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA Mike Matchett TBA TechTarget TBA Storage TBA scalable TBA scalability TBA analytics TBA Data Storage TBA Big Data TBA Block Storage TBA File Storage TBA object storage TBA scale-out TBA scale-up TBA Performance TBA Capacity TBA HA TBA high availability TBA latency TBA IOPS TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA File System TBA Security TBA NetApp TBA Data ONTAP TBA ONTAP TBA EMC TBA Isilon TBA OneFS TBA Cloud
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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
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HP ConvergedSystem: Solution Positioning for HP ConvergedSystem Hyper-Converged Products

Converged infrastructure systems – the integration of compute, networking, and storage - have rapidly become the preferred foundational building block adopted by businesses of all shapes and sizes. The success of these systems has been driven by an insatiable desire to make IT simpler, faster, and more efficient. IT can no longer afford the effort and time to custom build their infrastructure from best of breed D-I-Y components. Purpose built converged infrastructure systems have been optimized for the most common IT workloads like Private Cloud, Big Data, Virtualization, Database and Desktop Virtualization (VDI).

Traditionally these converged infrastructure systems have been built using a three-tier architecture; where compute, networking and storage, integrated at the rack level gave businesses the flexibility to cover the widest range of solution workload requirements while still using well-known infrastructure components. Emerging onto the scene recently has been a more modular approach to convergence using what we term Hyper-Convergence. With hyper-convergence, the three-tier architecture has been collapsed into a single system appliance that is purpose-built for virtualization with hypervisor, compute, and storage with advanced data services all integrated into an x86 industry-standard building block.

In this paper we will examine the ideal solution environments where Hyper-Converged products have flourished. We will then give practical guidance on solution positioning for HP’s latest ConvergedSystem Hyper-Converged product offerings.

Publish date: 05/07/15
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Hyperconverged storage challenges the SAN paradigm

HCI makes local storage cool again -- and it keeps pace with how VMs access and store data better than some traditional storage architectures.

  • Premiered: 06/16/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA SAN TBA Storage TBA HCI TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Virtualization TBA VSAN TBA Virtual SAN TBA Data Center TBA Fibre Channel TBA FC TBA iSCSI TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA Arun Taneja TBA DAS TBA PCI TBA SCSI TBA scale-out TBA NAS TBA Block Storage TBA hyperscale TBA Compute TBA VCE TBA Capacity TBA Nutanix
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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
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Panasas ActiveStor gets denser with larger helium drives

Panasas enhances its hybrid NAS system with 8 TB hard drives, more SSD capacity and cache. It also boasts 200 gigabit per second throughput.

  • Premiered: 07/09/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Panasas TBA ActiveStor TBA helium drive TBA Hybrid TBA NAS TBA SSD TBA Capacity TBA cache TBA High Performance TBA scale-out TBA Data protection TBA DP TBA Metadata TBA Storage TBA Optimization TBA replication TBA SiteSync
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Diablo Technologies launches new DDR4 Memory1 module

Diablo Technologies introduces the all-flash Memory1 DDR4 module, and claims lower-cost, higher-capacity flash can replace expensive DRAM.

  • Premiered: 08/05/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Solid State Storage
Topic(s): TBA Diablo TBA Diablo Technologies TBA DRAM TBA flash memory TBA SSD TBA Flash TBA Capacity TBA RAM TBA DIMM TBA Big Data TBA analytics TBA Virtualization TBA Storage TBA In-Memory TBA Block Storage TBA SanDisk TBA Flash Memory Summit
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VMware VVOLs could lift external storage systems

VMware VVOLs could be the elixir traditional external storage systems need to gain ground on VM-centric storage and hyper-converged products.

  • Premiered: 08/03/15
  • Author: Jeff Kato
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA VVOL TBA VVOLs TBA VMware VVOLs TBA VM-centric TBA Storage TBA hyper-converged TBA Cloud TBA Virtualization TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM TBA convergence TBA converged TBA Dell TBA EMC TBA HP TBA IBM TBA NetApp TBA VMWare TBA vSphere TBA vSphere 6 TBA Nutanix TBA SimpliVity TBA Tintri TBA QoS TBA Performance TBA high availability TBA HA TBA RAID TBA Capacity
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DP Designed for Flash - Better Together: HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage and StoreOnce System

Flash technology has burst on the IT scene within the past few years with a vengeance. Initially seen simply as a replacement for HDDs, flash now is triggering IT and business to rethink a lot of practices that have been well established for decades. One of those is data protection. Do you protect data the same way when it is sitting on flash as you did when HDDs ruled the day? How do you take into account that at raw cost/capacity levels, flash is still more expensive than HDDs?  Do data deduplication and compression technologies change how you work with flash? Does the fact that flash technology is injected most often to alleviate severe application performance issues require you to rethink how you should protect, manage, and move this data?

These questions apply across the board when flash is injected into storage arrays but even more so when you consider all-flash arrays (AFAs), which are often associated with the most mission-critical applications an enterprise possesses. The expectations for application service levels and data protection recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs) are vastly different in these environments. Given this, are existing data protection tools adequate? Or is there a better way to utilize these expensive assets and yet achieve far superior results? The short answer is yes to both.

In this Opinion piece we will focus on answering these questions broadly through the data protection lens. We will then look at a specific case of how data protection can be designed with flash in mind by considering the combination of flash-optimized HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage, HPE StoreOnce System backup appliances, and HPE Recovery Management Central (RMC) software. These elements combine to produce an exceptional solution that meets the stringent application service requirements and data protection RTOs and RPOs that one finds in flash storage environments while keeping costs in check.

Publish date: 06/06/16
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Converged IT Infrastructure's Place in the Internet of Things

All of the trends leading towards the world-wide Internet of Things (IoT) – ubiquitous, embedded computing, mobile, organically distributed nodes, and far-flung networks tying them together - are also coming in full force into the IT data center. These solutions are taking the form of converged and hyperconverged modules of IT infrastructure. Organizations adopting such solutions gain from a simpler building-block way to architect and deploy IT, and forward-thinking vendors now have a unique opportunity to profit from subscription services that while delivering superior customer insight and support, also help build a trusted advisor relationship that promises an ongoing “win-win” scenario for both the client and the vendor.

There are many direct (e.g. revenue impacting) and indirect (e.g. customer satisfaction) benefits we mention in this report, but the key enabler to this opportunity is in establishing an IoT scale data analysis capability. Specifically, by approaching converged and hyperconverged solutions as an IoT “appliance”, and harvesting low-level component data on utilization, health, configuration, performance, availability, faults, and other end point metrics across the full worldwide customer base deployment of appliances, an IoT vendor can then analyze the resulting stream of data with great profit for both the vendor and each individual client. Top-notch analytics can feed support, drive product management, assure sales/account control, inform marketing, and even provide a revenue opportunity directly (e.g. offering a gold level of service to the end customer). 

An IoT data stream from a large pool of appliances is almost literally the definition of “big data” – non-stop machine data at large scale with tremendous variety (even within a single converged solution stack) – and operating and maintaining such a big data solution requires a significant amount of data wrangling, data science and ongoing maintenance to stay current. Unfortunately this means IT vendors looking to position IoT oriented solutions may have to invest a large amount of cash, staff and resources into building out and supporting such analytics. For many vendors, especially those with a varied or complex convergence solution portfolio or established as a channel partner building them from third-party reference architectures, these big data costs can be prohibitive. However, failing to provide these services may result in large friction selling and supporting converged solutions to clients now expecting to manage IT infrastructure as appliances.

In this report, we’ll look at the convergence and hyperconvergence appliance trend, and the increasing customer expectations for such solutions. In particular we’ll see how IT appliances in the market need to be treated as complete, commoditized products as ubiquitous and with the same end user expectations as emerging household IoT solutions. In this context, we’ll look at Glassbeam’s unique B2B SaaS SCALAR that converged and hyperconverged IT appliance vendors can immediately adopt to provide an IoT machine data analytic solution. We’ll see how Glassbeam can help differentiate amongst competing solutions, build a trusted client relationship, better manage and support clients, and even provide additional direct revenue opportunities.

Publish date: 08/18/15
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Hyperconvergence Finally Gets Scale At VMware

EVO:RACK, now known as EVO SDDC (no colon) are supporting a more diverse set of hardware and much greater scale, says VMware.

  • Premiered: 08/31/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: The Platform
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA EVO:RACK TBA EVO:RAIL TBA EVO SDDC TBA Datacenter TBA Data Center TBA Performance TBA ESXi TBA Hypervisor TBA vSphere TBA VSAN TBA Virtual SAN TBA Virtual SAN Appliance TBA Nutanix TBA SimpliVity TBA EMC TBA HP TBA Pivot3 TBA Scale Computing TBA VDI TBA Virtual Desktop Infrastructure TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM TBA Cloud TBA Dell TBA VCE TBA Cisco TBA Software Defined Data Center TBA SDDC TBA SAN
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SimpliVity OmniCube sets sights on remote office storage

SimpliVity OmniCube hyper-converged family gets a little brother for remote offices and file restores for more granular backups.

  • Premiered: 08/26/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA SimpliVity TBA OmniCube TBA Arun Taneja TBA hyper-converge TBA hyper-converged TBA hyper-convergence TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA Remote Office TBA Storage TBA ROBO TBA Data protection TBA DP TBA Virtualization TBA Backup TBA Compute TBA Networking TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM TBA CPU TBA Capacity TBA VMWare TBA KVM TBA Hypervisor TBA Microsoft TBA Hyper-V TBA all-flash TBA All Flash TBA SSD TBA SQL