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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Purely Observations on Dell / EMC Deal

Post by Scott Dietzen (thank you)

Big news out of Round Rock, Texas and Hopkinton, Massachusetts yesterday: Dell and EMC have signed a definitive agreement under which Dell, together with Michael Dell, MSD Partners and Silver Lake, will acquire EMC. We want to share our insights on this news, and explain what it means for the storage market.

Pure Storage both cooperates and competes with both companies. Many of our customers also run Dell servers and VMware software, but we of course compete with both EMC and Dell storage. Our thoughts:

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LTO Program Announces Generation 7 Specifications

Post by Adam Armstrong (thank you)

Today the LTO Program Technology Provider Companies (HP, IBM, and Quantum) announced new specifications for the LTO Ultrium format generation 7 or LTO-7. The new specifications more than double the capacity per tape cartridge bring the capacity to 15TB (when compressed) up from 6.25TB of the previous generation. And the new specifications have even faster transfer speeds up to 750MB/s or 2.7TB/hour/drive, up from 400MB/s or 1.4TB/hour/drive of the previous generation.

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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 reveals lucky seven new storage products in Vegas

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

Pre-split and with a new head of storage starting HP has used its Global Partner Conference in Las Vegas to reveal a raft of storage announcements to maintain momentum while the new man gets his office chair warmed up.

Here we have a large systems supplier flexing its muscles and releasing a related set of storage items to put the competitive pressure of backup-to-disk, hybrid array and virtual SAN competitors

The theme is increasing the scalability and performance of products for the hotly-contested mid-size customer market, and it’s presented under a more-for-less umbrella.

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Installation Project: HP 3PAR StoreServ

Good post by Markus Leinonen (thank you)

With our previous installation project (part 1 & part 2) we installed the complete HP blade server infrastructure with Generation 9 blade servers and Virtual Connect FlexFabric modules up&running in the rack. They have been on display in the PROOFMARK portal ever since and quite a few of you have already seen them in action. Now it is time to add some serious storage to the picture!

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Archiving with HP StoreAll Storage: An answer to rampant unstructured data growth

Post by Stephen Bacon (thank you)

A frequently cited challenge by large organizations is the rampant growth of unstructured data. In the past, a common response has been to simply throw more primary storage at the problem. However, that’s usually a temporary bandage at best and wholly ineffectual at worst.

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HP ConvergedSystem 200–HC EVO:RAIL available now!

Good post by Duncan Epping (thank you)

Yesterday I was informed by the EVO:RAIL team that the HP ConvergedSystem 200–HC EVO:RAIL is available (shipping) as of this week. I haven’t seen much around additional pieces HP is including, but I was told though that they are planning to integrate HP One View.

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Flash market skyrockets as big boys get in on the action

Post by Hannah Breeze (thank you)

Market value reached $11.3bn in 2014

The flash market is no longer being driven purely by aggressive startups, according to IDC, which has pointed to a flurry of storage giants that have cottoned on and helped propel the market to new heights.

In 2014, the global flash-based array market grew to $11.3bn (£7.43bn) – $10bn from the hybrid-flash array (HFA) market and the rest coming from all-flash arrays (AFAs).

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Creating a self-managing, self-healing tape archive

Post by Simon Watkins (thank you)

The data retention challenge

Organizations are archiving ever-expanding volumes of data for extended periods of time to deliver storage optimization and cost efficiencies, address compliance objectives, and meet information re-use requirements.

Tape’s unique blend of cost-effective, scalable, dependable, and removable storage has always delivered proven benefits when it comes to long-term data retention. A recent research paper from ESG reported that 82% of tape-using respondents surveyed anticipate increasing or maintaining their organization’s use of tape technology for long-term data retention. But, how can you verify the quality of your archived tape data over time? And, how can you feel confident that the data stored in an infrequently or never accessed tape archive will be available and retrievable when needed?

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