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Proximal AutoCache: Overcoming Virtual Server Storage Issues

In the face of big IO challenges in the virtualized network, what is an administrator to do? Proximal Data suggests its new AutoCache product is the answer to solving virtual server storage IO issues.

  • Premiered: 07/27/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): Proximal AutoCache Flash SSD virtual Virtualization VM VMWare

Proximal Data launches solid-state caching software for VMs

Proximal Data came out of stealth today with its AutoCache solid-state caching software designed to increase performance of heavily-virtualized server environments using PCIe flash cards or solid-state drives (SSDs).

  • Premiered: 07/23/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchSolidStateStorage
Topic(s): TBA SSD TBA Proximal Data TBA AutoCache TBA VM TBA VFCache TBA ioTurbine TBA PCIe

Acronis vmProtect 7: Virtual Backup: Twice as easy, with half the overhead

A Speed, Efficiency, and Ease-of-Use Shoot-out with Acronis vmProtect 7

Over the span of a couple of years, a new type of data protection has rapidly emerged and become a center-stage requirement for businesses of all sizes. The technology is virtual machine (VM) backup, and with the rise of virtualization, it has become nearly mandatory for businesses to consider VM backup if they are deploying any type of server virtualization.

There are two reasons for this:

First, traditional backup is too resource intensive for the virtual infrastructure. It runs into bottlenecks such as simultaneous CPU, memory load, and network and storage IO. Pulling backup data across networks and storage fabrics is no small task. Using traditional backup agents to pull data for 20 or 30 virtual machines across the limited Ethernet and/or Fiber Channel ports of a single physical server can make backup nearly impossible, especially during limited windows of time during which daily backup must take place. 

Second, virtualization opens up new opportunities to perform more efficient backup. Technologies like VMware vSphere snapshots with guest OS integration and Changed Block Tracking (CBT) can be used to create backups that are faster, more capacity efficient, and more easily executed than ever before. The leading vendors in this space have vastly extended virtual backup capabilities through features like instant boot from backup, easy replication and data movement, and more.

It is of little surprise that backup in the virtual age has changed. Virtual Backup has rapidly become a highly versatile, easy-to-use toolset that no longer requires a standalone specialized infrastructure and a team of dedicated experts in the datacenter. Backup can now unlock many opportunities for the administrator to easily reuse and repurpose VMs, while maintaining seamless data protection.

With this in mind, we have closely monitored the virtual data protection market over the past few years, with an eye toward how vendors competitively stand up to each other, and where leadership is happening. From time-to-time, we have further examined the capabilities of specific vendors with hands-on testing. Not long ago, we evaluated the capabilities of Acronis vmProtect 6 against the closest competition, and discovered a significant performance advantage. In the past six months, as both the virtual infrastructure itself and backup vendor products have introduced a slew of new features, we expected vendor performance to leap ahead, but become much more closely matched as they approach the limits of efficiency optimizations.

Publish date: 05/21/12
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SanDisk: Unique Flash Integration with VMware

SanDisk is the first major vendor to break-through the challenges of integrating flash with the hypervisor without disrupting the way the administrator manages virtual servers or virtual server storage.

  • Premiered: 08/15/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): SanDisk FlashSoft Flash VM VMWare Hypervisor

SanDisk releases FlashSoft flash caching software for vSphere

SanDisk Corp. today introduced the VMware vSphere server virtualization version of its FlashSoft flash caching software, which is designed to accelerate application performance and virtual machine (VM) density.

  • Premiered: 08/15/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchSolidStateStorage
Topic(s): TBA SanDisk TBA FlashSoft TBA VM TBA Jeff Boles TBA SSD

Astute Networks improves ViSX G4 VM storage box with speed, dedupe

Astute Networks Inc. today said it will deliver its next-generation flash storage systems designed to speed performance of storage for virtual machines and virtual desktops.

  • Premiered: 08/20/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchVirtualStorage.com
Topic(s): TBA Astute Networks TBA ViSX TBA VM TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA Virtual Machine TBA virtual desktop TBA VDI TBA Dedupe

Scale Computing weighs in with converged storage, compute, VM cluster

SAN FRANCISCO -- Scale Computing today unveiled the HC3, a scale-out converged storage system combining compute, server virtualization and capacity in one box.

  • Premiered: 08/27/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchVirtualStorage.com
Topic(s): TBA Scale Computing TBA VM TBA cluster TBA converged storage TBA Scale

Astute Networks' Appliance Eliminates Virtual Machine I/O Performance Barriers...


  • Premiered: 09/11/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Astute Networks Press
Topic(s): TBA Astute Networks TBA VM TBA IO TBA Virtual Server TBA virtual desktop TBA VDI

Accelerating I/O Intensive Virtualized Applications

Shifting Into High Gear with Astute Networks ViSX G4 Flash VM Storage Appliances

Virtualization is a great boon to IT shops for it’s flexible and cost-efficient infrastructure that consolidates previously physically sprawling applications and servers. But current hypervisor technologies are still evolving support for high-end performance requirements, especially for shared but external-to-the-server resources like storage. Many IT shops trying to convert deeper into their portfolio based on initial virtualization success have run up against frustrating limits as to which of their more demanding applications can be effectively virtualized and still be delivered with good service. Virtualizing I/O intensive applications remains a significant challenge, especially in IT organizations that are building their virtualization environments with traditional storage arrays in order to enable virtual machine migration and provide sufficient data protection.

Most mission critical applications are I/O intensive, relying on databases or providing end-user communication channels (e.g. email). VDI efforts in particular can become I/O performance constrained even at small scales. If virtualized I/O constraints with traditional storage are limiting the number of vms per server, or preventing virtual hosting for I/O intensive apps like databases, email, and VDI, then flash technologies seem to promise a tailor-made high-performance solution. But flash can be an expensive investment to acquire and hard to deploy and manage to assure a solid ROI. With flash, performance can be bought, but cost-conscious IT organizations must choose wisely or risk implementing expensive and ultimately unsatisfactory or limiting solutions.

An ideal performance solution would drop in to an existing virtual environment, currently constrained or otherwise, and accelerate performance without re-architecting the storage layer, without re-implementing data protection, and without creating new burdens for the virtual server administrator. It should supercharge the environment to enable greater vm density, deliver better than physical performance for designated apps, and support VDI working at scales that make sense for wholesale adoption. In this product profile we will examine in detail the new Astute Networks ViSX G4 VM Storage Appliance to see how it fits this ideal profile – deploying without disruption to truly accelerate virtualization performance, increase VM density, and further the adoption of virtualization across I/O and mission-critical applications.

Publish date: 08/27/12

Astute Networks' Flash Storage Appliance Featured in Taneja Group Report

Astute Networks, a provider of performance storage appliance deployment solutions for virtual machines, just revealed that its ViSX G4 Flash VM storage appliance has been recognized by analyst firm Taneja Group.

  • Premiered: 09/24/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TMCnet.com
Topic(s): TBA Astute Networks TBA ViSX TBA G4 TBA Flash TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM

VMwarePEX - Around the Storage Block Video Blog: VM density with HP 3PAR testing w/ Taneja Group

By Calvin Zito, @HPStorageGuy - During our HP Bootcamp at VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) last week, I was able to watch a presentation by Jeff Boles, Sr Analyst from Taneja Group. Jeff talked about testing he had lead looking at VM density with HP 3PAR compared to a traditional array. While I've talked about VM density here on ATSB and have highlighted our "Double your VM density guarantee", Jeff had some great information that really brings the story home for me.

Click the image to watch the YouTube video:

Read the full blog here:  http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Around-the-Storage-Block-Blog/VM-density-testing-by-Taneja-Group/ba-p/133193

  • Premiered: 03/05/13 at OnDemand
  • Location: OnDemand
  • Speaker(s): Calvin Zito, HP & Jeff Boles, Taneja Group
  • Sponsor(s): HP
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Around the Storage Block Blog - VM density testing by Taneja Group

By Calvin Zito, @HPStorageGuy - During our HP Bootcamp at VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) last week, I was able to watch a presentation by Jeff Boles, Sr Analyst from Taneja Group. Jeff talked about testing he had lead looking at VM density with HP 3PAR compared to a traditional array. While I've talked about VM density here on ATSB and have highlighted our "Double your VM density guarantee", Jeff had some great information that really brings the story home for me.

  • Premiered: 03/05/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: HP
Topic(s): TBA HP TBA 3PAR TBA Jeff Boles TBA VM TBA Density TBA Storage TBA Virtualization

Jeff Boles from Taneja Validates Symantec Business Continuity for VMware Environments

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Mike Reynolds, Sr. Product Marketing Manager


Symantec is the only vendor that can solve the application awareness problem for high availability and disaster recovery in virtual environments without compromising native VMware tools such as vMotion, Site Recovery Manager (SRM) and Dynamic Resource Scheduler (DRS). This webcast featuring Jeff Boles from the Taneja Group, will discuss the hidden availability challenges for virtualized data centers, and discuss the best-in-class approach to building a high availability virtual infrastructure for today's business critical applications.

Symantec's unique business continuity solution for VMware environments will help you virtualize business critical applications by:

Recovering applications without a virtual machine reboot
Integrating with native VMware tools including vMotion, DRS, SRM and vCenter
Failing over from physical to virtual machines or vice versa
Reducing downtime for planned maintenance
Learn how Symantec will keep your applications protected and highly available.

Register to view the recording.

  • Premiered: 03/21/13 at OnDemand
  • Location: OnDemand
  • Speaker(s): Jeff Boles
  • Sponsor(s): Symantec
Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Symantec Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Jeff Boles Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VMWare Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Virtualization Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VM Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): high availability Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): DR Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Disaster Recovery Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VMotion Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Site Recovery Manager Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): SRM Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Dynamic Resource Scheduler Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): DRS Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): vCenter

VM-aware, hyper-converged storage to make room for more hypervisors

So far the "VM" in VM-aware storage stands more for VMware than for virtual machine. Most vendors in this market develop their systems for VMware vSphere, the dominant hypervisor on the market.

  • Premiered: 03/29/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA hypervisors TBA VMWare TBA VMware vSphere TBA hyperconvergence TBA Tintri TBA SimpliVity TBA Nutanix TBA Virtualization TBA VM TBA Scale Computing TBA Jeff Byrne

EMC World 2013: EMC ViPR has vendor on software-defined storage route

EMC World 2013 opened today with the launch of EMC ViPR, the company's software-defined storage technology that combines storage virtualization and cloud management.

  • Premiered: 05/06/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Storage Virtualization TBA Virtualization TBA Cloud Management TBA Virtual Appliance TBA Amazon S3 TBA OpenStack TBA EMC TBA EMC Atmos TBA VMware vSphere TBA VMWare TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Multi-tenancy TBA metering

HP StoreOnce Boldly Goes Where No Deduplication Has Gone Before

Deduplication is a foundational technology for efficient backup and recovery. Vendors may argue over product features – where to dedupe, how much capacity savings, how fast are its backup speeds -- but everyone knows how central dedupe is to backup success.

However, serious pressures are forcing changes to the backup infrastructure and dedupe technologies. Explosive data growth is changing the whole market landscape as IT struggles with bloated backup windows, higher storage expenses, and increased management overhead. These pain points are driving real progress: replacing backup silos with expanded data protection platforms. These comprehensive systems backup from multiple sources to distributed storage targets, with single console management for increased control.

Dedupe is a critical factor in this scenario, but not in its conventional form as a point solution. Traditional dedupe, or Dedupe 1.0 as it is sometimes referred to, is suited to backup silos. Moving deduped data outside the system requires rehydrating, which impacts performance and capacity between the data center, ROBO, DR sites and the cloud. Dedupe must expand its feature set in order to serve next generation backup platforms.

A few vendors have introduced new dedupe technologies but most of them are still tied to specific physical backup storage systems and appliances. Of course there is nothing wrong with leveraging hardware and software to increase sales, but storage system-specific dedupe means that data must rehydrate whenever it moves beyond the system. This leaves the business with all the performance and capacity disadvantages the infrastructure had before.

 Federating dedupe across systems goes a long way to solve that problem. HP StoreOnce extends consistent dedupe across the infrastructure. Only HP implements the same deduplication technology in four places: target appliance, backup/media server, application source and virtual machine. This enables data to move freely between physical and virtual platforms and source and target machines without the need to rehydrate.

 This paper will describe the challenges of data protection in the face of huge data growth, why dedupe is critical to meeting the challenges, how HP is achieving its vision of federated dedupe with StoreOnce –- and what HP’s StoreOnce VSA announcement and achievement means to backup service providers, enterprise ROBO, and SMB customers. 

Publish date: 06/20/13

Leading Analyst Firm Names Astute ViSX Ideal Networked Flash Solution for Accelerating Performance

Astute Networks, Inc., the leading provider of Networked Flash, today announced that The Taneja Group has recognized the Astute ViSX family of all flash performance appliances as ideal solutions for the mid-market. In the Taneja Group's August 2013 report, "Astute Networked Flash ViSX: Application Performance Achieved Cost Effectively on iSCSI Networks with All-Flash Storage," the research firm recognized the Astute solution for its ability to accelerate even the most performance-challenged applications in a cost-effective and non-disruptive manner.

  • Premiered: 09/11/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: MarketWatch: The WSJ
Topic(s): TBA Astute Networks TBA SSD TBA Flash TBA Storage TBA iSCSI TBA SAN TBA ViSX TBA IO acceleration TBA Virtualization TBA VDI TBA Big Data TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM

Why VM Density Matters: HP Innovation Delivers Validated "2x" Advantage

Server virtualization brings a vast array of benefits ranging from direct cost savings to indirect improvements in business agility and client satisfaction. But for the IT investment decision-maker, it’s those measurable “hard” costs that matter most. Fortunately, virtualized environments deliver a quantifiably lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) compared to legacy physical infrastructures. Since we have all experienced the economic imperative to minimize TCO, it’s easy to understand why virtualization has been driven across significant percentages of modern data centers. Virtualization today is a proven, cost-effective, and nearly ubiquitous IT solution.

But the further challenge for IT investors now is to choose the best virtualization solution to get the “biggest bang for the buck”. Unfortunately the traditional cost per infrastructure (server CPU, storage GB, et.al.) metrics used to judge physical hardware are not sufficient buying criteria in a virtual environment. In a virtualized and cloudy world, cost per application comes closer to capturing the true value of a virtual infrastructure investment. For example, the more virtual machines (VMs) that can be hosted within the same size investment, the lower the cost per application. Therefore a key comparison metric between virtualization solutions is virtual machine (VM) density. All other things being equal (e.g. applications, choice of hypervisor, specific allocations and policies), an infrastructure supporting a higher VM density provides a better value.

As virtualization deployments grow to include active production workloads, they greatly stress and challenge traditional IT infrastructure. The virtualization hypervisor “blends up” client IO workloads and condenses IO intensive activities (i.e. migration, snapshots, backups), with the result that the underlying storage often presents the biggest constraint on effective VM density. Therefore it’s critically important when selecting storage for virtual environments to get past general marketing and focus on validated claims of proven VM density.

Publish date: 07/31/13

Condusiv Lunch & Learn Webinar: Why Hardware for VM Performance Should be Your 2nd Option

Hear from leading analyst, Arun Taneja, about the latest I/O optimization techniques and the impact it's having on traditional performance strategies for virtual environments.

  • Understand the big deal about I/O in virtual environments
  • Learn why your performance strategy should start with I/O optimization
  • Hear how organizations are finding 50% more speed on the hardware they already have

*On Demand link currently unavailable, please contact us for more information*

  • Premiered: 10/24/13
  • Location: OnDemand
  • Speaker(s): Founder & Consulting Analyst Arun Taneja
  • Sponsor(s): Condusiv Technologies
Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Condusiv Technologies Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VM Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Virtualization

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