“The more things change, the more things stay they stay the same.” That nearly 200 year old French proverb still has relevance even in today’s modern technology era when one looks at today’s backup appliances and how they have both changed and stayed the same since coming on the scene a little over10 years ago. In this second installment of DCIG’s interview series with STORServer’s President, Bill Smoldt, he provides some insight into how backup appliances have evolved over the last decade as well as the features they must offer to stand the test of time.
Delivering always-on application availability accompanied by the highest levels of capacity, management and performance are the features that historically distinguish high end storage arrays from other storage arrays available on the market. But even these arrays struggle to easily deliver on a fundamental data center task: migrating data from one physical array to another. The introduction of the storage virtual array feature into the new HP XP7 dramatically eases this typically complex task as it facilitates data consolidations and migrations by migrating entire storage virtual arrays from one physical array frame to another while simplifying array management in the process.
The one screen that no system admin ever wants to see is the dreaded blue screen of death (BSOD), especially when doing a recovery. Yet when recovering an application on a different hardware platform, BSODs become a distinct possibility. In this first installment of DCIG’s executive interview with StorageCraft’s Chief Evangelist, Matt Urmston, he explains the features that ShadowProtect offers to minimize or even eliminate the possibility of users encountering BSODs when conducting a recovery.
In both the write-up found in all DCIG Buyer’s Guides as well as previous blog posts, DCIG has provided explanations and insight into the methodology it uses to arrive at its conclusions and recommendations found in these Buyer’s Guides. However as these Buyer’s Guide are used more widely by end-users, vendors and value-added resellers (VARs) alike to make technology buying decisions, new questions arise. Questions that DCIG receives occasionally concern the credibility of the product data contained in its Buyer’s Guides and the scope of the products that they cover.
Ask any system administrator in an enterprise organization how many file and/or operating systems that he or she has to protect and their answer will likely be, “A lot!” This explains why most organizations use multiple backup software solutions and why, even then, they lack confidence that all of their data is backed up.
After two full days spent in the NAB exhibit halls talking with storage vendors, a couple dynamics driving product strategies were clearly in play. The first dynamic is the dramatic increase in the number of companies producing, storing and archiving video. The other dynamic in evidence is how the transition away from analog and standard definition to digital high definition—specifically 4K—video has driven a refresh of the entire video technology stack.
One industry where the linear tape file system (LTFS) has seen the most rapid uptick in its adoption is in the media and entertainment industry. However there are three (3) cautionary notes that organizations should still keep in mind if they opt to go down the path of using LTFS to access data stored on tape.
Arrived in Las Vegas last night to spend three (3) days and nights with a forecasted 90,000 other attendees at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show. As one of NAB’s opening events – and my first stop at the show – was the ShowStoppers event at the Wynn Hotel and Casino near the Las Vegas convention center. There analysts and press got to spend a couple of uninterrupted hours talking with select providers about numerous emerging technologies, one of which was software defined storage.
A new theme is emerging in the conversations that I have had over the last few weeks and months with my fellow analysts, end-users, vendors and resellers. No one wants to think about or deal with backup any more. They just want it to work in the background. Rather what gets everyone excited are the new options for recovery that having their data successfully backed up creates.
DCIG is pleased to announce the March 30 release of the DCIG 2014-15 Flash Memory Storage Array Buyer’s Guide that weights, scores and ranks more than 130 features of thirty-nine (39) different storage arrays from twenty (20) different storage providers.
Data security is a part of the IT infrastructure that should take care of itself. Companies have enough to worry about without always looking over their shoulder to make sure no one is stealing vital information. As most organizations recognize, this is NOT the case.
Over the last few years all-flash memory storage array providers have made many claims about the cost savings that all-flash arrays provide. Examples include lower operating costs, faster performance, smaller data center footprints and acceleration of server virtualization and consolidation efforts. Now those claims are turning into proof points. In a recent conversation with Cloudmark’s VP of Operations, Ryan White, he explained how Cloudmark implemented the Nimbus Data Gemini all-flash array and was able to claim a half million dollars in annual savings as the prize.
Many changes have taken place in the data center storage marketplace in the 14 months since the release of the inaugural DCIG 2013 Flash Memory Storage Array Buyer’s Guide. This blog entry highlights a few of those changes based on DCIG’s research for the forthcoming DCIG 2014-15 Flash Memory Storage Array Buyer’s Guide.
Open source has done a great deal to give those individuals who have high levels of technical skills access to the same code bases and other professionals that once were the exclusive domain of high tech companies. But the concept of meritocracy goes well beyond just technical skills. This sixth and final entry in our interview series discusses Jordan’s thoughts on how meritocracy really works and how it has helped to elevate those who live and work even in remote parts of the world to the same status of those who work for large companies.
In this final blog entry from our interview with Nimbus Data CEO and Founder Thomas Isakovich, we discuss his company’s latest product, the Gemini X-series. We explore the role of the Flash Director and how it Gemini X-series appeals to enterprises as well as cloud service providers.
One of the more difficult tasks for anyone deeply involved in technology is the ability to see the forest from the trees. Often responsible for supporting the technical components that make up today’s enterprise infrastructures, to step back and recommend which technologies are the right choices for their organization going forward is a more difficult feat. While there is no one right answer that applies to all organizations, five (5) technologies – some new as well as some old technologies that are getting a refresh – merit that organizations prioritize them in the coming months and years.
Establishing a standard as to how an organization uses proprietary and open source code is at best difficult for most organizations. But iXsystems has essentially bet its future on the continued use of open source code in its product line. This makes it an imperative that it get this decision right to continue fostering support for its product in the open source community. This fifth entry in my interview series with iXsystems’ CTO Jordan Hubbard discusses his thoughts on iXsystems’ responsibility toward the open source community for their contributions and how it draws the line between proprietary and open source code.
In this second blog entry from our interview with Nimbus Data CEO and Founder Thomas Isakovich, we discuss microsecond latencies and how the recently announced Gemini X-series scale-out all-flash platform performs against the competition.
DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of its DCIG 2014-15 $50K and Under Converged Infrastructure Buyer’s Guide. In this two Buyer’s Guides, DCIG weights, scores and ranks 10 converged infrastructure solutions from six (6) different providers. Like previous DCIG Buyer’s Guides, this Buyer’s Guide provides the critical information that all size organizations need when selecting a converged infrastructure solution to help expedite application deployments and then simplify their long term management.
DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of its DCIG 2014-15 Integrated Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide. In this Buyer’s Guide, DCIG weights, scores and ranks over 70 integrated backup appliances respectively from 14 different providers. Like all previous DCIG Buyer’s Guides, this Buyer’s Guide provide the critical information that all size organizations need when selecting an integrated backup appliance as these appliances provide one of the most appealing ways for users to simplify backup using a single box