Who needs Cloud Storage – Violin delivers pay as you grow Flash

Post by George Crump (thank you)

One of the challenges that every IT planner is trying to figure out is what size, both in terms of capacity and performance, storage system they should invest in. They need to make sure that the storage system will not only meet their upfront but long term capacity needs as well. An incorrect calculation can lead to the purchase of an additional storage system and all the management overhead and costs that comes along with it.

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EMC Focuses on Services with VMAX3

Good Post by Chris M Evans (thank you)

Last week EMC announced an upgrade to their flagship Symmetrix high-end enterprise storage platform and the release of VMAX3.  With a maximum capacity of 384 cores and 5760 drives, the new platform scales to capacities never before seen in a single storage array.  What’s possibly more interesting though, is EMC’s intentions with what’s being called HyperMax technology.

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Introducing NetApp Private Storage for Microsoft Azure

Post by Brian Mitchell (thank you)

NetApp, Microsoft, and Equinix today introduced “NetApp Private Storage for Microsoft Azure”; a hybrid cloud infrastructure that links NetApp Storage with Azure Compute via Azure ExpressRoute.

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Storage Requirements Put Burden on Businesses of All Sizes

Post by Nathan Eddy (thank you)

Management of inactive data (as defined by being unused for six months or more) appeared to be an area where the greatest improvements can be made.

The majority of organizations continue to use expensive primary storage systems to store infrequently accessed data, with respondents engaging in this practice spending significantly more of their annual IT budget on storage than their peers, according to a report from TwinStrata.

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New disk IO scheduler used in vSphere 5.5

Are we there yet? Shortening the Time to Value

Good post by Duncan Epping (thank you)

When 5.1 was released I noticed the mention of “mClock” in the advanced settings of a vSphere host. I tried enabling it but failed miserably. A couple of weeks back I noticed the same advanced setting again, but this time also noticed it was enabled. So what is this mClock thingie? Well mClock is the new disk IO scheduler used in vSphere 5.5. There isn’t much detail on mClock by itself other than an academic paper by Ajay Gulati.

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Flash Arrays need high performance compression

What's the Difference Between Compression, Deduplication, and Single-Instance Storage?

Post by George Crump (thank you)

Startups like Nimble, Pure Storage, SolidFire and Tegile are starting to take business away from the traditional tier 1 storage vendors. Their key differentiator, and often the winning point, has been their ability to efficiently use flash storage. Making flash compelling to IT professionals requires a high performance architecture with the ability to use flash efficiently: at the right price point (effective cost) and effective capacity. Many tier 1 vendors have the high performance, but lack the effective cost and effective capacity. This is a direct result of the lack of compression, deduplication and thin provisioning capabilities. This is enabling independent all flash array vendors, as mentioned above, to encroach their accounts with better cost and capacity capabilities.

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Peer Persistence and Adaptive Optimization interoperation on 3PAR

Good Post by Philip Sellers (thank you)

This is part one of a two part series on enhancements to the HP 3PAR StoreServ platform announced at HP Discover in June. 

One of the biggest benefits of being an HP invited blogger for HP Discover is the opportunity to sit and talk with architects and executives during coffee talks and importu meetings in the bloggers lounge.  This gives me and other bloggers the opportunity to ask our specific questions from really technical or strategic HP staff.  During the past two HP Discover events, I have had great opportunities to talk to HP 3PAR storage team members and get some great information about specific issues and some ideas on where things may be heading.

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vSphere Metro Cluster (vMSC) and HDS G1000 GAD : Rise of HDS Virtual Storage Machine

Good Post by Paul Meehan (thank you)

Sometime around August HDS will launch what is called Global Active Device, also known as GAD. This is part of the new Virtual Storage Platform G1000.

What is a G1000?

The VSP G1000 is the latest variant of HDS high-end Tier-1 array that scales to thousands of drives and millions of IOPS (if you’re into just counting millions of IOPS like some vendors).

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Backup Exec 2014 Technical White Paper – Protecting Microsoft SQL


Technical White Papers are designed to introduce Symantec partners and end users to key technologies and technical concepts that are associated with the Symantec Backup and Recovery product family. The information within a Technical White Paper will assist partners and end users as they design and implement data protection solutions based on Symantec Backup and Recovery products.

Technical White Papers are authored and maintained by the Symantec Backup and Recovery Technical Services group.

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What’s the point of EMC ProtectPoint?

Good Post by Hrovje Crvelin (thank you) on ProtectPoint

Today EMC did one of those mega launches they do every year or so (this is fourth one I believe) and announced couple of new things.  To me, most important one is  Symmetrix line which changed its face quite a bit. After all, these are EMC’s flagship. Symmetrix line started in, now distant 1990, but Symm2 would be series where heart started to beat and would have max 24 disks inside. It may sound ridiculous today, but yes – that’s how old we are today.

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