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Storage Performance - Maybe It Never Was the Array’s Problem

In one of the biggest news announcements of 2012, QLogic has announced a major product initiative that looks poised to fundamentally change customer challenges around storage performance.

  • Premiered: 09/07/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): Qlogic server Acceleration SSD IO Storage perfrmance
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Virtual Instruments Field Study Report

Taneja Group conducted in-depth telephone interviews with six Virtual Instruments (VI) customers. The customers represented enterprises from different industry verticals. The interviews took place over a 3-month period in late 2012 and early 2013. We were pursuing user insights into how VI is bringing new levels of performance monitoring and troubleshooting to customers running large virtualized server and storage infrastructures.

Running large virtualized data centers with hundreds or even thousands of servers, petabytes of data and a large distributed storage network, requires a comprehensive management platform. Such a platform must provide insight into performance and enable proactive problem avoidance and troubleshooting to drive both OPEX and CAPEX savings. Our interviewees revealed that they consider VI to be an invaluable partner in helping to manage the performance of their IT infrastructure supporting mission critical applications.

VI’s expertise and the VirtualWisdom platform differ significantly from other tools’ monitoring, capacity planning and trending capabilities. Their unique platform approach provides true, real-time, system-wide visibility into performance—and correlates data from multiple layers—for proactive remediation of problems and inefficiencies before they affect application service levels. Other existing tools have their usefulness, but they don’t provide the level of detail required for managing through the layers of abstraction and virtualization that characterize today’s complex enterprise data center.

Most of the representative companies were using storage array-specific or fabric device monitoring tools but not system-wide performance management solutions. They went looking for a more comprehensive platform that would monitor, alert and remediate the end-to-end compute infrastructure. The customers we interviewed talked about why they needed this level of instrumentation and why they chose VI over other options. Their needs fell into 6 primary areas:

1. Demonstrably decrease system-wide CAPEX and OPEX while getting more out of existing assets.
2. Align expenditures on server, switch and storage infrastructure with actual requirements.
3. Proactively improve data center performance including mixed workloads and I/O.
4. Manage and monitor multiple data centers and complex computing environments.
5. Troubleshoot performance slowdowns and application failures across the stack.
6. Create customized dashboards and comprehensive reports on the end-to-end environment.

The consensus of opinion is that VI’s VirtualWisdom is by far the best solution for meeting complex data center infrastructure performance challenges, and that the return on investment is unparalleled.

For more information, check out the press release issued by Virtual Instruments.

You can also download this report directly from Virtual Instruments.

Publish date: 03/06/13
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Continuity Software Expands Service Avail. Risk Management Portfolio with AvailabilityGuard/SAN

Continuity Software™ today announced it has expanded its award-winning family of service availability risk management solutions with the addition of AvailabilityGuard/SAN™.

  • Premiered: 08/26/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Yahoo Finance
Topic(s): TBA Continuity Software TBA SAN TBA Data protection TBA server TBA Automation TBA Database TBA DR TBA 3PAR Zero Detection TBA Cloud DR
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Astute Networked Flash ViSX: Application Performance Achieved Cost Effectively

In their quest to achieve better storage performance for their critical applications, mid-market customers often face a difficult quandary. Whether they have maxed out performance on their existing iSCSI arrays, or are deploying storage for a new production application, customers may find that their choices force painful compromises.

When it comes to solving immediate application performance issues, server-side flash storage can be a tempting option. Server-based flash is pragmatic and accessible, and inexpensive enough that most application owners can procure it without IT intervention. But by isolating storage in each server, such an approach breaks a company's data management strategy, and can lead to a patchwork of acceleration band-aids, one per application.

At the other end of the spectrum, customers thinking more strategically may look to a hybrid or all-flash storage array to solve their performance needs. But as many iSCSI customers have learned the hard way, the potential performance gains of flash storage can be encumbered by network speed. In addition to this performance constraint, array-based flash storage offerings tend to touch multiple application teams and involve big dollars, and may only be considered a viable option once pain points have been thoroughly and widely felt.

Fortunately for performance-challenged, iSCSI customers, there is a better alternative. Astute Networks ViSX sits in the middle, offering a broader solution than flash in the server, bust cost effective and tactically achievable as well. As an all-flash storage appliance that resides between servers and iSCSI storage arrays, ViSX complements and enhances existing iSCSI SAN environments, delivering wire-speed storage access without disrupting or forcing changes to server, virtual server, storage or application layers. Customers can invest in ViSX before their performance pain points get too big, or before they've gone down the road of breaking their infrastructure with a tactical solution.

Publish date: 08/31/13
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5 Tech Experts Share Their Caching Secrets

It matters where you put your cache. Caching - as in the use of DRAM or flash to accelerate IO - should live closest to the application making use of it.

  • Premiered: 09/24/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Techopedia
Topic(s): TBA Caching TBA RAM TBA DRAM TBA server
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GLOBALFOUNDRIES Joins Qualcomm, IMEC, In MRAM Research Efforts

Globalfoundries today joined a collaborative research program run by European research institute IMEC on STT-MRAM (spin-transfer torque magnetoresistive random access memory) technology.

  • Premiered: 05/21/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: CDRinfo
Topic(s): TBA Globalfoundries TBA RAM TBA MRAM TBA server TBA Storage TBA Flash
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Accelerate the Edge: The New Distributed Enterprise

Here at Taneja Group, we think enterprises ought to be agile and flexible, quickly leveraging their forward deployed remote and branch offices as a competitive weapon to gain market opportunity with the presence that only a physical office brings. Unfortunately, we’ve seen that as a business expands its footprint into new regions it can also suffer major growing pains with slow unwieldy deployment and an increasingly costly IT burden.

  • Premiered: 09/26/13
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: InfoStor
Topic(s): TBA Enterprise TBA ROBO TBA server TBA Virtualization TBA VDI
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Enterprise Application Optimization Using Server-Based Storage Accelerators

The evolution of our Southern California freeway system strangely resembles that of the data center. Original freeway designs supported traffic for fewer, smaller vehicles traveling at slower speeds. Expansion accommodated the growing number of bigger, faster cars, but space isn’t limitless, and horrendous traffic jams often cripple the system.

  • Premiered: 09/30/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: The Data Center Journal
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA Acceleration TBA Virtualization TBA server TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA SAN TBA Data Center TBA virtualized data center
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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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EMC Avamar 7 - Protecting Data at Scale in the Virtual Data Center (TVS)

Storing digital data has long been a perilous task.  Not only are stored digital bits subject to the catastrophic failure of the devices they rest upon, but the nature of shared digital bits subjects them to error and even intentional destruction.   In the virtual infrastructure, the dangers and challenges subtly shift.  Data is more highly consolidated and more systems depend wholly on shared data repositories; this increases data risks.  Many virtual machines connecting to single shared storage pools mean that IO or storage performance has become an incredibly precious resource; this complicates backup, and means that backup IO can cripple a busy infrastructure.  Backup is a more important operation than ever before, but it is also fundamentally more challenging than ever before.

Fortunately, the industry rapidly learned this lesson in the earlier days of virtualization, and has aggressively innovated to bring tools and technologies to bear on the challenge of backup and recovery for virtualized environments.  APIs have unlocked more direct access to data, and products have finally come to market that make protection easier to use, and more compatible with the dynamic, mobile workloads of the virtual data center.  Nonetheless differences abound between product offerings, often rooted in the subtleties of architecture – architectures that ultimately determine whether a backup product is best suited for SMB-sized needs, or whether a solution can scale to support the large enterprise.

Moreover, within the virtual data center, TCO centers on resource efficiency, and a backup strategy can be one of the most significant determinants of that efficiency. On one hand, traditional backup just does not work and can cripple efficiency.  There is simply too much IO contention and application complexity in trying to convert a legacy physical infrastructure backup approach to the virtual infrastructure.  On the other hand, there are a number of specialized point solutions designed to tackle some of the challenges of virtual infrastructure backup.  But too often, these products do not scale sufficiently, lack consolidated management, and stand to impose tremendous operational overhead as the customer’s environment and data grows.  When taking a strategic look at the options, it often looks like backup approaches fly directly in the face of resource efficiency.

Publish date: 10/31/13
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Database performance tuning: Five ways for IT to save the day

When database performance takes a turn for the worse, IT can play the hero. There are some new ways for IT pros to tackle slowdown problems. However, one question must be addressed first: Why is it up to IT?

  • Premiered: 04/17/14
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA Database TBA Database Performance TBA IT TBA Optimization TBA SQL TBA NoSQL TBA Infrastructure TBA scale-up TBA scale-out TBA Active Archive TBA Archiving TBA SSD TBA Flash TBA Acceleration TBA server TBA Tokutek
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Violin and Microsoft play a duet to speed up applications

A partnership between Microsoft and Violin Memory will let enterprises tightly tie a new all-flash storage array to their servers, speeding up popular Microsoft applications.

  • Premiered: 04/22/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: CIO
Topic(s): TBA Violin Memory TBA Microsoft TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA Storage TBA network TBA server TBA VDI TBA Virtualization TBA SQL Server
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Convergence and Hyperconvergence: Assessing the Difference

If you feel you are already being left behind as the era of data center convergence unfolds, fret not—it seems that the convergence we have seen so far is just the opening act. The real action is yet to come in the form of hyperconvergence.

  • Premiered: 07/09/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: IT Business Edge
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA Data Center TBA convergence TBA hyper convergence TBA scale-out TBA WAN Optimization TBA WANO TBA Auto-Tiering TBA LUN TBA VM TBA Virtualization TBA Virtual Machine TBA Cloud TBA Compute TBA server TBA OmniCube TBA SimpliVity TBA Dell TBA Nutanix TBA Google TBA Facebook
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Five VM-Level Infrastructure Adaptations

It used to be that IT struggled to intimately understand every app in order to provide the right supporting infrastructure. Today, server virtualization makes the job much easier, because IT can now just cater to VMs. By working and communicating at the VM level, both app owners and infrastructure admins stay focused, using a common API to help ensure apps are hosted effectively and IT runs efficiently.

  • Premiered: 07/21/14
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Virtualization TBA Infrastructure TBA Server Virtualization TBA API TBA VMWare TBA Virtual SAN Appliance TBA VSAN TBA Virtual Volumes TBA VVOL TBA LUN TBA Backup TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA convergence TBA hyperconvergence TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA HP TBA IBM TBA VCE TBA SimpliVity TBA Scale Computing TBA Nutanix TBA server TBA Storage TBA Networking TBA Cloud TBA Tintri TBA Mike Matchett
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Time A Server Refresh

Even as servers continue to take on the demands of ever-growing volumes of data, for budgetary and other reasons, it may seem cost-effective to simply allow the server’s replacement cycle to gradually extend beyond what usually would be acceptable.

  • Premiered: 07/25/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Processor
Topic(s): TBA Mike Matchett TBA server TBA Virtualization
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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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Maxta Storage Platform gains validation from Cisco, HP

Cisco tests MaxDeploy reference architecture for Unified Computing System, while HP approves it for the ProLiant 2500 series.

  • Premiered: 11/19/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Cisco TBA Arun Taneja TBA Unified Computing System TBA MaxDeploy TBA HP TBA HP ProLiant TBA ProLiant TBA Maxta TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA UCS TBA server TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA ConvergedSystem TBA EVO:RAIL TBA VMWare TBA Compute TBA Storage TBA SimpliVity TBA Nimboxx TBA Nutanix TBA Hypervisor TBA Infrastructure TBA reference architectures
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Galileo Launches Infrastructure Performance Management Webinar Series with Leading Analyst Firm

Taneja Group joins product innovators for first quarterly event on September 16 to share ‘from the trenches’ advice and expertise.

  • Premiered: 09/01/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: PRWeb
Topic(s): TBA Galileo TBA Performance Management TBA Performance TBA Infrastructure Performance TBA Infrastructure Performance Management TBA ATS Group TBA Cloud TBA IPM TBA server TBA Storage TBA Networking TBA Big Data TBA Chris Churchey TBA Tim Conley TBA Hybrid TBA Optimization
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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
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Enterprise Storage that Simply Runs and Runs: Infinidat Infinibox Delivers Incredible New Standard

Storage should be the most reliable thing in the data center, not the least. What data centers today need is enterprise storage that affordably delivers at least 7-9's of reliability, at scale. That's a goal of less than three seconds of anticipated unavailability per year - less than the reliability of most data centers.

Data availability is the key attribute enterprises need most to maximize their enterprise storage value, especially as data volumes grow into scales. Yet traditional enterprise storage solutions aren’t keeping pace with the growing need for greater than the oft-touted 5-9’s of storage reliability, instead deferring to layered on methods like additional replication copies, that can drive up latency and cost, or settling for cold tiering which zaps performance and reduces accessibility.

Within the array, as stored data volumes ramp up and disk capacities increase, RAID and related volume/LUN schemes begin to fall down due to longer and longer disk rebuild times that create large windows of vulnerability to unrecoverable data loss. Other vulnerabilities can arise from poor (or at best, default) array designs, software issues, and well-intentioned but often fatal human management and administration. Any new storage solution has to address all of these potential vulnerabilities.

In this report we will look at what we mean by 7-9’s exactly, and what’s really needed to provide 7-9’s of availability for storage. We’ll then examine how Infinidat in particular is delivering on that demanding requirement for those enterprises that require cost-effective enterprise storage at scale.

Publish date: 09/29/15