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Software-defined storage might not be so radical after all

While software-defined storage is receiving lots of buzz, it isn't as new an idea as it may seem; storage virtualization vendors have been working toward it for years.

  • Premiered: 09/12/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA SDDC TBA Software Defined Data Center TBA Storage TBA SDS TBA Virtualization TBA Virtual Infrastructure TBA Storage Virtualization TBA software-centric architecture TBA VSA
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Gridstore Launches Software-Defined Storage Coup d'Etat

GRIDSTORE, the leader in optimized storage for Windows Servers and Hyper-V that accelerates application I/O, today announced early access for GRIDSTORE 3.0, a revolutionary new software-defined storage (SDS) solution, architected to deliver improved application performance and the industry's first and only TrueQoS (True Quality of Service) in a pay-as-you-scale format.

  • Premiered: 10/01/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: IT Business Net
Topic(s): TBA SDS TBA Storage TBA software-defined TBA scale-out TBA MSP TBA Virtualization TBA Hybrid
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Emerging Trends in Software Defined Storage

“Software defined pretty-much-anything” is getting a lot of attention in the IT trade press. It seems new and different and promises to solve everyone’s problems around prioritizing applications, sharing storage across massive distributed environments and optimizing computing resources around business data needs.

  • Premiered: 10/23/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: InfoStor
Topic(s): TBA software-defined TBA SDS TBA IO Optimization TBA Virtual storage TBA Virtualization TBA Storage TBA scale-out TBA VSA TBA EMC TBA ViPR TBA IBM SVC TBA DataCore TBA StoreVirtual TBA HP TBA VMWare TBA VSAN TBA scalability TBA Mobility
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How the future of data storage will stack up

The future of data storage will have storage shedding the role of a passive technology player as it integrates more closely with applications and workloads.

  • Premiered: 10/31/13
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA Virtualization TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Block Storage TBA File Storage TBA object storage TBA SAN TBA Automation TBA Oracle TBA ZFS TBA Tintri TBA Atlantis Computing TBA ILIO TBA Actifio TBA Maginatics TBA MagFS TBA Virtual storage TBA VSA TBA converged storage TBA Unified Storage TBA software-defined TBA software-defined storage TBA SDS TBA EMC TBA ViPR TBA Virtualized Big Data TBA Big Data
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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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Forget software-defined storage; we need software-concealed storage

Instead of software-defined storage, says Rich Castagna, we should have software-concealed storage that puts all that plumbing and exceptional functionality under the covers.

  • Premiered: 12/17/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA SDS TBA Software Defined Storage TBA Storage TBA Arun Taneja TBA Mike Matchett
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Atlantis ILIO moves into hyper-converged storage

Atlantis Computing Inc. aims to move beyond optimizing virtual desktop infrastructure storage with its latest software, which uses inline memory to deliver the startup's version of software-defined storage.

  • Premiered: 02/28/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Atlantis Computing TBA Virtualization TBA Storage TBA Infrastructure TBA SDS TBA software-defined storage TBA ILIO TBA NAS TBA SAN TBA DAS TBA RAM TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA VDI TBA Low latency TBA VSAN TBA VMWare TBA CloudStack TBA OpenStack TBA IBM TBA SmartCloud TBA BMC TBA Cloud Lifecycle Manager
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Data Defined Storage: Building on the Benefits of Software Defined Storage

At its core, Software Defined Storage decouples storage management from the physical storage system. In practice Software Defined Storage vendors implement the solution using a variety of technologies: orchestration layers, virtual appliances and server-side products are all in the market now. They are valuable for storage administrators who struggle to manage multiple storage systems in the data center as well as remote data repositories.

What Software Defined Storage does not do is yield more value for the data under its control, or address global information governance requirements. To that end, Data Defined Storage yields the benefits of Software Defined Storage while also reducing data risk and increasing data value throughout the distributed data infrastructure. In this report we will explore how Tarmin’s GridBank Data Management Platform provides Software Defined Storage benefits and also drives reduced risk and added business value for distributed unstructured data with Data Defined Storage. 

Publish date: 03/17/14
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How Do you Software-Define Storage? Explaining the "real meat" behind SDS

"What is Software-defined Storage?" This is by no means an easy question to answer, and there are a lot of people pushing different visions and definitions. For our part in this conversation, I try to remain attentive to a longer term ideal vision (where the market should go) while staying attentive to reality today, and where practitioners can actually get tangible benefit from solutions that may be early or partial incarnations of that long term ideal, but still offer significant benefit today.

  • Premiered: 04/09/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): software-defined Storage SDS IBM Storwize V5000 Tintri VMstore VSA
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New Storage Platforms: What's the Difference?

It's no secret organizations today are dealing with data growth up to and beyond the petabyte level. This massive growth magnifies data management challenges, such as the overheads associated with storage acquisition and operation, as well as exacerbated data protection, governance, and security concerns due to regulatory issues and data mobility.

  • Premiered: 07/07/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Network Computing
Topic(s): TBA Shahbaz Ali TBA Tarmin TBA Storage TBA software defined TBA software-defined storage TBA Data Defined Storage TBA DDS TBA SDS TBA Big Data TBA analytics TBA object storage TBA storage optimization TBA Virtualization
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HP ConvergedSystem: Altering Business Efficiency and Agility with Integrated Systems

The era of IT infrastructure convergence is upon us. Over the past few years Integrated Computing systems – the integration of compute, networking, and storage - have burst onto the scene and have been readily adopted by large enterprise users. The success of these systems has been built by taking well-known IT workloads and combining it with purpose built integrated computing systems optimized for that particular workload. Example workloads today that are being integrated to create these systems are Cloud, Big Data, Virtualization, Database, VDI or even combinations of two or more.

In the past putting these workload solutions together meant having or hiring technology experts with multiple domain knowledge expertise. Integration and validation could take months of on-premise work. Fortunately, technology vendors have matured along with their Integrated Computing systems approach, and now practically every vendor seems to be touting one integrated system or another focused on solving a particular workload problem. The promised set of business benefits delivered by these new systems fall into these key areas:

·         Implementation efficiency that accelerates time to realizing value from integrated systems

·         Operational efficiency through optimized workload density and an ideally right sized set of infrastructure

·         Management efficiency enabled by an integrated management umbrella that ties all of the components of a solution together

·         Scale and agility efficiency unlocked through a repeatedly deployable building block approach

·         Support efficiency that comes with deeply integrated, pre-configured technologies, overarching support tools, and a single vendor support approach for an entire-set of infrastructure

In late 2013, HP introduced a new portfolio oSDDCffering called HP ConvergedSystem – a family of systems that includes a specifically designed virtualization offering. ConvergedSystem marked a new offering, designed to tackle key customer pain points around infrastructure and software solution deployment, while leveraging HP’s expertise in large scale build-and-integration processes to herald an entirely new level of agility around speed of ordering and implementation. In this profile, we’ll examine how integrated computing systems marks a serious departure from the inefficiencies of traditional order-build-deploy customer processes, and also evaluate HP’s latest advancement of these types of systems.

Publish date: 09/02/14
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Software-defined Storage and VMware's Virtual SAN Redefining Storage Operations

The massive trend to virtualize servers has brought great benefits to IT data centers everywhere, but other domains of IT infrastructure have been challenged to likewise evolve. In particular, enterprise storage has remained expensively tied to a traditional hardware infrastructure based on antiquated logical constructs that are not well aligned with virtual workloads – ultimately impairing both IT efficiency and organizational agility.

Software-Defined Storage provides a new approach to making better use of storage resources in the virtual environment. Some software-defined solutions are even enabling storage provisioning and management on an object, database or per-VM level instead of struggling with block storage LUN’s or file volumes. In particular, VM-centricity, especially when combined with an automatic policy-based approach to management, enables virtual admins to deal with storage in the same mindset and in the same flow as other virtual admin tasks.

In this paper, we will look at VMware’s Virtual SAN product and its impact on operations. Virtual SAN brings both virtualized storage infrastructure and VM-centric storage together into one solution that significantly reduces cost compared to a traditional SAN. While this kind of software-defined storage alters the acquisition cost of storage in several big ways (avoiding proprietary storage hardware, dedicated storage adapters and fabrics, et.al.) here at Taneja Group what we find more significant is the opportunity for solutions like VMware’s Virtual SAN to fundamentally alter the on-going operational (or OPEX) costs of storage.

In this report, we will look at how Software-Defined Storage stands to transform the long term OPEX for storage by examining VMware’s Virtual SAN product. We’ll do this by examining a representative handful of key operational tasks associated with enterprise storage and the virtual infrastructure in our validation lab. We’ll examine the key data points recorded from our comparative hands-on examination, estimating the overall time and effort required for common OPEX tasks on both VMware Virtual SAN and traditional enterprise storage.

Publish date: 08/08/14
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For Lowest Cost and Greatest Agility, Choose Software-Defined Data Center Architectures

The era of the software-defined data center is upon us. The promise of a software-defined strategy is a virtualized data center created from compute, network and storage building blocks. A Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) moves the provisioning, management, and other advanced features into the software layer so that the entire system delivers improved agility and greater cost savings. This tectonic shift in the data center is as great as the shift to virtualized servers during the last decade and may prove to be greater in the long run.

This approach to IT infrastructure started over a decade ago when compute virtualization - through use of hypervisors - turned compute and server platforms into software objects. This same approach to virtualizing resources is now gaining acceptance in networking and storage architectures. When combined with overarching automation software, a business can now virtualize and manage an entire data center. The abstraction, pooling and running of compute, storage and networking functions, virtually, on shared hardware brings unprecedented agility and flexibility to the data center while driving costs down.

In this paper, Taneja Group takes an in-depth look at the capital expenditure (CapEx) savings that can be achieved by creating a state-of-the-art SDDC, based on currently available technology. We performed a comparative cost study of two different environments: one using the latest software solutions from VMware running on industry standard and white label hardware components; and the other running a more typical VMware virtualization environment, on mostly traditional, feature rich, hardware components, which we will describe as the Hardware-Dependent Data Center (HDDC). The CapEx saving we calculated were based on creating brand new (Greenfield) data centers for each scenario (an additional comparison for upgrading an existing data center is included at the end of this white paper).

Our analysis indicates that a dramatic cost savings, up to 49%, can be realized when using today’s SDDC capabilities combined with low cost white-label hardware, compared to a best in class HDDC. In addition, just by adopting VMware Virtual SAN and NSX in their current virtualized environment users can lower CapEx by 32%. By investing in SDDC technology, businesses can be assured their data center solution can be more easily upgraded and enhanced over the life of the hardware, providing considerable investment protection. Rapidly improving SDDC software capabilities, combined with declining hardware prices, promise to reduce total costs even further as complex embedded hardware features are moved into a more agile and flexible software environment.

Depending on customers’ needs and the choice of deployment model, an SDDC architecture offers a full spectrum of savings. VMware Virtual SAN is software-defined storage that pools inexpensive hard drives and common solid state drives installed in the virtualization hosts to lower capital expenses and simplify the overall storage architecture. VMware NSX aims to make these same advances for network virtualization by moving security and network functions to a software layer that can run on top of any physical network equipment. An SDDC approach is to “virtualize everything” along with data center automation that enables a private cloud with connectors to the public cloud if needed.

Publish date: 08/19/14
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HP gives a free license for 1TB StoreVirtual VSA license to all Intel Xeon E5 V3 users

In one of the gutsiest moves HP gives a free license for 1TB StoreVirtual VSA license to all Intel Xeon E5 V3 users. Is this a new HP or what?

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Gridstore Extends Product Line With Hyperconverged Appliance

Gridstore™, the leader in converged infrastructure purpose-built for Microsoft Hyper-V, today introduced a range of Hyper-V focused hyper-converged appliances, including the first all-flash appliance, to deliver tunable, auto-optimized compute and storage resources together in a single system.

  • Premiered: 09/30/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: MarketWired
Topic(s): TBA Gridstore TBA SDS TBA software-defined storage TBA All Flash TBA SSD TBA Storage TBA Virtualization TBA hyper convergence TBA hyperconverged TBA Hyper-V TBA converged TBA convergence
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Can you compare software-defined storage architecture to hyper-converged systems?

Hyper-converged systems and software-defined storage provide similar storage management features, but the technologies are architected very differently.

  • Premiered: 09/30/14
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA TechTarget TBA hyperconverged TBA SDS TBA software-defined TBA software-defined storage TBA EMC VMAX TBA EMC TBA VMAX TBA HP TBA 3PAR TBA HDS TBA Hitachi TBA Hitachi Data Systems TBA IBM TBA IBM DS8000 TBA NetApp TBA High Performance TBA ViPR TBA SAN Volume Controller TBA SAN TBA Maxta TBA MxSP TBA Gridstore TBA HCS TBA Deduplication TBA VMWare TBA VSAN TBA Virtual SAN TBA EVO
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HP ConvergedSystem: Altering Business Efficiency and Agility with Integrated Systems

The era of IT infrastructure convergence is upon us. Over the past few years Integrated Computing systems – the integration of compute, networking, and storage - have burst onto the scene and have been readily adopted by large enterprise users. The success of these systems has been built by taking well-known IT workloads and combining it with purpose built integrated computing systems optimized for that particular workload. Example workloads today that are being integrated to create these systems are Cloud, Big Data, Virtualization, Database, VDI or even combinations of two or more.

In the past putting these workload solutions together meant having or hiring technology experts with multiple domain knowledge expertise. Integration and validation could take months of on-premise work. Fortunately, technology vendors have matured along with their Integrated Computing systems approach, and now practically every vendor seems to be touting one integrated system or another focused on solving a particular workload problem. The promised set of business benefits delivered by these new systems fall into these key areas:

·         Implementation efficiency that accelerates time to realizing value from integrated systems

·         Operational efficiency through optimized workload density and an ideally right sized set of infrastructure

·         Management efficiency enabled by an integrated management umbrella that ties all of the components of a solution together

·         Scale and agility efficiency unlocked through a repeatedly deployable building block approach

·         Support efficiency that comes with deeply integrated, pre-configured technologies, overarching support tools, and a single vendor support approach for an entire-set of infrastructure

In late 2013, HP introduced a new portfolio offering called HP ConvergedSystem – a family of systems that includes a specifically designed virtualization offering. ConvergedSystem marked a new offering, designed to tackle key customer pain points around infrastructure and software solution deployment, while leveraging HP’s expertise in large scale build-and-integration processes to herald an entirely new level of agility around speed of ordering and implementation. In this profile, we’ll examine how integrated computing systems marks a serious departure from the inefficiencies of traditional order-build-deploy customer processes, and also evaluate HP’s latest advancement of these types of systems.

Publish date: 10/16/14
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Vendor Panel: The New Shape of Software Defined Storage

Come listen in as Taneja Group Sr. Analyst Mike Matchett explores the rapidly expanding world of Software Defined Storage with a panel of the hottest SDS vendors in the market. These panelists will no doubt come out swinging with their best definitions of Software Defined - we already know they don't see eye-to-eye. What does a true SDS solution need to offer, and how are they different from each other? How can SDS change the datacenter landscape? Is SDS a pre-req for the SDDC or hybrid cloud? Do we need SDS just to stay competitive as data storage needs continue to grow? Where should you start deploying SDS, or is it mature enough to even start today? Bring your best SDS questions for these panelists as we search for some Software Defined answers.
Hear from the following:

  • Gridstore: Founder & CTO: Kelly Murphy
  • HP: Director, Product Marketing & Management - SDS: Rob Strechay
  • IBM: Director, Storage and SDE Strategy: Sam Werner
  • Red Hat: Product Marketing Lead, Big Data: Irshad Raihan

  • Premiered: 11/13/14
  • Location: OnDemand
  • Speaker(s): Mike Matchett, Taneja Group; Kelly Murphy, Gridstore; Rob Strechay, HP; Sam Werner, IBM; Irshad Raihan, Red Hat
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Why a storage reference architecture matters in software-defined IT

Software-defined and hyper-converged storage don't eliminate the need for vendor reference architectures.

  • Premiered: 12/11/14
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA software-defined TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA reference architectures TBA SDS TBA software-defined storage TBA EMC TBA VNX TBA replication TBA DataCore TBA SAN TBA SANsymphony TBA convergence TBA Virtualization TBA Storage TBA Server Virtualization TBA Data protection TBA DP TBA WANO TBA WAN Optimization TBA Networking TBA Compute TBA Data Deduplication TBA flexibility
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Make this your most modern IT year yet

No one sticks with their New Year's resolution -- where is that gym card anyway? -- but you can pick up seven modern habits and feel good about fit, healthy IT ops.

  • Premiered: 01/13/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA Big Data TBA hyperconvergence TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA predictive analytics TBA SDS TBA Software Defined Storage TBA software-defined storage TBA In-Memory TBA Caching TBA Infrastructure TBA Cloud TBA DR TBA Disaster Recovery TBA DRaaS TBA Disaster Recovery as a Service TBA IoT TBA Internet of Things TBA Virtual storage