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Virtual storage appliance expands beyond SMB use into enterprise

Right now, virtual storage appliances (VSAs) that promise higher performance and scalability than prior-generation models are giving small- and medium-sized businesses as well as enterprise users an alternative to traditional disk arrays. In fact, consultancy Taneja Group Inc., based in Hopkinton, Mass., predicts that VSAs will ultimately be a disruptive technology in the storage marketplace.

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  • Premiered: 09/26/12 at OnDemand
  • Location: OnDemand
  • Speaker(s): Jeff Boles
  • Sponsor(s): TechTarget: SearchVirtualStorage
Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Jeff Boles Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): TechTarget Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Virtual storage Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): SMB
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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
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Defining Software-defined…Storage

We've been doing quite a bit of work lately with software solutions in the virtual infrastructure.  VMware and some others have started an industry-wide shift in thinking toward the idea of software defined infrastructure services, including networking and storage - services that have traditionally been entirely dependent upon specialized hardware and control/operating systems.

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Emerging Trends in Software Defined Storage

“Software defined pretty-much-anything” is getting a lot of attention in the IT trade press. It seems new and different and promises to solve everyone’s problems around prioritizing applications, sharing storage across massive distributed environments and optimizing computing resources around business data needs.

  • Premiered: 10/23/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: InfoStor
Topic(s): TBA software-defined TBA SDS TBA IO Optimization TBA Virtual storage TBA Virtualization TBA Storage TBA scale-out TBA VSA TBA EMC TBA ViPR TBA IBM SVC TBA DataCore TBA StoreVirtual TBA HP TBA VMWare TBA VSAN TBA scalability TBA Mobility
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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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Goodbye LUN technology, you served us well

The era of LUNs and volumes, as we have known them for decades in the data storage industry, is quietly coming to an end. And if you ask me, it's for all the right reasons, even if storage administrators may feel threatened by the change.

  • Premiered: 10/25/13
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA LUN TBA Storage TBA Volumes TBA server TBA replication TBA Compression TBA VM TBA Virtualization TBA VMWare TBA Hyper-V TBA Gridstore TBA Nimble Storage TBA Nutanix TBA Scale Computing TBA SimpliVity TBA Tintri TBA HP TBA StoreVirtual VSA TBA Virtual storage TBA VSA TBA Virsto TBA QoS
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HP ConvergedSystem: Altering Business Efficiency and Agility with Integrated Systems

The era of IT infrastructure convergence is upon us. Over the past few years Integrated Computing systems – the integration of compute, networking, and storage - have burst onto the scene and have been readily adopted by large enterprise users. The success of these systems has been built by taking well-known IT workloads and combining it with purpose built integrated computing systems optimized for that particular workload. Example workloads today that are being integrated to create these systems are Cloud, Big Data, Virtualization, Database, VDI or even combinations of two or more.

In the past putting these workload solutions together meant having or hiring technology experts with multiple domain knowledge expertise. Integration and validation could take months of on-premise work. Fortunately, technology vendors have matured along with their Integrated Computing systems approach, and now practically every vendor seems to be touting one integrated system or another focused on solving a particular workload problem. The promised set of business benefits delivered by these new systems fall into these key areas:

·         Implementation efficiency that accelerates time to realizing value from integrated systems

·         Operational efficiency through optimized workload density and an ideally right sized set of infrastructure

·         Management efficiency enabled by an integrated management umbrella that ties all of the components of a solution together

·         Scale and agility efficiency unlocked through a repeatedly deployable building block approach

·         Support efficiency that comes with deeply integrated, pre-configured technologies, overarching support tools, and a single vendor support approach for an entire-set of infrastructure

In late 2013, HP introduced a new portfolio oSDDCffering called HP ConvergedSystem – a family of systems that includes a specifically designed virtualization offering. ConvergedSystem marked a new offering, designed to tackle key customer pain points around infrastructure and software solution deployment, while leveraging HP’s expertise in large scale build-and-integration processes to herald an entirely new level of agility around speed of ordering and implementation. In this profile, we’ll examine how integrated computing systems marks a serious departure from the inefficiencies of traditional order-build-deploy customer processes, and also evaluate HP’s latest advancement of these types of systems.

Publish date: 09/02/14
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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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HP ConvergedSystem: Altering Business Efficiency and Agility with Integrated Systems

The era of IT infrastructure convergence is upon us. Over the past few years Integrated Computing systems – the integration of compute, networking, and storage - have burst onto the scene and have been readily adopted by large enterprise users. The success of these systems has been built by taking well-known IT workloads and combining it with purpose built integrated computing systems optimized for that particular workload. Example workloads today that are being integrated to create these systems are Cloud, Big Data, Virtualization, Database, VDI or even combinations of two or more.

In the past putting these workload solutions together meant having or hiring technology experts with multiple domain knowledge expertise. Integration and validation could take months of on-premise work. Fortunately, technology vendors have matured along with their Integrated Computing systems approach, and now practically every vendor seems to be touting one integrated system or another focused on solving a particular workload problem. The promised set of business benefits delivered by these new systems fall into these key areas:

·         Implementation efficiency that accelerates time to realizing value from integrated systems

·         Operational efficiency through optimized workload density and an ideally right sized set of infrastructure

·         Management efficiency enabled by an integrated management umbrella that ties all of the components of a solution together

·         Scale and agility efficiency unlocked through a repeatedly deployable building block approach

·         Support efficiency that comes with deeply integrated, pre-configured technologies, overarching support tools, and a single vendor support approach for an entire-set of infrastructure

In late 2013, HP introduced a new portfolio offering called HP ConvergedSystem – a family of systems that includes a specifically designed virtualization offering. ConvergedSystem marked a new offering, designed to tackle key customer pain points around infrastructure and software solution deployment, while leveraging HP’s expertise in large scale build-and-integration processes to herald an entirely new level of agility around speed of ordering and implementation. In this profile, we’ll examine how integrated computing systems marks a serious departure from the inefficiencies of traditional order-build-deploy customer processes, and also evaluate HP’s latest advancement of these types of systems.

Publish date: 10/16/14
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Make this your most modern IT year yet

No one sticks with their New Year's resolution -- where is that gym card anyway? -- but you can pick up seven modern habits and feel good about fit, healthy IT ops.

  • Premiered: 01/13/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA Big Data TBA hyperconvergence TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA predictive analytics TBA SDS TBA Software Defined Storage TBA software-defined storage TBA In-Memory TBA Caching TBA Infrastructure TBA Cloud TBA DR TBA Disaster Recovery TBA DRaaS TBA Disaster Recovery as a Service TBA IoT TBA Internet of Things TBA Virtual storage
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Idealstor launches hyper-converged box for SMBs, focuses on price

The backup vendor is the latest to enter the hyper-converged storage market with a two-node, low-cost system.

  • Premiered: 05/27/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Idealstor TBA SMB TBA hyper-converged TBA Storage TBA Backup TBA Compute TBA Networking TBA HCS TBA HDD TBA Virtual storage TBA VSA TBA virtual storage appliance TBA Hypervisor TBA Microsoft TBA Hyper-V TBA Jeff Kato
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The HPE Solution to Backup Complexity and Scale: HPE Data Protector and StoreOnce

There are a lot of game-changing trends in IT today including mobility, cloud, and big data analytics. As a result, IT architectures, data centers, and data processing are all becoming more complex – increasingly dynamic, heterogeneous, and distributed. For all IT organizations, achieving great success today depends on staying in control of rapidly growing and faster flowing data.

While there are many ways for IT technology and solution providers to help clients depending on their maturity, size, industry, and key business applications, every IT organization has to wrestle with BURA (Backup, Recovery, and Archiving). Protecting and preserving the value of data is a key business requirement even as the types, amounts, and uses of that data evolve and grow.

For IT organizations, BURA is an ever-present, huge, and growing challenge. Unfortunately, implementing a thorough and competent BURA solution often requires piecing and patching together multiple vendor products and solutions. These never quite fully address the many disparate needs of most organizations nor manage to be very simple or cost-effective to operate. Here is where we see HPE as a key vendor today with all the right parts coming together to create a significant change in the BURA marketplace.

First, HPE is pulling together its top-notch products into a user-ready “solution” that marries both StoreOnce and Data Protector. For those working with either or both of those separately in the past in conjunction with other vendor’s products, it’s no surprise that they each compete favorably one-on-one with other products in the market, but together as an integrated joint solution they beat the best competitor offerings.

But HPE hasn’t just bundled products into solutions, it is undergoing a seismic shift in culture that revitalizes its total approach to market. From product to services to support, HPE people have taken to heart a “customer first” message to provide a truly solution-focused HPE experience. One support call, one ticket, one project manager, addressing the customer’s needs regardless of what internal HPE business unit components are in the “box”. And significantly, this approach elevates HPE from just being a supplier of best-of-breed products into an enterprise-level trusted solution provider addressing business problems head-on. HPE is perhaps the only company completely able to deliver a breadth of solutions spanning IT from top to bottom out of their own internal world-class product lines.

In this report, we’ll examine first why HPE StoreOnce and Data Protector products are truly game changing on their own rights. Then, we will look at why they get even “better together” as a complete BURA solution that can be more flexibly deployed to meet backup challenges than any other solution in the market today.

Publish date: 01/15/16
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Quantum bringing public cloud into virtual storage fold

Data management specialist Quantum wants to make it easier for enterprises to combine two of the major trends in storage: virtualization and public clouds.

  • Premiered: 01/26/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: PC World
Topic(s): TBA Quantum TBA Jeff Byrne TBA Virtualization TBA Storage TBA Virtual storage TBA Cloud TBA Public Cloud TBA AWS TBA Amazon Web Services TBA Amazon TBA Server Virtualization TBA server TBA flexibility TBA Capacity TBA Deduplication TBA Data Management TBA Data Management System TBA DMS TBA Amazon S3
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Scale Computing Radically Changes Price-Performance in the Datacenter with Fully Automated Flash

Latest HC3 Release Optimizes Hyperconvergence by Intelligently Moving Data Based on Workload Priority and Usage Patterns

  • Premiered: 05/03/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: MarketWired
Topic(s): TBA Scale Computing TBA Datacenter TBA Automated Tiering TBA automated storage tiering TBA automated storage TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA HC3 TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA Optimization TBA HC TBA hybrid storage TBA Storage TBA cluster TBA Performance TBA Virtualization TBA high availability TBA Arun Taneja TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM TBA SAN TBA VSA TBA Virtual storage TBA virtual storage appliance
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More RAM, new chips may open doors for hyper-converged infrastructure

Greater memory and faster chips will better suit VMware's hyper-converged infrastructure for Tier 1 workloads, the company hopes, as its tries to outdo market-leading Nutanix.

  • Premiered: 10/17/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA HCI TBA hyperconverged infrastructure TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA Nutanix TBA VMWare TBA remote branch office TBA Remote Office TBA Branch Office TBA VxRail TBA Arun Taneja TBA Dell EMC TBA VMware vSphere TBA vSphere TBA Virtual SAN TBA Virtual storage TBA virtual storage appliance TBA Storage TBA Virtualization TBA VSA TBA CPU TBA IOPS TBA IBM TBA EVO:RAIL TBA SAN TBA SimpliVity