Items Tagged: Cisco
Voltaire Announces iSCSI on Steroids - Product Profile
InfiniBand is becoming the unquestioned interconnect for high performance computing and clustered databases. It will be used extensively in the datacenters of tomorrow. To complete the picture, InfiniBand needs connectivity to shared storage. While several protocols are viable for carrying block storage traffic over the InfiniBand fabric, Voltaire’s choice of iSCSI RDMA has very interesting implications.
MaXXan ships MVX320 - Company Profile
MaXXan this month became the first vendor to actually GA an intelligent director class product. While the architecture is sound and the product has most of the required features for such a product, and the use of standard OTS network processors, rather than custom designed ASICs gives them the ability to upgrade and ship faster than others, MaXXan finds itself in a very interesting position.
Taming The Distributed Enterprise WAFS
In many respects, the branch office is still the “wild frontier” of enterprise IT: an uncharted, unknown territory best left to the adventurous. This frontier mentality is especially evident in the world of storage. There are over 1 million corporate branch offices in the United States, most of them utilizing some manner of file serving technology.
Taneja Group WAFS ROI White Paper
Over the past year, Taneja Group has been closely tracking the development of the Wide Area File Services (WAFS) market. Based on the level of interest from the end user community, there is now little question that this product segment solves legitimate technical and business challenges for the distributed enterprise.
Branch Office Data Consolidation Strategy: Delivering End-to-End Solutions - Solution Profile
Managing and protecting remote data islands in today’s distributed enterprise presents enormous challenges for IT staff. As a result, many companies are considering and pursuing branch office data consolidation initiatives to tame their escalating capital and operational costs. This paper will describe the benefits of branch office data consolidation, key solution requirements, and highlight EMC’s branch office data consolidation offerings.
Evaluating Network File Management Solutions: Rainfinity RainStorage 4.5 in Context
Over the past 18 months, Taneja Group has tracked the emergence of a new category of solutions that we christened “Network File Management” (NFM) offerings. These solutions exist for the explicit purpose of creating an infrastructure-wide control platform for NAS and file serving devices, offering a range of management improvements over historical device-level controls in the areas of capacity controls, data movement, storage tier management, performance optimization and data protection.
Wide Area Data Services: Optimizing the Branch - Technology in Depth
In February 2004, Taneja Group defined the term Wide Area File Services (WAFS) to describe a group of bright young companies that were optimizing network file access across wide geographic areas. Since that term, we have continued to track the rapid evolution of various optimization challenges for the distributed enterprise, spending significant time talking with both customers and vendors.
NAS Tiering and Migration with NeoPath - Testing and Validation Report
In the past 12 months, enterprise NAS users have become very aware of the beneficial impact that storage tiers and intelligent migration can have on their data center. Based on our conversations, we find that most IT executives can now readily list the benefits of storage tiers: increased utilization rates, lower costs of ownership, online disk archiving, and streamlined data protection processes.
We have been tracking a new wave in enterprise storage solutions that are now poised to redefine center stage in the enterprise data center: clustered storage. At the highest level, clustered storage uses advanced software to federate a larger number of smaller, lower-cost “scale-out” components in order to match or exceed the capabilities of traditional modular or monolithic storage. The implications of this very real shift are of paramount criticality to the wider industry.
Data OnTap GX
On June 12th, Network Appliance announced the general availability of Data ONTAP GX operating system. At its core, Data ONTAP GX makes multiple FAS nodes appear as a single highly scalable and available NAS system. Data ONTAP GX represents the culmination of an arduous integration of namespace technology acquired in the Spinnaker Networks acquisition, with Network Appliance’s core WAFL file system, volume management, and data protection technologies.
Early this year, we broadly defined the term “File Area Networking” (FAN) for the IT community. Our goal was to provide the industry with a common reference architecture to describe the increasingly complex world of file management. Like the evolution of block IO that led to the SAN, we now see similar evolutionary steps transpiring with file data.
Brocade and FAN
Earlier in 2006, Taneja Group broadly defined the term “File Area Networking” (FAN) for the IT community. Our goal was to provide the industry with a common reference architecture to describe the increasingly complex world of file management. In the same manner that we saw an evolution in block IO that led to the SAN, we now see similar evolutionary steps transpiring with file data.
Cisco MDS 9124
Since its entry into the Fibre Channel switching market in 2002, Cisco has rapidly taken share from its rivals to become the market share leader at the high end of the market. To date, Cisco has competed primarily in the director-class category while competitors Brocade and McData have offered end to end product lines from directors down to 8-port fabric switches. With the release of Cisco’s MDS 9124, an 8-port switch expandable to 24 ports, Cisco has extended its MDS line to fully compete on both ends of the switch spectrum.
Voltaire Adds 10G
In the 2nd quarter of 2007, Voltaire plans to add 10GbE capabilities to its director-class Grid Director, making Grid Director the first switch platform to support 20Gb InfiniBand, Fibre Channel, and 10GbE in a single switch. This new release of multi-service Grid Director will provide interoperable switching across multiple fabrics in both LAN/WANs and SANs.
HP Acquires PolyServe
On February 26th, HP announced that it had reached a definitive agreement to acquire PolyServe, a Beaverton, Oregon-based provider of advanced clustering and file system technologies for Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems. The merger represents a further escalation in HP’s strategic commitment to become a market share leader in the multi-billion dollar enterprise NAS market. HP’s relationship with PolyServe dates back to May 2005 when the company launched its Enterprise File Services Clustered Gateway and used PolyServe’s advanced file system and clustering technology as its basis.
The Greening of the Data Center Technology in Depth
As industry analysts and consultants, the Taneja Group has a single driving mission: to deliver hype-free, accurate, and responsible information about important issues impacting the server and storage industry. This is why we have turned our attention to the green data center, which we believe badly needs insight and clarity in the midst of marketing smokescreens and competing claims. This Technology in Depth represents Taneja Group's take on this important issue. We present the background of the energy crisis, explore important data center trends, and tell you how we believe the industry should respond to a real problem and a real opportunity.
Earlier this month, Cisco and EMC, along with VMware announced the Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) Coalition.
Until last month, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard gave no specific guidance for either virtualization or cloud computing. The new standard has finally changed that.
Cisco is doing more than adding servers to its product line Monday; it is repositioning itself as a virtual infrastructure management vendor.
Despite recent growing pains in the cloud market, there are many signs that the cloud is here to stay. The pace of innovation is tremendous, and a number of companies - both large and small - are now focusing on developing the enterprise-level features that will increasingly attract corporate applications and data.