Items Tagged: Storage
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.
VMware’s latest releases suggest it has serious intentions about encroaching on storage vendors’ turf, which might be a wakeup call for the data storage industry. Five or so years ago I wrote about the impact server virtualization and VMware in particular was going to have on data storage. To me the picture was clear: VMware enabled features that were traditionally considered the purview of storage. It was also blurring the line of demarcation between server and storage, and clearly entering into space that storage vendors had assumed for decades was theirs. Little did I know how true my premonition would prove to be.
Storage vendors have been busy creating server-to-application product stacks. It looks like the type of ploy that will give them more leverage, and take it away from you.
Storage is at the heart of the VDI ROI equation. Testing showed that the Dell PS6000XVS, for a typical set of linked-clone non-persistent VDI task workers, easily achieved a density of 680 virtual desktops (85 10GB disk/1GB memory VMs per ESX server, generating 2-5 IOPS each)…with headroom.
Building the Virtual Infrastructure with DataCore SANsymphony-V
There's a ball and chain hanging on your virtualization projects - and it's that pesky storage stuff. Storage that isn't flexible, can't adapt to changes, is wrapped with poor provisioning practices, and where sheer physicality and lack of abstraction seem to get in the way of every virtual server task. There's no secret in the fact we think storage virtualization can set the virtual infrastructure free, but let's take a look at one vendor's product, and how it tackles some of those issues in the Hyper-V infrastructure.
Earlier this week, NetApp launched a new marketing campaign and micro-site under the “Efficient IT” banner. The goal is to up-level the storage efficiency discussion to the broader IT infrastructure. It makes good sense, given that storage is still a significant (and growing) cost element of total infrastructure spending—an element that’s been stubbornly difficult to rein in.
The Kaminario K2: Transforming the Costs and Capabilities of Storage Performance
In this product profile, we’ll take a look at what we think is required to deliver a true enterprise-class storage foundation for improving application performance, and one vendor's distinctly different approach to delivering a high performance storage solution. That solution - the Kaminario K2 – delivers a compelling approach for those enterprises in need of faster storage for greater application performance.
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.
BANGALORE, INDIA: No doubt, when Steve Jobs emerged from his self-induced medical leave to take the centre stage at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference 2011, he was answering to several questions in his signature style, a few with merely his presence, and also at the same raising several with the devices and services he unveiled that day. Especially when the iPhone maker unveiled its own cloud storage service, iCloud.
- Premiered: 06/23/11
- Author: Taneja Group
- Published: CIOL.com
Server virtualization has made some promises that traditional SAN, NAS and unified solutions haven't been able to keep. It has promised that we can have it both ways: consolidation and simplicity, flexibility plus efficiency, mobility without downtime. There's a lot of intelligence in your hypervisor to deliver these benefits. But how intelligent is your storage?
Midrange Reinvented - the IBM Storwize V7000
In this Product in Depth, we take a look at the IBM Storwize V7000 and how it has harnessed a unique range of sophisticated heterogeneous storage virtualization technology from the IBM portfolio of intellectual property, and turned these technologies into building blocks for a next generation mid-range storage array. The result is a unique foundation to unify the consolidating and virtualizing infrastructure.
BOULDER, Colo., Nov 01, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Spectra Logic, celebrating more than 30 years of data storage innovation, announced today its new Spectra Service pricing guarantee, which ensures that list pricing of its T-Series tape library service contract rates will never increase above the rate of inflation. Spectra Service PriceLock(TM) eliminates future service pricing surprises and allows customers to plan budgets more effectively, as support and service pricing remains predictable for the entire life of the product.
Smarter Storage as the Foundation of IT Agility
FAIRFAX, Va. -- A data center director in the intelligence community told colleagues at a Storage Decisions conference this week they need to embrace new efficient data storage management technologies such as data deduplication, tiered storage and data archiving to manage exabytes of data with shrinking budgets. He also called on storage vendors to keep new tools coming.
The idea of turning over storage systems to the cloud hasn’t caught on with enterprises, but hybrid cloud storage products show how to leverage both in-house and off-site storage
New line of 10GbE storage nodes deliver increased performance for SMEs scale-out storage needs INDIANAPOLIS, Nov 09, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Scale Computing, a developer and manufacturer of intelligent, scale-out storage solutions tailored to the virtualization and archiving needs of the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME), today announced the availability of Mz models of scale-out storage nodes. Designed for increased performance, the Mz models of scale-out storage nodes feature 10GbE network connectivity.
Nexsan has added a new member of the E5000 family of network-attached storage systems, the E5510, which now provides more than 1 petabyte of capacity. Like the other E5000 family systems announced in August, the E5510 makes use of Nexan’s FASTier solid-state disk caching technology, which helps improve its speed by up to three times, and has support for Nexsan’s E-Centre graphical user interface for deployment and management. However, it also adds optional support for both asynchronous and synchronous data replication for the E5310, as well as for the E5510. Previously, the E5310 system had supported only asynchronous replication.
Riverbed Optimization for the Cloud – Weaving together the connectivity behind the hybrid cloud
There’s little doubt today that the concept of cloud is an irresistible force that is altering the landscape upon which IT systems are built and integrated. The fact is, the cloud is already here in data centers today, as the footprint of IT has rapidly changed and is quickly becoming a mix of services drawn from both public and private clouds. Whether it is by a small degree, or a large degree, the potential of using many of this first generation of Internet-scattered, public cloud services has opportunistically drawn in many users, even within the most stoic and unchangeable of institutions. In this Solution Brief, we’ll examine how one vendor – Riverbed – is turning their technology to the integration of these cloud services with the traditional infrastructure; an area where they are particularly enabled to deliver with their rich history of optimizing connectivity and capabilities across systems scattered around the globe.
Vendors tout dollars per gigabyte per I/O, but figuring out what a data storage system will really cost your company is a much more complicated process.
- Premiered: 12/07/11
- Author: Jeff Boles
- Published: TechTarget: SearchStorage.com
Client Virtualization the HP Way
What’s driving customers to bigger and bigger desktop virtualization initiatives? What are the challenges they face, and what can be done to resolve hurdles, and speed customers on their way to better client virtualization infrastructures that actually deliver the benefits that attract them to desktop virtualization in the first place?
No doubt, desktop virtualization, or “client virtualization” in HP parlance, roared off to a thunderous start, and the industry has already seen many big initiatives and offerings. Moving into 2012, client virtualization increasingly looks to have the wherewithal to go entirely mainstream, and move into a much broader set of customers than the initial high profile adoptees who had unusual business needs or were turning up unique hosted services. Yet client virtualization remains a complex undertaking. HP thinks they have a clear understanding of that complexity, and a consequent solution approach built to eradicate that complexity from the equation. In turn, they aim to make the promises of client virtualization more compelling than ever, and allow customers to be certain of realizing those promises. In this solution profile, Taneja Group will take a look at the promises driving client virtualization, the challenges that too often pull those promises apart, and then look at how HP is driving those challenges out of the equation with a newly announce product – VirtualSystem CV2.