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Cloud file storage pros and cons

Cloud storage appeals to small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and larger enterprises as a less-expensive alternative to equipping and managing a full-blown storage system. Two possible uses for the technology are cloud file storage and cloud backup. Imagine being able to move years-old PowerPoint presentations and human resource manuals from your local file system into an inexpensive, cloud-based storage system that someone else manages and secures for you. In this SearchStorage.com podcast, Jeff Boles, senior analyst and director, validation services at Hopkinton, Mass.-based Taneja Group, discusses the advantages and disadvantages of cloud storage, who the top vendors and cloud storage service providers are, and which environments shouldn't use cloud storage. Read the Q&A transcript below or listen to the podcast on file storage in the cloud.

  • Premiered: 03/15/11
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchStorage.com
Topic(s): TBA Cloud TBA File Storage
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DataDirect Networks (DDN) Delivers Highest Big Data Performance With SFA10K-X, World's Fastest....

Award-Winning DDN Storage Fusion Architecture (SFA) Technology Embeds Applications and File Systems While Optimizing Bandwidth, IOPS and Capacity Utilization for Cloud and Content

  • Premiered: 09/20/11
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: MarketWire.com
Topic(s): TBA DataDirect TBA DDN TBA File Storage TBA Block Storage
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DataDirect Networks debuts SFA10K-X, its integrated block and file storage appliance

DataDirect Networks (DDN), an information storage company, unveiled this week Storage Fusion Architecture (SFA) 10K-X, an integrated storage appliance that maximizes application performance while minimizing total cost of ownership for Big Data, cloud, and content-intensive environments.

  • Premiered: 09/23/11
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Computer Technology Review
Topic(s): TBA Block Storage TBA DDN TBA DataDirect TBA File Storage
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How the future of data storage will stack up

The future of data storage will have storage shedding the role of a passive technology player as it integrates more closely with applications and workloads.

  • Premiered: 10/31/13
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA Virtualization TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Block Storage TBA File Storage TBA object storage TBA SAN TBA Automation TBA Oracle TBA ZFS TBA Tintri TBA Atlantis Computing TBA ILIO TBA Actifio TBA Maginatics TBA MagFS TBA Virtual storage TBA VSA TBA converged storage TBA Unified Storage TBA software-defined TBA software-defined storage TBA SDS TBA EMC TBA ViPR TBA Virtualized Big Data TBA Big Data
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When and how to implement an object storage platform

When deciding whether to implement an object storage platform into your environment, it makes sense to first outline what kind of data you're storing and how it's typically used.

  • Premiered: 02/04/14
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Cloud Storage
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA Storage TBA object storage TBA Archive TBA Backup TBA Big Data TBA analytics TBA EMC TBA Cleversafe TBA Compuverde TBA DDN TBA Dell TBA HP TBA NetApp TBA Quantum TBA Scality TBA Tarmin TBA OpenStack TBA Gluster TBA Inktank TBA RedHat TBA HDS TBA Riverbed TBA DR TBA Disaster Recovery TBA Microsoft TBA Cloud TBA Private Cloud TBA File Storage TBA Block Storage
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AWS storage doesn't have to be a complex undertaking, experts say

Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers a variety of storage options, but choosing between them doesn't have to be a complex undertaking.

  • Premiered: 03/20/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Cloud Applications
Topic(s): TBA Amazon TBA AWS TBA Storage TBA Block Storage TBA Amazon EBS TBA Amazon Glacier TBA Disk TBA Rackspace TBA Microsoft TBA IBM TBA object storage TBA File Storage TBA API TBA iSCSI TBA IO
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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
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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
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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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The Need for Modern Day Scale-Out NAS Products

Today, storage architectures are undergoing yet another makeover, and the once dominant legacy products are being overtaken.

  • Premiered: 11/12/15
  • Author: Jeff Kato
  • Published: InfoStor
Topic(s): TBA InfoStor TBA Network Attached Storage TBA NAS TBA Storage TBA File Storage TBA SAN TBA scale-out TBA Scale out NAS TBA Cloud TBA EMC TBA NetApp TBA ONTAP TBA Cleversafe TBA Caringo TBA object storage TBA HPC TBA Big Data TBA High Performance TBA High Performance Computing TBA Performance TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA IOPS TBA Metadata TBA scalability TBA software-defined TBA Saas TBA Software-as-a-Service TBA open API TBA API
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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
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Scale-out NAS design now rivals object storage

Jeff Kato takes a closer look at ideal scale-out NAS design principles and vendors that are emerging with modern scale-out NAS designs.

  • Premiered: 02/12/16
  • Author: Jeff Kato
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA scale-out TBA NAS TBA scale-out NAS TBA Block Storage TBA File Storage TBA Storage TBA Oracle TBA Fibre Channel TBA FC TBA scalability TBA web-scale TBA web-scale storage TBA object storage TBA High Performance TBA HPC TBA High Performance Computing TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA data-aware TBA Metadata TBA IOPS TBA Performance TBA NetApp TBA EMC TBA software-defined TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM TBA Public Cloud TBA Cloud TBA hyperscale
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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
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The Hyperconverged Data Center: Nutanix Customers Explain Why They Replaced Their EMC SANS

Taneja Group spoke with several Nutanix customers in order to understand why they switched from EMC storage to the Nutanix platform. All of the respondent’s articulated key architectural benefits of hyperconvergence versus a traditional 3-tier solutions. In addition, specific Nutanix features for mission-critical production environments were often cited.

Hyperconverged systems have become a mainstream alternative to traditional 3-tier architecture consisting of separate compute, storage and networking products. Nutanix collapses this complex environment into software-based infrastructure optimized for virtual environments. Hypervisor, compute, storage, networking, and data services run on scalable nodes that seamlessly scale across massive virtual assets. Hyperconvergence offers a key value proposition over 3-tier architecture:  instead of deploying, managing and integrating separate components – storage, servers, networking, data services, and hypervisors – these components are combined into a modular high performance system.

The customers we interviewed operate in very different industries. In common, they all maintained data centers undergoing fundamental changes, typically involving an opportunity to refresh some portion of their 3-tier infrastructure. This enabled the evaluation of hyperconvergence in supporting those changes. Customers interviewed found that Nutanix hyperconvergence delivered benefits in the areas of scalability, simplicity, value, performance, and support. If we could use one phrase to explain why Nutanix’ is winning over EMC customers in the enterprise market it would be “Ease of Everything.” Nutanix works, and works consistently with small and large clusters, in single and multiple datacenters, with specialist or generalist IT support, and across hypervisors.

The five generations of Nutanix products span many years of product innovation. Web-scale architecture has been the key to Nutanix platform’s enterprise capable performance, simplicity and scalability. Building technology like this requires years of innovation and focus and is not an add-on for existing products and architectures.

The modern data center is quickly changing. Extreme data growth and complexity are driving data center directors toward innovative technology that will grow with them. Given the benefits of Nutanix web-scale architecture – and the Ease of Everything – data center directors can confidently adopt Nutanix as their partner in data center transformation just as the following EMC customers did.

Publish date: 03/31/16
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Object-file system combo rapidly expands

Object-based storage adoption took longer than expected, so object vendors have added file systems to their products to make them look more familiar to users.

  • Premiered: 04/27/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA object TBA object storage TBA Storage TBA Caringo TBA Caringo Swarm TBA FileFly TBA Windows TBA NTFS TBA Network File System TBA NFS TBA scale-out TBA scale-out storage TBA Scality TBA all-flash TBA SSD TBA AFA TBA Pure Storage TBA SAN TBA elasticity TBA Data reduction TBA Encryption TBA erasure coding TBA Metadata TBA metadata engine TBA Exablox TBA OneBlox TBA latency TBA Arun Taneja TBA Amplidata TBA Cleversafe
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Amazon Simple Storage Service spurs on-premises storage

Amazon S3 has been such a smashing success that it will likely become the third pillar -- after block and file -- of storage protocols.

  • Premiered: 06/06/16
  • Author: Jeff Kato
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Jeff Kato TBA Amazon TBA Amazon S3 TBA S3 TBA Block Storage TBA File Storage TBA Storage TBA Simple Storage Service TBA IaaS TBA PaaS TBA Private Cloud TBA Cloud TBA cloud infrastructure TBA Public Cloud TBA API TBA NFS TBA Sun Microsystems TBA NAS TBA distributed data TBA Cloudian TBA Spectra Logic TBA Glacier
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Conquer unstructured data: Scale-out NAS vs. object storage

Learn how scale-out NAS and object storage systems work, their pros and cons, manageability and how they integrate with your storage infrastructure.

  • Premiered: 08/04/16
  • Author: Jeff Kato
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA scale-out TBA scale-out NAS TBA Storage TBA object storage TBA storage infrastructure TBA NAS TBA cloud object storage TBA Cloud Storage TBA Cloud TBA Public Cloud TBA scalability TBA scalable TBA Metadata TBA Portable Operating System Interface TBA POSIX TBA fsync TBA real-time data TBA EMC TBA EMC Isilon TBA Isilon TBA IBM TBA IBM Spectrum TBA IBM Spectrum Scale TBA Qumulo TBA Scality TBA global scalability TBA Amazon TBA reliability TBA erasure coding TBA Dropbox
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Qumulo Introduces Qumulo Core Data-Aware Scale-Out File and Object Storage Software On 3rd Party

Qumulo, the leader in data-aware scale-out NAS, today announced that it is introducing the availability of Qumulo Core scale-out file and object storage software on Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Apollo servers.

  • Premiered: 11/15/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: MarketWired
Topic(s): TBA Qumulo TBA File Storage TBA object storage TBA Storage TBA scale-out TBA scale-out storage TBA scale-out NAS TBA data-aware TBA HPE TBA Arun Taneja
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Is Object Storage Right For Your Organization?

Is object storage right for your organization? Many companies are asking this question as they seek out storage solutions that support vast unstructured data growth throughout their organizations. Object storage is ideal for large-scale unstructured data storage because it easily scales to several petabytes and beyond by simply adding storage nodes. Object storage also provides high fault tolerance, simplified storage management and hardware independence – core capabilities that are essential to cost-effectively manage large-scale storage environments. Add to this built-in support for geographically distributed environments and it’s easy to see why object storage solutions are the preferred storage approach for multiple use cases such as cloud-native applications, highly scalable file backup, secure enterprise collaboration, active archival, content repositories and increasingly cognitive computing workloads such as Big Data analytics.

To help you decide if object storage is right for your company and to help you understand how to apply various storage technologies, we have created a table below that positions object storage relative to block storage and file storage.

As the table shows, there are several factors that differentiate block, file and object storage. An easy way to think about the differences is the following; block storage is necessary for critical applications where storage performance is the key consideration, file storage is well-suited for highly scalable shared file systems and object storage is ideal when cloud-scale capacity and convenience as well as reliability and geographically distributed access are the major storage requirements. 

Publish date: 12/30/16
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IBM Cloud Object Storage Provides a Strong Data Foundation for Modern Healthcare

The healthcare industry is facing tremendous data challenges as the medical community evolves to support rapid growth in digital medical imaging, new government regulations and improvements in patient care.