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What you should know about local area network disaster recovery

Local area network disaster recovery planning is frequently overlooked, although many IT functions depend on the LAN. Jeff Boles, senior analyst with Taneja Group, recently spoke with SearchDisasterRecovery.com Editor Andrew Burton about how to prepare that unsung hero of networks – your LAN – for disaster recovery, as well as whether virtualization can help streamline the process.

  • Premiered: 10/31/11
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchDisasterRecovery.com
Topic(s): TBA LAN TBA Disaster Recovery TBA Jeff Boles
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How convergence can make your storage more valuable

The term “convergence” may have been overused by IT marketers, but it’s an important concept that should represent an ongoing design principle and can maximize storage investments.

  • Premiered: 06/11/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchStorage.com
Topic(s): TBA convergence TBA Storage TBA Jeff Boles TBA TechTarget
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Skyera releases all-flash array for $3 per gigabyte

Startup Skyera Inc. entered the all-flash enterprise storage market today with a series of iSCSI arrays that use consumer-grade multi-level cell (MLC) NAND to bring the price to less than $3 per gigabyte. And that price is before deduplication and compression.

  • Premiered: 08/14/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchSolidStateStorage
Topic(s): TBA Skyera TBA SSD TBA solid state TBA Jeff Boles TBA iSCSI TBA MLC TBA Deduplication TBA Compression
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SanDisk releases FlashSoft flash caching software for vSphere

SanDisk Corp. today introduced the VMware vSphere server virtualization version of its FlashSoft flash caching software, which is designed to accelerate application performance and virtual machine (VM) density.

  • Premiered: 08/15/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchSolidStateStorage
Topic(s): TBA SanDisk TBA FlashSoft TBA VM TBA Jeff Boles TBA SSD
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Surveying emerging SSD offerings

The fast developing solid-state storage market offers a variety of implementation choices. By carefully assessing your needs, you’ll be able to make the right product selection.

  • Premiered: 09/04/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchStorage.com
Topic(s): TBA SSD TBA Jeff Boles TBA TechTarget
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Accelerating the SAN, with the Server

Just a few short months ago, a number of vendors in the market started introducing flash-based, in-the-server, storage acceleration technologies that we label Server-based Storage Accelerators (which I also refer to as “accelerators” in this article). Across the board, such devices were primarily PCIe form factor cards with on-board flash memory that plugged into a server motherboard slot. Through driver or other software inserted into the server OS’s software stack, the solution would intercept I/Os, cache data from SAN-attached disk onto a NAND-flash cache, and then redirect future I/O requests to that cache.

  • Premiered: 09/13/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: InfoStor.com
Topic(s): TBA SAN TBA Storage Acceleration TBA accelerators TBA Storage Accelerators TBA IO TBA Qlogic TBA Jeff Boles
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Bringing Server-based Storage to the SAN - Making Storage Acceleration Mainstream

Just a few short months ago, a number of vendors in the market started introducing flash-based, in-the-server, storage acceleration technologies that we label Server-based Storage Accelerators (which I also refer to as “accelerators” in this article). Across the board, such devices were primarily PCIe form factor cards with on-board flash memory that plugged into a server motherboard slot. Through driver or other software inserted into the server OS’s software stack, the solution would intercept I/Os, cache data from SAN-attached disk onto a NAND-flash cache, and then redirect future I/O requests to that cache. QLogic takes an approach that may make these accelerators the most disruptive performance technology yet. Why? Because this introduction is likely to make server-based storage accelerators more widely deployable than ever before, bringing the benefits of flash optimized I/O into the SAN. First let’s take a look at why these accelerators are a key performance technology to begin with.

Publish date: 09/18/12
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Virtual storage appliance expands beyond SMB use into enterprise

Right now, virtual storage appliances (VSAs) that promise higher performance and scalability than prior-generation models are giving small- and medium-sized businesses as well as enterprise users an alternative to traditional disk arrays.

  • Premiered: 09/26/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchVirtualStorage.com
Topic(s): TBA virtual TBA Jeff Boles TBA Podcast TBA Storage TBA SMB TBA TechTarget
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Virtual storage appliance expands beyond SMB use into enterprise

Right now, virtual storage appliances (VSAs) that promise higher performance and scalability than prior-generation models are giving small- and medium-sized businesses as well as enterprise users an alternative to traditional disk arrays. In fact, consultancy Taneja Group Inc., based in Hopkinton, Mass., predicts that VSAs will ultimately be a disruptive technology in the storage marketplace.

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  • Premiered: 09/26/12 at OnDemand
  • Location: OnDemand
  • Speaker(s): Jeff Boles
  • Sponsor(s): TechTarget: SearchVirtualStorage
Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Jeff Boles Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): TechTarget Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Virtual storage Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): SMB
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StorTrends 3400i - Reinventing the value of storage

Selecting a primary storage solution is undoubtedly one of the most critical decisions an IT department can make. As the foundational piece of the modern datacenter, it represents perhaps the single most important piece of IT infrastructure for businesses large, medium or small. Business critical applications will live and breathe on the performance of the selected storage system, and business data will be inevitably constrained by the capacity of that storage system.

In the mid-market, making a storage investment can be particularly daunting, as the stakes are higher, and the selection is harder. Compared to larger enterprises, in the mid-market, storage dollars are fewer and harder to come by. Precious and often limited IT staff time is spread across more systems and technologies, their core skills are often not rooted in storage, and technically vetting a storage system can be all but impossible. This makes storage a risky proposition for the small enterprise (SME) and SMB customer. We frequently hear tales of storage system purchases where I/O is not sufficient, features are missing (or require additional licenses and cost to acquire), or where architectural compromises create availability issues that regularly impact the entire business.

For several years, the developers of the StorTrends line of NAS/SAN solutions have been working hard to architect a storage system for the mid-market that puts an end to these risks and compromises. By harnessing the engineering expertise from their parent American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI) – an innovator in storage and BIOS technologies – StorTrends has been tackling the challenge of delivering abundant performance, robust reliability, and feature rich storage with the SMB and SME customer in mind. Their claim is that the StorTrends 3400i is both one of the most cost effective choices in the market, and one of the most well rounded. 

In mid-2012, StorTrends caught our attention with these claims and a series of notable customer wins in a highly competitive market. To learn more, we approached StorTrends with the idea of a hands-on lab exercise, what we call a Technology Validation, to examine in more depth how StorTrends was delivering comprehensive value for customers in the mid-market space. Utilizing our proven validation methodology that included time spent at AMI headquarters in Norcross, GA, we put a set of StorTrends 3400i storage systems through the paces, with an eye toward examining several capabilities that StorTrends claims makes the 3400i one of the best value storage options in the mid-market.

 

Publish date: 12/10/12
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The Dell FS7600 and FS7610 - Advancing unified, scalable storage

Unified storage – combined block and file storage from one system – has made serious inroads into customer datacenters over the past couple of years. It is little wonder, as it offers tremendous value and flexibility. Unified storage can serve up multiple types of data – both file and block – and help businesses support a wider number of storage demands from fewer better consolidated storage systems. The business in turn can increase storage utilization, simplify management of storage, and deliver storage services that are both more cost efficient and agile.

But despite these benefits, a historic compromise has often faced the unified storage customer. Unified storage systems were often highly capable, but lagged behind the most recent storage innovations in at least two key dimensions – adaptability and easy to use unified management. In terms of adaptability, the underlying architecture of many of these systems often made next generation capabilities like simultaneous performance and capacity scaling much harder to implement. In terms of management, these systems often fell short of allowing typical administrators to easily manage the increased functionality delivered by a unified system. 

In 2011, Dell announced the pairing of FS7500 NAS controllers with their family of EqualLogic iSCSI storage arrays – a solution set designed to unleash a new level of adaptability in unified storage. The FS7500 was no paltry piece of add-on equipment – it was in fact built for a considerable amount of performance that could make full use of big eight-array EqualLogic storage pools, which could contain up to 384 of the fastest disks on the market. Moreover, the FS7500 came with another powerful ingredient: when paired with EqualLogic storage, the combined system retained all of the classic EqualLogic scale-out capability (within the underlying iSCSI storage) while the FS7500 was itself also scalable, easily going from 2 to 4 controllers. 

This meant for the first time, the small and medium enterprise (SME) customer could purchase a truly scalable unified storage system from a major vendor – a system that could start small, and grow with them as their business needs changed over time. Just as importantly, these systems were nicely integrated. An FS7500 continued to leverage all of the SME-empowering management functionality within Dell’s class-leading (and free) Group Manager and SANHQ storage management tools, which are the same tools used to manage the iSCSI storage. We previously reviewed the FS7500 storage system in a hands-on Technology Validation exercise, available here.

Recently, Dell announced an update to the EqualLogic-paired FS family – the EqualLogic FS7600. To be clear, other Dell products exist based on the same underlying FS technology – Fluid FS – including the Dell MD storage-integrated NX3600 and the Dell Compellent storage-integrated FS8600. But with an eye toward our findings in our original FS7500 Technology Validation exercise, we were keenly interested in how the FS7600 may have advanced in a relatively short period of time since the FS7500 hit the market. This was all the more intriguing because Dell EqualLogic has long excelled in rapid storage capability innovation. A closer look revealed an all-new hardware architecture, the addition of several key storage capabilities, and some claims about performance improvements. In this Product Brief, we will examine the FS7600, and evaluate how well Dell has advanced capabilities and tackled some of the challenges in its first generation FS7500 NAS.
 

Publish date: 11/30/12
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NexGen Storage beefs up monitoring in ioControl, aims to eliminate guessing

NexGen Storage Inc. is beefing up storage monitoring and performance automation for its hybrid flash arrays designed to handle heavily virtualized workloads.

  • Premiered: 11/08/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchVirtualStorage.com
Topic(s): TBA Jeff Boles TBA NexGen TBA ioControl TBA Array TBA hybrid flash TBA SSD TBA iSCSI TBA VDI TBA Flash TBA PCI-E
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Scale Computing Closes $12 Million in Funding; Reports Record Q3 Results

Scale Computing, the leading provider of seamlessly integrated IT infrastructure for small to medium-sized organizations, today announced it has closed $12 million in Series D funding, led by Heron Capital Venture Fund. Reservoir Venture Partners also contributed to this round as a new investor to Scale, joining existing investors who also contributed to Series D, including: Allos Ventures, CID Equity Capital, Spring Mill Venture Fund, Northgate Capital, Benchmark Capital Partners and Scale Venture Partners. Funding will be used to further accelerate the growth of HC3 (Scale’s new ‘datacenter-in-a-box’ product), continued product development and the launch of a new partner program later this year.

  • Premiered: 10/23/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Scale Computing Press
Topic(s): TBA Scale Computing TBA Jeff Boles
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Marvell DragonFly NVRAM SSD accelerator has been named a silver winner...

Santa Clara, California (November 28, 2012) – Marvell (Nasdaq: MRVL) today announced that the Marvell® DragonFly™ NVRAM SSD accelerator has been named a silver winner in the Enterprise Product of the Year category by the Best in Biz Awards, the only independent business awards program judged by members of the press and industry analysts.

  • Premiered: 11/28/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Marvell Press
Topic(s): TBA Marvell TBA SSD TBA Jeff Boles TBA DragonFly TBA NVRAM TBA accelerator
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iSCSI storage system innovation coming from SMB products

A lot of the innovation in iSCSI storage systems is coming from midrange iSCSI vendors. We list some key points to help you determine if iSCSI is a fit for your organization.

  • Premiered: 12/11/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchStorage.com
Topic(s): TBA iSCSI TBA SMB TBA Storage TBA Jeff Boles TBA EqualLogic TBA LeftHand TBA AMI TBA NexGen TBA Scale TBA Scale Computing
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The Power of Distributed Object Storage

Several years ago, Taneja Group predicted the inevitable emergence of what we called "cloud-based storage." Today, this technology is behind most cloud offerings for unstructured data, whether public or private. We defined cloud-based storage as the highly scalable, RESTful API accessible, object-based technology that is no longer just an Amazon S3 offering, but is served up by all manner of product vendors and providers.

  • Premiered: 01/09/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: InfoStor.com
Topic(s): TBA object TBA Storage TBA Jeff Boles TBA API TBA Cloud TBA Data Management TBA Accessibility
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Making The Virtual Infrastructure Non-stop: And Making Availability Efficient with Symantec’s VCS

The past few years have seen virtualization rapidly move into the mainstream of the data center. Today, virtualization is often the defacto standard in the data center for deployment of any application or service. This includes important operational and business systems that are the lifeblood of the business.

For mission critical systems, customers necessarily demand a broader level of services than is common among the test and development environments where virtualization often gains its foothold in the data center. It goes almost without saying that topmost in customer’s minds are issues of availability.

Availability is a spectrum of technology that offers businesses many different levels of protection – from general recoverability to uninterruptable applications. At the most fundamental level, are mechanisms that protect the data and the server beneath applications. While in the past these mechanisms have often been hardware and secondary storage systems, VMware has steadily advanced the capabilities of their vSphere virtualization offering, and it includes a long list of features – vMotion, Storage vMotion, vSphere Replication, VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager, vSphere High Availability, and vSphere Fault Tolerance. While clearly VMware is serious about the mission critical enterprise, each of these offerings have retained a VMware-specific orientation toward protecting the “compute instance”.

The challenge is that protecting a compute instance does not go far enough. It is the application that matters, and detecting VM failures may fall short of detecting and mitigating application failures.

With this in mind, Symantec has steadily advanced a range of solutions for enhancing availability protection in the virtual infrastructure. Today this includes ApplicationHA – developed in partnership with VMware – and their gold standard offering of Veritas Cluster Server (VCS) enhanced for the virtual infrastructure. We recently turned an eye toward how these solutions enhance virtual availability in a hands-on lab exercise, conducted remotely from Taneja Group Labs in Phoenix, AZ. Our conclusion: VCS is the only HA/DR solution that can monitor and recover applications on VMware that is fully compatible with typical vSphere management practices such as vMotion, Dynamic Resource Scheduler and Site Recovery Manager, and it can make a serious difference in the availability of important applications.

Publish date: 01/31/13
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VMwarePEX - Around the Storage Block Video Blog: VM density with HP 3PAR testing w/ Taneja Group

By Calvin Zito, @HPStorageGuy - During our HP Bootcamp at VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) last week, I was able to watch a presentation by Jeff Boles, Sr Analyst from Taneja Group. Jeff talked about testing he had lead looking at VM density with HP 3PAR compared to a traditional array. While I've talked about VM density here on ATSB and have highlighted our "Double your VM density guarantee", Jeff had some great information that really brings the story home for me.

Click the image to watch the YouTube video:

Read the full blog here:  http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Around-the-Storage-Block-Blog/VM-density-testing-by-Taneja-Group/ba-p/133193

  • Premiered: 03/05/13 at OnDemand
  • Location: OnDemand
  • Speaker(s): Calvin Zito, HP & Jeff Boles, Taneja Group
  • Sponsor(s): HP
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Around the Storage Block Blog - VM density testing by Taneja Group

By Calvin Zito, @HPStorageGuy - During our HP Bootcamp at VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) last week, I was able to watch a presentation by Jeff Boles, Sr Analyst from Taneja Group. Jeff talked about testing he had lead looking at VM density with HP 3PAR compared to a traditional array. While I've talked about VM density here on ATSB and have highlighted our "Double your VM density guarantee", Jeff had some great information that really brings the story home for me.

  • Premiered: 03/05/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: HP
Topic(s): TBA HP TBA 3PAR TBA Jeff Boles TBA VM TBA Density TBA Storage TBA Virtualization
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New storage technologies will focus on performance in 2013

Storage professionals building out their infrastructures have more new storage technologies to choose from than ever before, but the choices are becoming more complex.

  • Premiered: 02/28/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchStorage.com
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA Performance TBA Jeff Boles TBA SSD TBA solid state TBA server-side caching TBA Array TBA Tier TBA cache