Buying Guide: Backup Appliances

Post by Drew Robb (thank you)

IDC recently put out a report on the worldwide purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) market. The big news was declining revenues, which are likely to continue due to changes in the dynamics of this space.

“The worldwide PBBA market experienced a year-over-year decline in the second quarter of 2015 as the market continues to evolve,” said Liz Conner, a storage analyst at IDC. “Focus continues to shift away from hardware-centric, on-premise PBBA systems to hybrid/gateway systems. The results are greater emphasis on backup and deduplication software, the ability to tier or push data to the cloud, and the increasing commoditization of hardware, all of which require market participants to adjust product portfolios accordingly.”

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Market share: HP & Others up – everyone else down

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Good post by Robin Harris (thank you)

IDC’s Worldwide Total Disk Storage Systems Market for Q3 2015 had some interesting results. The thumbnail is the title of this post.

But there are a couple more details. ODM vendors – who sell direct to the hyperscale data center customers – had the fastest revenue growth of any supplier at 23.4%. HP’s revenue growth came in second at 16%, while the Others followed closely at 15.2%.

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Data Retention for Dummies

Good post by Chris Mellor (thank you) over at El Reg

All is confusion. The old certainties are gone. New certainties just don’t exist. The shifting shapes, players, products and technologies in the storage landscape are seen through fog. How the heck does everything fit together?

After four days in Silicon Valley meeting startups the bewilderment ratio us even higher. It’s like Dragons’ Den, where each new player is shinier and brighter than the previous one, becomes your favourite but then, as sure as eggs are eggs, will be eclipsed by the next one.

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DCIG 2015 AFA Buyer’s Guide is Fantastically Horrible

Good post by Brian Beeler (thank you)

Last week DCIG published their “2015-16 All-Flash Array Buyer’s Guide.” We’ve grown accustomed to ignoring most “Magic” and “Best Of” quadrants and awards respectively because almost every time they’re garbage. Analysts or media members anoint some vendor or technology best, shiniest, most rectangle or whatever else they can come up with to promote their own brand. What’s worse are the awards that are paid for, an even more disturbing part of enterprise IT sales and marketing.

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HP Announces ConvergedSystem 250-HC StoreVirtual

Post by Adam Armstrong (thank you)

Today HP announced a new addition to its ConvergedSystem line, HP ConvergedSystem 250-HC StoreVirtual (CS 250). Like the HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual, the CS 250 is a hyper-converged appliance that offers highly available virtual server and storage infrastructure. HP claims that CS 250 can be configured in minutes and is almost half the price of its competitors. The CS 250 is designed for virtual desktops and remote offices and offers companies an easy path to the hybrid cloud.

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HP Announces A Series Of Innovations To Speed Flash Adoption In The Datacenter

Post by Adam Armstrong (thank you)

Today HP made a series of announcements around its 3PAR StoreServ Storage family. These announcements include lowering the price of flash capacity, new highly scalable all-flash arrays, and flash-optimized data services. These new innovations are aimed at accelerating the adoption off all flash in datacenters.

As we’ve seen over the past few years, flash technology is continuing to be adopted in many areas. With their increased density, performance, and predictability, all-flash arrays will continue to grow, in fact IDC forecasts that flash arrays will see a 46% compound annual growth rate over the next five years. Customers are looking to extend the benefits of flash into the datacenter.

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Newbies Guide to the 3PAR SSMC

Good post by 3PARDude (thank you)

So far in this series of posts on SSMC I have covered what’s new in the latest version, how toinstall SSMC and how to add systems to SSMC.  Today I want to run through the basics of the new interface so you can get up and running fast.

SSMC looks significantly different to the 3PAR Management Console, so the purpose of today’s post is to provide some familiarisation and to learn how to move around the new console.

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HP StoreVirtual VSA: An introduction

Good post by Calvin Zito (thank you)

I’ve been spending a lot of time on SpiceWorks for almost a year. And one of the topics that comes up repeatedly is explaining what a VSA is. If you’ve been reading ATSB for a while, you probably have a good idea what it is but from what I’ve seen on SpiceWorks, many of you don’t really know what it is.  So today’s post will serve as a bit of an introduction to StoreVirtual VSA and I’ll pull StoreOnce VSA into the discussion as well.

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Virtual Volumes (VVols) and Replication/DR

Good post by Cormac Hogan (thank you)

There have been a number of queries around Virtual Volumes (VVols) and replication, especially since the release of KB article 2112039 which details all the interoperability aspects of VVols.

In Q1 of the KB, the question is asked “Which VMware Products are interoperable with Virtual Volumes (VVols)?” The response includes “VMware vSphere Replication 6.0.x”.

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HP StoreOnce SQL Plug-in: Faster, efficient backup for Microsoft SQL Server databases

Post by Ian Blatchford (thank you)

Today’s BURA Sunday blog continues conversations started in recent posts from colleagues in HP Storage that have covered storage infrastructure and protection to optimize Microsoft SQL Server deployments.

Parissa talked about how deploying SQL Server databases on HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 would save you from the tradeoff between database performance and resiliency. All-flash storage means very low latency and Peer Persistence between two distributed 3PAR StoreServ arrays provides resiliency against catastrophic site failure. Ashwin previewed the StoreOnce plug-in that enables DBAs to run direct backups from the SQL Server database to a StoreOnce appliance. He also described some of the benefits of using HP Data Protector for organizations who want to include SQL Server database protection as part of a centralized data protection process.

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