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Virtualizing Hadoop Impacts Big Data Storage

Hadoop is soon coming to enterprise IT in a big way. VMware’s new vSphere Big Data Extensions (BDE) commercializes its open source Project Serengeti to make it dead easy for enterprise admins to spin and up down virtual Hadoop clusters at will.

  • Premiered: 07/17/13
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Enterprise Storage Forum
Topic(s): TBA Virtualization TBA VMWare TBA Hadoop TBA Project Serengeti TBA vSphere TBA Big Data TBA NAS TBA SAN TBA DAS TBA HDFS TBA HVE TBA Apache TBA scale-out TBA Hypervisor TBA EMC World 2013 TBA EMC World TBA virtualizing Hadoop TBA Project Savannah TBA OpenStack TBA KVM
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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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5 Tips For Working With HP's StoreVirtual VSA

Having had the chance to spend some serious time with the latest StoreVirtual VSA (11.5) in Taneja Group's validation lab, I thought I'd share five tips that made my life a little easier, and may make your experience with it more productive.

  • Premiered: 09/10/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA HP TBA StoreVirtual TBA StoreVirtual VSA TBA VSA TBA LeftHand Networks TBA DAS TBA Storage TBA RAID TBA ESX Server TBA ESX TBA Data Center TBA Hyper-V TBA KVM TBA vSphere TBA iSCSI TBA LUN TBA SSD TBA Flash TBA Adaptive Optimization TBA AO TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA SRM
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5 Tips for Working with the Scale Computing HC3 Hyperconvergence Appliance

Is this all-in-one virtualization box a good choice for an SMB?

  • Premiered: 10/28/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA Scale Computing TBA HC3 TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA KVM TBA Hypervisor TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Virtualization TBA Storage TBA Performance TBA converged TBA convergence TBA Datacenter TBA Infrastructure TBA Infrastructure Performance
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5 Ways the Sanbolic Acquisition Could Change Citrix

The VDI giant is evolving beyond its core competency. That's a good thing.

  • Premiered: 01/14/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA Sanbolic TBA Citrix TBA SDS TBA Software Defined Storage TBA software-defined storage TBA VMWare TBA Nutanix TBA Scale Computing TBA Linux TBA Windows TBA KVM TBA Xen TBA Hyper-V TBA VSA TBA vSphere TBA Microsoft TBA IBM TBA Red Hat TBA HP TBA VDI TBA Virtual Desktop Infrastructure TBA virtual desktop TBA CloudPlatform TBA NetScaler
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Nimboxx broadens Atomic Unit platform to support HA

Nimboxx adds high availability features to its Atomic Unit to support migrating storage from physical to highly available virtual machines.

  • Premiered: 04/10/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Nimboxx TBA HA TBA high availability TBA Virtualization TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Storage TBA hyperconvergence TBA hyper-convergence TBA MeshOS TBA virtual desktop TBA VDI TBA Virtual Desktop Infrastructure TBA KVM TBA Hypervisor TBA Migration TBA Nutanix TBA SimpliVity TBA Scale Computing TBA Arun Taneja
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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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HP hyper-converged product upgraded, EVO:RAIL dropped

HP launches new ConvergedSystem 250-HC StoreVirtual appliances, as hyper-convergence strategy shifts to one product.

  • Premiered: 08/07/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA HP TBA hyper convergence TBA hyperconvergence TBA hyper-converged TBA hyperconverged TBA StoreVirtual TBA VSA TBA EVO:RAIL TBA VMWare TBA ConvergedSystem TBA HP ConvergedSystem TBA OneView TBA Compute TBA Storage TBA Networking TBA Virtualization TBA software-defined TBA software-defined storage TBA SDS TBA 3PAR TBA VSAN TBA Virtual SAN TBA KVM TBA Microsoft TBA Hyper-V TBA Helion TBA CloudSystem TBA Hybrid TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA Cloud
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SimpliVity OmniCube sets sights on remote office storage

SimpliVity OmniCube hyper-converged family gets a little brother for remote offices and file restores for more granular backups.

  • Premiered: 08/26/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA SimpliVity TBA OmniCube TBA Arun Taneja TBA hyper-converge TBA hyper-converged TBA hyper-convergence TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA Remote Office TBA Storage TBA ROBO TBA Data protection TBA DP TBA Virtualization TBA Backup TBA Compute TBA Networking TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM TBA CPU TBA Capacity TBA VMWare TBA KVM TBA Hypervisor TBA Microsoft TBA Hyper-V TBA all-flash TBA All Flash TBA SSD TBA SQL
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Navigate today's hyper-converged market

The hyper-converged market is rife with products from competing vendors, making choosing a hyper-converged system a difficult proposition.

  • Premiered: 11/05/15
  • Author: Jeff Kato
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA hyper convergence TBA hyper-converged TBA Storage TBA HCI TBA Dell TBA EMC TBA HP TBA VMWare TBA Nutanix TBA Scale Computing TBA SimpliVity TBA DataCore TBA Gridstore TBA Maxta TBA Nimboxx TBA Pivot3 TBA modular TBA scalability TBA scalable TBA VDI TBA Virtual Desktop Infrastructure TBA Performance TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM TBA VM-centric TBA Virtualization TBA Microsoft TBA KVM TBA Hypervisor TBA Open Source
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HyperConverged Infrastructure Powered by Pivot3: Benefits of a More Efficient HCI Architecture

Virtualization has matured and become widely adopted in the enterprise market. HyperConverged Infrastructure (HCI), with virtualization at its core, is taking the market by storm, enabling virtualization for businesses of all sizes. The success of these technologies has been driven by an insatiable desire to make IT simpler, faster, and more efficient. IT can no longer afford the time and effort required to create custom infrastructure from best-of-breed DIY components.

With HCI, the traditional three-tier architecture has been collapsed into a single 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. The immense success of this approach has led to increased competition in this space and the customers are required to sort through the various offerings, analyzing key attributes to determine which are significant.

One of these competing vendors, Pivot3, was founded in 2002 and has been in the HCI market since 2008, well before the term HyperConverged was used. For many years, Pivot3’s vSTAC architecture has provided the most efficient scale-out Software-Defined Storage (SDS) system available on the market. This efficiency is attributed to three design innovations. The first is their extremely efficient and reliable erasure coding technology called Scalar Erasure Coding. Conversely, many leading HCI implementations use replication-based redundancy techniques which are heavy on storage capacity utilization. Scalar Erasure Coding from Pivot3 can deliver significant capacity savings depending on the level of drive protection selected. The second innovation is Pivot3’s Global Hyperconvergence which creates a cross-cluster virtual SAN, the HyperSAN: in case of appliance failure, a VM migrates to another node and continues operations without the need to divert compute power to copy data over to that node. The third innovation has been a reduction in CPU overhead needed to implement the SDS features and other VM centric management tasks. Implementation of the HCI software uses the same CPU complex as business applications, this additional usage is referred to as the HCI overhead tax. HCI overhead tax is important since the licensing cost for many applications and infrastructure software are based on a per CPU basis. Even with today’s ever- increasing cores per CPU there still can be significant cost saving by keeping the HCI overhead tax low.

The Pivot3 family of HCI products delivering high data efficiency with a very low overhead are an ideal solution for storage-centric business workload environments where storage costs and reliability are critical success factors. One example of this is a VDI implementation where cost per seat determines success. Other examples would be capacity-centric workloads such as big data or video surveillance that could benefit from a Pivot3 HCI approach with leading storage capacity and reliability. In this paper we compare Pivot3 with other leading HCI architectures. We utilized data extracted from the alternative HCI vendor’s reference architectures for VDI implementations. Using real world examples, we have demonstrated that with other solutions, users must purchase up to 136% more raw storage capacity and up to 59% more total CPU cores than are required when using equivalent Pivot3 products. These impressive results can lead to significant costs savings. 

Publish date: 12/10/15
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Nimboxx folds among growing crop of hyper-converged vendors

Nimboxx execs won't confirm the company's status, but signs point to the hyper-convergence startup pulling the plug on its technology 18 months after launch.

  • Premiered: 12/17/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Nimboxx TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA Storage TBA KVM TBA Ethernet TBA Nutanix TBA SimpliVity TBA Dell TBA HPE TBA EMC
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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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Scale Computing HC3 hyper-convergence dips below $25,000

Hyper-converged SMB specialist Scale Computing adds a new low-end hybrid flash appliance at $24,500 for a three-node cluster. Can it hold off Nutanix?

  • Premiered: 06/15/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Converged IT
Topic(s): TBA hyper-converged TBA SMB TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA hyper-convergence TBA Scale Computing TBA Nutanix TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA hybrid flash TBA cluster TBA HC3 TBA Storage TBA Compute TBA Networking TBA Virtualization TBA SAN TBA KVM TBA SimpliVity TBA Springpath TBA Performance TBA Arun Taneja
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Copy management systems demystified

The race for dominance in the copy data management market has stiffened as vendors offer competitive functionality and plan to expand their offerings.

  • Premiered: 09/06/16
  • Author: Steve Ricketts
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Backup
Topic(s): TBA copy data management TBA CDM TBA copy data TBA Data protection TBA primary data TBA compliance TBA analytics TBA Disaster Recovery TBA Backup TBA Storage TBA Actifio TBA Cohesity TBA Veritas TBA Virtualization TBA data virtualization TBA Virtual Appliance TBA EMC TBA Hitachi TBA IBM TBA Catalogic TBA CommVault TBA Snapshot TBA replication TBA data optimization TBA Oracle TBA indexing TBA SQL Server TBA SQL TBA API TBA SAP
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New Pivot3 storage makes strategic play for SMB, ROBO users

Edge Office is the new Pivot3 storage for hyper-convergence at midsize companies and distributed enterprises. Modular configurations range from 1.6 TB to 6.4 TB per node.

  • Premiered: 10/11/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Converged Infrastructure
Topic(s): TBA Pivot3 TBA Storage TBA SMB TBA ROBO TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA vSTAC TBA remote branch office TBA Remote Office TBA Jeff Kato TBA replication TBA Data protection TBA VMWare TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Virtualization TBA Microsoft TBA Hyper-V TBA KVM TBA Hypervisor TBA Nutanix TBA OmniCube TBA SimpliVity TBA Scale Computing TBA storage infrastructure
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Datrium DVX to support Red Hat Virtualization, containers

Datrium will expand DVX system beyond VMware environments to offer storage options for Red Hat Virtualization, KVM on CentOS Linux and Docker containers on bare-metal servers.

  • Premiered: 07/18/17
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Converged Infrastructure
Topic(s): TBA Datrium TBA DVX TBA VMWare TBA Red Hat TBA Virtualization TBA KVM TBA Linux TBA Docker TBA Storage TBA Hypervisor TBA Deduplication TBA Compression TBA Rackscale TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM TBA vCenter TBA vSphere TBA API TBA clone TBA data efficiency TBA hyperconverged infrastructure TBA HCI TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA Nutanix TBA Dell EMC TBA VxRail TBA VMware VSAN
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Datrium Goes Outside VMware Zone to Run Multiple Cloud Environments

Private cloud infrastructure provider Datrium is stepping outside its historical VMware comfort zone with new storage support for various open source platforms.

  • Premiered: 07/19/17
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: SDX Central
Topic(s): TBA Cloud TBA cloud infrastructure TBA Mike Matchett TBA Datrium TBA VMWare TBA Storage TBA Open Source TBA Red Hat TBA Linux TBA KVM TBA vSphere TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Hypervisor TBA Private Cloud TBA DVX TBA hyperconverged TBA Docker TBA container TBA Data Storage TBA Encryption TBA cloud data management TBA Data Management TBA scalability