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Upcoming Webinar: The Five Problems Facing Business-Critical NFS Deployments

VMware, NetApp and even EMC are proponents of using NFS based storage systems to support mission critical workloads like virtual machines, databases and performance sensitive unstructured data. But in comparison to mission critical fibre channel, the tools to monitor and optimize your NFS infrastructure are lacking. In this webinar Storage Switzerland and Virtual Instruments will discuss the five challenges facing IT professionals that depend on NFS-based storage infrastructure for performance-intensive workloads....CLICK TO REGISTER


Upcoming Webinar: DR Strategies For Hyperconverged Architectures

Hyperconverged infrastructure products promise to bring the best of virtualization to an easy-to-manage platform. One question is what they do to solve one of the greatest challenges modern IT environments have: DR? Virtualization itself has done wonderful things for DR, but hyperconvergence promises to take things further. Is what VMware and Hyper-V offer good enough? If not, is hyperconverged infrastructure the answer? That’s what W. Curtis Preston, Senior Analyst from Storage Switzerland and Mike Lyon, Service Delivery Manager from Scale Computing will discuss in this live webinar....CLICK TO REGISTER


ChalkTalk Video: Bring Clarity to Storage Analytics

It’s time that the different parts of the computing world knew about each other, says Shai Maskit, Director of Technical Marketing from Kaminario, in speaking with Storage Switzerland’s George Crump. He explained how the computing world is divided into three isolated stacks of compute, network, and storage, and none of them know anything about each other. Correlating the information that these three tiers collect is key to creating an agile data center environment but few vendors have come up with a way to do it....CLICK TO WATCH


Nexenta Releases Storage for Persistent Docker Containers

If you have a desire in using stateful containers, you will encounter a number of roadblocks: the Docker community, the documentation, websites about container best practices, and even limitations of Docker and associated applications. But if you are determined that stateful containers are appropriate for your infrastructure, it would seem that Flocker would be essential. Using a product like NexentaEdge, that is designed from the ground up to work with Flocker, makes perfect sense....CLICK TO READ


Maintaining Data Monetization Value over Time

Data that is going to be stored for long periods of time must be protected against bit rot and malfeasance. NAS systems have no built-in features for doing this, so storing data on them for long periods of time is risky. Object storage systems, however, can use the cryptographic signatures of an object to detect and automatically repair any corruption to the object. This makes object storage the perfect place to store data for long periods of time....CLICK TO READ


Storage All-Star Team — All-Flash Filer with Object Storage

An all-flash FAS has the potential to be the single storage system for an entire organization as long as its scope is limited to production data. An object storage system has the potential to be the single storage system for all other data, including inactive data on the filer as well as analytics and machine-generated data. The combination leads to a cost-effective, easy-to-manage, two-system environment with a clear delineation of each system’s role....CLICK TO READ


Is your Backup Software Aware of your Data?

The proliferation of data across multiple platforms – including cloud platforms – will increase the chances that a given file or piece of data will become lost. A data-aware storage platform could be very helpful here, but so could a data aware backup platform. Being able to restore files based on their content might really be helpful to a company who can’t seem to find their content....CLICK TO READ


Performance Issues with a Full NetApp Filer

NetApp volumes and aggregates need room to breathe. A NetApp filer will perform better if the reallocation process is run on a regular basis, and it needs free space to effectively reallocate blocks and put like data together on the disk. Consider thin provisioning your NetApp so that it can increase its performance....CLICK TO READ


Data Protection Advantages of a Thin Provisioned Filer

NetApp filers work best when they have a buffer of free space available to them. Customers can keep the number of snapshots that their data protection requirements demand. They can also use products like SnapMirror to Tape without any negative ramifications during a restore. Finally, backups run smoother and cost less money when a filer is thin provisioned. Customers with these filers should examine the idea of moving older data off of the filer and onto a less-expensive storage system, such as an object storage system. It just makes sense....CLICK TO READ


Designing a Cost-Effective Data Monetization System

Object storage systems appear to be the perfect place to store data for a data monetization system. They are less expensive to acquire and less expensive to operate than traditional storage systems. In addition, some object storage systems have power down features that both save power and cooling costs and increase the life of the data and media. Many of these same things can be said about a tape-based system, but it would be more difficult to monetize data stored on tape....CLICK TO READ


Video: Infrastructure Aware-Flash: All-Flash is the First Step, not the Final Step

In this ChalkTalk Video George Crump, Lead Analyst at Storage Switzerland and Paresh Gupta, Technical Marketing Engineer at Cisco discuss how Cisco is improving the storage administrator’s ability to provision more rapidly, both during initial implementation and operation....CLICK TO WATCH


Video: Provisioning Storage Network at Flash Speeds

In this ChalkTalk Video George Crump, Lead Analyst at Storage Switzerland and Paresh Gupta, Technical Marketing Engineer at Cisco discuss how Cisco is improving the storage administrator’s ability to provision more rapidly, both during initial implementation and operation....CLICK TO WATCH


Video: Strategies for Hybrid Cloud Storage

The hybrid cloud approach is the storage option that gives customers the best cost, flexibility and scalability today, says Douglas O'Flaherty from IBM when he spoke with George Crump at VMworld 2016. One great way to manage cost is to use the cloud as both a burst capacity area, and a place to store cold copies of data that are no longer needed to run the business. The cloud can store such data cheaper than most companies can store it themselves....CLICK TO WATCH


Video: Finally Solving Backup’s Four Biggest Problems

Getting data off-site, managing long term data retention, providing business continuity and backup verification have been some of the hardest problems for backup professionals to solve. The cloud provides some relief but it, by itself, is not enough. In this ChalkTalk Video Curtis Preston talks with Mohammad AlShafe from Unitrends about these issues and how Unitrends is leveraging its hardware, software and the cloud to solve them....CLICK TO WATCH


Video: Separating Storage Performance from Data Durability

IT professionals attempt to solve server virtualization problems by implementing an all-flash array on the storage network or by leveraging flash in a hyperconverged architecture. In both cases storage performance and data durability are bound together. In this ChalkTalk Video my colleague Curtis Preston talks to Datrium’s Bruce LeBlanc about how their new approach separates storage performance from data durability enabling better performance at reduced costs without risking data integrity....CLICK TO WATCH


Video: Overcoming the Cloud Privatization Problem

The allure of the public cloud may be wearing off. The theoretical consistent cost of the cloud has proven to be false. CIOs constantly complain about the surprise bill from their cloud provider at the end of the quarter. The solution is to keep or bring IT services in-house but most storage systems have failed to address the problems that drove customers to the cloud in the first place, namely tech refreshes and scalability concerns. In this ChalkTalk Video, my colleague Curtis Preston speaks with Tegile’s Rob Commins to discuss how IT can overcome the cloud privatization problem....CLICK TO WATCH


The Storage Architecture Behind The Thin Provisioned NetApp

Customers with smaller amounts of data (measured in dozens of terabytes) are probably best served with cloud storage. If they ever find their recurring costs unsatisfactory, they could migrate to one of the two other options. Moving the data to another filer seems fundamentally wrong and the worst of the three choices. However, if a customer has hundreds of terabytes to petabytes of older data that needs to be stored as cheaply as possible and retrieved quickly if necessary, an object storage system would seem to be the best bet....CLICK TO READ


Video: Object Storage Goes All-Flash

Pure’s latest offering, the FlashBlade, is a scale-out storage system using 8 TB and 52 TB blades, that work together to create a single pool of storage that scales to petabytes. It supports NFS and S3 protocols, and incorporates a scale-out metadata app to increase the speed of metadata-only requests, such as a getAttrs request, which make up for 75% of NFS operations. Join George and Par for this interesting video about the role of flash and Pure Storage in the burgeoning market of object storage....CLICK TO WATCH


Video: Using DR to Move to The Cloud and Adopt New Technology

Data centers are looking to improve their internal capabilities by purchasing rapidly adopting new technology, but they need to do that safely. Finally the data center has to deal with the age old problem of disaster recovery and in fact it needs to meet tighter and tighter recovery windows. Join my colleague Curtis Preston and Zerto’s Jennifer Gill as they discuss how to tackle these challenges in this ChalkTalk Video....CLICK TO WATCH


ChalkTalk Video: Object Storage Needs Flash Too!

Object storage is known by many for its ability to drive down the cost to store data through the use of commodity servers and high capacity hard drives. But object storage systems need flash and object storage system designers need to take full advantage of it. In this ChalkTalk Video, George Crump of Storage Switzerland and CTO of Western Digital DCS Hal Woods, discuss the role of flash within an object storage system and some of the real-world use cases for object storage....CLICK TO WATCH


Data Monetization and the Art of Data Collection

Data Monetization is the art of extracting value from an organization’s existing data assets. For example, monetary value of data can come from creating a new video product from an old one, or can come from the analysis of years worth of sensor data to find better ways to build products or deliver services. The problem is that in many cases the process used to derive value from the data asset is not the same one as the process creating the data....CLICK TO READ