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

Join us for our live webinar on May 11th at 1PM ET and 10am PT. In this webinar, Storage Switzerland and Tegile Systems will 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 REGISTER


Webinar: Designing Storage and Apps to Enable Data Monetization

Join Storage Switzerland and Caringo on Thursday, May 12th at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT for a live webinar event, “Designing Storage to Enable Data Monetization”. Our experts will discuss 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


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 software defined storage (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 ChalkTalk 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


Addressing Modern Recovery Requirements

It’s time for a new type of backup and recovery because the old ways of backup simply do not meet the current needs of many businesses. It starts with the inefficiencies of how backups are typically done, and ends with how those backups are completely unable to meet modern day recovery requirements....READ MORE


NAS vs. Object: Data Archive – Long Term Data Efficiency

Long term data efficiency means making sure that over the course of decades an organization can cost-effectively store data, while at the same time assuring data quality. The software-first nature of object storage keeps upfront and ongoing costs low and the built in data integrity ensures that when you need a file in the future you can read it....READ MORE


On Demand Webinar: Improving Time to Value for Enterprise Big Data Analytics

In this webinar Storage Switzerland, Hitachi Data Systems and Brocade discuss why enterprises need to invest in big data analytics, how they can make that investment and what are some of the key requirements in designing a system....REGISTER HERE


Flash Strategy 2.0:

Optimizing NetApp with Flash and Cloud

When the data center presents most vendors with a performance problem, the vendor’s typical answer today is to replace the current storage system with an all-flash equivalent. In the case of NetApp that is one of their all-flash filers. In the case of a potential alternative vendor to NetApp, the replacement is a hardware solution designed to leverage flash. These “solutions” are essentially replacements for what is already there....READ MORE


On Demand Webinar: NAS vs. Object Storage: 10 Reasons Why Object Storage Will Win

Join Storage Switzerland's Founder George Crump and Caringo's VP of Products Tony Barbagallo for an interactive webinar. They will compare NAS and object storage and provide 10 reasons why we think object storage will be the file server of the future for the enterprise....REGISTER HERE


Disaster Proof Local On-Site Backups

While ioSafe & StorageCraft may not be the only vendors supporting instant recovery, they appear to be the only ones supporting it inside a system that can withstand both a data center fire and being doused with the sprinkler system it sets off. This would allow you to be up and running even immediately after a fire or flood, which allows you to continue your business while repairing the data center. Some day this may be how all restores will be done....READ MORE


Does Object Storage kill RAID?

Like a lot of technologies that are past their prime, RAID will continue to serve a function for a very long time. It’s an inexpensive way to string together multiple drives and protect yourself against the loss of one or more of those drives. There is a huge amount of inertia behind RAID, volumes, file systems, etc. Let’s face it, the IT world gets them....READ MORE


ChalkTalk Video: Improving Time to Value for Enterprise Big Data Analytics

George Crump of Storage Switzerland, and Fred Oh from Hitachi Data Systems explain how to reduce time and avoid complexity of do-it-yourself analytics projects with the Hitachi Hyper Scale-Out Platform (HSP). Purpose-built by HDS for fast-growing data analytics workloads, HSP is composed of dedicated compute & storage resources, and features Brocade networking to accelerate time to value from 9-18 months down to 3 months or less....WATCH THE VIDEO


Addressing VDI’s Fork in The Road

As VDI projects move into production, they reach a fork in the road. Does the IT team optimize performance or optimize dollars? Typically, they choose performance since user adoption is so critical to success. The result is a reduced ROI and, more than likely, a more modest rollout, which means a more limited gain in operational efficiency. If the organization selects a performance tier that can leverage the current storage investment while delivering the same performance as an all-flash system, it can have the best of both worlds....READ MORE


Hitachi’s HSP Hyper-Converged Appliance makes Big Data Analytics fit the Enterprise

Big Data Analytics uses distributed computing architectures, on platforms like Hadoop, to run large processing jobs on even larger datasets. Since data being processed in a Hadoop environment usually needs to be resident on the compute nodes themselves, this can mean copying large numbers of files across the network for each job run. HDS has combined the power of scale-out storage, deterministic networking and server virtualization to address these storage challenges....READ MORE


Why Low Latency Matters

Applications are driving the enterprise, whether it is a relatively simple application used by millions of customers or a complex, scalable database that drives an organization’s back end. These applications, and the users that count on them, expect rapid response times. In a world that demands ‘instant gratification,’ forcing a customer, prospect or employee to wait for a response is the kiss of death....READ MORE


Flash + SMR = Storage Density and Performance

Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) hard disk drives do something remarkable. For the same basic bill of materials and occupying the same physical space as traditional hard disk drives (HDDs), they increase the amount of available capacity. For example, an 8TB SMR HDD uses the same amount of material as a regular 6TB HDD. Companies, such as Seagate, are confident that the technology can extend this capacity to 20TBs. However, the current 35 percent increase in capacity comes at a cost....READ MORE


Sprawl? Bring it on!

Fighting storage sprawl may sound like the right thing to do but for some data centers storage sprawl is a reality that they can’t stop. There are too many moving parts. Instead of fighting it, it may make more sense to face reality. Learn how second generation software-defined storage enables IT to embrace sprawl....READ MORE


Healthcare Provider leverages All-Flash to Power VDI and Improve Patient Care

VDI projects are some of the most challenging and demanding infrastructure projects today; especially on the storage system. Meeting VDI storage performance demands are particularly critical for healthcare organizations because if a doctor or nurse is waiting on IT infrastructure to do their job that also means that a patient is waiting, one that might need critical care. In this case study we speak with a large healthcare provider that is leveraging All-Flash to meet the demands of VDI in Healthcare....READ MORE


Can you do it better?

A Balanced Approach to Cloud Storage

For most organizations, public cloud storage is a great place to start but not where they should end. While there is an initial operational advantage to the public cloud, the long-term cost of renting TBs of capacity may be too expensive even after you factor in storage management costs. A private cloud storage solution can leverage similar concepts of public providers to keep the hard and soft costs under control while gaining the advantages of owning vs. buying, increased security, and localized performance....READ MORE


ChalkTalk Video: Maximizing the Potential of NVDIMM Storage Class Memory with Software Defined Memory

In this ChalkTalk video Storage Switzerland and Plexistor discuss these new memory solutions and how software-defined memory provides new software stack optimized for in-memory applications.....READ MORE


What is Object Storage and what can you use it for?

The primary use case today for object storage is as the infrastructure that allows cloud providers to offer cost-effective storage that seems to scale infinitely. Traditional data centers have their eye on this technology too, but object storage vendors have stumbled explaining what the real use cases for it are. In this article, we provide practical use cases for data centers looking to leverage object storage....READ MORE