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Today’s Live Webinar: What Does Your Next NetApp Refresh Look Like? 

Most organizations making an investment in NetApp Filers count on the system to store user data and host virtual machine datastores from an environment like VMware. In addition these organizations want their NetApp systems to do more and be the repository for the next wave of unstructured data; data generated by machines. NetApp systems are busting at the seams, so these organizations are trying to decide what to do next....CLICK TO REGISTER

Live Webinar: Flash Myth: Flash is for Everything vs. Flash is for One Thing 

Different workloads demand different attributes from their storage. These differences lead some to believe flash storage is only good for certain point use cases like accelerating databases. But the performance of flash systems lead others to claim a single flash system can support all workloads. The truth, as usual, is somewhere in the middle. Join Storage Switzerland and IBM for this live interactive webinar where we bust another flash myth and help you select the right flash for the right workload for the right reasons....CLICK TO REGISTER

The Post-Virtualization Refresh: Is Hyperconvergence the Answer?

Hyperconvergence has seen significant uptake in the last two years, driven by its simplification of IT infrastructure. It reduces the need to manage discrete devices or have specialized training in component-level technology, such as storage area networks (SANs); makes operations more efficient; and lowers costs. Any organization that is in or is approaching a technology refresh in the data center should include hyperconverged infrastructure in its evaluation process....READ MORE

Are You Asking Too Much of Your NetApp Filer?

Data center’s should refocus their NetApp investment on what it is best suited for given its cost. Ideally these systems should be used to store virtual machine images, database data and only the most active unstructured data, where high performance response times matter. All other data, likely 80 percent of an organization’s capacity should be stored on something else, such as object storage systems....READ MORE

What is a Cloud Ready Platform?

Once an organization has carefully considered all the various factors, requirements and ramifications of a cloud first strategy and has decided to implement it, they need the means to accomplish the migration of their selected data, applications and processes to the cloud in the safest, most efficient manner possible....READ MORE

Bats Aren’t Blind & IT Shouldn’t be Either

Bats aren’t blind. They just can’t see. The term “blind as a bat” could just as well be “blind as a person driving in the dark without headlights.” The reason bats are “blind” is that they hunt at night and no creature can see in complete darkness. They’re not blind; they can’t see because it’s dark. That’s why they use something we call echolocation, or bisonar, to find the object of the hunt: insects. They also use it to locate each other so they don’t run into each other....READ MORE

Data Centers need Open Cloud Integration

Organizations establishing a cloud first strategy are looking for ways to integrate both legacy and modern applications. They are also looking for ways to automate and orchestrate redundant tasks. The goal is self-service IT, where users order the capabilities they need and the data center automatically adjusts to deliver on these requests....READ MORE

On Demand Webinar: Which Storage Architecture is Best for Splunk Analytics? 

We will discuss the pros and cons of the three most common storage architectures for Splunk, enabling you to decide which makes the most sense for your organization.

* Leverage existing storage resources

* Deploy a cloud storage and SaaS solution

  1. *Deploy a hybrid, Splunk-ready solution


On Demand Webinar: Overcoming the Storage Challenges Cassandra and Couchbase Create 

NoSQL databases like Cassandra and Couchbase are quickly becoming key components of the modern IT infrastructure. But this modernization creates new challenges – especially for storage. Storage in the broad sense. In-memory databases perform well when there is enough memory available. However, when data sets get too large and they need to access storage, application performance degrades dramatically....CLICK TO REGISTER

The Road to Data Mobility – Consolidation, Storage Virtualization or Data Virtualization?

Storage consolidation is a lost cause. Why? The reason is that both the storage hardware and the use cases for that hardware are too different from each other. I outltlined the problems in detail in a my blog The Need for Storage Fragmentation. Storage fragmentation is fine as long as IT has the time and tools to analyze data to make sure that the right data is on the right type of storage at the right time...READ MORE

What are the Requirements of a Cloud First Strategy?

A Cloud First Strategy means that as an organization brings new applications or services online, it tries to explore the viability of a cloud deployment prior to deploying within a more traditional architecture. Many organizations today are considering a Cloud First Strategy as the means to get out of the infrastructure business and move their full complement of business services and data into the cloud....READ MORE

On Demand: Understanding Cloud File Services – Why You Need Them and Your Options 

Organizations looking to move some or all of their workloads to the cloud will at some point look for a way to provide those applications with basic file services. In this on demand webinar Storage Switzerland and SoftNAS lead an in-depth discussion of why organizations need cloud based file services and an analysis of the various file services solutions....WATCH ON DEMAND

Challenges of Using The Cloud for Primary Data and How to Fix Them

Storing everything on site has data protection challenges. Storing everything in a typical cloud storage provider has performance challenges. The hybrid storage model is not perfect either, the main challenges being sizing the appliance and the bandwidth. The idea of a CDN for storage presents an interesting alternative to all of these options, giving you the data protection advantages of having data offsite and the performance advantages of having it onsite — or at least really close to onsite....READ MORE

Build your DRaaS

DRaaS is the future of disaster recovery, but leveraging cloud backup may be an expensive way to implement it. Cloud replication, because it is operating on the working set, keeps cloud storage costs contained. The cloud replication software also enables organizations with an IT ready secondary site to leverage that site and create their DRaaS. In either case, the organization is in control of when and how recovery happens....READ MORE

What is a Cloud First Strategy

Anyone can say we’re cloud first. The question is whether a company is continually putting the cloud first strategy in its development processes. As it develops new products and enhancing existing products, a company that adopts a cloud first strategy will continually ask, “Will this work in the cloud?”....READ MORE

NAS vs. Object: Making the Migration

First do no harm. Make sure that any advancements to your storage systems do not negatively impact those that would use them – their experience should be the same as before the migration. Of course it’s alright to add functionality, like federated search, but minimize the degree of change whenever possible. Also try to mitigate hiccups along the way by migrating small groups of users at a time, allowing you to deal with any technical hiccups or training requirements that do come up....READ MORE

Where is the Cloud? The Cloud is a Method, Not a Location

In IT circles when the discussion of “the cloud” comes up, whether for cloud compute or cloud storage, the first thought is a public cloud like Amazon, Google or Azure. But the reality is the cloud is not a location, it is a process that allows companies to provide IT services dynamically in a self-service fashion. The provider of those services can be one of the large public cloud providers, a regional managed service provider or the organization’s own internal IT staff....READ MORE

Scaling, There’s More To it Than Just Adding Nodes

Driven by either the demand for more capacity, more performance or both, every storage system at some point has to scale. Broadly there are two types of scaling available: scale-up or scale-out. Scale-up systems scale by adding more capabilities to the initial system. When you reach the limits of that system then you need to purchase a new system and migrate the old data. Scale-out systems expand by adding additional nodes to the original purchase....READ MORE

On Demand Webinar: Cloud Storage: The 5 Reasons IT Can Do it Better

In this on demand webinar, learn the five reasons why a private cloud storage system may be more cost effective and deliver a higher quality of service than public cloud storage providers....CLICK TO REGISTER

On Demand Webinar: Designing Storage and Apps to Enable Data Monetization

Join Storage Switzerland and Caringo for the on demand webinar, “Designing Storage to Enable Data Monetization”. Our experts will unstructured data monetization use cases, how organizations are trying to band-aide legacy storage infrastructures to work in those cases and how a modern storage system can provide the answer IT is looking for....CLICK TO REGISTER

Heterogeneous Storage Analytics Difficult to Gather

While it is possible to collect data from heterogeneous storage systems, doing so without massive amounts of internal coding is highly unlikely. Even if you collect such data, it is quite difficult to act on the information in a timely manner due to downtime. Virtualizing the storage, on the other hand, significantly increases the ease of analyzing the performance of the environment, as well as automating any actions one might want to take based on that information....READ MORE

The Rise of the Machines – The Challenge with High File Count Environments

Many data centers don’t see file count as a problem, probably because they do not have sensors to track various components or products. But most organizations will eventually implement these devices, and of course many already have. Initially a traditional NAS may be able to handle the inbound data from these sensors but over time these systems will hit a performance wall caused primarily by file count....READ MORE

Solving the Ransomware Problem – Backup or Cloud Storage?

Ransomware is here to stay, it is another riddle that IT professionals need to solve. The problem is that the “ransom” part of ransomware is kept low enough that infected organizations can typically afford to pay it. This means that the solution to the ransomware problem needs to be equally low cost, and ideally come along “for free” as part of a bigger solution....READ MORE

Webinar: VMware - Flash-as-a-Service - Achieve Flash Performance with Cloud Economics

Join us for this on demand webinar. In this webinar, Storage Switzerland and Tegile Systems discuss how the acquisition and operating costs of flash make it feasible to build a private cloud that is responsive to the needs of the business while still being cost effective....CLICK TO WATCH

EMC World 2016 StorageSwiss Wrap Up

EMC World 2016 was a success and StorageSwiss was there. Charlie Hodges and George Crump hosted three podcast and several columns to give you our analysis of what the news means for EMC and for your organization....READ MORE

Making Object Storage Simpler at Petabyte Scale with Intelligent Management

The new enhancements, and features in HyperStore 6.0 clearly make this software defined storage scale out solution one that can give any organization the necessary tools to cost effectively simplify and automate the management of petabyte level private or hybrid clouds while reducing the management burden....READ MORE

NAS vs Object: Supporting Next Apps

Object storage and its associated protocols are a much better match for modern day applications that are written in and for the cloud. The more an application makes use of modern day development and deployment methods, such as the use of public or private cloud-based VMs and containers, the more object storage makes sense for that application....READ MORE

NAS vs Object: HA w/o the headaches

NAS systems play an important role in today’s data centers, but adding HA to the mix requires a lot of additional hardware and software that needs masking from the NAS client. Object storage systems, on the other hand, are built with HA in mind. If HA is the goal, perhaps object storage systems would be a more appropriate tool....READ MORE

NAS vs. Object: Performance – Thinly Provisioned NAS

With flat IT budgets and the ever-increasing amount of unstructured data, as well as the high percentage of cold data consuming expensive primary storage on NAS systems, organizations clearly need a cost-effective way to efficiently store and manage all this data. A strong, flexible SDS solution that facilitates the use of thin provisioning and object storage with NAS systems will provide organizations the budget-friendly means to meet this difficult challenge....READ MORE

Webinar: 5 Reasons Primary Cloud Storage is Broken and How to Fix them

There are five reasons the cloud for primary storage is broken. In this on demand webinar, experts from Storage Switzerland and ClearSky Data discuss the challenges of using the cloud for primary storage and how to overcome these challenges. You will have a clear understanding of what kind of primary storage workloads you can put in the cloud and why you should do it....CLICK TO REGISTER

Video: Software Defined Storage has to do More

The first phase of SDS is bringing many benefits to the data center. Its abstraction of storage software from the storage hardware enables organizations to manage all their storage assets from a single view., along with a reduction of hardware acquisition cost. But SDS needs to do more. In its next phase SDS should also provide rich end-to-end, cross system analytics, and it should automate data placement decisions. Join George Crump, Founder of Storage Switzerland and Tim Sheets, VP of Marketing at FalconStor in this video to learn what more SDS can and should be doing....CLICK TO WATCH

On Demand Webinar: Getting Beyond Flash 101 – Flash 102 Selecting the Right Flash Array

Join Storage Switzerland and Data Direct Networks (DDN) for this on demand webinar, “Getting Beyond Flash 101 – Flash 102 Selecting the Right Flash Array”. We discuss the different types of flash storage and compare them, why vendors want to replace your SAN instead of enhance it and what you can do to not only protect your current storage investments but also prepare a path to the future....CLICK TO REGISTER

On Demand Webinar: How To Use Software Defined Storage to Extend Your SAN

Listen as Storage Switzerland and ioFABRIC discuss the different types of software defined storage, why vendors want to replace your SAN instead of enhance it and what you can do to not only protect your current storage investments but also prepare a path to the future....CLICK TO REGISTER

What Exactly is Software Defined Storage?

No matter how hard vendors and distributors try to twist things, SDS is really not that confusing. IT professionals need to worry less about the exact definition of the term and worry more about the problems it solves. Depending on the skills and time available, IT can select a turnkey SDS solution or simply access the software and implement it on their hardware. In either case, the long term view should allow for the use of a variety of storage hardware for specific use cases. SDS allows you to use all these systems simultaneously from a single interface....READ MORE

NAS vs. Object: Protecting High File Count Systems

To meet the challenge of storing ever-increasing amounts of unstructured data, many organizations have turned to object storage, a technology that has been around for quite a few years that is able to efficiently handle very large quantities of data. And, while data loss may be unavoidable, by selecting the right solutions and applying appropriate parameters, it is possible to minimize significantly both the probability of data loss occurring as well as the size of the data loss....READ MORE

Moving Data Between Clouds w/AltaVault & OnCloud

From their acquisition of SolidFire (obviously a non-OnTap product) to its development of their own cloud orchestration product, they are clearly looking outside the comfortable trappings on Data OnTap. The AltaVault product gives them the ability to accept non-NetApp backups and restore them into non-NetApp environments. And the upcoming OnCommand product could make things even more interesting once it is fleshed out. NetApp is spreading their wings for sure....READ MORE

ChalkTalk Video: Designing Storage for Social Discovery

There is a lot of storage cost for “social discovery” websites – sites that deliver content based on specific search requirements – to store their petabytes of collected data. The need to provide near instant response to user requests but still architect a fast, scalable storage architecture but they have to deliver that architecture cost effectively. To meet this demand these organizations need to break out of legacy designs based on SQL servers and create architectures that leverage object storage....CLICK TO WATCH

The Problems with VMware Snapshots

VMware snapshots are bassackwards. Do not use them for anything other than a very temporary source for backup or another snapshot. A great thing to do, for example, is to take a VMware snapshot just before taking a storage-level snapshot — then immediately delete the VMware snapshot. Now you have a snapshot of a snapshot, but without the severe performance penalties of VMware’s snapshots....READ MORE

Snapshot 101: Copy-on-write vs Redirect-on-write

Redirect-on-write snapshots are the preferred snapshot method if the plan is to use snapshots for medium-to-long-term protection against file deletions and corruptions. If a vendor is using copy-on-write snapshots and is recommending them for anything other than temporary sources for backups, make sure to ask them how they overcome the inherent performance penalties of copy-on-write....READ MORE

vSphere tackles the Hyperconverged Infrastructure World: VMware VSAN 6.2

VSAN has come a long way since it was released around two years ago. It now seems to be a very feature-rich alternative to clustered storage for some environments. There are probably still environments that will have performance or other requirements that will not be met by this product, but there’s a very large segment of the market that should be very happy with both VSAN performance and feature set....READ MORE

Understanding Flash Performance

Most IT professionals are fully aware that if they have a storage performance problem that a flash based storage system is the answer for them. Flash, to some extent, makes performance a commodity. Almost any flash system can deliver more than 100,000 IOPS and many deliver 5 to 10 times that amount. In reality most data centers have a specific set of use cases that justifies a flash-based system. The problem is most flash vendors offer a single choice. It seems like, for them, all of your problems are the same as everyone else’s problems....READ MORE

ChalkTalk Video: Banning Excel Spreadsheet from Storage Management

The use of Excel spreadsheets as a management tool has to end. The problem is what to replace it with? The problem in finding replacements are “modern” tools are difficult to install and are often only able to collect information on one vendor’s system. In this ChalkTalk Video, Storage Switzerland and SolarWinds discuss potential solutions to the Excel Spreadsheet problem that are not difficult to use and you can use with a number of storage systems....CLICK TO WATCH

Qnext’s FileFlex Virtualizes File Access across Disparate Storage Infrastructures and Devices

FileFlex from Qnext appears to offer a very robust and flexible alternative to other current file sync and share solutions for any organization to provide a secure, simple means to share and collaborate on any file regardless of where it may be located in the enterprise. It also provides the means to maintain full security and control of an organization’s files in order to meet various regulatory and compliance requirements....READ MORE

Is Hyperconverged worth the Hype?

There is not a one-size fits all technology solution that will work for every data center. Even within the data center, there are bound to be multiple and conflicting demands of QoS. Hyperconverged may be ideal for data centers where the aggregate performance of the hyper-converged cluster is more than adequate for all workloads so that all service level agreements can be met without the need to fine tune the environment for a specific use case....READ MORE

NAS vs. Object: Data Archive – Long Term Efficiencies

The longer you keep data, the more it makes sense to move it off of primary storage and into a different kind of system. It makes financial sense, as discussed in the previous blog entry. It also makes sense for efficiency. The problem is most of the inefficiencies come from the typical design of most NAS systems. Have a bunch of unstructured data that needs storing? Buy a filer and put it there. Problem solved, right? Not so fast....READ MORE

Avere FXT 5000 Series Edge Filer Product Analysis

The Avere FXT Edge Filers have already established a solid track record of very high performance and the ability to handle extremely heavy data loads in some of the most demanding industries like the visual effect studios that provided the special effects for twenty of the most recent blockbuster movies, and the next generation genomic analysis environment for the CDC, to name a couple....READ MORE

Product Analysis: Scalable NAS for the real world: Redefining NAS Storage

The Dell Fluid File System solves a number of challenges with traditional NAS storage. It allows customers to buy only what they need for today’s needs, and add storage and compute capacity as their needs change. Customers can also restrict data types and select certain data to be deduplicated and compressed. Finally, redirect-on-write snapshots allow customers to meet their recovery needs without using traditional backups. It’s a strong offering that is worthy of consideration....READ MORE

NAS vs. Object: Beating Bit Rot – Examining Data Durability

A storage product that is truly durable will be able to overcome any kind of damage that could happen to a file, which goes beyond a component or site failure. It includes protection against bit rot over time – which requires some higher level of intelligence which is provided by object storage vendors. It can also provide protection against accidental or malicious damage to the data as well. When evaluating storage vendors, make sure to look into both sides of the equation....READ MORE

Data Center Systems’ Structured Connectivity keeps the Agile Data Center Agile

The structured approach to connectivity allows for rapid connection of switches to servers and storage, allowing the data center to not trip over the cable infrastructure on its way to agility. In this design form meets function, delivering a high level of density without sacrificing manageability. Data Center Systems designs, builds, installs and manages these infrastructures to meet the demands of the data center right now while preparing its customers a smooth transition to next generation technologies....READ MORE

On Demand Webinar: 4 Ways to Improve NetApp Storage Performance Without Replacing It

Join Storage Switzerland Lead Analyst George Crump and Avere Systems Director Chris Bowen for the on demand webinar , "4 Ways to Improve NetApp Storage Performance Without Replacing It". In this webinar, George and Chris discuss why NAS storage performance is so critical, how to balance storage performance and storage capacity, and four ways to improve storage performance without replacing your existing NAS system....REGISTER HERE

Recovering from a Hurricane

Surviving a disaster is all about planning and practice. While making sure the secondary site has the latest data set is easier, hurricanes present some unique scenarios that IT needs to work through to ensure they can handle. At our Modern Disaster Recovery workshop, we will go through all of these scenarios to make sure you are ready to recover from any type of disaster....READ MORE

Video: Cabling Infrastructure – Critical for High Performance Flash Storage

Improving storage performance and response time is a high priority for IT professionals. To achieve this goal they are deploying all-flash arrays and upgrading network bandwidth. But cabling infrastructure is a part of the process IT often overlooks. Improperly designing the cable plant can lead to transmission errors or even failure. In this video Kevin Ehringer, CTO and Founder of Data Center Systems, joins Storage Switzerland Founder and Lead Analyst George Crump to help storage managers understand why network cabling is so important....READ MORE