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NetApp SAN Efficiency

Storage efficiency is often bandied about in realms of archive and deduplication, but storage efficiency should be front and center when it comes to the golden tier of enterprise storage – primary storage. That is after all the most expensive storage resource in the data center. The problem is, few vendors have been able to do very much about storage efficiency without messing with the IOPs, raw throughput, low latency, and controller processing power that are the most precious components of enterprise storage. NetApp claims they think different here, and because they think different, they claim the storage architecture they’ve built - that delivers unified multiprotocol single system storage across the entire family of NetApp FAS systems - can deliver efficiency beyond the competition. In this Technology Validation, we took a FAS3270 infrastructure through a series of hands-on tests that made it clear that efficiency runs deep in the NetApp storage portfolio.

Publish date: 04/25/11

The case for Intelligent Storage (Dell)

In the past decade, a volatile business climate and a dynamic technology landscape have combined to raise the pressures on the enterprise datacenter, and especially on the storage infrastructure that underlies it. The need to adapt to such constantly-shifting demands and technology developments has sorely tested the limits of existing networked storage solutions. The virtualization mega-trend has dramatically changed the way information is sized, controlled, and protected. But traditional networked storage solutions are too often rigid, complex, and inefficient. Taneja Group has identified a way forward. We have collected the essential elements of the storage solutions needed for today’s new IT realities under the term “intelligent storage.” In this profile, we define what we mean by storage intelligence, whether that storage is file or block, and whether its architecture is SAN, NAS, or unified. We then examine how Dell is delivering this intelligence with its EqualLogic storage line. Wherever you are in your datacenter evolution, we think it’s time to examine whether your storage has the intelligence to carry you to your end goals.

Publish date: 10/04/11
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Hitachi Data Systems Unifies Block, File and Object

Hitachi has brought together block, file and object storage in a unified array that should appeal both to mid-range and cloud storage users.

  • Premiered: 04/25/12
  • Author: Jeff Byrne
Topic(s): HDS Hitachi Hitachi Data Systems Storage Database Virtualization unified

The Dell FS7600 and FS7610 - Advancing unified, scalable storage

Unified storage – combined block and file storage from one system – has made serious inroads into customer datacenters over the past couple of years. It is little wonder, as it offers tremendous value and flexibility. Unified storage can serve up multiple types of data – both file and block – and help businesses support a wider number of storage demands from fewer better consolidated storage systems. The business in turn can increase storage utilization, simplify management of storage, and deliver storage services that are both more cost efficient and agile.

But despite these benefits, a historic compromise has often faced the unified storage customer. Unified storage systems were often highly capable, but lagged behind the most recent storage innovations in at least two key dimensions – adaptability and easy to use unified management. In terms of adaptability, the underlying architecture of many of these systems often made next generation capabilities like simultaneous performance and capacity scaling much harder to implement. In terms of management, these systems often fell short of allowing typical administrators to easily manage the increased functionality delivered by a unified system. 

In 2011, Dell announced the pairing of FS7500 NAS controllers with their family of EqualLogic iSCSI storage arrays – a solution set designed to unleash a new level of adaptability in unified storage. The FS7500 was no paltry piece of add-on equipment – it was in fact built for a considerable amount of performance that could make full use of big eight-array EqualLogic storage pools, which could contain up to 384 of the fastest disks on the market. Moreover, the FS7500 came with another powerful ingredient: when paired with EqualLogic storage, the combined system retained all of the classic EqualLogic scale-out capability (within the underlying iSCSI storage) while the FS7500 was itself also scalable, easily going from 2 to 4 controllers. 

This meant for the first time, the small and medium enterprise (SME) customer could purchase a truly scalable unified storage system from a major vendor – a system that could start small, and grow with them as their business needs changed over time. Just as importantly, these systems were nicely integrated. An FS7500 continued to leverage all of the SME-empowering management functionality within Dell’s class-leading (and free) Group Manager and SANHQ storage management tools, which are the same tools used to manage the iSCSI storage. We previously reviewed the FS7500 storage system in a hands-on Technology Validation exercise, available here.

Recently, Dell announced an update to the EqualLogic-paired FS family – the EqualLogic FS7600. To be clear, other Dell products exist based on the same underlying FS technology – Fluid FS – including the Dell MD storage-integrated NX3600 and the Dell Compellent storage-integrated FS8600. But with an eye toward our findings in our original FS7500 Technology Validation exercise, we were keenly interested in how the FS7600 may have advanced in a relatively short period of time since the FS7500 hit the market. This was all the more intriguing because Dell EqualLogic has long excelled in rapid storage capability innovation. A closer look revealed an all-new hardware architecture, the addition of several key storage capabilities, and some claims about performance improvements. In this Product Brief, we will examine the FS7600, and evaluate how well Dell has advanced capabilities and tackled some of the challenges in its first generation FS7500 NAS.

Publish date: 11/30/12
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Bending Benchmarks: Oracle Zooms ZFS with ZS3 Storage Appliance

Oracle has come out today with the ZS3 series of its ZFS Storage Appliances. Sometimes a later act is just incremental, sometimes you can feel the ground move. Here we think other major storage vendors are going to really feel it shake. At first blush, the deliberately "application engineered" ZFS is best-in-class Oracle Database storage....But don't put ZS3 down simply as database storage. It rocks as a unified platform for other high-performance high-write business critical apps too...

  • Premiered: 09/10/13
  • Author: Mike Matchett
Topic(s): Oracle ZFS Storage unified

Unified Data Protection Comes of Age

Traditional data protection is three decades old and is definitely showing its age. Poor management oversight, data growth, virtualization, data silos, and stricter SLAs all conspire to strain traditional backup to the breaking point.

Traditional backup usually follows a set pattern: full baseline backup, daily incremental backup, full weekly backup. When backup volumes were smaller and fewer, this process worked well enough. But a daily operation creates backup data that is missing up to 20 hours or more of current data input, making it impossible to restore to a meaningful RPO. The obvious solution is continuous backup with frequent snapshot recovery points. But this type of backup product can be expensive and resource-intensive, and IT often reserves it for a few Tier 1 transactional applications. But what happens to large and popular business applications such as email, back office files and content management systems? Failed backup and recovery can still devastate a business.  

This article will look at why traditional backup is so difficult to do well these days, and why the risk and expense are so high. 

Publish date: 06/28/13

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