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Acronis Backup & Recovery adds file backup, virtual machine protection

Image-based recovery specialist Acronis Inc. extended its file backup and virtual machine protection capabilities, and enhanced its cloud backup offering today with the launch of Acronis Backup & Recovery 11. By adding core data backup features to the bare-metal restore application, Acronis is trying to appeal to small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) by putting backup and disaster recovery (DR) in one application.

  • Premiered: 05/03/11
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: SearchSMBStorage.com
Topic(s): TBA Acronis TBA Backup TBA Recovery TBA Virtual Machine
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Taneja Group Technology Validation Webinar on Tintri VMstore

Join Jeff Boles, analyst from Taneja Group, and Tintri experts in this technical webinar as they discuss the results of the recently concluded technology validation of Tintri VMstore. Together, they will cover the details of real-world testing, ranging from operational tasks such as provisioning and ongoing management of storage for VMs, to performance and efficiency characteristics of Tintri VMstore. The discussion will also cover best practices for performance and data protection of storage infrastructure.

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

  • Premiered: 02/04/14 at 9am PT/ 12pm ET
  • Location: Live
  • Speaker(s): Jeff Boles
  • Sponsor(s): Tintri
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Tintri VMstore: Zero Management Storage (TVS)

Storage challenges in the virtual infrastructure are tremendous. Virtualization consolidates more IO than ever before, and then obscures the sources of that IO so that end-to-end visibility and understanding become next to impossible. As the storage practitioner labors on with business-as-usual, deploying yet more storage and fighting fires attempting to keep up with demands, the business is losing the battle around trying to do more with less.

The problem is that inserting the virtual infrastructure in the middle of the application-to-storage connection, and then massively expanding the virtual infrastructure, introduces a tremendous amount of complexity. A seemingly endless stream of storage vendors are circling this problem today with an apparent answer – storage systems that deliver more performance. But more “bang for the buck” is too often just an attempt to cover up the lack of an answer for complexity-induced management inefficiency – ranging across activities like provisioning, peering into utilization, troubleshooting performance problems, and planning for the future.

With an answer to this problem, one vendor has been sailing to wide spread adoption, and leaving a number of fundamentally changed enterprises in their wake. That vendor is Tintri, and they’ve focused on changing the way storage is integrated and used, instead of just tweaking storage performance. Tintri integrates more deeply with the virtual infrastructure than any other product we’ve seen, and creates distinct advantages in both storage capabilities and on-going management.

Taneja Group recently had the opportunity to put Tintri’s VMstore array through a hands-on exercise, to see for ourselves whether there’s mileage to be had from a virtualization-specific storage solution. Without doubt, there is clear merit to Tintri’s approach. A virtualization specific storage system can reinvent a broad range of storage management interactions – by being VM-aware – and fundamentally alter the complexity of the virtual infrastructure for the better. In our view, these changes stand to have massive impact on the TCO of virtualization initiatives (some of which are identified in the table of highlights below) but the story doesn’t end there. At the same time they’ve fundamentally changed management, Tintri has also innovated around storage technology that enables Tintri VMstore to serve up storage beneath even the most extreme virtual infrastructures.

Publish date: 12/20/13
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Tintri launches 50% guarantee program to liberate customers from limitations of traditional storage

Tintri, the leading producer of storage for virtualization and cloud environments, today announced its new "Virtualize More with Less" program to address changing storage needs in an increasingly virtualized environment. This is the first next-generation storage savings program of its kind designed to help companies break free from the constraints of traditional storage, allowing companies to achieve superior performance and efficiency with VM-level automation and control for virtualized and cloud environments.

  • Premiered: 01/14/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Yahoo! Finance
Topic(s): TBA Tintri TBA Virtualization TBA Cloud TBA Storage TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine
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Taneja Group Technology Validation Proves Tintri Delivers On Superior Performance, Efficiency...

Tintri, the leading producer of storage for virtualization and cloud environments, today announced the findings of a new Taneja Group Technical Validation report: “Tintri VMstore: Zero Management Storage.” Featuring insights from Taneja’s hands-on testing, the report provides an in-depth assessment of Tintri VMstore, including performance, capacity and management overhead.

  • Premiered: 01/07/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tintri
Topic(s): TBA Tintri TBA Taneja Group TBA Virtualization TBA Storage TBA Cloud TBA Jeff Boles TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine
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In the Cloud Era, The Era of Convergence Is Upon Us

The era of IT infrastructure convergence is upon us. Every major vendor has some type of offering under this category. Startups and smaller players are also "talking" convergence. But what exactly is convergence and why are all the vendors so interested in getting included in this category? We will explain below the history of convergence, what it is, what it is not, what benefits accrue from such systems, who the players are, and who is leading the pack in true convergence.

  • Premiered: 06/10/14
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA Virtualization Review TBA Virtualization TBA IT infrastructure TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA convergence TBA Networking TBA HDD TBA WANO TBA WAN Optimization TBA Data Deduplication TBA Deduplication TBA Hybrid Array TBA Hybrid TBA Cloud Computing TBA Cloud Storage TBA Storage TBA Cloud TBA Hadoop TBA Storage Virtualization TBA Compression TBA RTO TBA RPO TBA DR TBA Disaster Recovery TBA Remote Office TBA ROBO TBA Compute TBA hyperconvergence TBA Server Virtualization
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Storage Infrastructure Performance Validation

Unacceptably poor performance can be a career killer and so IT generally “over-provisions” infrastructure as the rule. But how much is this approach really costing us? Today, the biggest line item in IT infrastructure spending is storage.  Even with data growth and new performance demands increasing, based on “safe” estimates we still overprovision by 50% or more which results in billions of dollars of wasted storage spending. A more important problem is that we may not be even be provisioning the right infrastructure for our application workload requirements, taking serious risks with every new investment.

Equally vital is knowing when to upgrade or refresh. Looking forward, how can anyone know when their current infrastructure will hit its inevitable “wall”? In day-to-day operations, every time a change is made to storage infrastructure, the application or the network, that change could be introducing a deeply rooted problem that might only show up under production pressure. Why do enterprises seem to proceed blindly, willingly rolling the dice when it comes to performance? Here at Taneja Group, we see an obvious correlation between risk of failure and lack of knowledge about how infrastructure responds to each application workload.

Unfortunately, enterprises too often rely on vendor benchmarks produced under ideal conditions with carefully crafted workloads that don’t reflect the real target environment. Or they might choose readily scalable systems so that in times of trouble they can always buy and deploy more resources, although this can be highly disruptive and expensive when buying on a short notice. They might architect for large virtual and cloud environments in an attempt to average out utilization and pool excess capacity for peak demand, but still without knowing how performance will degrade at the upper reaches of VM density. In contrast, we believe that IT managers must evolve from a perspective of assuming performance, to one of assuring performance.

Typical testing approaches usually involve generating workloads with heavily scripted servers used as load generators. This is an expensive, unreliable, brute force approach, only trotted out when sufficient staff, time and money is available to execute a large-scale performance evaluation. But Load DynamiX has changed that equation for storage, evolving workload modeling and performance load testing into a cost-efficient and practical continuous process. We think that Load DynamiX’s solution supports the adoption of a new best practice of proactively managing infrastructure from a position of knowledge called Infrastructure Performance Validation (IPV). 

In this report we will look at Load DynamiX’s workload modeling software and storage performance validation appliances, and walk through how IT can use them to establish effective IPV practices across the entire IT infrastructure lifecycle. We’ll examine why existing approaches to storage performance evaluation fall short and why we believe that successful storage deployments require a detailed understanding of application workload behavior. We’ll briefly review Load DynamiX’s solution to see how it addresses these challenges and uniquely enables broad adoption of IPV to the benefit of both the business and IT. We’ll look at how Load DynamiX generates accurate workload models for storage testing, a key IPV capability, and how limit testing and “what if” scenarios can be run, analyzed, and communicated for high impact. Finally, we’ll look at a range of validation scenarios, and how Load DynamiX can be leveraged to reduce risk, assure performance, and lower IT costs.

Publish date: 12/02/13
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Convergence and Hyperconvergence: Assessing the Difference

If you feel you are already being left behind as the era of data center convergence unfolds, fret not—it seems that the convergence we have seen so far is just the opening act. The real action is yet to come in the form of hyperconvergence.

  • Premiered: 07/09/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: IT Business Edge
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA Data Center TBA convergence TBA hyper convergence TBA scale-out TBA WAN Optimization TBA WANO TBA Auto-Tiering TBA LUN TBA VM TBA Virtualization TBA Virtual Machine TBA Cloud TBA Compute TBA server TBA OmniCube TBA SimpliVity TBA Dell TBA Nutanix TBA Google TBA Facebook
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Five VM-Level Infrastructure Adaptations

It used to be that IT struggled to intimately understand every app in order to provide the right supporting infrastructure. Today, server virtualization makes the job much easier, because IT can now just cater to VMs. By working and communicating at the VM level, both app owners and infrastructure admins stay focused, using a common API to help ensure apps are hosted effectively and IT runs efficiently.

  • Premiered: 07/21/14
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Virtualization TBA Infrastructure TBA Server Virtualization TBA API TBA VMWare TBA Virtual SAN Appliance TBA VSAN TBA Virtual Volumes TBA VVOL TBA LUN TBA Backup TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA convergence TBA hyperconvergence TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA HP TBA IBM TBA VCE TBA SimpliVity TBA Scale Computing TBA Nutanix TBA server TBA Storage TBA Networking TBA Cloud TBA Tintri TBA Mike Matchett
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Redefining Storage Operations with VMware Virtual SAN

Virtual Machines much like physical ones require storage. Storage, on all its forms, is exponentially growing in recent years – almost doubling every other year. With the explosion of storage demands, IT managers are challenged to deliver the same service levels to virtual environments as they do with physical ones.

  • Premiered: 08/08/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: VMware Blogs
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Storage TBA SAN TBA VSAN TBA Virtual SAN Appliance TBA SPBM TBA Fibre Channel TBA FC TBA scaling
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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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5 Tips For Working With HP's StoreVirtual VSA

Having had the chance to spend some serious time with the latest StoreVirtual VSA (11.5) in Taneja Group's validation lab, I thought I'd share five tips that made my life a little easier, and may make your experience with it more productive.

  • Premiered: 09/10/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA HP TBA StoreVirtual TBA StoreVirtual VSA TBA VSA TBA LeftHand Networks TBA DAS TBA Storage TBA RAID TBA ESX Server TBA ESX TBA Data Center TBA Hyper-V TBA KVM TBA vSphere TBA iSCSI TBA LUN TBA SSD TBA Flash TBA Adaptive Optimization TBA AO TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA SRM
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Gridstore Inc. gives Hyper-V storage a hyper-converged twist

Gridstore adds servers to its storage nodes for Microsoft Hyper-V and becomes the latest hyper-converged vendor.

  • Premiered: 09/30/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Gridstore TBA Microsoft TBA Hyper-V TBA hyperconverged TBA Data Deduplication TBA Deduplication TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA vController TBA convergence TBA software-defined TBA software-defined architecture