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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.

 

Publish date: 09/01/03
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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.

 

Publish date: 11/01/03
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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.

 

Publish date: 11/01/03
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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.

 

Publish date: 12/01/03
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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.

 

Publish date: 12/01/03
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File Systems Acquisition Trends PolyServe - Opinion

In November, 2003, Network Appliance acquired Spinnaker Networks, a provider of NAS systems whose core IP consists of a highly scalable distributed file system (DFS) that can be used in a wide range of deployment scenarios. In late December, 2003, Red Hat acquired Sistina Software in order to command that company’s flagship Global File System (GFS), an essential ingredient to enabling highly scalable data sharing for networked storage environments running behind Red Hat Linux servers.

 

Publish date: 12/01/03
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PolyServe NAS Cluster - Product Profile

Over the past few years solutions providers in the enterprise NAS space have sought to differentiate themselves around the twin issues of scalability and performance. What most of these companies share in common is an integrated hardware+software approach to solving the problem of high-performance, highscale NAS.

 

Publish date: 05/01/04
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Terrascale - Product Profile

The shift away from proprietary scale-up architectures towards horizontally scalable or scale-out solutions based on standard commodity components is gaining significant momentum in the real customer environments. In industries like Financial Services, Life Sciences, and Oil & Gas, high node count Linux clusters provide the level of scalability and performance required for massively parallel applications performing arbitrage analysis, geo-seismic data analysis, and genetic sequencing operations.

 

Publish date: 06/01/04
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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.

 

Publish date: 09/01/04
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Network file management solves NAS problems - Published Article

The challenges of enterprise file services are well-known to virtually all storage managers, regardless of the size or sophistication of their environments. Ranging from departmental CIFS/NFS file servers up to enterprise NAS deployments, storage managers face a common set of challenges around file management, scalability, and utilization rates. Enterprise end users increasingly understand the perils of managing independent NAS devices as discrete “one-off” resources.

 

Publish date: 10/01/04
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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.

 

Publish date: 01/01/05
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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.

 

Publish date: 05/01/05
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The Power of InfiniBand and Clustered Storage - Technology Brief

It is official: InfiniBand (IB) is on the rise in the corporate data center. Once restricted to exotic supercomputing deployments, we now see IB making a solid push into enterprise computing environments across a broad range of industry verticals. While still in its early stages of adoption, enterprise IB is already delivering powerful results in the realm of enterprise clustered storage.

 

Publish date: 12/01/05
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NAS Tiering and Migration with NeoPath - Testing and Validation Report

In the past 12 months, enterprise NAS users have become very aware of the beneficial impact that storage tiers and intelligent migration can have on their data center.  Based on our conversations, we find that most IT executives can now readily list the benefits of storage tiers: increased utilization rates, lower costs of ownership, online disk archiving, and streamlined data protection processes.

Publish date: 12/01/05
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Towards Unified Storage

Storage architectures are going through a fundamental change. Whereas we have seen most legacy players continue to offer traditional architectures that present a FC interface towards the host and either FC or SCSI, or more recently, SATA drives on the backend, newer players have developed iSCSI storage using grid principles and made the management of storage much easier. We have also seen players combine NAS and SAN in the same box.

Publish date: 02/01/06
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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.

Publish date: 04/01/06
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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.

Publish date: 09/01/06
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The Business Case

Virtualization is rapidly reshaping data center infrastructure. By allowing physical server and storage devices to be deployed as resource pools,
management and scalability practices change dramatically.

Publish date: 12/01/06
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Four Questions to Consider

Small to midsize businesses and Remote Offices/Branch Offices (ROBOs) of large enterprises (for purposes of this paper referred to collectively as SMEs) are facing a mounting storage crisis. They are beset by crushing data growth, shrinking backup windows, and the need to implement disaster recovery and regulatory compliance. They simply cannot sustain their DAS environments and meet these new requirements. The only proven solution to this storage management crisis is to consolidate on network storage.

Publish date: 01/01/07
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Dell PowerVault NX1950

On December 6th, Dell introduced the Dell PowerVault NX1950 – the first of Dell’s product line to incorporate Dell and Microsoft’s co-developed OS version dubbed Windows Unified Data Storage Server. The NX 1950 is aimed squarely at competing with Network Appliance’s midrange NAS offerings, such as the NetApp FAS 270. With the performance optimization and new functionality in Windows Unified Data Storage Server, Dell can now offer double the performance of a NetApp FAS 270 at 50% of the cost.

Publish date: 01/01/07