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Are You Making Money With Your Object Storage?

Object storage has long been pigeon-holed as a necessary overhead expense for long-term archive storage, a data purgatory one step before tape or deletion. In our experience, we have seen many IT shops view object storage more as something exotic they have to implement to meet government regulations rather than as a competitive strategic asset that can help their businesses make money.


Normally when companies invest in high-end IT assets like enterprise-class storage, they hope to re-coup those investments in big ways like accelerating the performance of market competitive applica-tions or efficiently consolidating data centers. Maybe they are even starting to analyze big data to find better ways to run the business. There are far more opportunities to be sure, but these kinds of “money-making” initiatives have been mainly associated with “file” and “block” types of storage – the primary storage commonly used to power databases, host office productivity applications, and build pools of shared resources for virtualization projects. But that’s about to change. If you’ve intentionally dismissed or just over-looked object storage it is time to take deeper look. Today’s object storage provides brilliant capabilities for enhancing productivity, creating global platforms and developing new revenue streams.


Object storage has been evolving from its historical second tier data dumping ground into a value-building primary storage platform for content and collaboration. And the latest high performance cloud storage solutions could transform the whole nature of enterprise data storage. To really exploit this new generation of object storage, it is important to understand not only what it is and how it has evolved, but to start thinking about how to harness its emerging capabilities in building net new business.
 

Publish date: 05/03/13
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Load DynamiX unveils new Virtual Series storage test tools

Newly updated Load DynamiX Virtual Series tools offer the same GUI, workflow, statistics and API as its physical storage performance validation appliance.

  • Premiered: 01/25/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Mike Matchett TBA Virtualization TBA Load DynamiX TBA API TBA Storage TBA Performance TBA Storage Performance TBA storage performance validation TBA object storage TBA cloud object storage TBA Cloud Storage TBA Cloud TBA all-flash TBA all flash array TBA All Flash TBA IOPS TBA Validation TBA storage infrastructure TBA Optimization TBA VMWare TBA VMware ESXi TBA ESXi TBA Microsoft TBA Hyper-V TBA Hypervisor TBA hypervisors TBA iSCSI TBA NFS TBA SMB TBA OpenStack
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Caringo Swarm upgraded with search engine for data analysis

Caringo Swarm now has a built-in search engine for cloud object storage data analysis. Caringo also added file-level protocols and a new management portal to the software.

  • Premiered: 02/16/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Caringo TBA Caringo Swarm TBA Cloud TBA cloud object storage TBA Storage TBA data analytics TBA object versioning TBA Metadata TBA cluster TBA indexing TBA Active Directory TBA Security TBA Amazon S3 TBA Amazon TBA Simple Storage Service TBA NFS TBA Arun Taneja TBA object-scale TBA FileFly TBA Windows TBA NTFS TBA object storage
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Conquer unstructured data: Scale-out NAS vs. object storage

Learn how scale-out NAS and object storage systems work, their pros and cons, manageability and how they integrate with your storage infrastructure.

  • Premiered: 08/04/16
  • Author: Jeff Kato
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA scale-out TBA scale-out NAS TBA Storage TBA object storage TBA storage infrastructure TBA NAS TBA cloud object storage TBA Cloud Storage TBA Cloud TBA Public Cloud TBA scalability TBA scalable TBA Metadata TBA Portable Operating System Interface TBA POSIX TBA fsync TBA real-time data TBA EMC TBA EMC Isilon TBA Isilon TBA IBM TBA IBM Spectrum TBA IBM Spectrum Scale TBA Qumulo TBA Scality TBA global scalability TBA Amazon TBA reliability TBA erasure coding TBA Dropbox
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New DDN WOS object appliance targets performance, capacity

DataDirect Networks is expanding its Web Object Scaler portfolio with a new 8460 object storage appliance that focuses on performance and capacity.

  • Premiered: 09/13/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA DDN TBA DataDirect Networks TBA Storage TBA object storage TBA Capacity TBA Dell TBA HPE TBA Supermicro TBA EMC TBA ECS TBA Elastic Cloud Storage TBA elastic cloud TBA IBM TBA cloud object storage TBA NetApp TBA StorageGRID TBA webscale TBA High Performance TBA Steve Ricketts
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Tintri OS storage upgrade focuses on cloud, containers for DevOps

Tintri storage moves 'in lockstep' with VMware for cloud, container and DevOps support with a vRealize Orchestrator plug-in and vSphere Integrated Containers support.

  • Premiered: 11/01/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Tintri TBA DevOps TBA VMWare TBA Cloud TBA container TBA containers TBA vRealize TBA vSphere TBA VMware vSphere TBA Docker TBA IBM TBA cloud object storage TBA object storage TBA Storage TBA Public Cloud TBA S3 TBA Backup TBA copy data management TBA copy data TBA CDM TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Flocker TBA Google Kubernetes TBA Docker Swarm TBA Apache TBA Apache Mesos TBA Snapshot TBA Snapshots TBA Mike Matchett
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Trends in Object Storage

Need to understand the latest trends in Object Storage Technology? Want to gain key insights from analyst survey results?

Join this webcast led by subject matter experts from Taneja Group and IBM Cloud Object Storage that will discuss:

  • Object Storage solutions relative to block and file storage solutions
  • Benefits of moving to an object storage solution
  • Top Use Cases for object storage solutions

You can also view a demo of how the technology works.

Presenters:
Steve Ricketts, Senior Analyst & Consultant, Taneja Group
Suresh Jasrasaria, Portfolio Marketing Manager, IBM

  • Premiered: 11/15/16
  • Location: OnDemand
  • Speaker(s): Steve Ricketts, Taneja Group; Suresh Jasrasaria, IBM
Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): IBM Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): cloud object storage Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Storage Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Cloud Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): object storage
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IBM hybrid storage play acknowledges enterprise realities

The recent IBM hybrid storage push aims to court enterprise clients with resources on premises and in the public cloud - and offer something AWS doesn't.

  • Premiered: 11/03/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Cloud Computing
Topic(s): TBA IBM TBA hybrid storage TBA Storage TBA Amazon TBA Amazon AWS TBA Cloud Storage TBA all-flash TBA All Flash TBA Block Storage TBA Cleversafe TBA cloud object storage TBA replication TBA Amazon S3 TBA AWS TBA S3 TBA Panzura TBA Google TBA Microsoft TBA Public Cloud TBA IBM Spectrum TBA Virtualization TBA Jeff Kato TBA IaaS TBA SoftLayer TBA PaaS
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Hyper-convergence: It's for more than primary data storage

The lines between primary and secondary storage and applications such as hyper-convergence remain blurry. But they are a starting point for further discussion.

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A cure for secondary data storage services blues

Effective user-centric data storage management eases copy data management and object storage uptake while enabling secondary storage services to evolve.

  • Premiered: 03/07/17
  • Author: Steve Ricketts
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA secondary data TBA secondary storage TBA Storage TBA copy data management TBA CDM TBA cloud object storage TBA object storage TBA Data protection TBA Backup TBA Disaster Recovery TBA DR TBA Archiving TBA Compression TBA Migration TBA SLA TBA resiliency TBA software-defined TBA software-defined storage TBA SDS TBA compliance TBA Dell EMC TBA flash storage TBA SSD TBA scalability TBA Cloud TBA Cohesity TBA scale-out TBA hyperconverged TBA hyper-converged TBA hyperconvergence
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Is Object Storage Right For Your Organization?

Is object storage right for your organization? Many companies are asking this question as they seek out storage solutions that support vast unstructured data growth throughout their organizations. Object storage is ideal for large-scale unstructured data storage because it easily scales to several petabytes and beyond by simply adding storage nodes. Object storage also provides high fault tolerance, simplified storage management and hardware independence – core capabilities that are essential to cost-effectively manage large-scale storage environments. Add to this built-in support for geographically distributed environments and it’s easy to see why object storage solutions are the preferred storage approach for multiple use cases such as cloud-native applications, highly scalable file backup, secure enterprise collaboration, active archival, content repositories and increasingly cognitive computing workloads such as Big Data analytics.

To help you decide if object storage is right for your company and to help you understand how to apply various storage technologies, we have created a table below that positions object storage relative to block storage and file storage.

As the table shows, there are several factors that differentiate block, file and object storage. An easy way to think about the differences is the following; block storage is necessary for critical applications where storage performance is the key consideration, file storage is well-suited for highly scalable shared file systems and object storage is ideal when cloud-scale capacity and convenience as well as reliability and geographically distributed access are the major storage requirements. 

Publish date: 12/30/16
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IBM Cloud Object Storage Provides a Strong Data Foundation for Modern Healthcare

The healthcare industry is facing tremendous data challenges as the medical community evolves to support rapid growth in digital medical imaging, new government regulations and improvements in patient care.

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IBM Cloud Object Storage Provides the Scale and Integration Needed for Modern Genomics Infra.

For hospitals and medical research institutes, the ability to interpret genomics data and identify relevant therapies is key to provide better patient care through personalized medicine. Many such organizations are racing forward, analyzing patients’ genomic profiles to match more clinically actionable treatments using artificial intelligence (AI).

These rapid advancements in genomic research and personalized medicine are very exciting, but they are creating enormous data challenges for healthcare and life sciences organizations. High-throughput DNA sequencing machines can now process a human genome in a matter of hours at a cost approaching one thousand dollars. This is a huge drop from a cost of ten million dollars ten years ago and means the decline in genome sequencing cost has outpaced Moore’s Law (see chart). The result is an explosion in genomic data – driving the need for solutions that can affordably and securely store, access, share, analyze and archive enormous amounts of data in a timely manner.

Challenges include moving large volumes of genomic data from cost-effective archival storage to low latency storage for analysis to reduce the time needed to analyze genetic data. Currently, it takes days to do a comprehensive DNA sequence analysis.

Sharing and interpreting vast amounts of unstructured data to find relationships between a patient’s genetic characteristics and potential therapies adds another layer of complexity. Determining connections requires evaluating data across numerous unstructured data sources, such as genomic sequencing data, medical articles, drug information and clinical trial data from multiple sources.

Unfortunately, the traditional file storage within most medical organizations doesn’t meet the needs of modern genomics. These systems can’t accommodate massive amounts of unstructured data and they don’t support both data archival and high-performance compute. They also don’t facilitate broad collaboration. Today, organizations require a new approach to genomics storage, one that enables:

  • Scalable and convenient cloud storage to accommodate rapid unstructured data growth
  • Seamless integration between affordable unstructured data storage, low latency storage, high performance compute, big data analytics and a cognitive healthcare platform to quickly analyze and find relationships among complex life science data types
  • A multi-tenant hybrid cloud to share and collaborate on sensitive patient data and findings
  • Privacy and protection to support regulatory compliance

Publish date: 03/22/17
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Cloud Object Storage for the Healthcare Data Blues

The healthcare industry continues to face tremendous cost challenges. The U.S. government estimates national health expenditures in the United States accounted for $3.2 trillion last year – nearly 18% of the country’s total GDP. There are many factors that drive up the cost of healthcare, such as the cost of new drug development and hospital readmissions. In addition, there’s compelling studies that show medical organizations will need to evolve their IT environment to curb healthcare costs and improve patient care in new ways, such as cloud-based healthcare models aimed at research community collaboration, coordinated care and remote healthcare delivery.

For example, Goldman Sachs recently predicted that the digital revolution can save $300 billion in spending in the healthcare sector by powering new patient options, such as home-based patient monitoring and patient self-management. Moreover, the most significant progress may come from a medical organization transforming their healthcare data infrastructure. Here’s why:

  • Advancements in digital medical imaging has resulted in an explosion of data that sits in  picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) and vendor neutral archives (VNAs).
  • Patient care initiatives such as personalized medicine and genomics require storing, sharing and analyzing massive amounts of unstructured data.
  • Regulations such as the Health Insur­ance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) require organizations to have policies for long term image retention and business continuity.

Unfortunately, traditional file storage approaches aren’t well-suited to manage vast amounts of unstructured data and present several barriers to modernizing healthcare infrastructure. A recent Taneja Group survey found the top three challenges to be:

  • Lack of flexibility: Traditional file storage appliances require dedicated hardware and don’t offer tight integration with collaborative cloud storage environments.
  • Poor utilization: Traditional file storage requires too much storage capacity for system fault tolerance, which reduces usable storage.
  • Inability to scale: Traditional storage solutions such as RAID-based arrays are gated by controllers and simply aren’t designed to easily expand to petabyte storage levels.

As a result, healthcare organizations are moving to object storage solutions that offer an architecture inherently designed for web scale storage environments. Specifically, object storage offers healthcare organizations the following advantages:

  • Simplified management, hardware independence and a choice of deployment options – private, public or hybrid cloud – lowers operational and hardware storage costs
  • Web-scale storage platform provides scale as needed and enables a pay as you go model
  • Efficient fault tolerance protects against site failures, node failures and multiple disk failures
  • Built in security protects against digital and physical breeches

Publish date: 03/22/17
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IBM to remove complexity around cloud storage service tiers

Public cloud customers have a range of storage options but still battle with complexity. IBM's Flex service is intended to ease that issue and get a leg up on the market.

  • Premiered: 03/23/17
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Cloud Computing
Topic(s): TBA IBM TBA IBM Cloud TBA Public Cloud TBA Storage TBA cloud object storage TBA object storage TBA Jeff Kato TBA Amazon TBA Amazon S3 TBA AWS TBA Amazon Web Services TBA FlexCloud TBA Panzura TBA Microsoft Azure TBA Google TBA Google Cloud TBA Machine Learning TBA Cloud Storage TBA Automation TBA Cloud providers
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Scale-out software-defined storage market menaces traditional storage

Scale-out software-defined storage is on the rise to the detriment and decline of traditional storage products and arrays.

  • Premiered: 04/05/17
  • Author: Jeff Kato
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA scale-out TBA software-defined TBA software-defined storage TBA SDS TBA Storage TBA Cloud TBA Public Cloud TBA scale-out SDS TBA Dell EMC TBA VNX TBA HPE TBA NetApp TBA FAS TBA SSD TBA Flash TBA RDMA TBA latency TBA CAPEX TBA HCI TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA hyperconverged infrastructure TBA Virtualization TBA software-defined virtualization TBA OmniStack TBA data virtualization TBA Nutanix TBA Microsoft Azure TBA VMware VSAN TBA VSAN
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Use the cloud to enhance the functions of primary storage

Learn some of the best ways to leverage public cloud as a storage tier to complement primary storage and make data centers more efficient.

  • Premiered: 05/04/17
  • Author: Jeff Byrne
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA Cloud TBA Primary Storage TBA Public Cloud TBA Amazon TBA Amazon S3 TBA Simple Storage Service TBA Elastic Block Storage TBA Amazon EBS TBA Cloud Security TBA Security TBA Availability TBA Cloud Storage TBA Backup TBA Disaster Recovery TBA DR TBA Archive TBA cloud tiering TBA hybrid storage TBA IOPS TBA High Performance TBA SAN TBA SAS TBA latency TBA SATA TBA SATA drives TBA Migration TBA automated storage tiering TBA NVDIMM TBA SSD
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The Easy Cloud For Complete File Data Protection: Igneous Systems Backs-up AND Archives All Your NAS

When we look at all the dollars being spent on endless NAS capacity growth, and the increasingly complex (and mostly unrealistic) file protection schemes that go along, we find most enterprises aren’t happy with their status quo. And while cloud storage seems so attractive theoretically, making big changes to a stable NAS storage architecture can be both costly and present enough risk to keep many stuck endlessly growing their primary filers. Cloud gateways can help offload capacity, yet they add operational complexity and are ultimately only half-way solutions.

What file-dependent enterprises really need is a true hybrid solution that backs on-premise primary NAS with hybrid cloud secondary storage to provide a secure, reliable, elastic, scalable, and – above all – a simply seamless solution. Ideally we would want a drop-in solution that was remotely managed, paid for by subscription and highly performant – all while automatically backing-up (and/or archiving) all existing primary NAS storage. In other words, enterprises don’t want to rip and replace working primary NAS solutions, but they do want to easily offload and extend them with superior cloud-shaped secondary storage.

When it comes to an enterprise’s cloud adoption journey, we can recommend that “hybrid cloud” storage services be adopted first to address longstanding challenges with NAS file data protection. While many enterprises have reasonable backup solutions for block (and sometimes VM images/disks), reliable data protection for fast growing file is much harder due to trends towards bigger data repositories, faster streaming data, global sharing requirements, and increasingly tighter SLA’s (not to mention shrinking backup windows). Igneous Systems promises to help filer-dependent enterprises keep up with all their file protection challenges with their Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud that features integrated enterprise file backup and archive.

Igneous Systems’ storage layer integrates several key technologies – highly efficient, scalable, remotely managed object storage; built-in tiering and file movement not just on the back-end to public clouds, but also on the front-end from existing primary NAS arrays; remote management as-a-service to offload IT staff; and all necessary file archive and backup automation.

And Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud is also a first-class object store with valuable features like built-in global meta-data search. However, here we’ll focus on how Igneous Backup and Igneous Archive services is used to solve gaping holes in traditional approaches to NAS backup and archive.

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Publish date: 06/20/17
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Hybrid cloud technology gets the most out of primary storage workloads

Learn what to look for in a hybrid cloud platform so you can take advantage of the scalability, agility and cost benefits it has to offer primary storage.