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HP StoreVirtual Virtual Storage Appliance - The VSA for scalable VM density (TVS)

Virtual Storage Appliances (VSAs) have been around for a while – just over 5 years ago, the earliest vendors started to sample market interest in this technology.  In theory, the market was interested, but perhaps more so on paper than in actual adoption during those early days.  Regardless, that interest drove more vendors to release VSAs and today there are dozens of Virtual Storage Appliances on the market.  Many of these are focused on capabilities such as backup, but at least a handful can serve as primary storage beneath the virtual infrastructure.

The primary storage VSAs on the market came about as product or marketing experiments; perhaps to let customers experience a storage system without making a full investment, allow customers to ingest rogue virtual infrastructure storage back into their existing storage infrastructure, or enable consistent storage management as customers deployed workloads with remote service providers.

For certain, many of these primary storage VSAs have never found their footing, and still languish as a neglected technology in a dusty corner of a vendor’s product portfolio.  But there have been exceptions.  One is HP StoreVirtual.  HP has been quite serious about delivering StoreVirtual as a real storage solution with hefty capabilities.  StoreVirtual is one of HP’s several converged storage technologies that is blurring the boundaries between storage and compute, and helping customer infrastructures to scale and adapt while maintaining maximum efficiency.  The popular StoreVirtual product line comes in a variety of physical formats, from entry-level 1U 4 drive systems to extremely dense BladeSystem SANs.  Approximately 5 years ago, the StoreVirtual software foundation was also released in Virtual Storage Appliance form.  This StoreVirtual VSA is a full storage system that looks, acts, and functions just like its physical StoreVirtual brethren.  The intent behind HP’s StoreVirtual VSA is increased ease of use, increased storage functionality in the virtual infrastructure, and greater adaptability, within a dense footprint that can make use of any available storage resources (direct attached server storage or networked storage).  HP claims that StoreVirtual VSA leads the market in ease of use, performance, efficiency, and storage capabilities – all of which makes it ideally positioned to service primary workloads in the data center.

In this Technology Validation, we set out to examine StoreVirtual VSA, and through comparison to another leading virtual storage appliance (VMware’s vSphere Storage Appliance – VMware VSA) evaluate the effectiveness of StoreVirtual VSA’s architecture in enabling superior, primary-workload-ready storage in the virtual infrastructure.  With an eye on ease of use, efficiency, and flexibility, we put StoreVirtual VSA and VMware vSphere Storage Appliance through a detailed examination that included both a review of functionality and a hands-on lab examination of performance, scalability, resiliency, and ease of use.

Publish date: 06/12/13
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5 cloud computing advantages (and 5 potential problems)

Cloud computing offers considerable advantages to businesses, but also comes with it’s fair share of risks. While the pros and cons vary by company, it’s important that you understand both sides before moving towards the cloud. Here are 5 of the biggest advantages, and 5 potential problems associated with cloud computing.

  • Premiered: 09/16/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: MRC's Cup of Joe Blog
Topic(s): TBA Cloud TBA Cloud Computing TBA IT infrastructure TBA Cloud providers TBA flexibility TBA scalability TBA server TBA Mike Matchett TBA Application TBA cloud architecture TBA cloud vendor
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Why a storage reference architecture matters in software-defined IT

Software-defined and hyper-converged storage don't eliminate the need for vendor reference architectures.

  • Premiered: 12/11/14
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA software-defined TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA reference architectures TBA SDS TBA software-defined storage TBA EMC TBA VNX TBA replication TBA DataCore TBA SAN TBA SANsymphony TBA convergence TBA Virtualization TBA Storage TBA Server Virtualization TBA Data protection TBA DP TBA WANO TBA WAN Optimization TBA Networking TBA Compute TBA Data Deduplication TBA flexibility
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PernixData Meets Huge Demand for Server-Side Storage Intelligence

Server-Side Storage Intelligence has become a major presence in virtualized data centers, with PernixData selling more FVP software in the first twelve months of shipping than any enterprise infrastructure software company to date.

  • Premiered: 02/25/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtual-Strategy Magazine
Topic(s): TBA PernixData TBA Jeff Byrne TBA Virtualization TBA virtualized data center TBA Storage TBA FVP Software TBA Storage Performance TBA Data Center TBA flexibility TBA scale-out TBA Capacity TBA Hypervisor TBA hypervisor clustering
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Arcadia Unveils Industry's Only Unified Visual Analytics and Business Intelligence Platform for Big

Enables Business Users for the First Time to Directly Interact With Data in Hadoop to Glean Rich Insights With Drag-and-Drop Ease; Helps Overcome Barriers to Enterprise-Wide Big Data Adoption

  • Premiered: 06/09/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Sys-Con Media
Topic(s): TBA Arcadia TBA unified TBA visual analytics TBA analytics TBA BI TBA Business Intelligence TBA Big Data TBA Mike Matchett TBA Hadoop TBA flexibility TBA Scale
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Slaying the data dragon with Data-Aware Scale-Out NAS

The amount of data being generated in today’s always-on, digital world is nearly incomprehensible.

  • Premiered: 09/02/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Silicon Angle
Topic(s): TBA data TBA Storage TBA Brett Goodwin TBA Qumulo TBA NAS TBA scale-out TBA Storage TBA flexibility TBA Performance TBA Hybrid TBA Saas TBA real-time analytics
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Nutanix XCP For Demanding Enterprise Workloads: Making Infrastructure Invisible for Tier-1 Ent. Apps

Virtualization has matured and become widely adopted in the enterprise market. Approximately three in every five physical servers are deployed in a virtualized environment. After two waves of virtualization, it is safe to assume that a high percentage of business applications are running in virtualized environments. The applications last to deploy into the virtualized environment were considered the tier-1 apps. Examples of these include CRM and ERP environments running SAP NetWeaver, Oracle database and applications, and Microsoft SQL Server. In many 24X7 service industries, Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint are also considered tier-1 applications.

The initial approach to building virtualized environments that can handle these tier-1 applications was to build highly tuned infrastructure using best of breed three-tier architectures where compute, storage and networking were selected and customized for each type of workload. Newer shared storage systems have increasingly adopted virtualized all flash and hybrid architectures, which has allowed organizations to mix a few tier-1 workloads within the same traditional infrastructure and still meet stringent SLA requirements.

Enter now the new product category of enterprise-capable HyperConverged Infrastructure (HCI). With HCI, the traditional three-tier architecture has been collapsed into a single software-based system that is purpose-built for virtualization. In these solutions, the hypervisor, compute, storage, and advanced data services are integrated into an x86 industry-standard building block. These modern scale-out hyperconverged systems combine a flash-first software-defined storage architecture with VM-centric ease-of-use that far exceeds any three-tier approach on the market today. These attributes have made HCI very popular and one of the fastest growing product segments in the market today.

HCI products have been very popular with medium sized companies and specific workloads such as VDI or test and development. After a few years of hardening and maturity, are these products ready to tackle enterprise tier-1 applications?  In this paper we will take a closer look at Nutanix Xtreme Computing Platform (XCP) and explore how its capabilities stack up to tier-1 application workload requirements.

Nutanix was a pioneer in HCI and is widely considered the market and visionary leader of this rapidly growing segment. Nutanix has recently announced the next step - a vision of the product beyond HCI. With this concept they plan to make the entire virtualized infrastructure invisible to IT consumers. This will encompass all three of the popular hypervisors: VMware, Hyper-V and their own Acropolis Hypervisor. Nutanix has enabled app mobility between different hypervisors, a unique concept across the converged system and HCI alike. This Solution Profile will focus on the Nutanix XCP platform and key capabilities that make it suitable for teir-1 enterprise applications. With the most recent release, we have found compelling features appropriate for most tier-1 application workloads. Combined with the value proposition of web-scale modular architecture this provides an easy pathway to data-center transformation that businesses of all sizes should take advantage of. 

Publish date: 11/30/15
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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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Making Sense of the Internet of Things with Converged Infrastructure

With its flexibility and scalability, converged infrastructure can be a good solution to the influx of IoT data.

  • Premiered: 03/22/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Windows IT Pro
Topic(s): TBA Internet of Things TBA IoT TBA converged TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA convergence TBA IT infrastructure TBA Servers TBA Storage TBA network TBA flexibility TBA scalability TBA Data protection TBA storage architecture TBA Hadoop TBA Apache TBA Spark TBA Apache Spark TBA structured data TBA Mike Matchett
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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
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Galactic Exchange can get your Hadoop cluster up and running in just 5 minutes

Stealthy startup Galactic Exchange Inc. burst out of the shadows this weekend touting a new product that’s able to spin up an Hadoop or Spark cluster, ready to go, in just five minutes.

  • Premiered: 03/28/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Silicon Angle
Topic(s): TBA Galactic Exchange TBA Hadoop TBA hadoop cluster TBA cluster TBA Spark TBA ClusterGX TBA strata TBA simplicity TBA Infrastructure TBA Big Data TBA Mike Matchett TBA Apache TBA Apache Mesos TBA Docker TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA application performance TBA Backup TBA flexibility TBA Cloud TBA Storage TBA analysis TBA data lake TBA big data lake TBA IoT
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The Hyperconverged Data Center: Nutanix Customers Explain Why They Replaced Their EMC SANS

Taneja Group spoke with several Nutanix customers in order to understand why they switched from EMC storage to the Nutanix platform. All of the respondent’s articulated key architectural benefits of hyperconvergence versus a traditional 3-tier solutions. In addition, specific Nutanix features for mission-critical production environments were often cited.

Hyperconverged systems have become a mainstream alternative to traditional 3-tier architecture consisting of separate compute, storage and networking products. Nutanix collapses this complex environment into software-based infrastructure optimized for virtual environments. Hypervisor, compute, storage, networking, and data services run on scalable nodes that seamlessly scale across massive virtual assets. Hyperconvergence offers a key value proposition over 3-tier architecture:  instead of deploying, managing and integrating separate components – storage, servers, networking, data services, and hypervisors – these components are combined into a modular high performance system.

The customers we interviewed operate in very different industries. In common, they all maintained data centers undergoing fundamental changes, typically involving an opportunity to refresh some portion of their 3-tier infrastructure. This enabled the evaluation of hyperconvergence in supporting those changes. Customers interviewed found that Nutanix hyperconvergence delivered benefits in the areas of scalability, simplicity, value, performance, and support. If we could use one phrase to explain why Nutanix’ is winning over EMC customers in the enterprise market it would be “Ease of Everything.” Nutanix works, and works consistently with small and large clusters, in single and multiple datacenters, with specialist or generalist IT support, and across hypervisors.

The five generations of Nutanix products span many years of product innovation. Web-scale architecture has been the key to Nutanix platform’s enterprise capable performance, simplicity and scalability. Building technology like this requires years of innovation and focus and is not an add-on for existing products and architectures.

The modern data center is quickly changing. Extreme data growth and complexity are driving data center directors toward innovative technology that will grow with them. Given the benefits of Nutanix web-scale architecture – and the Ease of Everything – data center directors can confidently adopt Nutanix as their partner in data center transformation just as the following EMC customers did.

Publish date: 03/31/16
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5 Key Elements of Bimodal IT

These five technology trends make it possible for bimodal IT to bring new levels of speed, flexibility and innovation to launching IT services.

  • Premiered: 04/07/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: BizTech Magazine
Topic(s): TBA Big Data TBA mobile computing TBA IT infrastructure TBA Data Center TBA Datacenter TBA webscale TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconverged infrastructure TBA Cloud TBA Cloud Computing TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA flash storage TBA flexibility TBA Amazon TBA Facebook TBA Google TBA Microsoft TBA Deduplication TBA Nutanix TBA EMC TBA SDDC TBA Software-Defined Data Center TBA software-defined TBA Optimization
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Transitioning the Data Center to a Hybrid Environment

As IT advances, organizations are adopting infrastructures that enhance agility and improve efficiency.

  • Premiered: 04/19/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: CDW
Topic(s): TBA Data Center TBA Storage TBA hybrid storage TBA Cloud Computing TBA Cloud TBA flexibility TBA Private Cloud TBA Virtualization TBA Saas TBA IaaS TBA converged TBA convergence TBA Automation TBA hybrid infrastructure TBA Mike Matchett TBA Hybrid
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Hybrid Data Centers Offer Best of Conventional and Cloud Technologies

As IT advances, organizations are adopting infrastructures that enhance agility and improve efficiency.

  • Premiered: 04/18/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: BizTech Magazine
Topic(s): TBA Hybrid Array TBA Data Center TBA cloud data center TBA Cloud Computing TBA hybrid storage TBA Storage TBA flexibility TBA Cloud TBA Hybrid TBA Private Cloud TBA Virtualization TBA Saas TBA IaaS TBA converged TBA convergence TBA Automation TBA hybrid infrastructure TBA Mike Matchett
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The Modern Data-Center: Why Nutanix Customers are Replacing Their NetApp Storage

Several Nutanix customers shared with Taneja Group why they switched from traditional NetApp storage to the hyperconverged Nutanix platform. Each customer talked about the value of hyperconvergence versus a traditional server/networking/storage stack, and the specific benefits of Nutanix in mission-critical production environments.

Hyperconverged systems are a popular alternative to traditional computing architectures that are built with separate compute, storage, and networking components. Nutanix turns this complex environment into an efficient, software-based infrastructure where hypervisor, compute, storage, networking, and data services run on scalable nodes that seamlessly scale across massive virtual environments.  

The customers we spoke with came from very different industries, but all of them faced major technology refreshes for legacy servers and NetApp storage. Each decided that hyperconvergence was the right answer, and each chose the Nutanix hyperconvergence platform for its major benefits including scalability, simplicity, value, performance, and support. The single key achievement running through all these benefits is “Ease of Everything”: ease of scaling, ease of management, ease of realizing value, ease of performance, and ease of upgrades and support. Nutanix simply works across small clusters and large, single and multiple datacenters, specialist or generalist IT, and different hypervisors.

The datacenter is not static. Huge data growth and increasing complexity are motivating IT directors from every industry to invest in scalable hyperconvergence. Given Nutanix benefits across the board, these directors can confidently adopt Nutanix to transform their data-centers, just as these NetApp customers did.

Publish date: 03/31/16
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Flash Virtualization System: Powerful but Cost-Effective Acceleration for VMware Workloads

Server virtualization can bring your business significant benefits, especially in the initial stages of deployment. Companies we speak with in the early stages of adoption often cite more flexible and automated management of both infrastructure and apps, along with CAPEX and OPEX savings resulting from workload consolidation.  However, as an increasing number of apps are virtualized, many of these organizations encounter significant storage performance challenges. As more virtualized workloads are consolidated on a given host, aggregate IO demands put tremendous pressure on shared storage, server and networking resources, with the strain further exacerbated by the IO blender effect, in which IO streams processed by the hypervisor become random and unpredictable. Together, these conditions reduce host productivity—e.g. by lowering data and transactional throughput and increasing application response time—and may prevent you from meeting performance requirements for your business-critical applications.

How can you best address these storage performance challenges in your virtual infrastructure? Adding solid-state or flash storage will provide a significant performance boost, but where should it be deployed to give your critical applications the biggest improvement per dollar spent? How can you ensure that the additional storage fits effortlessly into your existing environment, without requiring disruptive and costly changes to your infrastructure, applications, or management capabilities?

We believe that server-side acceleration provides the best answer to all of these questions. In particular, we like server solutions that combine intelligent caching with high-performance PCIe memory, which are tightly integrated with the virtualization platform, and enable sharing of storage across multiple hosts or an entire cluster. The Flash Virtualization System from SanDisk is an outstanding example of such a solution. As we’ll see, Flash Virtualization enables a shared cache resource across a cluster of hosts in a VMware environment, improving application performance and response time without disrupting primary storage or host servers. This solution will allow you to satisfy SLAs and keep your users happy, without breaking the bank.

Publish date: 06/14/16
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The Quest for Guaranteed Recovery Assurance

You probably have a disaster recovery plan in place. But do you know that it's ready if your worst-case scenario occurs?

  • Premiered: 08/02/16
  • Author: Jim Whalen
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA Jim Whalen TBA Christine Taylor TBA recovery assurance TBA Disaster Recovery TBA DR TBA Business Continuity TBA BC TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM TBA Virtualization TBA flexibility TBA RPO TBA RTO TBA Disaster Recovery as a Service TBA DRaaS TBA Backup
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Big Data Storage Solutions: Options Abound

Hadoop, Spark and other big data analysis tools all have one thing in common: they need some form of big data storage to hold the vast quantities of data that they crunch through. The good news is that big data storage options are proliferating.

  • Premiered: 08/09/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: InfoStor
Topic(s): TBA Hadoop TBA Spark TBA Big Data TBA big data storage TBA DAS TBA Compute TBA cluster TBA flexibility TBA Mike Matchett TBA Hadoop Distributed File System TBA HDFS TBA NFS TBA MapReduce TBA API TBA SAN TBA NAS TBA TCO TBA DDN TBA EMC TBA EMC Isilon TBA Isilon TBA SDS TBA software-defined TBA software-defined storage TBA ViPR TBA DriveScale TBA hScaler TBA Cisco TBA HPE TBA IBM