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EMC Replication Manager

Without any fanfare, data replicas have quietly become the lifeblood of enterprise storage infrastructures. While it is easy enough to create a replica, it is a much harder task to manage and integrate replicas within complex IT operations. In turn, enterprises encounter management overhead that spirals out of control and reduces the power and usefulness of replicas. But with the right replication management products, it is possible to transform replicas into a powerful, automated, smooth running, policy-driven tool that enhances enterprise storage services, increases protection, and delivers tremendous versatility by improving data re-use.

Publish date: 08/15/07
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Adaptec Snap Server 650

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 650 from Adaptec, we believe that the company continues to move the Snap line into a critical transition point in price/performance and features.

Publish date: 08/15/07
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BakBone Introduces NetVault: TrueCDP – Integrated, Continuous Data Protection

In this profile we review this challenge of fast and granular data recoverability, the role of CDP, and the advantage of BakBone’s NetVault: TrueCDP for fast and consistent file recovery in environments running the BakBone suite of data protection products.

Publish date: 09/01/07
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Adaptec Snap Server 700i

The Snap Server 700i is an iSCSI storage system with dedicated iSCSI, hardware RAID, and the OnTarget operating system providing a rich storage management feature set. The series does not replace the existing dual dialect NAS/iSCSI Snap Servers, but lets Adaptec take a hard charge at the growing marketplace of enterprise-level iSCSI SANs.

Publish date: 09/01/07
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Asempra BCS - Continuous Availability

The reality today is that too many data protection platforms targeted at the small and medium enterprise (SME) market fail to deliver basic capabilities with the ease of use, speed, and flexibility necessary to provide the holistic, effective data protection demanded.  What the SME requires is a new approach to data protection that is easy to use and ensures the business that both the application and data remain available. We’ve identified this approach to data protection as Continuous Availability.

Publish date: 10/07/07
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Prepare for VMware VVOLs and how they will change storage products

The benefits of VMware VVOLs are vast and unquestioned. But most IT shops are struggling to deal with how they are changing today's storage products.

  • Premiered: 04/03/15
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA VVOL TBA VVOLs TBA VMware VVOLs TBA Storage TBA Virtualization TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM TBA LUN TBA Performance TBA Capacity TBA Acopia TBA Caching TBA Thin Provisioning TBA Snapshots TBA cloning TBA replication TBA Deduplication TBA Encryption TBA Hypervisor TBA Volumes TBA SAN TBA NAS TBA storage container TBA vSphere TBA DAS TBA software-defined TBA software-defined storage TBA SDS TBA Virtual SAN
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Better Together: Optimizing VMware vSphere 6.0 Deployments with Dell EqualLogic PS Series

Although server virtualization provides enormous benefits for the modern data center, it can also be daunting from a storage perspective. Provisioning storage to match the exact virtual machine (VM) requirements has always been challenging, often ending in a series of compromises. Each VM will have its own unique performance and storage requirements; this can create over-provisioning and other inefficient uses of storage. A virtualization administrator has to try and match a VM’s storage requirements as close as possible to storage that has been pre-provisioned. Provisioning in this way is time consuming and does not possess the VM-level granularity required to meet the specific needs of the applications running in a VM. To exacerbate the problem, often, over the lifetime of a VM, the storage requirements for a VM will change, which requires ongoing diligence and review of the storage platform and manual intervention to meet the new requirements.

VMware vSphere 6.0 introduced the biggest change to the ESXi storage stack since the company’s inception with the inclusion of vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVol). VVol helps to solve the challenge of how to match a VM’s storage requirements with external storage capabilities on a per VM basis. We found that VVol when combined with Dell EqualLogic PS Series arrays become a powerful force in the datacenter.

In this brief, we call out some storage-related highlights of vSphere 6.0 such as Virtual Volumes, and then take a close look at how they, as well as traditional datastore stored VMs have been enhanced and packaged by Dell Storage into the EqualLogic PS Series storage solution. We will show how Dell and VMware have combined forces to deliver an enterprise-class virtual server and storage environment that is highly optimized and directly addresses the performance, availability, data protection and complexity challenges common in today’s business-critical virtualized data centers.

Publish date: 04/28/15
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Infinidat comes out of stealth with PB-scale InfiniBox, funding grab

Moshe Yanai's newest venture launches its InfiniBox hyperscale storage array and says it already has close to 100 customers.

  • Premiered: 04/29/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Infinidat TBA InfiniBox TBA hyperscale TBA Storage TBA Block Storage TBA Fibre Channel TBA FC TBA iSCSI TBA NAS TBA OpenStack TBA Amazon TBA S3 TBA RAM TBA Dell TBA VMWare TBA vCenter TBA replication TBA remote replication TBA Snapshots TBA Thin Provisioning TBA analytics TBA application performance TBA Arun Taneja
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What storage problems can vSphere Virtual Volumes solve?

VSphere VVOLs allow virtual administrators to self-provision a pool of storage as they see fit.

  • Premiered: 04/28/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Tom Fenton TBA vSphere TBA VMWare TBA VMware vSphere TBA VVOL TBA VVOLs TBA VMware VVOLs TBA Virtual Volumes TBA VMware Virtual Volumes TBA Storage TBA virtual administrator TBA Virtualization TBA Data Center TBA NFS TBA Fibre Channel TBA FC TBA iSCSI TBA Ethernet TBA LUN TBA SPBM TBA Storage Policy Based Management TBA Snapshots TBA cloning TBA replication TBA QoS TBA VM-centric
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How can storage arrays take advantage of vSphere VVOLs?

Virtual Volumes allow storage features to be provisioned to VMs, but the available feature set depends on the hardware.

  • Premiered: 05/21/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA VMware VVOLs TBA VMware Virtual Volumes TBA Virtual Volumes TBA VVOLs TBA Tom Fenton TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA vSphere TBA VMware vSphere TBA Storage TBA Dell TBA EqualLogic TBA RAID TBA Snapshots TBA Performance
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Cohesity aims to converge all secondary storage

Cohesity rolls out early-access appliance that aims to remove the need for multiple storage products by converging secondary storage workflows.

  • Premiered: 06/19/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Backup
Topic(s): TBA Cohesity TBA Storage TBA convergence TBA converged TBA DP TBA Data protection TBA Nutanix TBA hyper-converge TBA hyper-converged TBA hyper-convergence TBA Virtualization TBA Compute TBA network TBA Backup TBA Archiving TBA Data Center TBA NFS TBA HDFS TBA Hadoop Distributed File System TBA replication TBA DR TBA Disaster Recovery TBA SSD TBA Flash TBA Snapshots TBA Arun Taneja
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Data awareness is the next wave of enterprise storage

According to Taneja Group, data aware storage is the next big thing, and in a recent webinar, the research form trotted out some startups in this new segment to showcase their offerings.

  • Premiered: 06/24/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: IT World Canada
Topic(s): TBA NAS TBA SAN TBA Storage TBA Cloud TBA SQL TBA data-aware TBA data awareness TBA Jeff Kato TBA real-time analytics TBA data analytics TBA API TBA Qumulo TBA DataGravity TBA Tarmin TBA HFA TBA AFA TBA Hybrid Array TBA hybrid storage TBA all flash array TBA All Flash TBA SSD TBA Snapshots TBA Clones TBA Encryption TBA QoS TBA replication
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Expert video: Storage thin provisioning to optimize capacity

In his Storage Decisions conference presentation titled "Attack of the Killer Capacity," Mike Matchett discussed different methods of capacity optimization and their benefits, including storage thin provisioning.

  • Premiered: 06/29/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Mike Matchett TBA Storage Decisions TBA Storage TBA Thin Provisioning TBA capacity optimization TBA oversubscription TBA clone TBA replicating TBA cloning TBA Snapshot TBA Snapshots TBA Performance
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Flat backup grows into viable tool for data protection

Flat backups reduce license fees and improve recovery point objectives and recovery time objectives, making them useful for data protection.

  • Premiered: 07/08/15
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Backup
Topic(s): TBA Backup TBA Data protection TBA DP TBA Recovery TBA Snapshots TBA flat backup TBA NetApp TBA HP TBA EMC TBA 3PAR TBA StoreServ TBA StoreOnce TBA VMAX TBA Data Domain TBA RPO TBA RTO TBA COW TBA ROW TBA Disaster Recovery TBA DR TBA WAN TBA Microsoft TBA Oracle TBA SAP TBA SnapProtect TBA RMC TBA Recovery Manager Central TBA ProtectPoint TBA Virtualization TBA VMWare
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VMware VVOLs could lift external storage systems

VMware VVOLs could be the elixir traditional external storage systems need to gain ground on VM-centric storage and hyper-converged products.

  • Premiered: 08/03/15
  • Author: Jeff Kato
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA VVOL TBA VVOLs TBA VMware VVOLs TBA VM-centric TBA Storage TBA hyper-converged TBA Cloud TBA Virtualization TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM TBA convergence TBA converged TBA Dell TBA EMC TBA HP TBA IBM TBA NetApp TBA VMWare TBA vSphere TBA vSphere 6 TBA Nutanix TBA SimpliVity TBA Tintri TBA QoS TBA Performance TBA high availability TBA HA TBA RAID TBA Capacity
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DP Designed for Flash - Better Together: HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage and StoreOnce System

Flash technology has burst on the IT scene within the past few years with a vengeance. Initially seen simply as a replacement for HDDs, flash now is triggering IT and business to rethink a lot of practices that have been well established for decades. One of those is data protection. Do you protect data the same way when it is sitting on flash as you did when HDDs ruled the day? How do you take into account that at raw cost/capacity levels, flash is still more expensive than HDDs?  Do data deduplication and compression technologies change how you work with flash? Does the fact that flash technology is injected most often to alleviate severe application performance issues require you to rethink how you should protect, manage, and move this data?

These questions apply across the board when flash is injected into storage arrays but even more so when you consider all-flash arrays (AFAs), which are often associated with the most mission-critical applications an enterprise possesses. The expectations for application service levels and data protection recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs) are vastly different in these environments. Given this, are existing data protection tools adequate? Or is there a better way to utilize these expensive assets and yet achieve far superior results? The short answer is yes to both.

In this Opinion piece we will focus on answering these questions broadly through the data protection lens. We will then look at a specific case of how data protection can be designed with flash in mind by considering the combination of flash-optimized HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage, HPE StoreOnce System backup appliances, and HPE Recovery Management Central (RMC) software. These elements combine to produce an exceptional solution that meets the stringent application service requirements and data protection RTOs and RPOs that one finds in flash storage environments while keeping costs in check.

Publish date: 06/06/16
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Hyper-converged vendors focus on data protection

Hyper-convergence has impacted primary storage, but Arun Taneja says hyper-converged vendors are bringing the concept to data protection.

  • Premiered: 09/03/15
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Backup
Topic(s): TBA hyper-converge TBA hyper-converged TBA hyper-convergence TBA hyperconverged TBA Primary Storage TBA Arun Taneja TBA Storage TBA Data protection TBA Data Deduplication TBA Deduplication TBA Compression TBA Continuous Data Protection TBA synthetic backup TBA Backup TBA copy data management TBA Snapshots TBA Snapshot TBA WANO TBA WAN Optimization TBA WAN TBA replication TBA flat backup TBA secondary storage TBA Gridstore TBA Maxta TBA Nimboxx TBA Nutanix TBA Scale TBA Scale Computing TBA SimpliVity
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Reduxio launches hybrid array with built-in protection

Startup Reduxio Systems launches hybrid storage system with BackDating data recovery to any second in time, inline dedupe, and continuous block tiering.

  • Premiered: 09/04/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Solid State Storage
Topic(s): TBA Reduxio TBA Hybrid Array TBA Protection TBA Hybrid TBA Storage TBA data optimization TBA Optimization TBA Data protection TBA inline deduplication TBA Deduplication TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA flash hybrid TBA CDP TBA Continuous Data Protection TBA Recovery TBA Snapshot TBA Snapshots TBA Compression TBA Virtualization TBA Metadata TBA Data reduction TBA VDI TBA Virtual Desktop Infrastructure TBA virtual desktop TBA Mike Matchett TBA Auto Tiering TBA Jeff Kato TBA clone
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INFINIDAT Expands InfiniBox Enterprise Storage Family, Introduces Multi-Petabyte Scale Unified

INFINIDAT, a leader in high performance, highly available enterprise storage solutions, announces the expansion of its revolutionary InfiniBox family of storage arrays with the addition of two new capabilities and a new midrange model.

  • Premiered: 09/21/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Business Wire
Topic(s): TBA Infinidat TBA High Performance TBA high availability TBA Enterprise Storage TBA Storage TBA NAS TBA Enterprise TBA Scale TBA Unified Storage TBA Snapshots TBA Snapshot TBA Block Storage TBA SSD TBA Flash TBA InfiniBox TBA Cloud TBA Cloud Storage TBA SAN TBA Capacity TBA Arun Taneja
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Free Report - Better Together: HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage and StoreOnce System Opinion

Flash technology has burst on the IT scene within the past few years with a vengeance. Initially seen simply as a replacement for HDDs, flash now is triggering IT and business to rethink a lot of practices that have been well established for decades. One of those is data protection. Do you protect data the same way when it is sitting on flash as you did when HDDs ruled the day? How do you take into account that at raw cost/capacity levels, flash is still more expensive than HDDs?  Do data deduplication and compression technologies change how you work with flash? Does the fact that flash technology is injected most often to alleviate severe application performance issues require you to rethink how you should protect, manage, and move this data?

These questions apply across the board when flash is injected into storage arrays but even more so when you consider all-flash arrays (AFAs), which are often associated with the most mission-critical applications an enterprise possesses. The expectations for application service levels and data protection recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs) are vastly different in these environments. Given this, are existing data protection tools adequate? Or is there a better way to utilize these expensive assets and yet achieve far superior results? The short answer is yes to both.

In this Opinion piece we will focus on answering these questions broadly through the data protection lens. We will then look at a specific case of how data protection can be designed with flash in mind by considering the combination of flash-optimized HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage, HP StoreOnce System backup appliances, and HP StoreOnce Recovery Management Central (RMC) software. These elements combine to produce an exceptional solution that meets the stringent application service requirements and data protection RTOs and RPOs that one finds in flash storage environments while keeping costs in check.

Publish date: 09/25/15