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Profiles/Reports

The Cost of Performance

What’s an IO worth to you? Is it worth more than a gigabyte? Less? That’s a hard question for many IT and business professionals to begin to consider; yet we often see it bandied about. It certainly has merit, it just isn’t easily understood. In this industry article, Taneja Group takes a look at how big the cost of performance is, and with that understanding in mind, we’ll look at two examples of new solutions and what they suggest is a changing way to get cost-effective performance inside the data center walls.

Publish date: 04/22/11
Profiles/Reports

Midrange Reinvented - the IBM Storwize V7000

In this Product in Depth, we take a look at the IBM Storwize V7000 and how it has harnessed a unique range of sophisticated heterogeneous storage virtualization technology from the IBM portfolio of intellectual property, and turned these technologies into building blocks for a next generation mid-range storage array.  The result is a unique foundation to unify the consolidating and virtualizing infrastructure.

Publish date: 11/19/10
Resources

Webcast: Simplifying ROBO Storage Using Hybrid Cloud/Local Architecture

Remote and branch office (ROBO) storage presents unique challenges to enterprise IT and storage professionals. Meeting the needs of dispersed end-users with limited on-site IT support while managing growth in capacity, taming complexity, and keeping costs under control is a daunting task. The larger the number of remote sites, the bigger the challenge becomes.

However, a new approach is redefining ROBO storage deployments. It leverages both cloud and local storage, resulting in significant cost reduction and simplified management while providing end-users with fast access to files, easy recovery of backups and the ability to share files both locally and in the cloud. 

Join storage analysts from Taneja Group and CTERA in this December 2012 on-demand webcast as they explore a comprehensive approach to ROBO storage and discuss:

*ROBO end-user storage needs vs. corporate IT considerations
*Pros and cons of alternative approaches to managing ROBO storage, including: Traditional approaches employing local file servers and tape backup, as well as remote backup, WAN optimization, and cloud storage gateways
*How leveraging cloud storage technology integrated with managed local storage appliances can optimize cost, performance and management overhead
*How this approach can scale to many thousands of sites, providing speedy deployment, centralized management and ease of use for ROBO end users. 

Listen to the webcast --> http://www.bitpipe.com/detail/RES/1354203236_310.html

  • Premiered: 12/20/12 at OnDemand
  • Location: OnDemand
  • Speaker(s): Jeff Byrne & Paul Stich
  • Sponsor(s): CTERA & TechTarget
Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): CTERA Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): ROBO Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Storage Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Hybrid Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): architecture Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): WANO Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): WAN Optimization Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Backup Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Jeff Byrne
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5 Questions About Virtual Volumes for Your Vendor

VVOLs are a breakthrough for virtual environments, but every storage vendor handles them differently.

  • Premiered: 04/01/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA Virtual Volumes TBA vSphere TBA VMWare TBA VVOL TBA VVOLs TBA VMware VVOLs TBA Virtualization TBA architecture TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Storage
Profiles/Reports

Cohesity Data Platform: Hyperconverged Secondary Storage

Primary storage is often defined as storage hosting mission-critical applications with tight SLAs, requiring high performance.  Secondary storage is where everything else typically ends up and, unfortunately, data stored there tends to accumulate without much oversight.  Most of the improvements within the overall storage space, most recently driven by the move to hyperconverged infrastructure, have flowed into primary storage.  By shifting the focus from individual hardware components to commoditized, clustered and virtualized storage, hyperconvergence has provided a highly-available virtual platform to run applications on, which has allowed IT to shift their focus from managing individual hardware components and onto running business applications, increasing productivity and reducing costs. 

Companies adopting this new class of products certainly enjoyed the benefits, but were still nagged by a set of problems that it didn’t address in a complete fashion.  On the secondary storage side of things, they were still left dealing with too many separate use cases with their own point solutions.  This led to too many products to manage, too much duplication and too much waste.  In truth, many hyperconvergence vendors have done a reasonable job at addressing primary storage use cases, , on their platforms, but there’s still more to be done there and more secondary storage use cases to address.

Now, however, a new category of storage has emerged. Hyperconverged Secondary Storage brings the same sort of distributed, scale-out file system to secondary storage that hyperconvergence brought to primary storage.  But, given the disparate use cases that are embedded in secondary storage and the massive amount of data that resides there, it’s an equally big problem to solve and it had to go further than just abstracting and scaling the underlying physical storage devices.  True Hyperconverged Secondary Storage also integrates the key secondary storage workflows - Data Protection, DR, Analytics and Test/Dev - as well as providing global deduplication for overall file storage efficiency, file indexing and searching services for more efficient storage management and hooks into the cloud for efficient archiving. 

Cohesity has taken this challenge head-on.

Before delving into the Cohesity Data Platform, the subject of this profile and one of the pioneering offerings in this new category, we’ll take a quick look at the state of secondary storage today and note how current products haven’t completely addressed these existing secondary storage problems, creating an opening for new competitors to step in.

Publish date: 03/30/16