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Defining Software-defined…Storage

We've been doing quite a bit of work lately with software solutions in the virtual infrastructure.  VMware and some others have started an industry-wide shift in thinking toward the idea of software defined infrastructure services, including networking and storage - services that have traditionally been entirely dependent upon specialized hardware and control/operating systems.

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Storage infrastructure management is still elusive

We've been on a multi-decade crusade to address performance and basic storage management tasks to handle things such as protecting data in place, and scaling and expanding our data storage systems to meet new requirements. But today, when performance and scaling and expansion issues are addressed, it will be revealed that the last major challenge in the data center is storage management.

  • Premiered: 12/17/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Jeff Boles TBA scalability TBA Storage TBA storage infrastructure TBA VM TBA Virtualization TBA Virtual Infrastructure TBA Virtual Infrastructure Management TBA converged storage TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA hyper-converged TBA HP TBA Hitachi TBA IBM TBA Nutanix TBA SimpliVity TBA VSA TBA FalconStor TBA Nexenta TBA StorMagic TBA VMWare TBA VSAN TBA Gridstore TBA Tintri TBA Virtual Machine TBA SDS TBA software defined
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Software Storage Solutions for Virtualization

Storage has long been a major source of operational and architectural challenges for IT practitioners, but today these challenges are most felt in the virtual infrastructure. The challenges are sprung from the physicality of storage – while the virtual infrastructure has made IT entirely more agile and adaptable than ever before, storage still depends upon digital bits that are permanently stored on a physical device somewhere within the data center.

For practitioners who have experienced the pain caused by this – configuration hurdles, painful data migrations, and even disasters – the idea of software-defined storage likely sounds somewhat ludicrous. But the term also holds tremendous potential to change the way IT is done by tackling this one last vestige of the traditional, inflexible IT infrastructure.

The reality is that software-defined storage isn’t that far away. In the virtual infrastructure, a number of vendors have long offered Virtual Storage Appliances (VSAs) that can make storage remarkably close to software-defined. These solutions allow administrators to easily and rapidly deploy storage controllers within the virtual infrastructure, and equip either networked storage pools or the direct-attached storage within a server with enterprise-class storage features that are consistent and easily managed by the virtual administrator, irrespective of where the virtual infrastructure is (in the cloud, or on premise). Such solutions can make comprehensive storage functionality available in places where it could never be had before, allow for higher utilization of stranded pools of storage (such as local disk in the server), and enable a homogeneous management approach even across many distributed locations.

The 2012-2013 calendar years have brought an increasing amount of attention and energy in the VSA marketplace. While the longest established, major vendor VSA solution in the marketplace has been HP’s StoreVirtual VSA, in 2013 an equally major vendor – VMware – introduced a similar, software-based, scale-out storage solution for the virtual infrastructure – VSAN. While VMware’s VSAN does not directly carry a VSA moniker, and in fact stands separate from VMware’s own vSphere Storage Appliance, VSAN has an architecture very similar to the latest generation of HP’s own StoreVirtual VSA. Both of these products are scale-out storage software solutions that are deployed in the virtual infrastructure and contain solid-state caching/tiering capabilities that enhance performance and make them enterprise-ready for production workloads. VMware’s 2013 announcement finally meant HP is no longer the sole major vendor (Fortune 500) with a primary storage VSA approach. This only adds validation to other vendors who have long offered VSA-based solutions, vendors like FalconStor, Nexenta, and StorMagic.

We’ve turned to a high level assessment of five market leaders who are today offering VSA or software storage in the virtual infrastructure. We’ve assessed these solutions here with an eye toward how they fit as primary storage for the virtual infrastructure. In this landscape, we’ve profiled the key characteristics and capabilities critical to storage systems fulfilling this role. At the end of our assessment, clearly each solution has a place in the market, but not all VSA solutions are ready for primary storage. Those that are, may stand to reinvent the practice of storage in customer data centers. 

Publish date: 01/03/14
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Are all software-defined storage vendors the same?

What does software-defined storage mean? How is it implemented? And why does it matter for data center managers?

  • Premiered: 03/17/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA SDS TBA software-defined storage TBA Datacenter TBA Software Defined Storage TBA VMWare TBA VSAN TBA HP TBA StoreVirtual TBA StoreOnce TBA VSA TBA Maxta TBA Maxta Storage Platform TBA Tarmin TBA GridBank TBA data-defined TBA DDS TBA Data Defined Storage TBA Nexenta TBA NexentaStor TBA Big Data TBA replication TBA scalability TBA Cloud TBA data mining
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New scale-out NexentaEdge storage supports object, block

Nexenta's new scale-out object storage product supports object and block services and inline deduplication across a petabyte-scale cluster.

  • Premiered: 05/18/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Nexenta TBA NexentaEdge TBA scale-out TBA Storage TBA cluster TBA object TBA Block TBA Inline TBA Deduplication TBA OpenStack TBA Amazon S3 TBA Amazon TBA EMC TBA IBM TBA NetApp TBA Cleversafe TBA Caringo TBA Exablox TBA Scality TBA Ceph TBA Red Hat TBA ZFS TBA API TBA iSCSI TBA object storage TBA Jeff Byrne
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Integrate cloud tiering with on-premises storage

Cloud and on-premises storage are increasingly becoming integrated so cloud is just another tier available to storage administrators.

  • Premiered: 06/02/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Cloud Storage
Topic(s): TBA Cloud TBA Storage TBA Mike Matchett TBA Public Cloud TBA elasticity TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA Performance TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA Cloud Storage TBA EFSS TBA Amazon EBS TBA AWS TBA Amazon Web Services TBA Amazon TBA EFS TBA Elastic Block Storage TBA Block Storage TBA Elastic File Store TBA SoftNAS TBA API TBA SDS TBA software-defined storage TBA OpenStack TBA Maxta TBA Nexenta TBA Qumulo TBA Tarmin TBA WANO TBA WAN Optimization
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VMware vSphere 6 release good news for storage admins

VMware's vSphere 6 release shows that the vendor is aiming for a completely software-defined data center with a fully virtualized infrastructure.

  • Premiered: 10/05/15
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA VMware vSphere TBA vSphere TBA vSphere 6 TBA software-defined TBA Software-Defined Data Center TBA SDDC TBA Virtualization TBA virtualized infrastructure TBA VSAN TBA VVOLs TBA VMware VVOLs TBA Virtual Volumes TBA VMotion TBA high availability TBA Security TBA scalability TBA Data protection TBA replication TBA VMware PEX TBA Fault Tolerance TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM TBA Provisioning TBA Storage Management TBA SLA TBA 3D Flash TBA FT TBA vCPU TBA CPU
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Container technology's role in storage

Containers are somewhat limited in scope and scale so the next logical step for the technology is dealing with storage.

  • Premiered: 10/20/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Server Virtualization
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA storage container TBA containers TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA DevOps TBA VMworld 2015 TBA VMWare TBA VMware vSphere TBA vSphere TBA Cloud TBA Cloud Management TBA vSphere Integrated Containers TBA VIC TBA container management TBA Amazon TBA Amazon AWS TBA AWS TBA MacBooks TBA Amazon S3 TBA Data Center TBA ClusterHQ TBA Flocker TBA MongoDB TBA MySQL TBA OpenStack TBA OpenStack Cinder TBA Block Storage TBA EMC TBA Microsoft NetApp
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Micron’s Solution Engineering Lab Reveals a New Level of Customer Commitment

I recently attended a Micron launch event where they unveiled a new solution engineering lab in Austin, Texas. As expected, Micron also announced a broad portfolio of PCIe solid state drives (SSDs) that leverage the high-performance NVMe protocol.

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Hedvig storage update offers multicloud capabilities

Hedvig outlined its vision for a Universal Data Plane spanning public and private clouds, as it announced an updated version of its software-defined storage.

  • Premiered: 09/22/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Cloud Storage
Topic(s): TBA Hedvig TBA Cloud TBA Jeff Kato TBA Public Cloud TBA Private Cloud TBA software-defined TBA software-defined storage TBA SDS TBA Software Defined Storage TBA software defined TBA Universal Data Plane TBA iSCSI TBA NFS TBA Amazon TBA Amazon S3 TBA OpenStack TBA OpenStack Swift TBA Deduplication TBA Data Deduplication TBA Compression TBA Snapshots TBA Snapshot TBA tiering TBA Caching TBA VMWare TBA VMware vSphere TBA vSphere TBA Docker TBA Mirantis TBA scale-out