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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

Unified storage systems showdown: NetApp FAS vs. EMC VNX

When EMC Corp. rolled out its VNX and VNXe storage platform this year, it shone a bright light on unified storage systems and intensified its competition with NetApp.

  • Premiered: 07/07/11
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: SearchStorage.com
Topic(s): TBA EMC TBA NetApp TBA VNX TBA VNXe TBA Unified Storage

Dell Compellent: Fluid Storage for a Virtualized World

The enterprise datacenter was a very different place just a few years ago. Over the last decade, several macro trends have converged: rapid server consolidation enabled by virtualization, dramatic data proliferation and the rise of “big data,” solid-state drive technology advances, and an increasingly mobile and demanding workforce. In short, IT continues to consolidate, while business becomes more distributed. This tension drives the search for greater efficiency now at the heart of every IT decision. And no-where is this pressure felt more acutely than in the storage layer. Virtualized and consolidated work-loads create new types of storage I/O contention, which are costly to troubleshoot and repair. Storage costs continue to rise because capacity planning is harder in today’s dynamic business environment. Over time, performance limitations, wasted capacity, and complex operations eat into the bottom line and increase lifetime storage TCO. These realities drive the need for more intelligence in the storage layer. In this technology brief, we explore the ways in which Dell Compellent’s Storage Center is delivering such intelligence today.

Publish date: 12/08/11

Dell Equallogic FS7500: Unified Storage Simplifies File Sharing And Accelerates Virtualization

With the introduction of the FS7500 NAS appliance for the EqualLogic PS Series, Dell customers now have a unified storage option to further reduce management overhead and improve efficiency. All too often, companies have been forced to deploy different storage platforms for different needs: NAS for file-based applications and user file shares and SAN for block-based applications and high-performance virtualized workloads. The FS7500 changes the game. Your unified storage solution should let you easily scale your file shares to handle today’s tremendous growth in unstructured data. It should also accelerate and simplify your virtualization efforts by giving you the freedom to choose the best storage protocol for each virtual workload based on your unique application requirements, skill sets, and existing storage investments. In this technology brief, we explore how Dell’s customers can benefit from the addition of scale-out NAS to the leading scale-out iSCSI SAN storage family.

Publish date: 01/30/12

Nexsan launches unified storage architecture with flash cache

Nexsan Corp. today introduced its first multiprotocol storage platform, the Nexsan NST Series Unified Storage System, which contains a flash cache using single-level cell (SLC) solid-state drives (SSDs) and DRAM to accelerate performance.

  • Premiered: 03/05/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchStorage.com
Topic(s): TBA nexsan TBA SSD TBA Flash TBA cache TBA Unified Storage

Blazing Performance on Unified Storage? Yes, if You’re Nexsan

Nexsan has truly unified high performance block and file traffic on their NST5000 (was the E5000). Nexsan sends both types of traffic through the NST5000 high-end solid-state based controllers. The results are high performance for sequential and random I/O, 3X speed gains for SATA and SAS, big RAID protection, fully integrated data management and protection. It all adds up to next-generation unified storage and changing the rules of the storage game.

Publish date: 03/14/12

Taneja Group Recognizes Nexsan NST5000 With FASTier™ Acceleration Technology as Game Changing.....

Nexsan Delivers "Out-of-the-Ballpark Capabilities" With Dense, Exceptionally Scalable and Extremely Fast Unified Storage System

  • Premiered: 03/14/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: MarketWire.com
Topic(s): TBA nexsan TBA NST5000 TBA Unified Storage TBA fastier

'IceWEB: Nailing Unified Storage' With Clear Differentiation According to Analyst Firm Taneja...

Experts Acclaim IceWEB's 'Enterprise-Grade Storage Subsystem' and 'Highly Polished Interface That Looks More Sophisticated Than a Lot of the Other Stuff That Has Been Coming to the Market'

  • Premiered: 04/19/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: MarketWire.com
Topic(s): TBA IceWEB TBA Unified Storage

Unified Storage Strategies Help Keep Storage Costs Down

If you're a midmarket customer, you should be tickled to death with what you see in the industry. The past couple of years have built up a tremendous amount of energy behind a trend taking the industry by storm: the idea of unified storage. Unified storage was initially championed largely by one major industry player –- NetApp -– and nearly every major competitor has since jumped in, too. This high rate of adoption is testament that unified storage has proven broadly attractive and delivered major value to customers. While that has been a boon to the enterprise customer, in the past 18 months the market has exploded with choices for the customer buying midrange and entry-level storage as well, and unified storage looks like the "name of the game."

  • Premiered: 05/17/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: InfoStor.com
Topic(s): TBA Unified Storage

The Dell FS7600 and FS7610 - Advancing unified, scalable storage

Unified storage – combined block and file storage from one system – has made serious inroads into customer datacenters over the past couple of years. It is little wonder, as it offers tremendous value and flexibility. Unified storage can serve up multiple types of data – both file and block – and help businesses support a wider number of storage demands from fewer better consolidated storage systems. The business in turn can increase storage utilization, simplify management of storage, and deliver storage services that are both more cost efficient and agile.

But despite these benefits, a historic compromise has often faced the unified storage customer. Unified storage systems were often highly capable, but lagged behind the most recent storage innovations in at least two key dimensions – adaptability and easy to use unified management. In terms of adaptability, the underlying architecture of many of these systems often made next generation capabilities like simultaneous performance and capacity scaling much harder to implement. In terms of management, these systems often fell short of allowing typical administrators to easily manage the increased functionality delivered by a unified system. 

In 2011, Dell announced the pairing of FS7500 NAS controllers with their family of EqualLogic iSCSI storage arrays – a solution set designed to unleash a new level of adaptability in unified storage. The FS7500 was no paltry piece of add-on equipment – it was in fact built for a considerable amount of performance that could make full use of big eight-array EqualLogic storage pools, which could contain up to 384 of the fastest disks on the market. Moreover, the FS7500 came with another powerful ingredient: when paired with EqualLogic storage, the combined system retained all of the classic EqualLogic scale-out capability (within the underlying iSCSI storage) while the FS7500 was itself also scalable, easily going from 2 to 4 controllers. 

This meant for the first time, the small and medium enterprise (SME) customer could purchase a truly scalable unified storage system from a major vendor – a system that could start small, and grow with them as their business needs changed over time. Just as importantly, these systems were nicely integrated. An FS7500 continued to leverage all of the SME-empowering management functionality within Dell’s class-leading (and free) Group Manager and SANHQ storage management tools, which are the same tools used to manage the iSCSI storage. We previously reviewed the FS7500 storage system in a hands-on Technology Validation exercise, available here.

Recently, Dell announced an update to the EqualLogic-paired FS family – the EqualLogic FS7600. To be clear, other Dell products exist based on the same underlying FS technology – Fluid FS – including the Dell MD storage-integrated NX3600 and the Dell Compellent storage-integrated FS8600. But with an eye toward our findings in our original FS7500 Technology Validation exercise, we were keenly interested in how the FS7600 may have advanced in a relatively short period of time since the FS7500 hit the market. This was all the more intriguing because Dell EqualLogic has long excelled in rapid storage capability innovation. A closer look revealed an all-new hardware architecture, the addition of several key storage capabilities, and some claims about performance improvements. In this Product Brief, we will examine the FS7600, and evaluate how well Dell has advanced capabilities and tackled some of the challenges in its first generation FS7500 NAS.

Publish date: 11/30/12

Dell adds Compellent all-flash array, primary dedupe

Dell today rolled out two storage products that people have been waiting for – an all-flash array and primary deduplication – at the Dell Enterprise Forum conference.

  • Premiered: 06/11/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Solid State Storage
Topic(s): TBA Dell TBA Compellent TBA SAN TBA Auto-Tiering TBA Primary Storage Deduplication TBA Deduplication TBA scale-out TBA NAS TBA EqualLogic TBA Unified Storage TBA SLC TBA MLC TBA Hybrid Array TBA hybrid flash TBA Data Progression TBA Ocarina Networks

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

Unified Storage Array Efficiency: HP 3PAR StoreServ 7400c versus EMC VNX 5600 (TVS)

The IT industry is in the middle of a massive transition toward simplification and efficiency around managing on-premise infrastructure at today’s enterprise data centers. In the past few years there has been a rampant onset of technology clearly focused at simplifying and radically changing the economics of traditional enterprise infrastructure. These technologies include Public/Private Clouds, Converged Infrastructure, and Integrated Systems to name a few. All of these technologies are geared to provide more efficiency of resources, take less time to administer, all at a reduced TCO. However, these technologies all rely on efficiency and simplicity of the underlying technologies of Compute, Network, and Storage. Often times the overall solution is only as good as the weakest link in the chain. The storage tier of the traditional infrastructure stack is often considered the most complex to manage.

This technology validation focuses on measuring the efficiency and management simplicity by comparing two industry leading mid-range external storage arrays configured in the use case of unified storage. Unified storage has been a popular approach to storage subsystems that consolidates both file access and block access within a single external array thus being able to share the same precious drive capacity resources across both protocols simultaneously. Businesses value the ability to send server workloads down a high performance low latency block protocol while still taking advantage of simplicity and ease of sharing file protocols to various clients. In the past businesses would have either setup a separate file server in front of their block array or buy completely separate NAS devices, thus possibly over buying storage resource and adding complexity. Unified storage takes care of this by providing ease of managing one storage device for all business workload needs. In this study we compared the attributes of storage efficiency and ease of managing and monitoring an EMC VNX unified array versus an HP 3PAR StoreServ unified array. The approach we used was to setup two arrays side-by-side and recorded the actual complexity of managing each array for file and block access, per the documents and guides provided for each product. We also went through the exercise of sizing various arrays via publicly available configuration guides to see what the expected storage density efficiency would be for some typically configured systems.

Our conclusion was nothing short of astonishment. In the case of the EMC VNX2 technology, the approach to unification more closely resembles a hardware packaging and management veneer approach than what would have been expected for a second generation unified storage system. HP 3PAR StoreServ on the other hand, in its second generation of unified storage has transitioned the file protocol services from external controllers to completely converged block and file services within the common array controllers. In addition, all the data path and control plumbing is completely internal as well with no need to wire loop back cables between controllers. HP has also made the investment to create a totally new management paradigm based on the HP OneView management architecture, which radically simplifies the administrative approach to managing infrastructure. After performing this technology validation we can state with confidence that HP 3PAR StoreServ 7400c is 2X easier to provision, 2X easier to monitor, and up to 2X more data density efficient than a similarly configured EMC VNX 5600. 

Publish date: 12/03/14

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