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As part of an ongoing strategy to expand offerings in the SMB IT market, SonicWALL acquired Lasso Logic, a provider of SMB-focused Continuous Data Protection (CDP) technology, in November, 2005. CDP technologies enable any-point-in-time recovery for application data. That move has enabled SonicWALL to add a critical new element to their offerings: disk-based backup and recovery.
On March 6, Quantum announced the availability of the GoVault removable drive storage solution, designed for small-to-medium sized business (SMB) users and remote offices. Quantum is the first major storage vendor to offer a backup and archive solution that includes removable SATA disk cartridges and backup software, with solutions starting at under $300. The disk cartridges are available in 40GB, 80GB, or 120GB capacities and are extremely portable.
StoreVault The Battle for SMB
Network Appliance announced the general availability of StoreVault S500, the first product in a new unified storage product line targeted at the Small Medium Business (SMB) market. As part of this announcement, NetApp has created a separate operating division (also named StoreVault), distinct from its enterpriseclass FAS division. StoreVault essentially functions as an independent or discreet company with its own distribution, supply chain, and go-to-market model.
Symantec Backup Exec 11d
The traditional focus of data protection can be boiled down into two words: making copies. But as the sheer volume of data grows and recovery becomes ever more crucial, the emphasis in data protection is shifting from backup and replication to fast and accurate recovery. Being able to manage data for fast backup and even faster recovery has become mission critical in all sizes of companies.
Small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) share the same needs as the enterprise for storage security. But lacking enterprise storage budgets and specialized IT staff, they have far fewer options open to them. Regardless, SMBs are facing the same compliance pressures that have bedeviled the enterprise.
Dell Acquires EqualLogic
On November 5, 2007 Dell announced that it had entered into agreement to acquire iSCSI network storage vendor EqualLogic for $1.4B in cash. We believe that this investment by Dell is a clear indicator of the anticipated growth in the iSCSI market. This investment, while sizable, is well aligned with Dell’s strength in the small to medium business (SMB) market. Dell’s challenge will be to manage channel conflict with the EqualLogic VARs as well as resolve product positioning with its current OEM of EMC Clarrion storage. If Dell leverages this investment correctly this may turn out to be one of the most profitable storage acquisitions since EMC acquired DG (Clariion) back in 1999.
What you will learn in this tip: The selection of a small business email archiving solution requires careful consideration. In this tip, you'll learn what to look for in an email archiving tool, how to choose among vendors with offerings geared toward smaller businesses and how the cloud is emerging as a potential email archiving solution.
Cloud services can save SMBs significant operational and capital costs. But it’s not always clear what should be ported to a cloud service, nor how or when. Questions of application integration, data de-duplication, and data optimization, along with other issues, must be addressed. In this edition, Jeff Boles, Senior Analyst/Director, Validation Services, Taneja Group, discusses the focus on making a smooth transition from onsite storage to cloud services.
- Premiered: 11/16/11 at Wednesday, November 16th at 2pm EST
- Location: OnDemand
- Speaker(s): Jeff Boles
- Sponsor(s): Symantec
Integrated Disaster Recovery: Technologies for Comprehensive Storage Array Protection
DR has long been particularly challenging for the midmarket customer. It usually requires multiple layers and components, host-based software, replication gateways or appliances, and often array-based functionality that is licensed and managed separately. Add to this complexity the need for robust bandwidth or an expensive WAN optimization approach and it’s no surprise that DR can have a significant impact on both OPEX and CAPEX budgets.
The cost to manage all of these different elements can dwarf the cost of a primary storage system itself. The enterprise faces many of the same challenges, but they also have bigger budgets and more specialists to manage the complexity. Midmarket businesses and organizations may not have the same level of budget and specialists, but they certainly face the same challenges.
Recently, Taneja Group Labs put the StorTrends 3400i array through a Technology Validation exercise to evaluate how StorTrends measured up as a SMB/SME storage solution in terms of ease of use, performance, availability, adaptability, and innovative features. Over the course of our Technology Validation exercise, it was clear that one particular StorTrends capability rose above all others: StorTrends built-in multi-site WAN optimized data replication. Specifically, StorTrends suite of replication functionality looks poised to equip SMB and SME customers with the tools that for the first time makes robust DR really achievable. In this report, we’ll highlight what we found, and why it stood out.
Right now, virtual storage appliances (VSAs) that promise higher performance and scalability than prior-generation models are giving small- and medium-sized businesses as well as enterprise users an alternative to traditional disk arrays.
Right now, virtual storage appliances (VSAs) that promise higher performance and scalability than prior-generation models are giving small- and medium-sized businesses as well as enterprise users an alternative to traditional disk arrays. In fact, consultancy Taneja Group Inc., based in Hopkinton, Mass., predicts that VSAs will ultimately be a disruptive technology in the storage marketplace.
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StorTrends 3400i - Reinventing the value of storage
Selecting a primary storage solution is undoubtedly one of the most critical decisions an IT department can make. As the foundational piece of the modern datacenter, it represents perhaps the single most important piece of IT infrastructure for businesses large, medium or small. Business critical applications will live and breathe on the performance of the selected storage system, and business data will be inevitably constrained by the capacity of that storage system.
In the mid-market, making a storage investment can be particularly daunting, as the stakes are higher, and the selection is harder. Compared to larger enterprises, in the mid-market, storage dollars are fewer and harder to come by. Precious and often limited IT staff time is spread across more systems and technologies, their core skills are often not rooted in storage, and technically vetting a storage system can be all but impossible. This makes storage a risky proposition for the small enterprise (SME) and SMB customer. We frequently hear tales of storage system purchases where I/O is not sufficient, features are missing (or require additional licenses and cost to acquire), or where architectural compromises create availability issues that regularly impact the entire business.
For several years, the developers of the StorTrends line of NAS/SAN solutions have been working hard to architect a storage system for the mid-market that puts an end to these risks and compromises. By harnessing the engineering expertise from their parent American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI) – an innovator in storage and BIOS technologies – StorTrends has been tackling the challenge of delivering abundant performance, robust reliability, and feature rich storage with the SMB and SME customer in mind. Their claim is that the StorTrends 3400i is both one of the most cost effective choices in the market, and one of the most well rounded.
In mid-2012, StorTrends caught our attention with these claims and a series of notable customer wins in a highly competitive market. To learn more, we approached StorTrends with the idea of a hands-on lab exercise, what we call a Technology Validation, to examine in more depth how StorTrends was delivering comprehensive value for customers in the mid-market space. Utilizing our proven validation methodology that included time spent at AMI headquarters in Norcross, GA, we put a set of StorTrends 3400i storage systems through the paces, with an eye toward examining several capabilities that StorTrends claims makes the 3400i one of the best value storage options in the mid-market.
HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 - Enterprise for the Mid-range
Over the past couple of years the mid-range storage market has become a hotbed of on-going innovation. We’ve watched as products have entered the market from all sides – large vendors as well as the newest, hottest startups. Yet many of the apparently pioneering announcements leave the mid-market customer facing on-going challenges. A storage system is a foundational element of the IT infrastructure on top of which the rest of a business’s IT is deployed. For many, even the cutting edge solutions just coming to market lack in one or more critical dimensions. Typically, those shortcomings arise around critical elements of scalability or resiliency, forcing the organization to pursue complex workarounds to compensate. Customers too often settle for capacity at the cost of resiliency, and in turn weave together multiple systems and parts, such as replication, management, and even heterogeneous virtualization tools to try to offset the shortcomings. Other times, the mid-range customer has been undone simply by a demand for capabilities that bring with them far more complexity than the mid-range customer can take on. Even just ensuring that a system can perform sufficiently and scale with demand often mandates complex underlying configuration semantics, and significant expertise in managing disk groupings, extents, RAID levels, and more.
In reality, the mid-market demands enterprise capability – performance, resiliency, and features – but with an innovative level of simplification and a unique level of adaptability. Moreover, the mid-market is tremendously big, with a wider diversity of customers and needs than in the large enterprise. Building the biggest possible storage has long satisfied the sweet spot of enterprise customers. But in the mid-range, one customer may need smaller than a vendor can profitably build, while the next customer needs something bigger. More importantly, each of those customers may grow and change fast, and they need a storage system that can do likewise. It isn’t a sufficient answer to offer ten different products that each must be periodically replaced.
When we survey mid-range storage systems, we look at 5 key criteria (Table 1) that represent this intersection of challenges. Together, they make a complex recipe for established or new-coming vendors alike. But the bigger part of the challenge by far rests in carefully balancing that recipe without compromising any particular dimension, and then delivering the right price point to suit the mid-market of SMB and SME customers. An enterprise-class mix really requires enterprise-class architecture, but such an architecture can hardly be delivered at the right price points.
In an unusual twist, HP recently announced a new mid-market storage system built on 3PAR technology and preserving the same foundational enterprise-class architecture found beneath other HP 3PAR storage arrays that have long supported some of the largest IT infrastructures around. By preserving this architecture, advancing their reputational ease of use even further, and then packaging features and capabilities for the mid-market, HP has set their sights on delivering just what the mid-market demands: enterprise-class, but packaged for the mid-market customer. In this product-in-depth, we’ll take a look at the underpinnings of the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 family, and how and whether it comes together to deliver against these fundamental mid-market criteria.
A lot of the innovation in iSCSI storage systems is coming from midrange iSCSI vendors. We list some key points to help you determine if iSCSI is a fit for your organization.
Western Digital today said it has acquired backup software vendor Arkeia with the aim of entering the SMB backup and integrated appliance market.
Astute Networks™, Inc., the leading provider of performance storage appliances, today announced the expansion of the ViSX family of Performance Storage Appliances with enterprise-class data protection and a new MLC flash offering that will be particularly attractive to the small to medium enterprise (SME) and small-to-medium business (SMB) markets.
High-End Storage for Everyone: Exablox OneBlox
Reliable storage is critical to the lifeblood of every data-driven business, and operational storage capabilities like non-disruptive scalability, continuous data protection, capacity optimization, and disaster recovery are not just desired, but required. But enterprise-class storage features have long been out of reach of organizations that don't have enterprise-sized budgets, storage experts and large data centers. Instead, they make do with low-end disk arrays or even just a box of disks patched together with a minimal amount of data protection in the form of manual backups. The problem is that disks fail, organizations change, and data continues to grow – organizations that pile up disks under the desktop are taking big risks for significant business failure while those that pay up for traditional arrays and even cloud storage incur significant cost and management overhead.
Having to step up to deliver these advanced storage requirements challenges growing organizations with big adoption hurdles, not the least of which is both OPEX and CAPEX cost. Far too many organizations struggle along with high-risk storage or feel forced to allocate significant energy, cost, and staff time into acquiring, deploying, and operating high-touch storage arrays with layers of complex add-on software. Even larger enterprises with expert storage gurus and big data centers can feel the weight of managing complex SAN’s for departmental, ROBO, and other practical rubber-meets-road storage scenarios. What’s really needed is a new approach to storage - an affordable, expandable array solution with advanced storage capabilities baked in. Ideally it should be simpler to operate than even setting up a file system on raw drives and it should be available at a justifiable cost for even small data driven businesses.
In this solution brief we are going to look at what SMB and departmental storage buyers should both require and expect from storage solutions to meet their business goals, and how traditional mid-market storage based on old technologies can fall short. We will then introduce Exablox’s new OneBlox storage array to highlight how purposefully designing storage from the ground up can lead to a simple but powerful hardware design and software architecture that features built-in high availability, easy scalability, and great data protection. Along the way we’ll see how two real-world users of OneBlox experience its actual benefits, cost effectiveness and true ease of management in their live customer deployments.