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Solving the Application Performance Conundrum

As business drives the economy, so application performance drives business. Over the past few years, advancing compute power has opened up new opportunities for the digitization of business, and these new opportunities rapidly become more important than any other IT system. Today, they are redefining “Tier 1” applications in the data center. Tier 1 applications used to be a handful of critical but supporting applications – messaging, business financial, and ERP type applications. These applications are still Tier 1, but specialized applications have now become central to fundamental business execution.

Moreover, for these applications, requirements are far different, and often much more important than any traditional application. Performance makes or breaks the application, and quite possibly the business. Consider these uncomfortable scenarios: 1) A product development team hampered by slow engineering databases misses time-to-market deadlines. Outcome: Lost revenue. 2) A firm that runs statistical analysis for public healthcare organizations misses an urgent report date because of an application slowdown. Outcome: Lost reputation (and maybe lost lives). 3) A school system deploys virtual desktops but the VDIs take minutes to load. Outcome: Poor productivity and vanished educational hours. 4) A busy X-ray department stretches appointment times and misses medical deadlines as images take longer and longer to process. Outcome: Downstream malpractice suits. 

The unfortunate reality is that major bottlenecks to application performance reside in every infrastructure, and a rapidly evolving landscape of information-centric applications is turning these up every day. The shortcomings are such that businesses find themselves engaged in vicious cycles of reactive firefighting as they undertake a balancing act between limited infrastructure subsystems that are all but impossible to tune to the demands of these emerging applications.

What organizations need in this era of the new tier 1 application is a new architectural approach that can allow these applications to perform at the level the business requires. The weakest link in the architecture has long been deficiencies in how the digitized data is stored and accessed, and the deficiency is only becoming more glaring as the business’s ability to process data continues to advance at an impressive pace. In this Product in Depth, we’ll take a detailed look at application performance today, the weakest link in application performance, and a solid state solution by WHIPTAIL built on highly differentiated technology that is designed to cut straight to the heart of the biggest problem behind application performance.
 

Publish date: 08/14/12
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How Many Eyeballs Does It Take? New Network Performance Insight with Thousand Eyes

How many eyeballs does it take to really see into and across your whole network - internal and external? Apparently a "thousand" according to Thousand Eyes, who is coming out of stealth mode today with a very promising new approach to network performance management. We got to talk recently with Mohit Lad, CEO of Thousand Eyes, who gave us a fascinating preview. Thousand Eyes already has a very strong list of logos signed up, and we think that they will simply explode across the market as one of the few strong solutions that really helps unify management across clouds.

  • Premiered: 06/19/13
  • Author: Mike Matchett
Topic(s): application performance Network Performance Performance Management Cloud
Resources

Optimize Cost and Performance for your Data Center with Solid-State Storage

The recent introduction of solid-state storage has caused enterprises to rethink their overall storage strategy. In this recorded webinar, discover how you can take advantage of new business value as data centers evolve and modernize with revolutionary technologies such as Symantec’s SmartIO and Flexible Storage Sharing capabilities in Storage Foundation 6.1.

View this recording and hear Taneja Group Senior Analyst, Jeff Boles and Symantec Product Manager, Ryan Jancaitis discuss:

Application performance challenges in the enterprise data center
Emerging technologies for application performance acceleration
The hazards of application performance acceleration, and how to avoid them

  • Premiered: 03/10/14
  • Location: OnDemand
  • Speaker(s): Jeff Boles, Taneja Group; Ryan Jancaitis, Symantec
  • Sponsor(s): Symantec
Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Symantec Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Data Center Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): SSD Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Flash Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Storage Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): application performance Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Optimization
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Storage pops the cloud bursting bubble

Cloud bursting is considered one the best use cases of hybrid cloud deployment, but the reality is, storage is not so easy to move in and out of the cloud.

  • Premiered: 12/09/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Cloud Storage
Topic(s): TBA Cloud TBA cloud bursting TBA Private Cloud TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA Public Cloud TBA Mike Matchett TBA Storage TBA High Performance TBA Amazon TBA AWS TBA Microsoft TBA Azure TBA IBM TBA SoftLayer TBA NetApp TBA EMC TBA Isilon TBA NAS TBA Equinix TBA VMWare TBA Nasuni TBA application performance
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Five key VMware VVOLs takeaways

The highly anticipated VMware Virtual Volumes feature is now available, and increasing vendor support is expected over the next 18 months.

  • Premiered: 03/20/15
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA VMWare TBA VMware VVOLs TBA VVOL TBA VVOLs TBA VMware Virtual Volumes TBA Virtual Volumes TBA vSphere TBA vSphere 6 TBA LUN TBA Virtual Machine TBA Virtualization TBA VM TBA Storage TBA VSAN TBA VMware VSAN TBA Virtual SAN TBA VMFS TBA Virtual Machine File System TBA FC TBA Fibre Channel TBA iSCSI TBA NFS TBA IB TBA InfiniBand TBA SMB TBA CIFS TBA ESXi TBA EMC TBA DP
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How to become an internal hybrid cloud service provider

Working on a hybrid cloud project? Mike Matchett explains the steps an organization should take to become an internal hybrid cloud service provider.

  • Premiered: 03/31/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Cloud Storage
Topic(s): TBA Hybrid TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA Hybrid Cloud Storage TBA Storage TBA CSP TBA cloud services TBA cloud services provider TBA Automation TBA Security TBA Cloud Security TBA application performance TBA Performance
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Infinidat comes out of stealth with PB-scale InfiniBox, funding grab

Moshe Yanai's newest venture launches its InfiniBox hyperscale storage array and says it already has close to 100 customers.

  • Premiered: 04/29/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Infinidat TBA InfiniBox TBA hyperscale TBA Storage TBA Block Storage TBA Fibre Channel TBA FC TBA iSCSI TBA NAS TBA OpenStack TBA Amazon TBA S3 TBA RAM TBA Dell TBA VMWare TBA vCenter TBA replication TBA remote replication TBA Snapshots TBA Thin Provisioning TBA analytics TBA application performance TBA Arun Taneja
Profiles/Reports

DP Designed for Flash - Better Together: HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage and StoreOnce System

Flash technology has burst on the IT scene within the past few years with a vengeance. Initially seen simply as a replacement for HDDs, flash now is triggering IT and business to rethink a lot of practices that have been well established for decades. One of those is data protection. Do you protect data the same way when it is sitting on flash as you did when HDDs ruled the day? How do you take into account that at raw cost/capacity levels, flash is still more expensive than HDDs?  Do data deduplication and compression technologies change how you work with flash? Does the fact that flash technology is injected most often to alleviate severe application performance issues require you to rethink how you should protect, manage, and move this data?

These questions apply across the board when flash is injected into storage arrays but even more so when you consider all-flash arrays (AFAs), which are often associated with the most mission-critical applications an enterprise possesses. The expectations for application service levels and data protection recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs) are vastly different in these environments. Given this, are existing data protection tools adequate? Or is there a better way to utilize these expensive assets and yet achieve far superior results? The short answer is yes to both.

In this Opinion piece we will focus on answering these questions broadly through the data protection lens. We will then look at a specific case of how data protection can be designed with flash in mind by considering the combination of flash-optimized HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage, HPE StoreOnce System backup appliances, and HPE Recovery Management Central (RMC) software. These elements combine to produce an exceptional solution that meets the stringent application service requirements and data protection RTOs and RPOs that one finds in flash storage environments while keeping costs in check.

Publish date: 06/06/16
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Primary Data primes the pump for data virtualization software

Startup Primary Data prepares GA launch of DataSphere data virtualization software, which is designed to make data available any time on any storage.

  • Premiered: 08/27/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA primary data TBA data virtualization TBA Virtualization TBA DataSphere TBA VMWorld TBA VMworld 2015 TBA EMC TBA Isilon TBA NetApp TBA FAS TBA Intel TBA NVMe TBA Amazon TBA Simple Storage TBA Simple Storage Service TBA S3 TBA Amazon S3 TBA dataspace TBA Metadata TBA metadata engine TBA Primary Storage TBA SMB TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA server TBA Glacier TBA OpenStack TBA OpenStack Swift TBA Microsoft Azure TBA Azure
Profiles/Reports

Free Report - Better Together: HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage and StoreOnce System Opinion

Flash technology has burst on the IT scene within the past few years with a vengeance. Initially seen simply as a replacement for HDDs, flash now is triggering IT and business to rethink a lot of practices that have been well established for decades. One of those is data protection. Do you protect data the same way when it is sitting on flash as you did when HDDs ruled the day? How do you take into account that at raw cost/capacity levels, flash is still more expensive than HDDs?  Do data deduplication and compression technologies change how you work with flash? Does the fact that flash technology is injected most often to alleviate severe application performance issues require you to rethink how you should protect, manage, and move this data?

These questions apply across the board when flash is injected into storage arrays but even more so when you consider all-flash arrays (AFAs), which are often associated with the most mission-critical applications an enterprise possesses. The expectations for application service levels and data protection recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs) are vastly different in these environments. Given this, are existing data protection tools adequate? Or is there a better way to utilize these expensive assets and yet achieve far superior results? The short answer is yes to both.

In this Opinion piece we will focus on answering these questions broadly through the data protection lens. We will then look at a specific case of how data protection can be designed with flash in mind by considering the combination of flash-optimized HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage, HP StoreOnce System backup appliances, and HP StoreOnce Recovery Management Central (RMC) software. These elements combine to produce an exceptional solution that meets the stringent application service requirements and data protection RTOs and RPOs that one finds in flash storage environments while keeping costs in check.

Publish date: 09/25/15
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Big Data Grows Up: APM Tools Emerging

The next emerging market for big data may be application performance monitoring. Concurrent has released a new tool in this space, and more tools are expected to hit the market in the next six months. The availability of such tools will drive more enterprise adoption of big data.

  • Premiered: 10/26/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Information Week
Topic(s): TBA apm TBA Big Data TBA Mike Matchett TBA Concurrent TBA Hadoop TBA High Performance TBA application performance TBA DevOps TBA Apache TBA Apache Hive TBA MapReduce TBA Cascading TBA Scalding TBA Spark TBA Performance TBA Data Center
Profiles/Reports

Multiplying the Value of All Existing IT Solutions

Decades of constantly advancing computing solutions have changed the world in tremendous ways, but interestingly, the IT folks running the show have long been stuck with only piecemeal solutions for managing and optimizing all that blazing computing power. Sometimes it seems like IT is a pit crew servicing a modern racing car with nothing but axes and hammers – highly skilled but hampered by their legacy tools.

While that may be a slight exaggeration, there is a serious lack of interoperability or opportunity to create joint insight between the highly varied perspectives that individual IT tools produce (even if  each is useful in its own purpose). There simply has never been a widely adopted standard for creating, storing or sharing system management data, much less a cross-vendor way to holistically merge heterogeneously collected or produced management data together – even for the beneficial use of harried and often frustrated IT owners that might own dozens or more differently sourced system management solutions. That is until now.

OpsDataStore has brought the IT management game to a new level with an easy to deploy, centralized, intelligent – and big data enabled – management data “service”.  It readily sucks in all the lowest level, fastest streaming management data from a plethora of tools (several ready to go at GA, but easily extended to any data source), automatically and intelligently relates data from disparate sources into a single unified “agile” model, directly provides fundamental visualization and analysis, and then can serve that unified and related data back out to enlightened and newly comprehensive downstream management workflows. OpsDataStore drops in and serves as the new systems management “nexus” between formerly disparate vendor and domain management solutions. 

If you have ever been in IT, you’ve no doubt written scripts, fiddled with logfiles, created massive spreadsheets, or otherwise attempted to stitch together some larger coherent picture by marrying and merging data from two (or 18) different management data sources. The more sources you might have, the more the problem (or opportunity) grows non-linearly. OpsDataStore promises to completely fill in this gap, enabling IT to automatically multiply the value of their existing management solutions.

Publish date: 12/03/15
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Flash performance changes the rules for buying storage

The ability to measure flash performance requires different metrics, along with a better understanding of applications, which can make it more complicated to purchase than HDDs.

  • Premiered: 11/24/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Solid State Storage
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA SSD TBA Flash TBA HDD TBA Performance TBA flash performance TBA application performance TBA QoS TBA Data reduction TBA SolidFire TBA all-flash TBA AFA TBA all flash array TBA SQL TBA IOPS
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Can your cluster management tools pass muster?

The right designs and cluster management tools ensure your clusters don't become a cluster, er, failure.

  • Premiered: 11/17/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA cluster TBA Cluster Management TBA Cluster Server TBA Storage TBA Cloud TBA Public Cloud TBA Private Cloud TBA Virtual Infrastructure TBA Virtualization TBA hyperconvergence TBA hyper-convergence TBA software-defined TBA software-defined storage TBA SDS TBA Big Data TBA scale-up TBA CAPEX TBA IT infrastructure TBA OPEX TBA Hypervisor TBA Migration TBA QoS TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM TBA VMWare TBA VMware VVOLs TBA VVOLs TBA Virtual Volumes TBA cloud infrastructure TBA OpenStack
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Plexistor Launches to Revolutionize Compute Paradigm with Software-Defined Memory

Startup Plexistor announced today that it will soon be unveiling a Software-Defined Memory (SDM) platform for next-generation data centers, bringing convergence of memory and storage technologies together, enabling high capacity persistent storage and near-memory speed by providing a direct data path from the application to the memory storage device.

  • Premiered: 12/15/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: PR Newswire
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA Storage TBA Plexistor TBA Software-Defined Memory TBA software-defined TBA SDM TBA Data Center TBA convergence TBA memory convergence TBA Storage TBA high capacity TBA application performance TBA Performance TBA In-Memory TBA real-time analytics TBA Low latency TBA API TBA SSD TBA Primary Storage TBA converged TBA NoSQL TBA Big Data TBA analytics TBA big data analytics
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Building Docker infrastructure still tough, but maybe not for long

Docker could become the next generation compute platform, and even replace server virtualization, but the container technology has some growing up to do first.

  • Premiered: 12/18/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Server Virtualization
Topic(s): TBA Docker TBA Application TBA Server Virtualization TBA Virtualization TBA computer TBA containers TBA container TBA Infrastructure TBA Performance TBA Mike Matchett TBA functionality TBA application performance TBA Citrix TBA NetScaler TBA CPX TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Virtual Infrastructure TBA Storage TBA ClusterHQ TBA Weaveworks TBA API TBA Cloud
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Mobile gaming company plays new Hadoop cluster management card

Chartboost, which operates a platform for mobile games, turned to new cluster management software in an effort to overcome problems in controlling the use of its Hadoop processing resources.

  • Premiered: 01/05/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Management
Topic(s): TBA Chartboost TBA mobile TBA cluster TBA Cluster Management TBA Hadoop TBA processing TBA data processing TBA analytics TBA Big Data TBA MapReduce TBA Hive TBA Spark TBA Optimization TBA Cloudera TBA AWS TBA Amazon TBA Cloud TBA YARN TBA Pepperdata TBA Memory TBA CPU TBA Application TBA Concurrent TBA SLA TBA service-level agreement TBA HBase TBA application performance TBA application performance management TBA Mike Matchett
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Virtual Instruments Merges with Load DynamiX; Secures $20 Million Investment

Virtual Instruments, the market leader in real-time infrastructure performance management, and Load DynamiX, the leader in storage performance analytics, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which the companies will merge to create the industry’s first end-to-end infrastructure DevOps platform.

  • Premiered: 03/29/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Business Wire
Topic(s): TBA Virtual Instruments TBA application performance TBA analytics TBA Load DynamiX TBA application performance management TBA Infrastructure TBA Arun Taneja
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Virtual Instruments taps into Load DynamiX, storage analytics

Storage performance monitoring vendor Virtual Instruments combines forces with load simulation vendor Load DynamiX in a merger that broadens their storage analytics platforms.

  • Premiered: 03/29/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Virtual Instruments TBA Load DynamiX TBA Storage Performance TBA storage performance validation TBA Performance TBA Storage TBA application performance TBA application performance management TBA Arun Taneja TBA FC TBA Fibre Channel