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Don’t Count Out the Cloud for your Storage and Compute Needs

Despite recent growing pains in the cloud market, there are many signs that the cloud is here to stay. The pace of innovation is tremendous, and a number of companies - both large and small - are now focusing on developing the enterprise-level features that will increasingly attract corporate applications and data.

  • Premiered: 04/28/11
  • Author: Jeff Byrne
Topic(s): Nirvanix StorSimple TwinStrata IBM HP Dell Amazon Cisco Microsoft VMWare Cloud
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StorSimple – Storing data the right way

In this Taneja Group Technology Validation exercise, we put an innovative new array to the test to see just what was possible when a vendor stretches their wings and takes on much more than another version of storage done the same old way.

The vendor in this case is StorSimple, and what they propose is that a single storage system can do everything, while doing it more cost effectively, and with almost zero footprint in the data center. While that may sound like an almost unbelievable set of capabilities on the surface, what StorSimple has done is integrate cloud storage over the Internet behind a primary storage array for a truly unique set of capabilities. By coupling the two together, StorSimple unlocks infinite storage capacity, a small form factor, utter simplicity, and the tools to automatically protect data in place, forever. We anticipate this will hit home with a lot of customers – no more migration, no more backup, and built in DR finally makes storage seem like a technology that matches the needs of today’s business.

Join us in this Technology Validation report as we see if StorSimple’s promises hold true, and just what those promises look poised to do for today’s data center.

Publish date: 07/19/11
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Taneja Group Validation: Storage Done the Right Way With StorSimple

In this Taneja Group Technology Validation exercise, we put an innovative new array to the test to see just what was possible when a vendor stretches its wings and takes on much more than just another version of storage done the same old way.

  • Premiered: 07/25/11
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: InfoStor
Topic(s): TBA TVS TBA StorSimple
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Storage Interface Throw-Down

I frankly think the current generation of IT buyers will determine the success of IT products based on user experience and well built interfaces more than ever before.

  • Premiered: 05/03/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): Dell StorSimple IBM EqualLogic Storage HP interface
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SNW: StorSimple makes cloud storage devices bigger, faster

DALLAS – StorSimple upgraded its cloud storage appliance platform today, adding a device that scales to 100TB while upgrading its management software to improve automatic data tiering and snapshot performance.

  • Premiered: 04/03/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchCloudStorage.com
Topic(s): TBA StorSimple TBA Cloud TBA SNW
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Microsoft Buys StorSimple - Deepen integration between Microsoft Azure and Enterprise Data Center

Microsoft officially acquired StorSimple on November 15, 2012. StorSimple was a relative startup that had been shipping products for about 18 months. Why did Microsoft buy StorSimple? What is the strategy behind the purchase? Where will Microsoft take this newly acquired technology? These are many of the questions we are being asked at present. Here is our view....

Publish date: 01/08/13
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Hybrid Cloud Storage from Microsoft: Leveraging Windows Azure and StorSimple

Cloud computing does some things very well. It delivers applications and upgrades. It runs analysis on cloud-based big data. It connects distributed groups sharing communications and files. It provides a great environment for developing web applications and running test/dev processes.

But public cloud storage is a different story. The cloud does deliver long-term, cost-effective storage for inactive backup and archives. Once the backup and archive data streams are scheduled and running they can use relatively low bandwidth as long as they are deduping on-site before transport. (And as long as they do not have to be rehydrated pre-upload, which is another story.) This alone helps to save on-premises storage capacity and can replace off-site tape vaulting.

But cloud storage users want more. They want to have the cost and agility advantages of the public cloud without incurring the huge expense of building one. They want to keep using the public cloud for cost-effective backup and archive, but they also want to use it for more active – i.e. primary – data. This is especially true for workloads with rapidly growing data sets that quickly age like collaboration and file shares. Some of this data needs to reside locally but the majority can be moved, or tiered, to public cloud storage.

What does the cloud need to work for this enterprise wish list? Above all it needs to make public cloud storage an integral part of the on-premises primary storage architecture. This requires intelligent and automated storage tiering, high performance for baseline uploads and continual snapshots, no geographical lock-in, and a central storage management console that integrates cloud and on-premises storage.

Hybrid cloud storage, or HCS, meets this challenge. HCS turns the public cloud into a true active storage tier for less active production data that is not ready to be put out to backup pasture. Hybrid cloud storage integrates on-premises storage with public cloud storage services: not as another backup target but as integrated storage infrastructure. The storage system uses both the on-premises array and scalable cloud storage resources for primary data, expanding that data and data protection to a cost-effective cloud storage tier.

Microsoft’s innovative and broad set of technology enables a true, integrated solution for hybrid cloud storage for business and government organizations – not just a heterogeneous combination of private cloud and public cloud storage offerings. Comprised of StorSimple cloud-integrated storage and the Windows Azure Storage service, HCS from Microsoft well serves the demanding enterprise storage environment, enabling customers to realize huge data management efficiencies in their Microsoft applications and Windows and VMware environments.

This paper will discuss how the Microsoft solution for hybrid cloud storage, consisting of Windows Azure and StorSimple, is different from traditional storage, best practices for leveraging it, and the real world results from multiple customer deployment examples.

Publish date: 08/31/13
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Hybrid Cloud Storage: Extending the Storage Infrastructure for Major Cost Savings

Cloud computing has several clear business models. SaaS delivers software, upgrades and maintenance as a service, saving customers money by eliminating costs of ownership that the cloud provider now bears. Several technology factors contribute to SaaS' increasing popularity including protocol standardization, the ubiquity of Web browsing, access to broadband networks, and rapid application development.  It’s not perfect – people have legitimate concerns about data security, governance, vendor lock-in, and data portability, but based on its success, the advantages of SaaS seem to be outweighing its challenges. And the market segment is growing fast.

Another cloud computing model is IaaS, where the customer outsources the compute infrastructure to a cloud provider. This model is gaining traction, especially for application development and testing. App developers are able to take the capital they would otherwise have to spend on buying computing gear and target it to specific development projects that are underway in Internet data centers. The problem with IaaS is that cloud software development doesn’t necessarily translate well into on-premises deployments and many developers prefer to develop SaaS.

Storage in the cloud is yet another business model with different dynamics. While SaaS and Iaas are strongly oriented towards cloud deployments, there are strong pressures driving cloud storage toward on-premises deployments. While storing data in the cloud for SaaS and IaaS computing is certainly important, the vast amount of data still resides on-premises where its growth is largely unchecked. If the cloud storage is going to succeed, it needs to become relevant to the people managing data in corporate on-premises data centers.

Publish date: 11/27/13
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Public cloud storage options: Determining what data to move

How do you determine which workloads and use cases are suitable for public cloud storage? The cloud may look attractive from a cost and scalability standpoint, but certain types of workloads and storage use cases are much better served in the cloud than others.

  • Premiered: 04/10/14
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Cloud Storage
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA Cloud TBA object storage TBA Storage TBA Commodity Storage TBA Amazon TBA Public Cloud TBA scalability TBA AWS TBA Amazon EBS TBA HP TBA Windows Azure TBA CDN TBA Amazon Glacier TBA StorSimple
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Quantum StorNext adds Q-Cloud as AWS archiving tier

Built into its StorNext file system, Quantum's Q-Cloud Archive and Vault use Amazon Web Services for active archiving and cold-storage tiering.

  • Premiered: 01/28/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Cloud Storage
Topic(s): TBA Quantum TBA StorNext TBA Cloud TBA Archiving TBA Public Cloud TBA Amazon TBA AWS TBA Amazon Web Services TBA Q-Cloud Vault TBA Amazon Glacier TBA Microsoft TBA StorSimple TBA Nasuni TBA Panzura TBA EMC TBA TwinStrata TBA VMAX TBA Storage
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New approaches to scalable storage

With all these scalable storage approaches, IT organizations must evaluate the options against their data storage and analytics needs, as well as future architectures.

  • Premiered: 03/16/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA Mike Matchett TBA TechTarget TBA Storage TBA scalable TBA scalability TBA analytics TBA Data Storage TBA Big Data TBA Block Storage TBA File Storage TBA object storage TBA scale-out TBA scale-up TBA Performance TBA Capacity TBA HA TBA high availability TBA latency TBA IOPS TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA File System TBA Security TBA NetApp TBA Data ONTAP TBA ONTAP TBA EMC TBA Isilon TBA OneFS TBA Cloud
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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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Accelerating Cloud Transformation with Microsoft StorSimple's New Virtual Appliance

We've always admired StorSimple from before Microsoft acquired them. And what was Microsoft up to, getting into the storage infrastructure space? Well, if it wasn't apparent before it is now - Microsoft StorSimple is a great on-ramp to the cloud (Azure naturally), especially if formal executive sponsored cloud transformation initiatives just aren't in the cards for the rank and file IT organization. And this week Microsoft just announced a virtual StorSimple appliance option that can help accelerate cloud transformations even faster.

  • Premiered: 03/04/16
  • Author: Mike Matchett
Topic(s): Microsoft StorSimple Cloud Transformation DRaaS Data protection Mike Matchett Christine Taylor
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Assimilate converged IT infrastructure into the data center

With the hype around converged and hyper-converged IT infrastructure, resistance seems futile. While your IT organization will likely be a mix of converged, dedicated and cloud-based resources, convergence is moving into new areas.

  • Premiered: 03/16/16
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA convergence TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA Datacenter TBA Storage TBA converged TBA IT convergence TBA converged IT TBA Cloud TBA Public Cloud TBA OPEX TBA VCE TBA vBlock TBA Virtualization TBA software-defined TBA hyperconverged infrastructure TBA HCI TBA Nutanix TBA SimpliVity TBA Data protection TBA DP TBA Microsoft TBA StorSimple TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA Archive TBA Backup TBA BC TBA Business Continuity TBA Disaster Recovery TBA DR TBA data lake
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Hybrid Cloud Storage

Hybrid cloud storage orchestrates storage processing between on-premise and cloud resources, creating a single virtual storage infrastructure with centralized management. Software-defined storage (SDS) enables hybrid cloud storage vendors to decouple processing from storage assets.

  • Premiered: 04/06/16
  • Author: Christine Taylor
  • Published: InfoStor
Topic(s): TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA Hybrid Cloud Storage TBA HCS TBA Cloud TBA Storage TBA software-defined TBA software-defined storage TBA SDS TBA Public Cloud TBA IOPS TBA Low latency TBA compliance TBA scalability TBA Virtualization TBA DR TBA Disaster Recovery TBA Distributed Storage TBA ROBO TBA big data analytics TBA Big Data TBA analytics TBA hybrid infrastructure TBA cloud bursting TBA DP TBA Data protection TBA Snapshot TBA Snapshots TBA replication TBA Microsoft TBA Microsoft Azure
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Get the most from cloud-based storage services

Enterprise data storage managers are in position to help their companies get more from cloud storage services.

  • Premiered: 05/02/16
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Enterprise Storage TBA Storage TBA Cloud TBA Data Storage TBA cold storage TBA cold data TBA Archive TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA HCS TBA Hybrid Cloud Storage TBA Saas TBA Big Data TBA tiering TBA CTERA TBA Private Cloud TBA ClearSky Data TBA hyper-converged TBA WAN Optimization TBA WANO TBA Riverbed TBA SteelFusion TBA IBM TBA EMC TBA Microsoft TBA Microsoft Azure TBA StorSimple TBA Oracle
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Hybrid Storage Accelerates IT Cloud Transformation: Customers find Microsoft Azure StorSimple

After conducting a number of in-depth field interviews with real world Microsoft Azure StorSimple users, we’ve discovered that the real StorSimple story is all about helping people transition smoothly from on-premises storage to an on-premises/cloud hybrid model. From there, it helps both IT and the business accelerate broader adoption of cloud-centric hybrid IT architecture. StorSimple not only simplifies on-premises storage challenges with fully integrated automated cloud-tiering and data protection (providing elastic capacity and cloud burstability), but also optimizes distributed file sharing and application storage (with cloud-based DR, centralized management, and extensibility).

However, it’s easy to talk about features – what a product does and how it does it. These are important things to know and we’ll highlight several key capabilities in this report. But the real proof of the successful product pudding is this: what do actual customers say? What are their challenges, their hopes, their needs? And how did their storage decisions serve those needs?

To answer these questions, we took an in-depth look at StorSimple through a customer lens. Real-life enterprise customers told us about their original journeys to StorSimple, and how Microsoft is helping them to move on more fully to the cloud. Ultimately, we noted five highly-valued critical advantages of StorSimple: native data protection and disaster recovery, deployment and management simplicity across multiple locations, a high return on investment, and a dynamic storage environment that unifies files and applications across the enterprise.

Publish date: 05/09/16
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Overcome problems with public cloud storage providers

Security and compliance concerns are chief obstacles to public cloud storage adoption, as IT managers are hesitant to have their critical data reside outside the data center.

  • Premiered: 03/03/17
  • Author: Jeff Byrne
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Cloud Storage
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA Cloud TBA Public Cloud TBA Cloud Storage TBA Data Center TBA scalable TBA scalability TBA secondary storage TBA Backup TBA Archiving TBA analytics TBA cloud adoption TBA Cloud Security TBA Security TBA compliance TBA SLA TBA AWS TBA Amazon TBA Amazon AWS TBA Microsoft Azure TBA Google TBA Google Cloud TBA Data protection TBA API TBA S3 TBA SSL TBA IO latency TBA latency TBA Deduplication TBA Compression
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Use the cloud to enhance the functions of primary storage

Learn some of the best ways to leverage public cloud as a storage tier to complement primary storage and make data centers more efficient.

  • Premiered: 05/04/17
  • Author: Jeff Byrne
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA Cloud TBA Primary Storage TBA Public Cloud TBA Amazon TBA Amazon S3 TBA Simple Storage Service TBA Elastic Block Storage TBA Amazon EBS TBA Cloud Security TBA Security TBA Availability TBA Cloud Storage TBA Backup TBA Disaster Recovery TBA DR TBA Archive TBA cloud tiering TBA hybrid storage TBA IOPS TBA High Performance TBA SAN TBA SAS TBA latency TBA SATA TBA SATA drives TBA Migration TBA automated storage tiering TBA NVDIMM TBA SSD