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Four Questions to Consider

Small to midsize businesses and Remote Offices/Branch Offices (ROBOs) of large enterprises (for purposes of this paper referred to collectively as SMEs) are facing a mounting storage crisis. They are beset by crushing data growth, shrinking backup windows, and the need to implement disaster recovery and regulatory compliance. They simply cannot sustain their DAS environments and meet these new requirements. The only proven solution to this storage management crisis is to consolidate on network storage.

Publish date: 01/01/07
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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
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Virtualizing Hadoop Impacts Big Data Storage

Hadoop is soon coming to enterprise IT in a big way. VMware’s new vSphere Big Data Extensions (BDE) commercializes its open source Project Serengeti to make it dead easy for enterprise admins to spin and up down virtual Hadoop clusters at will.

  • Premiered: 07/17/13
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Enterprise Storage Forum
Topic(s): TBA Virtualization TBA VMWare TBA Hadoop TBA Project Serengeti TBA vSphere TBA Big Data TBA NAS TBA SAN TBA DAS TBA HDFS TBA HVE TBA Apache TBA scale-out TBA Hypervisor TBA EMC World 2013 TBA EMC World TBA virtualizing Hadoop TBA Project Savannah TBA OpenStack TBA KVM
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Big Data Storage Options for Enterprise Hadoop

In this webcast, Sr. IT Analyst Mike Matchett from Taneja Group will briefly review the storage architecture of Hadoop and HDFS, and then examine some of the more prominent big data storage options for enterprises with data protection, integration, and governance concerns that might lead them to choose an advanced SAN/NAS solution over the default local DAS design.

  • Premiered: 12/10/13 at 10 am PT/ 1 pm ET
  • Location: OnDemand
  • Speaker(s): Mike Matchett, Senior Analyst, Taneja Group
Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): BrightTALK Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Mike Matchett Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Hadoop Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Storage Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Enterprise Storage Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): SAN Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): NAS Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): DAS Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): HDFS Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): MapReduce
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External storage might make sense for Hadoop

Using Hadoop to drive big data analytics doesn't necessarily mean building clusters of distributed storage -- good old external storage might be a better choice.

  • Premiered: 02/28/14
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Hadoop TBA Big Data TBA analytics TBA SAN TBA NAS TBA scale-out TBA HDFS TBA MapReduce TBA DAS TBA RAID TBA replication TBA Sentry TBA Accumulo TBA scalability
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Atlantis ILIO moves into hyper-converged storage

Atlantis Computing Inc. aims to move beyond optimizing virtual desktop infrastructure storage with its latest software, which uses inline memory to deliver the startup's version of software-defined storage.

  • Premiered: 02/28/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Atlantis Computing TBA Virtualization TBA Storage TBA Infrastructure TBA SDS TBA software-defined storage TBA ILIO TBA NAS TBA SAN TBA DAS TBA RAM TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA VDI TBA Low latency TBA VSAN TBA VMWare TBA CloudStack TBA OpenStack TBA IBM TBA SmartCloud TBA BMC TBA Cloud Lifecycle Manager
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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
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5 Tips For Working With HP's StoreVirtual VSA

Having had the chance to spend some serious time with the latest StoreVirtual VSA (11.5) in Taneja Group's validation lab, I thought I'd share five tips that made my life a little easier, and may make your experience with it more productive.

  • Premiered: 09/10/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA HP TBA StoreVirtual TBA StoreVirtual VSA TBA VSA TBA LeftHand Networks TBA DAS TBA Storage TBA RAID TBA ESX Server TBA ESX TBA Data Center TBA Hyper-V TBA KVM TBA vSphere TBA iSCSI TBA LUN TBA SSD TBA Flash TBA Adaptive Optimization TBA AO TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA SRM
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Scale Computing HC3 And VMware Virtual SAN Hyperconverged Solutions - Head to Head

Scale Computing was an early proponent of hyperconverged appliances and is one of the innovators in this marketplace. Since the release of Scale Computing’s first hyperconverged appliance, many others have come to embrace the elegance of having storage and compute functionality combined on a single server. Even the virtualization juggernaut VMware has seen the benefits of abstracting, pooling, and running storage and compute on shared commodity hardware. VMware’s current hyperconverged storage initiative, VMware Virtual SAN, seems to be gaining traction in the marketplace. We thought it would be an interesting exercise to compare and contrast Scale Computing’s hyperconverged appliance to a hyperconverged solution built around VMware Virtual SAN. Before we delve into this exercise, however, let’s go over a little background history on the topic.

Taneja Group defines hyperconvergence as the integration of multiple previously separate IT domains into one system in order to serve up an entire IT infrastructure from a single device or system. This means that hyperconverged systems contain all IT infrastructure—networking, compute and storage—while promising to preserve the adaptability of the best traditional IT approaches. Such capability implies an architecture built for seamless and easy scaling over time, in a "grow as needed” fashion.

Scale Computing got its start with scale-out storage appliances and has since morphed these into a hyperconverged appliance—HC3. HC3 was the natural evolution of its well-regarded line of scale-out storage appliances, which includes both a hypervisor and a virtual infrastructure manager. HC3’s strong suit is its ease of use and affordability. The product has seen tremendous growth and now has over 900 deployments.

VMware got its start with compute virtualization software and is by far the largest virtualization company in the world. VMware has always been a software company, and takes pride in its hardware agnosticism. VMware’s first attempt to combine shared direct-attached storage (DAS) storage and compute on the same server resulted in a product called “VMware vSphere Storage Appliance” (VSA), which was released in June of 2011. VSA had many limitations and didn’t seem to gain traction in the marketplace and reached its end of availability (EOA) in June of 2014. VMware’s second attempt, VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN), which was announced at VMworld in 2013, shows a lot of promise and seems to be gaining acceptance, with over 300 paying customers using the product. We will be comparing VMware Virtual SAN to Scale Computing’s hyperconverged appliance, HC3, in this paper.

Here we have two companies: Scale Computing, which has transformed from an early innovator in scale-out storage to a company that provides a hyperconverged appliance; and VMware, which was an early innovator in compute virtualization and since has transformed into a company that provides the software needed to create build-your-own hyperconverged systems. We looked deeply into both systems (HC3 and VSAN) and walked both through a series of exercises to see how they compare. We aimed this review at what we consider a sweet spot for these products: small to medium-sized enterprises with limited dedicated IT staff and a limited budget. After spending time with these two solutions, and probing various facets of them, we came up with some strong conclusions about their ability to provide an affordable, easy to use, scalable solution for this market.

The observations we have made for both products are based on hands-on testing both in our lab and on-site at Scale Computing’s facility in Indianapolis, Indiana. Although we talk about performance in general terms, we do not, and you should not, construe this to be a benchmarking test. We have, in good faith, verified all conclusions made around any timing issues. Moreover, the numbers that we are using are generalities that we believe are widely known and accepted in the virtualization community.

Publish date: 10/01/14
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New choices bring enterprise big data home

Enterprises recognize the tantalizing value of big data analytics, but traditional concerns about data management and security have held back deployments -- until now.

  • Premiered: 12/02/14
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA Mike Matchett TBA TechTarget TBA Big Data TBA Storage TBA analytics TBA Data Management TBA Security TBA Infrastructure TBA HDFS TBA Hadoop TBA Hadoop Distributed File System TBA scale-out TBA Commodity Storage TBA DAS TBA Direct attached storage TBA replication TBA Optimization TBA EMC TBA Isilon TBA NFS TBA Network File System TBA NetApp TBA VMWare TBA Red Hat TBA OpenStack TBA Virtualization TBA BlueData TBA MapR TBA GFPS TBA API
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Out on a data storage market limb: Six predictions for 2015

Our crystal ball tells us this will be a year of change for the data storage market.

  • Premiered: 01/05/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Data Storage TBA Storage TBA DAS TBA Big Data TBA data lake TBA hub concept TBA enterprise data TBA BlueData TBA hybrid storage TBA AFA TBA All Flash TBA all flash array TBA Data protection TBA cloud tiering TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Virtualization TBA VVOL TBA VMWare TBA EMC TBA NetApp TBA Avalanche Technology TBA HDS TBA Hitachi Data Systems TBA IBM TBA EVO:RAIL TBA Nutanix TBA Scale Computing TBA SimpliVity TBA hyperconverged
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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
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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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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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Big data testing to production: All Vertica systems not a go

IT pros at TurboTax spotted trouble with big data search times on Vertica after standing up 40 new servers and the tax deadline just weeks away.

  • Premiered: 08/21/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA Big Data TBA Mike Matchett TBA HP TBA Vertica TBA TurboTax TBA Dell TBA analytics TBA Intuit TBA Backup TBA PowerEdge TBA PowerVault TBA DAS TBA Direct attached storage TBA UNIX TBA BMC
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Disaggregation marks an evolution in hyper-convergence

Hyper-convergence vendors are pushing forward with products that will offer disaggregation, the latest entry into the data center paradigm.

  • Premiered: 08/03/16
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA disaggregated storage TBA Storage TBA disaggregation TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA hyper-converged TBA hyper-convergence TBA Datacenter TBA Data Center TBA converged TBA convergence TBA Moore's Law TBA Hypervisor TBA software-defined TBA DataCore TBA EMC TBA ScaleIO TBA HPE TBA StoreVirtual TBA StoreVirtual VSA TBA VSA TBA VMWare TBA VMware VSAN TBA Virtual SAN TBA SAN TBA Virtualization TBA cluster TBA Nutanix TBA SimpliVity TBA VxRack
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Big Data Storage Solutions: Options Abound

Hadoop, Spark and other big data analysis tools all have one thing in common: they need some form of big data storage to hold the vast quantities of data that they crunch through. The good news is that big data storage options are proliferating.

  • Premiered: 08/09/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: InfoStor
Topic(s): TBA Hadoop TBA Spark TBA Big Data TBA big data storage TBA DAS TBA Compute TBA cluster TBA flexibility TBA Mike Matchett TBA Hadoop Distributed File System TBA HDFS TBA NFS TBA MapReduce TBA API TBA SAN TBA NAS TBA TCO TBA DDN TBA EMC TBA EMC Isilon TBA Isilon TBA SDS TBA software-defined TBA software-defined storage TBA ViPR TBA DriveScale TBA hScaler TBA Cisco TBA HPE TBA IBM