Protecting Compliance in the Public Cloud

Post by Christine Taylor (thank you)

When it comes to compliance, different regulations exist for different industries. For example, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is the granddaddy of healthcare-related compliance. Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) oversees the credit card industry, while Sarbanes–Oxley (SOX) regulates the reliability of financial reporting by public companies and their accounting firms. The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) administers a large set of compliance regulations for banks, investment institutions and insurance firms. And there are many more including US–EU Safe Harbor, ISO, FDA and a whole set of federal regulations around information processing, security management and risk management.

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2014: Validation of Hyper Convergence – 2015 Hyper Converged Goes Mainstream

Good post by Gabriel Chapman (thank you)

Looking back on 2014 I saw it as  the year that Hyper Convergence  has come into its own as a legitimate data center technology. It’s rare that I don’t run into a customer in my day to day discussions that is not evaluating one of the current Hyper Converged vendors, or looking to adopt or develop a strategy for how Hyper Converged can become part of their IT infrastructure to some extent.

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EVO:RAIL vs VSAN Ready Node vs Component based

Post by Duncan Epping (thank you)

EVO:RAIL is awesome! That is typically what I hear from customers when pitching the EVO:RAIL play and showing the config and management demo. Customers are all over it I can tell you. They love the ease of deployment, management, procurement and support… Now, every now and then this geeky person pops up and say: but euuhm, I want more disks and I want to scale per node and all of my configuration stuff is scripted. How will that work with EVO:RAIL?

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Is SolidFire the Symmetrix of the Cloud era?

Good Post by Enrico Signoretti (thank you)

EMC Symmetrix was introduced in 1990 (as a Mainframe storage) and it has quickly become one of the most successful enterprise Tier1 storage ever (Now the VMAX). It’s big (now supporting up to 3200 disks and 2048GB of cache) but its architecture is outdated and so are its features. What was good enough to sustain Mainframe and large Unix server workloads is no longer when having to manage thousands (or tens of thousands) of VMs.

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The Next Generation Data Center is a Model all Enterprises can use

Post by Eric Slack (thank you)

It’s true that the concept of the Next Generation Data Center (NGDC) was born in the cloud provider space as a way to describe the infrastructure  these companies need to meet their often extreme resource requirements. Cloud providers have to satisfy the appetites for storage, compute and networking that their customers develop, and do so for all of them, simultaneously. And they have to do it often with little advance notice, while under some unforgiving service level agreements – and still turn a profit. Interestingly, these are the same kinds of demands being placed on the traditional “mainstream” environments.

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VDI Storage Should Do More than Just VDI

Good Post By Eric Slack (thank you)

What do companies expect from a VDI project? In the long run they expect more flexible device deployment, lower desktop support costs, and better protection from device and data loss. But short term, a VDI deployment can’t make things worse for the user. Their virtual desktop needs to perform as well or better than the physical desktop that is being replaced. That means that the VDI infrastructure (specifically the storage system) needs to provide consistent predictable performance, flexibility, scalability, and reliability.

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Enterprise File Sync and Share: Issues and Vendors

Post by Christine Taylor (thank you)

“File sync and share” is shorthand for sharing files among multiple users and devices, and synchronizing the shared files to retain file integrity. The process is very familiar to most users as a consumer-level file sharing application, typified by vendors like Dropbox.

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Storage is changing, thinking about a new strategy

Very good post by Enrico Signoretti (thank you)

Today’s business needs are quickly changing. IT is in charge of the infrastructure that should serve these needs but traditional approaches are no longer aligned with the requests. It’s not about what works and what doesn’t, it’s all about TCA and TCO: the way you buy infrastructure (storage in this case), provision, access and manage it.

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