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Turn the HDD shortage into a strategic opportunity

With hard disk drive (HDD) prices rising and some models tough to find, there are steps to take to reduce your dependence on hard drives while gaining other benefits along the way.

  • Premiered: 04/06/12
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchStorage.com April 2012 Edition
Topic(s): TBA HDD TBA Hard Disk Drive TBA Archive TBA Dedupe TBA Arun Taneja
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HDD Data Storage Remains Viable Despite Falling SSD Prices: Analyst

NEWS ANALYSIS: Prices of solid state drive technology continue their free fall, making them more cost-effective for storage than hard disk drives. But an industry analyst at a Silicon Valley conference says HDDs still have some life in them yet.

  • Premiered: 10/18/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: eWeek
Topic(s): TBA SSD TBA Data Storage TBA HDD TBA Arun Taneja TBA VDI TBA Flash TBA SNW
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EMC gets flashier, how the portfolio grows...

Yesterday saw EMC make some major flash architectural, portfolio, and roadmap announcements by way of introducing a new name for what was previously VFCache, and announcing ready for beta XtremIO product that is now marching toward a near term GA.

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Flash is everywhere, but are all-flash arrays best?

There's no denying that some applications with a relentless need for IOPS will require all-flash arrays. But most of your workloads will do just fine with well-designed hybrids.

  • Premiered: 07/09/13
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Solid State Storage
Topic(s): TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA Storage TBA HDD TBA Deduplication TBA Hybrid Array
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Flash storage vendors make lucrative acquisition targets

Solid-state storage is not only a hot discussion topic with IT administrators and CIOs; it's also been a hotbed of acquisitions in the last 24 months.

  • Premiered: 08/30/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Solid State Storage
Topic(s): TBA EMC TBA FusionIO TBA ioTurbine TBA XtremIO TBA Intel TBA NEVEX TBA Hybrid Array TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA ScaleIO TBA HDD TBA Western Digital TBA sTEC TBA VeloBit TBA HyperCache TBA SanDisk TBA FlashSoft TBA SMART Storage Systems TBA cloud services TBA Violin Memory TBA Pure Storage TBA Nimbus Data TBA WhipTail TBA SolidFire TBA Kaminario
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Nimble's Adaptive Flash goes bigger with beefed-up controller

Nimble Storage says flash, currently all the rage in enterprises, is best used in moderation. But just to be safe, the company’s giving customers a way to use a lot more of it.

  • Premiered: 06/11/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: PC World
Topic(s): TBA Nimble Storage TBA Nimble TBA Storage TBA SSD TBA HDD TBA Flash TBA Adaptive Flash TBA all flash array
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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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Violin Concerto 7000 All Flash Array: Performance Packed with Data Services

All Flash Arrays (AFAs) are plentiful in the market. At one level all AFAs deliver phenomenal performance compared to an HDD array. But comparing AFAs to an HDD-based system is like comparing a Ford Focus to a Lamborghini. The comparison has to be inter-AFAs and when one looks under the hood one finds the AFAs in the market vary in performance, resiliency, consistency of performance, density, scalability and almost every dimension one can think of.

An AFA has to be viewed as a business transformation technology. A well-designed AFA, applied to the right applications will not only speed up application performance but by doing so enable you to make fundamental changes to your business. It may enable you to offer new services to your customers. Or serve your current customers faster and better. Or improve internal procedures in a way that improves employee morale and productivity. To not view an AFA through the business lens would be missing the point.

In this Product Profile we describe all the major criteria that should be used to evaluate AFAs and then look at Violin’s new entry, Concerto 7000 All Flash Array to see how it fares against these measures.

Publish date: 06/24/14
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Working with VMware's Virtual SAN

Here are five tips that will help make your experience with VMware vSAN more productive.

  • Premiered: 08/12/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA VSAN TBA Virtual SAN Appliance TBA Storage TBA Tom Fenton TBA HDD TBA vCenter TBA vSphere TBA vCops TBA Hypervisor TBA converged storage TBA convergence
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What's the Cost to Your Business of Not Using Flash Storage?

Flash delivers speedy, versatile storage that enables game-changing application performance.

  • Premiered: 10/20/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: BizTech Magazine
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA Flash TBA Storage TBA SSD TBA HDD TBA Performance TBA NetApp TBA High Performance TBA Low latency TBA Nutanix TBA Virtualization TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA convergence TBA hybrid flash TBA Hybrid Array TBA EMC TBA XtremeIO TBA Deduplication TBA VDI TBA Virtual Desktop Infrastructure TBA PCIe TBA Big Data TBA Virtual Server
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Seagate Kinetic: A Disruptive Force in the Storage Market

In the twelve months since announcing Kinetic Open Storage, Seagate has taken some major steps toward making the Kinetic vision a reality.

  • Premiered: 11/03/14
  • Author: Jeff Byrne
Topic(s): Seagate Open storage HDD Cloud Enterprise software-defined storage
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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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The evolution of flash-based storage arrays

Oracle and HP prove that it's just not a case of all-flash or hybrid when selecting a solid-state-enhanced array.

  • Premiered: 03/05/15
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Solid State Storage
Topic(s): TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA Storage TBA Oracle TBA HP TBA Hybrid TBA Hybrid Array TBA hybrid storage TBA FS1-2 TBA EMC TBA XtremIO TBA all-flash TBA Nimble Storage TBA Nimble TBA HDD TBA Fusion-IO TBA PCI Express TBA Tintri TBA Pure Storage TBA Violin Memory TBA Auto-Tiering TBA QoS TBA 3PAR TBA IBM TBA FlashSystem
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Storage: The Next Generation

Qumulo demonstrates its new file system, the heart of its software-defined-storage product.

  • Premiered: 03/25/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA Qumulo TBA Qumulo Core TBA Qumulo Scalable File System TBA QSFS TBA software-defined TBA data-aware TBA scale-out TBA NAS TBA Enterprise Storage TBA File System TBA Datacenter TBA hybrid storage TBA Hybrid Array TBA SDS TBA software-defined storage TBA SSD TBA Flash TBA HDD TBA API TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA scalability TBA analytics
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Moving to all-flash? Think about your data storage infrastructure

It's best to take a big-picture approach to your data storage infrastructure when deciding whether to enter the all-flash array marketplace.

  • Premiered: 04/07/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA SSD TBA All Flash TBA Storage TBA Data Storage TBA storage infrastructure TBA QoS TBA Hybrid Array TBA HDD TBA Flash TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA converged storage TBA convergence TBA all-flash TBA SDS TBA software-defined storage TBA software-defined TBA HP TBA 3PAR TBA SimpliVity TBA EMC TBA IBM TBA NetApp TBA Kaminario TBA Nimble Storage TBA Pure Storage TBA Violin Memory
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Should I use an all-flash or hybrid array for my virtual desktop environment?

Taneja Group's Tom Fenton weighs the benefits and drawbacks of using hybrid and all-flash arrays for storage in this expert answer.

  • Premiered: 04/08/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA all-flash TBA All Flash TBA SSD TBA Flash TBA Hybrid Array TBA Hybrid TBA hybrid storage TBA VDI TBA virtual desktop TBA Virtual Desktop Infrastructure TBA Storage TBA IOPS TBA HDD
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Idealstor launches hyper-converged box for SMBs, focuses on price

The backup vendor is the latest to enter the hyper-converged storage market with a two-node, low-cost system.

  • Premiered: 05/27/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Idealstor TBA SMB TBA hyper-converged TBA Storage TBA Backup TBA Compute TBA Networking TBA HCS TBA HDD TBA Virtual storage TBA VSA TBA virtual storage appliance TBA Hypervisor TBA Microsoft TBA Hyper-V TBA Jeff Kato
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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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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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Free Report - Better Together: HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage and StoreOnce System Opinion

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 HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage, HP StoreOnce System backup appliances, and HP StoreOnce 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: 09/25/15