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How the future of data storage will stack up

The future of data storage will have storage shedding the role of a passive technology player as it integrates more closely with applications and workloads.

  • Premiered: 10/31/13
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA Virtualization TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Block Storage TBA File Storage TBA object storage TBA SAN TBA Automation TBA Oracle TBA ZFS TBA Tintri TBA Atlantis Computing TBA ILIO TBA Actifio TBA Maginatics TBA MagFS TBA Virtual storage TBA VSA TBA converged storage TBA Unified Storage TBA software-defined TBA software-defined storage TBA SDS TBA EMC TBA ViPR TBA Virtualized Big Data TBA Big Data
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Hot data storage technologies for 2014

Six data storage technologies -- nex-gen solid-state, primary storage dedupe, hyper-converged storage, backup appliances, OpenStack and cloud-integrated storage -- will impact your shop.

  • Premiered: 12/12/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Solid State Devices TBA SSD TBA Flash TBA Storage TBA Deduplication TBA hyper-converged TBA Backup TBA OpenStack TBA Cloud TBA Cloud Storage TBA Data Center TBA NVMe TBA Non-Volatile Memory Express TBA 3D Flash TBA hybrid storage TBA PCIe TBA V-NAND TBA Server Virtualization TBA Virtualization TBA VM TBA ROBO TBA SDDC TBA Software-Defined Data Center TBA software-defined storage TBA Cloud-integrated Storage TBA CIS
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Atlantis ILIO moves into hyper-converged storage

Atlantis Computing Inc. aims to move beyond optimizing virtual desktop infrastructure storage with its latest software, which uses inline memory to deliver the startup's version of software-defined storage.

  • Premiered: 02/28/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Atlantis Computing TBA Virtualization TBA Storage TBA Infrastructure TBA SDS TBA software-defined storage TBA ILIO TBA NAS TBA SAN TBA DAS TBA RAM TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA VDI TBA Low latency TBA VSAN TBA VMWare TBA CloudStack TBA OpenStack TBA IBM TBA SmartCloud TBA BMC TBA Cloud Lifecycle Manager
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New Storage Platforms: What's the Difference?

It's no secret organizations today are dealing with data growth up to and beyond the petabyte level. This massive growth magnifies data management challenges, such as the overheads associated with storage acquisition and operation, as well as exacerbated data protection, governance, and security concerns due to regulatory issues and data mobility.

  • Premiered: 07/07/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Network Computing
Topic(s): TBA Shahbaz Ali TBA Tarmin TBA Storage TBA software defined TBA software-defined storage TBA Data Defined Storage TBA DDS TBA SDS TBA Big Data TBA analytics TBA object storage TBA storage optimization TBA Virtualization
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Software-defined Storage and VMware's Virtual SAN Redefining Storage Operations

The massive trend to virtualize servers has brought great benefits to IT data centers everywhere, but other domains of IT infrastructure have been challenged to likewise evolve. In particular, enterprise storage has remained expensively tied to a traditional hardware infrastructure based on antiquated logical constructs that are not well aligned with virtual workloads – ultimately impairing both IT efficiency and organizational agility.

Software-Defined Storage provides a new approach to making better use of storage resources in the virtual environment. Some software-defined solutions are even enabling storage provisioning and management on an object, database or per-VM level instead of struggling with block storage LUN’s or file volumes. In particular, VM-centricity, especially when combined with an automatic policy-based approach to management, enables virtual admins to deal with storage in the same mindset and in the same flow as other virtual admin tasks.

In this paper, we will look at VMware’s Virtual SAN product and its impact on operations. Virtual SAN brings both virtualized storage infrastructure and VM-centric storage together into one solution that significantly reduces cost compared to a traditional SAN. While this kind of software-defined storage alters the acquisition cost of storage in several big ways (avoiding proprietary storage hardware, dedicated storage adapters and fabrics, et.al.) here at Taneja Group what we find more significant is the opportunity for solutions like VMware’s Virtual SAN to fundamentally alter the on-going operational (or OPEX) costs of storage.

In this report, we will look at how Software-Defined Storage stands to transform the long term OPEX for storage by examining VMware’s Virtual SAN product. We’ll do this by examining a representative handful of key operational tasks associated with enterprise storage and the virtual infrastructure in our validation lab. We’ll examine the key data points recorded from our comparative hands-on examination, estimating the overall time and effort required for common OPEX tasks on both VMware Virtual SAN and traditional enterprise storage.

Publish date: 08/08/14
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For Lowest Cost and Greatest Agility, Choose Software-Defined Data Center Architectures

The era of the software-defined data center is upon us. The promise of a software-defined strategy is a virtualized data center created from compute, network and storage building blocks. A Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) moves the provisioning, management, and other advanced features into the software layer so that the entire system delivers improved agility and greater cost savings. This tectonic shift in the data center is as great as the shift to virtualized servers during the last decade and may prove to be greater in the long run.

This approach to IT infrastructure started over a decade ago when compute virtualization - through use of hypervisors - turned compute and server platforms into software objects. This same approach to virtualizing resources is now gaining acceptance in networking and storage architectures. When combined with overarching automation software, a business can now virtualize and manage an entire data center. The abstraction, pooling and running of compute, storage and networking functions, virtually, on shared hardware brings unprecedented agility and flexibility to the data center while driving costs down.

In this paper, Taneja Group takes an in-depth look at the capital expenditure (CapEx) savings that can be achieved by creating a state-of-the-art SDDC, based on currently available technology. We performed a comparative cost study of two different environments: one using the latest software solutions from VMware running on industry standard and white label hardware components; and the other running a more typical VMware virtualization environment, on mostly traditional, feature rich, hardware components, which we will describe as the Hardware-Dependent Data Center (HDDC). The CapEx saving we calculated were based on creating brand new (Greenfield) data centers for each scenario (an additional comparison for upgrading an existing data center is included at the end of this white paper).

Our analysis indicates that a dramatic cost savings, up to 49%, can be realized when using today’s SDDC capabilities combined with low cost white-label hardware, compared to a best in class HDDC. In addition, just by adopting VMware Virtual SAN and NSX in their current virtualized environment users can lower CapEx by 32%. By investing in SDDC technology, businesses can be assured their data center solution can be more easily upgraded and enhanced over the life of the hardware, providing considerable investment protection. Rapidly improving SDDC software capabilities, combined with declining hardware prices, promise to reduce total costs even further as complex embedded hardware features are moved into a more agile and flexible software environment.

Depending on customers’ needs and the choice of deployment model, an SDDC architecture offers a full spectrum of savings. VMware Virtual SAN is software-defined storage that pools inexpensive hard drives and common solid state drives installed in the virtualization hosts to lower capital expenses and simplify the overall storage architecture. VMware NSX aims to make these same advances for network virtualization by moving security and network functions to a software layer that can run on top of any physical network equipment. An SDDC approach is to “virtualize everything” along with data center automation that enables a private cloud with connectors to the public cloud if needed.

Publish date: 08/19/14
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Gridstore Extends Product Line With Hyperconverged Appliance

Gridstoreā„¢, the leader in converged infrastructure purpose-built for Microsoft Hyper-V, today introduced a range of Hyper-V focused hyper-converged appliances, including the first all-flash appliance, to deliver tunable, auto-optimized compute and storage resources together in a single system.

  • Premiered: 09/30/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: MarketWired
Topic(s): TBA Gridstore TBA SDS TBA software-defined storage TBA All Flash TBA SSD TBA Storage TBA Virtualization TBA hyper convergence TBA hyperconverged TBA Hyper-V TBA converged TBA convergence
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Can you compare software-defined storage architecture to hyper-converged systems?

Hyper-converged systems and software-defined storage provide similar storage management features, but the technologies are architected very differently.

  • Premiered: 09/30/14
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA TechTarget TBA hyperconverged TBA SDS TBA software-defined TBA software-defined storage TBA EMC VMAX TBA EMC TBA VMAX TBA HP TBA 3PAR TBA HDS TBA Hitachi TBA Hitachi Data Systems TBA IBM TBA IBM DS8000 TBA NetApp TBA High Performance TBA ViPR TBA SAN Volume Controller TBA SAN TBA Maxta TBA MxSP TBA Gridstore TBA HCS TBA Deduplication TBA VMWare TBA VSAN TBA Virtual SAN TBA EVO
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Seagate Kinetic: A Disruptive Force in the Storage Market

In the twelve months since announcing Kinetic Open Storage, Seagate has taken some major steps toward making the Kinetic vision a reality.

  • Premiered: 11/03/14
  • Author: Jeff Byrne
Topic(s): Seagate Open storage HDD Cloud Enterprise software-defined storage
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Vendor Panel: The New Shape of Software Defined Storage

Come listen in as Taneja Group Sr. Analyst Mike Matchett explores the rapidly expanding world of Software Defined Storage with a panel of the hottest SDS vendors in the market. These panelists will no doubt come out swinging with their best definitions of Software Defined - we already know they don't see eye-to-eye. What does a true SDS solution need to offer, and how are they different from each other? How can SDS change the datacenter landscape? Is SDS a pre-req for the SDDC or hybrid cloud? Do we need SDS just to stay competitive as data storage needs continue to grow? Where should you start deploying SDS, or is it mature enough to even start today? Bring your best SDS questions for these panelists as we search for some Software Defined answers.
Hear from the following:

  • Gridstore: Founder & CTO: Kelly Murphy
  • HP: Director, Product Marketing & Management - SDS: Rob Strechay
  • IBM: Director, Storage and SDE Strategy: Sam Werner
  • Red Hat: Product Marketing Lead, Big Data: Irshad Raihan

  • Premiered: 11/13/14
  • Location: OnDemand
  • Speaker(s): Mike Matchett, Taneja Group; Kelly Murphy, Gridstore; Rob Strechay, HP; Sam Werner, IBM; Irshad Raihan, Red Hat
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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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Make this your most modern IT year yet

No one sticks with their New Year's resolution -- where is that gym card anyway? -- but you can pick up seven modern habits and feel good about fit, healthy IT ops.

  • Premiered: 01/13/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA Big Data TBA hyperconvergence TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA predictive analytics TBA SDS TBA Software Defined Storage TBA software-defined storage TBA In-Memory TBA Caching TBA Infrastructure TBA Cloud TBA DR TBA Disaster Recovery TBA DRaaS TBA Disaster Recovery as a Service TBA IoT TBA Internet of Things TBA Virtual storage
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5 Ways the Sanbolic Acquisition Could Change Citrix

The VDI giant is evolving beyond its core competency. That's a good thing.

  • Premiered: 01/14/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA Sanbolic TBA Citrix TBA SDS TBA Software Defined Storage TBA software-defined storage TBA VMWare TBA Nutanix TBA Scale Computing TBA Linux TBA Windows TBA KVM TBA Xen TBA Hyper-V TBA VSA TBA vSphere TBA Microsoft TBA IBM TBA Red Hat TBA HP TBA VDI TBA Virtual Desktop Infrastructure TBA virtual desktop TBA CloudPlatform TBA NetScaler
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VMware Releases Long-Awaited vSphere 6 Upgrade

It's been three years since VMware has upgraded its flagship hypervisor platform, but the company took the wraps off vSphere 6, which the company said offers at least double the performance over its predecessor vSphere 5.5.

  • Premiered: 02/05/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Redmond Magazine
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA vSphere TBA vSphere 6 TBA Hypervisor TBA Virtualization TBA software-defined storage TBA Storage TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA EMC TBA VVOL TBA Virtual Volumes TBA NSX TBA Microsoft TBA Google TBA IBM TBA AWS TBA Amazon AWS TBA Amazon TBA Cloud Platform TBA VMWare vCloud TBA Hyper-V TBA Microsoft Azure TBA OpenStack TBA VIO TBA Tom Fenton
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The hyper-converged infrastructure bandwagon picks up speed

Hyper-converged systems are quickly gaining attention -- and sales -- because they offer many advantages over traditional storage products.

  • Premiered: 02/12/15
  • Author: Jeff Kato
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Jeff Kato TBA TechTarget TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA hyper-convergence TBA Data Center TBA Compute TBA Networking TBA Storage TBA Virtualization TBA Deduplication TBA WAN Optimization TBA WANO TBA Compression TBA Storage Virtualization TBA Data protection TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Nutanix TBA Scale Computing TBA SimpliVity TBA VMWare TBA EVO:RAIL TBA Dell TBA HP TBA DataCore TBA StoreVirtual VSA TBA VSA TBA Gridstore TBA Maxta
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Are all software-defined storage vendors the same?

What does software-defined storage mean? How is it implemented? And why does it matter for data center managers?

  • Premiered: 03/17/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA SDS TBA software-defined storage TBA Datacenter TBA Software Defined Storage TBA VMWare TBA VSAN TBA HP TBA StoreVirtual TBA StoreOnce TBA VSA TBA Maxta TBA Maxta Storage Platform TBA Tarmin TBA GridBank TBA data-defined TBA DDS TBA Data Defined Storage TBA Nexenta TBA NexentaStor TBA Big Data TBA replication TBA scalability TBA Cloud TBA data mining
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Storage: The Next Generation

Qumulo demonstrates its new file system, the heart of its software-defined-storage product.

  • Premiered: 03/25/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA Qumulo TBA Qumulo Core TBA Qumulo Scalable File System TBA QSFS TBA software-defined TBA data-aware TBA scale-out TBA NAS TBA Enterprise Storage TBA File System TBA Datacenter TBA hybrid storage TBA Hybrid Array TBA SDS TBA software-defined storage TBA SSD TBA Flash TBA HDD TBA API TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA scalability TBA analytics
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Prepare for VMware VVOLs and how they will change storage products

The benefits of VMware VVOLs are vast and unquestioned. But most IT shops are struggling to deal with how they are changing today's storage products.

  • Premiered: 04/03/15
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA VVOL TBA VVOLs TBA VMware VVOLs TBA Storage TBA Virtualization TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM TBA LUN TBA Performance TBA Capacity TBA Acopia TBA Caching TBA Thin Provisioning TBA Snapshots TBA cloning TBA replication TBA Deduplication TBA Encryption TBA Hypervisor TBA Volumes TBA SAN TBA NAS TBA storage container TBA vSphere TBA DAS TBA software-defined TBA software-defined storage TBA SDS TBA Virtual SAN
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Moving to all-flash? Think about your data storage infrastructure

It's best to take a big-picture approach to your data storage infrastructure when deciding whether to enter the all-flash array marketplace.

  • Premiered: 04/07/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA SSD TBA All Flash TBA Storage TBA Data Storage TBA storage infrastructure TBA QoS TBA Hybrid Array TBA HDD TBA Flash TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA converged storage TBA convergence TBA all-flash TBA SDS TBA software-defined storage TBA software-defined TBA HP TBA 3PAR TBA SimpliVity TBA EMC TBA IBM TBA NetApp TBA Kaminario TBA Nimble Storage TBA Pure Storage TBA Violin Memory
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EMC dramatically expands HyperConverged offerings with VxRack.

With its VCE VxRack announcement this week at EMC World, EMC is fully validating and expanding the HyperConverged category of infrastructure.