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NAS Market Research - Technology In Depth
In 2003, if one trend is emerging in NAS, it is that it has become a diverse, increasingly robust technology platform for enterprise storage. We believe the NAS market is at the early stages of several broad-based pushes in functionality that will bring this technology base into every corner of the data center, from easily deployed and manageable departmental filers to enterprise class appliances and file services atop SANs.
ExaGrid Debuts Grid Protected Storage - Product Profile
ExaGrid, a startup located in Westborough, MA, announced on November 17, 2003 an architecture for storing and managing files that combines a variety of technologies to essentially create a self managing, self healing NAS product that scales simultaneously in the dimensions of capacity and performance and offers built in data protection. The product based on this architecture will be delivered in Q1, 2004. We think the architecture has considerable merit and the product will have a serious positive impact on the customer.
Delivering NAS on the SAN: Critical Requirements - Technology Brief
One of the more discussed topics of the past two years in the storage industry has been the viability and desirability of converging of NAS on the SAN fabric in the enterprise data center. The working hypothesis: consolidate file and block services and you will increase your storage ROI through previously untapped efficiencies in your storage management and total capacity utilization.
ONStor Announces SANfiler - Product Profile
Taneja Group believes that if end user desire alone were the determining factor, NAS on SAN convergence would already be widespread. Alas, the onus is on vendors to create solutions that are truly interoperable, ready for mission-critical deployment and designed to leverage the SAN environment.
Key Solutions for NAS on SAN - Opinion
As more end users seriously evaluate the deployment of NAS gateways or SAN filers in front of their SAN infrastructure, we need to better understand what drives their interest. Taneja Group believes that two general areas of solutions focus will drive NAS on SAN adoption in the near term: Storage consolidation efforts, and improved data protection for file data, and tiered storage strategies.
EMC Acquires VMWare - Opinion
On December 15th, EMC announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire VMWare, a privately held software company based in Palo Alto, California, for $635M in cash. The deal represents EMC’s third, major software purchase in less than six months, the previous two being Legato and Documentum.
EMC Gets Serious With Midrange NAS - Opinion
On August 30th, EMC made a significant product announcement regarding the expansion of their mid-range NAS strategy. While announcements that result in greater breadth of choice at better price/performance levels for customers are always welcomed, the most interesting insight from this announcement is what it implies at the macro-level regarding EMC’s NAS strategy. Taneja Group believes that EMC has just crossed a very critical—but little heralded—threshold.
Montilio RapidFile: Redefining File Server Price/Performance - Company Profile
General purpose file servers and integrated Network-Attached Storage (NAS) appliances have become a mainstay in today’s enterprise IT environments. As companies increasingly rely on these solutions for the storage of their critical data, many end-users are running into operational challenges. With massive data growth, scaling up file server I/O performance in line with back-end storage capacity can be incredibly difficult.
Asigra Televaulting: Agentless Data Protection for the Distributed Enterprise - Product Profile
The continued growth of remote office data continues to pose one of the greatest challenges to enterprise IT administrators. Now more than ever, companies must deliver high levels of data protection for all of their data whether it is central or remote. Most existing enterprise backup applications, however, were not designed with the distributed enterprise in mind and have been pushed to their limits by the proliferation of remote data islands.
Evaluating Network File Management Solutions: Rainfinity RainStorage 4.5 in Context
Over the past 18 months, Taneja Group has tracked the emergence of a new category of solutions that we christened “Network File Management” (NFM) offerings. These solutions exist for the explicit purpose of creating an infrastructure-wide control platform for NAS and file serving devices, offering a range of management improvements over historical device-level controls in the areas of capacity controls, data movement, storage tier management, performance optimization and data protection.
Business Continuity for Exchange: Protecting Your Email Infrastructure - Solution Profile
Today, if you are an IT manager or architect in any organization, email is undoubtedly one of the high priority applications on your watch. In many ways, email has emerged as a strategic IT pillar in the organization. Making your email environment bulletproof and developing a comprehensive business continuity strategy is no longer simply a “nice to have” but now a somber responsibility.
Improving remote office management is one of the key initiatives in practically every IT shop we have talked to in the past eighteen months. The reason is simple: greater than 60% of corporate data is outside the data center and often half of that is in remote locations. Practically all data outside datacenters is poorly managed today.
Snap server S50
The Snap Server product line has long been one of the most heralded workhorses of cost-effective NAS. With the most recent release of the Snap Server 550 from Adaptec, we believe that the company is moving the Snap line into a critical transition point in price/performance and features. By leveraging the 64 bit AMD chip architecture with both a SAS/SATA and NAS/iSCSI option in a 1U form factor, this is a NAS box that can hold its own against most higher priced competition.
We have been tracking a new wave in enterprise storage solutions that are now poised to redefine center stage in the enterprise data center: clustered storage. At the highest level, clustered storage uses advanced software to federate a larger number of smaller, lower-cost “scale-out” components in order to match or exceed the capabilities of traditional modular or monolithic storage. The implications of this very real shift are of paramount criticality to the wider industry.
Data OnTap GX
On June 12th, Network Appliance announced the general availability of Data ONTAP GX operating system. At its core, Data ONTAP GX makes multiple FAS nodes appear as a single highly scalable and available NAS system. Data ONTAP GX represents the culmination of an arduous integration of namespace technology acquired in the Spinnaker Networks acquisition, with Network Appliance’s core WAFL file system, volume management, and data protection technologies.
Best Practices for Windows
Windows file and print servers have become ubiquitous as part of the IT landscape. In fact, Taneja Group estimates that 1 out of every 5 Window servers shipped is for file and print use. However, organizations are beginning to grasp the repercussions of deploying large numbers of dedicated file and print servers. The proliferations of individual file servers at the department and workgroup level has created an undue management burden on IT.
Early this year, we broadly defined the term “File Area Networking” (FAN) for the IT community. Our goal was to provide the industry with a common reference architecture to describe the increasingly complex world of file management. Like the evolution of block IO that led to the SAN, we now see similar evolutionary steps transpiring with file data.
The world of the remote and branch office (ROBO) has become increasingly complex in the past two years. As more and more enterprises seek to address business challenges that span many geographies, developing a coherent, converged wide-area strategy becomes paramount. We see that customers need to find solutions that optimize their flexibility from a converged platform.
Brocade and FAN
Earlier in 2006, Taneja Group broadly defined the term “File Area Networking” (FAN) for the IT community. Our goal was to provide the industry with a common reference architecture to describe the increasingly complex world of file management. In the same manner that we saw an evolution in block IO that led to the SAN, we now see similar evolutionary steps transpiring with file data.
Riverbed RIOS 4.0
On March 14th, Riverbed released RiOS 4.0, a major enhancement to its flagship operating system behind the Riverbed Steelhead WDS (wide-area data services) appliance. With RiOS 4.0, Riverbed has addressed several crucial areas in terms of accelerating encrypted, secure traffic and improving the performance of chatty web-based applications that previously had been unaddressed by WDS products.