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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

The VMware Migration at Scale Problem

Both VMware and Hyper-V have built-in migration tools to help you migrate from one data center to another, and from one converged platform to another. But each of these tools encounters limitations when used on a large scale. In this video Sureline COO, George Simons describes to W. Curtis Preston of Storage Switzerland what these limitations are and how Sureline solves them....CLICK TO READ

On Demand Webinar: What Your Object Storage Vendor Isn't Telling You About NFS Support 

NFS has been the “go to” file system for large data stores but there is a new offering on the horizon...Object Storage. To help ease the transition, many Object Storage vendors have provided a gateway that allows their systems to look like NFS servers. The problem is that most of these implementations are very limiting and often create more problems than they fix. In this webinar Storage Switzerland and Caringo discuss why object storage systems are the heir apparent to NFS servers and how to make that transition without the typical roadblocks that NFS gateways create....CLICK TO REGISTER

Does Data Management make Data more Mobile?

Data management can indeed make data more mobile. It can make sure that primary copies are placed in additional locations (e.g. the cloud) any time a user needs them. In addition to making the data more mobile, it can make it appear to be even more mobile by making it accessible from multiple locations. It all starts, however, with protecting and managing the data through a single data management framework – and not treating copies as a completely separate idea....CLICK TO READ

Getting Data Off a Filer and Living to Tell About It

Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems are primary storage systems, which are ideal for providing very fast access to “hot” (active) data sets that change frequently. Organizations have continuously added capacity to these systems to keep pace with the ever-rising tide of unstructured data, which compliance requirements as well as user demand, may force them to store for an indefinite time....CLICK TO READ

ChalkTalk Video: Migrating From VMware to The Google Compute Platform

At the top of most IT project whiteboards is “cloud”. Whether cloud compute or cloud storage, organizations are trying to figuring out how to move their applications or data to these no CapEx environments. In this ChalkTalk video StorageSwiss and Sureline Systems discuss how to make a migration to the Google Compute Platform and what some of the use cases might be....CLICK TO WATCH

Software Defined Deduplication is Critical to the Cloud

Storage costs may eventually get low enough that deduplication is, well, redundant. But that day is not any time soon. In addition, even if storage costs drop to that point deduplication will become obsolete. The greater density that a deduplicated storage node will achieve should reduce the physical footprint of the cloud storage cluster. A hybrid cloud model will also benefit from the network savings obtained by not transferring redundant data. Most critical though is that the technology be software defined so that it can provide the functionality regardless of hardware or location....READ MORE

On Demand 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

FMS Video – The Data Center is All Flash But One Flash Doesn’t Fit All

In this ChalkTalk Video, StorageSwiss and IBM discuss the various workloads that are ideal for flash and how the storage systems that will support their need to be configured to deliver maximum value....CLICK TO WATCH

What is Data Monetization?

The sky’s the limit with big data analysis of unstructured data, and the amount of revenue that a company can generate is limitless as well. The the storage requirements of this data is often beyond the capabilities of most unstructured data storage systems. But the storage of many petabytes of information is perfect for object storage. Those considering monetizing data should examine using object storage to store their data....READ MORE

The Need for Speed – High Performance Object Storage

Optimizing object storage performance is not a “throw hardware” at the problem situation, like most of IT. Instead, it requires the object storage solution vendor focus development priorities on performance, without sacrificing data integrity. They need to focus on optimizing areas like cluster management, data disbursement and metadata management. If vendors do, they can deliver a high performance object storage system that doesn’t necessarily need flash storage, but can take full advantage of it if it is there....READ MORE

Modernized IT Needs an Intelligent Virtual Data Repository

A CloudFirst strategy is a new objective for organizations. More than likely the organizations will have legacy physical and virtual environments they will need to maintain and ultimately transform into a more cloud ready environment. If fact many of these organizations may have even had a VirtualizeFirst strategy before adopting a CloudFirst strategy. But as we discussed in other entries, a CloudFirst strategy differs from a VirtualizeFirst strategy both in terms of location and the level of automation....READ MORE

Strategies for Managing the Performance Impacts of Data Efficiency in Hyperconverged Systems

Hyperconvergence can greatly simplify the IT infrastructure. It empowers IT to be more flexible and responsive to the needs of the business. But there are situations when hyperconvergence’s “shared everything” nature requires greater consideration as IT implements its features and capabilities. Data efficiency is a great example. Organization’s need to carefully examine how vendors implement these features to gain not only maximum benefit but to do so with minimal impact and maximum data protection....READ MORE

On Demand 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

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