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Kaminario K2: The Truly Enterprise-Ready SSD Storage Array (TVS)

Just a couple of years ago, as solid-state storage technologies began finding significant mainstream adoption, Taneja Group began closely following a vendor whose architectural roadmap seemed to destine them to be the pre-eminent architectural leader for scale-out, high performance, enterprise-ready, cost-effective solid-state arrays.

That vendor was Kaminario, who first entered the market with a highly resilient, scale-out architecture that promised extreme performance with more linear scalability as well as superior availability / serviceability versus other offerings we then saw on the market.

In the past couple of years, Kaminario has continued advancing their technology in both performance and features, systematically adding the mainstream features that the enterprise demands – and are that are too often missing on high performance storage systems: features like snapshots, utilization reporting, resiliency that tolerates full node failures, and more.

In turn, Kaminario recently drew the attention of Taneja Group Labs. Scale-out and enterprise-class storage management features are not easy to architect (especially not together), and we wanted to know whether Kaminario could deliver enterprise-class wrappings with all of their historic scale-out capabilities.

Publish date: 05/06/13
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Fibre Channel: The Proven and Reliable Workhorse for Enterprise Storage Networks

Mission-critical assets such as virtualized and database applications demand a proven enterprise storage protocol to meet their performance and reliability needs. Fibre Channel has long filled that need for most customers, and for good reason. Unlike competing protocols, Fibre Channel was specifically designed for storage networking, and engineered to deliver high levels of reliability and availability as well as consistent and predictable performance for enterprise applications. As a result, Fibre Channel has been the most widely used enterprise protocol for many years.

But with the widespread deployment of 10GbE technology, some customers have explored the use of other block protocols, such as iSCSI and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), or file protocols such as NAS. Others have looked to Infiniband, which is now being touted as a storage networking solution. In marketing the strengths of these protocols, vendors often promote feeds and speeds, such as raw line rates, as a key advantage for storage networking. However, as we’ll see, there is much more to storage networking than raw speed.

It turns out that on an enterprise buyer’s scorecard, raw speed doesn’t even make the cut as an evaluation criteria. Instead, decision makers focus on factors such as a solution’s demonstrated reliability, latency, and track record in supporting Tier 1 applications. When it comes to these requirements, no other protocol can measure up to the inherent strengths of Fibre Channel in enterprise storage environments.

Despite its long, successful track record, Fibre Channel does not always get the attention and visibility that other protocols receive. While it may not be winning the media wars, Fibre Channel offers customers a clear and compelling value proposition as a storage networking solution. Looking ahead, Fibre Channel also presents an enticing technology roadmap, even as it continues to meet the storage needs of today’s most critical business applications.

In this paper, we’ll begin by looking at the key requirements customers should look for in a commercial storage protocol. We’ll then examine the technology capabilities and advantages of Fibre Channel relative to other protocols, and discuss how those translate to business benefits. Since not all vendor implementations are created equal, we’ll call out the solution set of one vendor – QLogic – as we discuss each of the requirements, highlighting it as an example of a Fibre Channel offering that goes well beyond the norm.

Publish date: 02/28/14
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IBM FlashSystem V840: Transforming the Traditional Datacenter

Within the past few months IBM announced a new member of its FlashSystem family of all-flash storage platforms – the IBM FlashSystem V840. FlashSystem V840 adds a rich set of storage virtualization features to the baseline FlashSystem 840 model. V840 combines two venerable technology heritages: the hardware hails from the long lineage of Texas Memory Systems flash storage arrays, and the storage services feature set for FlashSystem V840 is inherited from the IBM storage virtualization software that powers the SAN Volume Controller (SVC). One was created to deliver the highest performance out of flash technology and the other was a forerunner of what is being termed software defined storage. Together, these two technology streams represent decades of successful customer deployments in a wide variety of enterprise environments.

It is easy to be impressed with the performance and the tight integration of SVC functionality built into the FlashSystem V840. It is also easy to appreciate the wide variety of storage services built on top of SVC that are now an integral part of FlashSystem V840. But we believe the real impact of FlashSystem V840 is understood when one views how this product affects the cost of flash appliances, and more generally how this new cost profile will undoubtedly affect traditional data center architecture and deployment strategies. This Solution Profile will discuss how IBM FlashSystem V840 combines software-defined storage with the extreme performance of flash, and why the cost profile of this new product – equivalent essentially to current high performance disk storage – will have a major positive impact on data center storage architecture and the businesses that these data centers support.

Publish date: 09/16/14
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Can you compare software-defined storage architecture to hyper-converged systems?

Hyper-converged systems and software-defined storage provide similar storage management features, but the technologies are architected very differently.

  • Premiered: 09/30/14
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA TechTarget TBA hyperconverged TBA SDS TBA software-defined TBA software-defined storage TBA EMC VMAX TBA EMC TBA VMAX TBA HP TBA 3PAR TBA HDS TBA Hitachi TBA Hitachi Data Systems TBA IBM TBA IBM DS8000 TBA NetApp TBA High Performance TBA ViPR TBA SAN Volume Controller TBA SAN TBA Maxta TBA MxSP TBA Gridstore TBA HCS TBA Deduplication TBA VMWare TBA VSAN TBA Virtual SAN TBA EVO
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Massively Scalable, Intrinsically Simple: Tintri's Low TCO for the Virtualized Data Center

Fast-growing virtualized environments present a thorny storage challenge to IT. Whether mission-critical applications with demanding SLAs, VDI rollouts with boot storms, or deploying a private cloud for large dev & test environments: delivering virtualized environments and cloud deployments using traditional storage can stall or break a virtualization project.

Flash technology is certainly part of the solution to performance challenges posed by virtualized workloads, but can be prohibitively expensive to broadly implement across the environment. Although flash can be deployed in a number of targeted ways and placed in the infrastructure, the more it is tied down to specific hosts and workloads, the less benefit it provides to the overall production environment. This in turn causes more management overhead.

Recently Taneja Group ran Tintri VMstore storage through our hands-on validation lab and documented significant large factors of improvement over traditional storage. Those factors accrue through Tintri’s cost-effective acquisition, simplicity and ease of deployment and data migration, effective high performance and availability and smooth expansion over time.

This Field Report validates our impressive lab findings with feedback from the field: six customers who have Tintri storage in production environments. While each customer has a unique own story to tell, we found that everyone documented a compelling value proposition based on TCO factors. Throughout our research we found that Tintri’s approach provides significantly lower TCO than traditional storage solutions.

Publish date: 10/13/14
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HP adds StoreVirtual, EVO: RAIL hyper-converged appliances

HP rolled out three hyper-converged appliances aimed at the SMB market, including a box that conforms to VMware EVO: RAIL specs.

  • Premiered: 10/16/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA HP TBA VMWare TBA EVO:RAIL TBA StoreVirtual TBA StoreVirtual VSA TBA ConvergedSystem TBA vSphere TBA Hypervisor TBA Virtual SAN TBA VSAN TBA Storage TBA scale-out TBA Virtualization TBA hybrid storage TBA High Performance TBA HPC TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA Microsoft TBA Hyper-V TBA Arun Taneja
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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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Hyperconvergence Makes Virtualization a Cinch for Businesses

Small business IT teams that want to wholeheartedly embrace server virtualization but are perhaps intimidated by getting up to speed on the technology may welcome a solution that ensures all integrated components work together automatically and transparently in the background.

  • Premiered: 11/24/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: BizTech Magazine
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA Virtualization TBA hyperconvergence TBA hyperconverged TBA LUN TBA Storage TBA HPC TBA High Performance TBA SimpliVity TBA OmniCube TBA SAN TBA Deduplication TBA Compression TBA WANO TBA WAN Optimization TBA HP TBA IBM TBA Scale Computing TBA Nutanix
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Storage pops the cloud bursting bubble

Cloud bursting is considered one the best use cases of hybrid cloud deployment, but the reality is, storage is not so easy to move in and out of the cloud.

  • Premiered: 12/09/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Cloud Storage
Topic(s): TBA Cloud TBA cloud bursting TBA Private Cloud TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA Public Cloud TBA Mike Matchett TBA Storage TBA High Performance TBA Amazon TBA AWS TBA Microsoft TBA Azure TBA IBM TBA SoftLayer TBA NetApp TBA EMC TBA Isilon TBA NAS TBA Equinix TBA VMWare TBA Nasuni TBA application performance
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Apache Ignite v1.0 Release Candidate By GridGain

Today, GridGain announces the first code drop of Apache Ignite, Apache Ignite v1.0 RC (Release Candidate).

  • Premiered: 02/18/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Sys-con
Topic(s): TBA GridGain TBA Apache TBA Apache Ignite TBA In-Memory TBA Storage TBA High Performance
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StorTrends Intros All-Flash Storage Arrays

Atlanta-based StorTrends has released two new storage devices that feature all-flash storage area network (SAN) arrays.

  • Premiered: 03/16/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Campus Technology
Topic(s): TBA StorTrends TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA All Flash TBA SAN TBA Storage TBA Deduplication TBA Compression TBA Backup TBA Virtual Server TBA WANO TBA WAN Optimization TBA Arun Taneja TBA Performance TBA High Performance
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What’s In A Number?

Well, when that number is 10 billion, I’d say it can mean quite a lot.

  • Premiered: 05/20/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Qumulo
Topic(s): TBA Qumulo TBA Qumulo Core TBA High Performance Computing TBA High Performance TBA Tom Fenton TBA Storage TBA Chris Hoffman TBA David Bailey
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Data aware storage yields insights into business info

Storage isn't just a bunch of dumb disks anymore. In fact, storage infrastructure is smarter than ever.

  • Premiered: 05/20/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA data-aware TBA Storage TBA storage infrastructure TBA Datacenter TBA convergence TBA converged TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA Performance TBA High Performance TBA Metadata TBA Hadoop TBA HDFS TBA object storage TBA Intelligent Storage TBA QoS TBA Oracle TBA Oracle FS1 TBA VMWare TBA VVOL TBA VVOLs TBA VMware VVOLs TBA RAID TBA Hypervisor TBA API TBA Tintri TBA Tarmin TBA GridBank TBA Lucene TBA Solr
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How to store 10 BILLION files

Join us for a fast-paced and informative 30-minute webinar in which the Taneja Group will talk with David Bailey about how he was able to store over 10 billion files. We will discuss with David how he was able to design a 10 Billion file storage system, who is using systems of this size, how he tracks the analytics for a system this large and what this means for the datacenter. David works for Qumulo, a leader in “data-aware” storage systems. Data-aware systems have real-time analytics that enable users to instantly obtain information about data and how it is being used. Attendees will be encouraged to submit their questions during the session.

Panelist:

David Bailey, Director, Systems Engineering; Qumulo

  • Premiered: 05/21/15
  • Location: OnDemand
  • Speaker(s): Moderator: Tom Fenton, Taneja Group; David Bailey, Qumulo
Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Qumulo Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): NAS Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Storage Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): data-aware Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): High Performance Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Qumulo Core Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Tom Fenton
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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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IT pros get a handle on machine learning and big data

Despite its benefits, machine learning can also go very wrong. Beginners need to understand their input data, project scope and purpose, and the machine learning algorithms at work.

  • Premiered: 07/15/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA IT TBA Mike Matchett TBA Big Data TBA Machine Learning TBA predictive modeling TBA Optimization TBA scale-out TBA Apache TBA Apache Mahout TBA Apache Madlib TBA High Performance TBA High Performance Computing TBA HPC TBA storage architecture TBA Storage TBA In-Memory TBA Microsoft TBA Microsoft Azure TBA AI TBA Artificial Intelligence
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Big data analytics applications impact storage systems

Analytics applications for big data have placed extensive demands on storage systems, which Mike Matchett says often requires new or modified storage structures.

  • Premiered: 09/03/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Mike Matchett TBA Big Data TBA analytics TBA Storage TBA Primary Storage TBA scalability TBA Business Intelligence TBA BI TBA AWS TBA Amazon AWS TBA S3 TBA HPC TBA High Performance Computing TBA High Performance TBA ETL TBA HP Haven TBA HP TBA Hadoop TBA Vertica TBA convergence TBA converged TBA IOPS TBA Capacity TBA latency TBA scale-out TBA software-defined TBA software-defined storage TBA SDS TBA YARN TBA Spark
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INFINIDAT Expands InfiniBox Enterprise Storage Family, Introduces Multi-Petabyte Scale Unified

INFINIDAT, a leader in high performance, highly available enterprise storage solutions, announces the expansion of its revolutionary InfiniBox family of storage arrays with the addition of two new capabilities and a new midrange model.

  • Premiered: 09/21/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Business Wire
Topic(s): TBA Infinidat TBA High Performance TBA high availability TBA Enterprise Storage TBA Storage TBA NAS TBA Enterprise TBA Scale TBA Unified Storage TBA Snapshots TBA Snapshot TBA Block Storage TBA SSD TBA Flash TBA InfiniBox TBA Cloud TBA Cloud Storage TBA SAN TBA Capacity TBA Arun Taneja
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Big Data Grows Up: APM Tools Emerging

The next emerging market for big data may be application performance monitoring. Concurrent has released a new tool in this space, and more tools are expected to hit the market in the next six months. The availability of such tools will drive more enterprise adoption of big data.

  • Premiered: 10/26/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Information Week
Topic(s): TBA apm TBA Big Data TBA Mike Matchett TBA Concurrent TBA Hadoop TBA High Performance TBA application performance TBA DevOps TBA Apache TBA Apache Hive TBA MapReduce TBA Cascading TBA Scalding TBA Spark TBA Performance TBA Data Center
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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