Under the Covers of EMC’s Enterprise Hybrid Cloud

Post by Muhammad Anwar (thank you)

A few years ago when Cloud terminology emerged, the technology behind it was in its infancy and there was a lot of debate on private cloud vs. public cloud. Private Cloud offered a dedicated, secure, fixed cost, and unmetered bandwidth model which enabled IT to quickly respond to the business needs. Public Clouds, on the other hand were quite the opposite with shared, open, pay-per-use model. This means that the cost of Public Clouds is variable and it is directly linked to usage. High traffic on CPU, storage, and bandwidth resulted in a higher cost to the enterprise. Last year, enterprises were struggling between making a decision to go with “Private Cloud OR Public Cloud,” but if you are looking for best-in-class of the two models, the decision is simple, “Private Cloud AND Public Cloud,” which is now known as HYBRID Cloud. Before I make this assertion, let’s look at the numbers.

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Can the promise of EVO be extended to business critical converged?

Post by Hanoch Eiron (thank you)

VMware’s announcement of EVO:RAIL at VMworld 2014 set a new bar for converged infrastructure efficiency. EVO is architected to accelerate time to production and improve operational efficiencies, the holy grails for modernizing IT.  VMware uses the term ‘hyper-converged’ to describe this class of converged infrastructure, defining it as ‘server hardware pre-integrated with virtualization software for compute, network, storage and management, providing a single point of entryfor the entire SDDC lifecycle.’

With commodity servers and local vSAN storage, EVO:RAIL is ideally suited for test/dev, remote office, VDI and other workloads that can failover and restart.  By contrast, Hitachi Unified Compute Platform is designed for workloads that serve as the enterprise backbone, typically requiring shared storage, multi 9’s availability, a high degree of redundancy and robustness, and comprehensive data protection.

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HP 3PAR StoreServ Architecture Whitepaper

Modern, Tier-1 Storage for the New Style of IT

HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage provides a single product family—regardless of whether you are a midsize enterprise experiencing rapid growth in your virtualized Microsoft® Exchange, Microsoft SQL, or Oracle Database environment, a large enterprise looking to support IT as a service (ITaaS), or a global service provider building a hybrid or private cloud.

HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage offers the performance and flexibility that you need to accelerate new application deployments and support server virtualization, the cloud, ITaaS, and your future technology initiatives. It’s a storage platform that allows you to spend less time on management, gives you technically advanced features for less money, and eliminates trade-offs that require you to sacrifice critical capabilities such as performance and scalability. With HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage, you can serve unpredictable and mixed workloads, support unstructured and structured data growth, and meet both file and block storage needs.

This white paper describes the architectural elements of the HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage family that deliver Tier-1 resiliency across midrange, all-flash, and tiered storage arrays, as well as by supporting a single operating system and the same rich set of data services across the entire portfolio.

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5 reasons your Storage Snapshot aren’t working

Whitepaper from CommVault (thank you)

Snapshot-based data protection solutions were supposed to solve our backup challenges, weren’t they? Then why are your backups still broken? If your snapshots are manually-managed or of the “build-it- yourself” variety, there may be several reasons that they aren’t working very well.

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Why ‘free’ storage isn’t free

Good post by Robin Harris (thank you)

Storage isn’t free – and neither is ‘free’ storage. The price: uncertainty. Wuala’s termination of ‘free’ storage is the tip of the iceberg coming your way.

Pioneering cloud storage company Wuala — now part of Seagate via LaCie — has announced the termination of all free storage. They won’t be the last.

Dropbox and Box were both expected to float initial public stock offerings this year. But their wretched financials spooked even loss-friendly tech investors.

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Cloud Integrated Backup and DR

Post by Colm Keegan (thank you)

The best way to ensure data and application recoverability is to conduct frequent DR testing. The problem is that many organizations rarely, if ever, perform DR testing because it is time consuming, expensive and often it has limited value because the tests are not “real world”. But if there was a way to integrate simple and effective DR testing into the backup environment, this could give businesses a cost-effective solution to test application recoverability. Moreover, if the backup environment could be further leveraged to facilitate near instantaneous application fail-over capabilities into the cloud with production level performance, this would significantly bolster business application availability and service levels.

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What Is Solid State Hybrid Technology

In this video, Seagate explains what a solid state hybrid drive with Seagate Adaptive Memory is, and how it enables the drive to deliver SSD-like performance along with higher capacity. Designed with high-performance core components on an innovative platform, the Momentus XT solid state hybrid drive consists of a 7200-RPM hard drive with 32MB of cache, 4GB of solid state SLC NAND flash storage and Adaptive Memory technology. Adaptive Memory technology intelligently monitors your frequently used applications and data files, then places them into the solid state portion of the drive so they can be quickly recalled.

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An OpenStack Dream Team: EMC + Cloudscaling

Post by Randy Bias (thank you)

If you’re following the buzz surrounding the EMC acquisition of Cloudscaling, you might wonder:

Is this a mismatch, or am I missing something?

Yes. You’re missing something. Let me explain.

First, you’ll want to take a closer look at the announcements by EMC today [1]. We will join the EMC Emerging Technologies Division led by CJ Desai. Cloudscaling OCS is now a core part of EMC’s Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solutions. The Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solutions powered by Openstack will be available in 2015. But this only paints half of the bigger picture to help you understand why this is a match made in heaven.

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Non-disruptive Flash – How important is it?

Post by George Crump (thank you)

Recently EMC announced that they were upgrading the storage software that drives their XtremIO to be able to compress and deduplicate data. This is an important addition, since not all data benefits from deduplication, databases being a good example. But often environments that don’t benefit from deduplication do derive a benefit from compression. As a result, having both is very beneficial. The downside to this announcement was that current XtremIO customers would have to experience a disruptive upgrade.

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High Speed Backup and Restore for Databases

Good post by Hu Yoshida (thank you)

Surveys show that backup and restore remain at the top of the list of concerns for data centers. Each year as volumes increase, the struggle to meet SLAs and manage backup windows increases. Many enterprises with very large databases have come to rely on techniques such as simultaneously backing up data through multiple backup streams (multi-streaming) and backing up multiple sources to a single backup device (multiplexing). While these techniques can speed up backup dramatically, it makes it difficult to dedupe using traditional hashing techniques, which results in increased storage costs for backup.

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