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NAS Market Research - Technology In Depth

In 2003, if one trend is emerging in NAS, it is that it has become a diverse, increasingly robust technology platform for enterprise storage. We believe the NAS market is at the early stages of several broad-based pushes in functionality that will bring this technology base into every corner of the data center, from easily deployed and manageable departmental filers to enterprise class appliances and file services atop SANs.

 

Publish date: 09/01/03
Profiles/Reports

ExaGrid Debuts Grid Protected Storage - Product Profile

ExaGrid, a startup located in Westborough, MA, announced on November 17, 2003 an architecture for storing and managing files that combines a variety of technologies to essentially create a self managing, self healing NAS product that scales simultaneously in the dimensions of capacity and performance and offers built in data protection. The product based on this architecture will be delivered in Q1, 2004. We think the architecture has considerable merit and the product will have a serious positive impact on the customer.

 

Publish date: 11/01/03
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ONStor Announces SANfiler - Product Profile

Taneja Group believes that if end user desire alone were the determining factor, NAS on SAN convergence would already be widespread. Alas, the onus is on vendors to create solutions that are truly interoperable, ready for mission-critical deployment and designed to leverage the SAN environment.

 

Publish date: 12/01/03
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File Systems Acquisition Trends PolyServe - Opinion

In November, 2003, Network Appliance acquired Spinnaker Networks, a provider of NAS systems whose core IP consists of a highly scalable distributed file system (DFS) that can be used in a wide range of deployment scenarios. In late December, 2003, Red Hat acquired Sistina Software in order to command that company’s flagship Global File System (GFS), an essential ingredient to enabling highly scalable data sharing for networked storage environments running behind Red Hat Linux servers.

 

Publish date: 12/01/03
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PolyServe NAS Cluster - Product Profile

Over the past few years solutions providers in the enterprise NAS space have sought to differentiate themselves around the twin issues of scalability and performance. What most of these companies share in common is an integrated hardware+software approach to solving the problem of high-performance, highscale NAS.

 

Publish date: 05/01/04
Profiles/Reports

Terrascale - Product Profile

The shift away from proprietary scale-up architectures towards horizontally scalable or scale-out solutions based on standard commodity components is gaining significant momentum in the real customer environments. In industries like Financial Services, Life Sciences, and Oil & Gas, high node count Linux clusters provide the level of scalability and performance required for massively parallel applications performing arbitrage analysis, geo-seismic data analysis, and genetic sequencing operations.

 

Publish date: 06/01/04
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Network file management solves NAS problems - Published Article

The challenges of enterprise file services are well-known to virtually all storage managers, regardless of the size or sophistication of their environments. Ranging from departmental CIFS/NFS file servers up to enterprise NAS deployments, storage managers face a common set of challenges around file management, scalability, and utilization rates. Enterprise end users increasingly understand the perils of managing independent NAS devices as discrete “one-off” resources.

 

Publish date: 10/01/04
Profiles/Reports

Montilio RapidFile: Redefining File Server Price/Performance - Company Profile

General purpose file servers and integrated Network-Attached Storage (NAS) appliances have become a mainstay in today’s enterprise IT environments. As companies increasingly rely on these solutions for the storage of their critical data, many end-users are running into operational challenges. With massive data growth, scaling up file server I/O performance in line with back-end storage capacity can be incredibly difficult.

 

Publish date: 01/01/05
Profiles/Reports

The Power of InfiniBand and Clustered Storage - Technology Brief

It is official: InfiniBand (IB) is on the rise in the corporate data center. Once restricted to exotic supercomputing deployments, we now see IB making a solid push into enterprise computing environments across a broad range of industry verticals. While still in its early stages of adoption, enterprise IB is already delivering powerful results in the realm of enterprise clustered storage.

 

Publish date: 12/01/05
Profiles/Reports

NAS Tiering and Migration with NeoPath - Testing and Validation Report

In the past 12 months, enterprise NAS users have become very aware of the beneficial impact that storage tiers and intelligent migration can have on their data center.  Based on our conversations, we find that most IT executives can now readily list the benefits of storage tiers: increased utilization rates, lower costs of ownership, online disk archiving, and streamlined data protection processes.

Publish date: 12/01/05
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Acopia

Early this year, we broadly defined the term “File Area Networking” (FAN) for the IT community. Our goal was to provide the industry with a common reference architecture to describe the increasingly complex world of file management. Like the evolution of block IO that led to the SAN, we now see similar evolutionary steps transpiring with file data.

Publish date: 10/01/06
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ONStor EverON 3.0 - Product In Depth

IT departments have been embarking on server and storage consolidation initiatives with increasing frequency since 2001. In fact, consolidation and virtualization rate as one of the top five spending priorities in most enterprises with which we speak. However, increasingly enterprises are recognizing the need to impose tighter controls and gain greater management efficiencies on another part of their infrastructure - unstructured, file data. Unstructured content represents over 85% of all data in the enterprise and it is growing at an alarming rate.

Publish date: 05/01/07
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EMC Extends Benefits of File Virtualization into the Archive - Technology Brief

File virtualization is critical to successful file networking. However, we believe that file virtualization users do not often consider the impact that archiving will have on a virtualized file environment.  In this paper, we discuss some of the challenges around virtualizing archives and explore how EMC has leveraged Rainfinity file virtualization with Centera CAS. We believe that the result is Virtualized File Archiving: a highly efficient virtualized archivefile management solution that retains all of its compliance-driven integrity and capabilities.

Publish date: 07/01/07
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Four Trends that Make Clustered File Storage “Enterprise-Ready” Now

Clustered storage is an idea whose time has finally come. For the past decade, the concept of a “pay as you grow” resource with unlimited scalability has been an elusive vision of end users and vendors alike. However, with the events of the past five years, we have witnessed a maturing of clustered storage products as a new crop of nimble, innovative startups have proven that they are capable of supporting and delivering on much of the promise of the initial concept.

Publish date: 08/01/07
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Cohesity Data Platform: Hyperconverged Secondary Storage

Primary storage is often defined as storage hosting mission-critical applications with tight SLAs, requiring high performance.  Secondary storage is where everything else typically ends up and, unfortunately, data stored there tends to accumulate without much oversight.  Most of the improvements within the overall storage space, most recently driven by the move to hyperconverged infrastructure, have flowed into primary storage.  By shifting the focus from individual hardware components to commoditized, clustered and virtualized storage, hyperconvergence has provided a highly-available virtual platform to run applications on, which has allowed IT to shift their focus from managing individual hardware components and onto running business applications, increasing productivity and reducing costs. 

Companies adopting this new class of products certainly enjoyed the benefits, but were still nagged by a set of problems that it didn’t address in a complete fashion.  On the secondary storage side of things, they were still left dealing with too many separate use cases with their own point solutions.  This led to too many products to manage, too much duplication and too much waste.  In truth, many hyperconvergence vendors have done a reasonable job at addressing primary storage use cases, , on their platforms, but there’s still more to be done there and more secondary storage use cases to address.

Now, however, a new category of storage has emerged. Hyperconverged Secondary Storage brings the same sort of distributed, scale-out file system to secondary storage that hyperconvergence brought to primary storage.  But, given the disparate use cases that are embedded in secondary storage and the massive amount of data that resides there, it’s an equally big problem to solve and it had to go further than just abstracting and scaling the underlying physical storage devices.  True Hyperconverged Secondary Storage also integrates the key secondary storage workflows - Data Protection, DR, Analytics and Test/Dev - as well as providing global deduplication for overall file storage efficiency, file indexing and searching services for more efficient storage management and hooks into the cloud for efficient archiving. 

Cohesity has taken this challenge head-on.

Before delving into the Cohesity Data Platform, the subject of this profile and one of the pioneering offerings in this new category, we’ll take a quick look at the state of secondary storage today and note how current products haven’t completely addressed these existing secondary storage problems, creating an opening for new competitors to step in.

Publish date: 03/30/16
Profiles/Reports

Companies Improve Data Protection and More with Cohesity

We talked to six companies that have implemented Cohesity DataProtect and/or the Cohesity DataPlatform. When these companies evaluated Cohesity, their highest priority was reducing storage costs and improving data protection. To truly modernize their secondary storage infrastructure, they also recognized the importance of having a scalable, all-in-one solution that could both consolidate and better manage their entire secondary data environment.

Prior to implementing Cohesity, many of the companies we interviewed had significant challenges with the high cost of their secondary storage. Several factors contributed to the high costs including the need to license multiple products, inadequate storage reduction, the need for professional services and extensive training, difficulty scaling and maintaining systems and adding capacity to expensive primary storage for lower-performance services, such as group file shares.

In addition to lower storage costs, all the companies we talked to also wanted a better data protection solution. Many companies were struggling with slow backup speeds, insufficient recovery times and cumbersome data archival methods. Solution complexity and high operational overhead was also a major issue. To address these issues, companies wanted a unified data protection solution that offered better backup performance, instant data recovery, simplified management, and seamless cloud integration for long-term data retention.

Companies also wanted to improve overall secondary storage management and they shared a common goal of combining secondary storage workloads under one roof. Depending on their environment and their operational needs, their objectives outside of data protection included providing self-service access to copies of production data for on-demand environments (such as test/dev), using secondary storage for file services and leveraging indexing and advanced search and analytics to find out-of-place confidential data and ensure data compliance.

Cohesity customers found that the key to addressing these challenges and needs is Cohesity’s Hyperconverged Secondary Storage. Cohesity is a pioneer of Hyperconverged Secondary Storage, a new category of secondary storage based on a webscale, distributed file system that scales linearly and provides global data deduplication and automatic indexing as well as advanced search and analytics and policy-based management of all secondary storage workloads. These capabilities combine to provide a single system that efficiently stores, manages, and understands all data copies and workflows residing in a secondary storage environment – whether the data is on-premises or in the cloud. There are no point products, therefore less complexity and lower licensing costs.

It’s a compelling value proposition, and importantly, every company we talked to stated that Cohesity has met and exceeded their expectations and has helped them rapidly evolve their data protection and overall secondary data management. To learn about each customer’s journey, we examined their business needs, their data center environment, their key challenges, the reasons they chose Cohesity, and the value they have derived. Read on to learn more about their experience.

Publish date: 04/28/17
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Explosion in unstructured data storage drives modernization

Increasing amounts of unstructured data are a key part of modern secondary storage environments with their distributed file systems and a scale-out object storage design.

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Commvault HyperScale Software Delivers Cloud-Like Scalability, Ease-of-Use and Economics

The market for scale-out data protection solutions took a step forward last week at the coming out party for HyperScale offerings at Commvault GO (the HyperScale offerings were announced last month).