DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of its DCIG 2014-15 Integrated Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide. In this Buyer’s Guide, DCIG weights, scores and ranks over 70 integrated backup appliances respectively from 14 different providers. Like all previous DCIG Buyer’s Guides, this Buyer’s Guide provide the critical information that all size organizations need when selecting an integrated backup appliance as these appliances provide one of the most appealing ways for users to simplify backup using a single box
DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of its DCIG 2014-15 Big Data Tape Library Buyer’s Guide that weights, scores and ranks over 80 features on more than 40 tape libraries from eight (8) different storage providers. Driven by growing corporate requirements to economically meet Big Data’s storage capacity demands, tape and tape libraries are finding new life in this environment. Like all previous DCIG Buyer’s Guides, this Buyer’s Guide provides the critical information that organizations need when selecting a tape library as they (again) come to the realization that storing data to tape long term remains a cost-effective and viable option.
In 2014, high-density flash memory storage such as the 4TB Viking Technology αlpha SSD will accelerate the flash-based disruption of the storage industry and of the data center. Technology providers that engage in a fresh high-density flash-storage-enabled rethinking of their products will empower savvy data center architects to substantially improve the performance, capacity and efficiency of their data centers. Businesses will benefit by reducing the cost of running their IT infrastructures while increasing their capacity to serve customers and generate profits.
Providing high levels of capacity is only relevant if a storage array can also deliver high levels of performance. The number of CPU cores, the amount of DRAM and the size of the flash cache are the key hardware components that most heavily influence the performance of a hybrid storage array. In this second blog entry in my series examining the Oracle ZS3 Series storage arrays, I examine how its performance compares to that other leading enterprise storage arrays using published performance benchmarks.
When wide spread surveillance by the NSA was revealed by Edward Snowden it started a storm of debate around privacy and the destruction of trust in the technologies supporting privacy on the Internet. The debate intensified when allegations surfaced that RSA had taken money in exchange for weakening the Dual EC DRBG encryption algorithm. All of this spilled over to the 2014 RSA Conference being held in San Francisco.
Most businesses fail to grasp and/or cannot map how they benefit if their IT staff does development for the open source community or even at home. That is not an issue with iXsystems as it openly encourages its developers to engage in storage development both at home and in the open source community. In this […]
Recognized as an innovator in storage system technology, Thomas Isakovich sat down with DCIG to discuss the development, capabilities, and innovation in Nimbus Data’s latest release: the Gemini X. In this first blog entry, he guides us through the development of the X-series, and where he sees it fitting into the current market.
The key for many enterprises today is to identify a storage provider that delivers the best of what next generation hybrid storage arrays have to offer. However, technology alone is not enough for enterprise organizations. This storage provider also has to meet internal financial stability and long-term viability requirements as well as deliver enterprise-class technical service and support.
Some claim that all-flash memory and/or solid state drive (SSD) storage arrays will become the silver bullets that solve all of today’s challenges with enterprise storage arrays. Those closer to the manufacturing of storage arrays have a much different viewpoint as they see a long and healthy life ahead for traditional spinning media. In this third installment in DCIG’s interview series with iXsystem’s CTO Jordan Hubbard, he discusses how hybrid storage arrays hit the sweet spot for the storage needs of most organizations.
A remarkable phenomenon is going in data centers of midsize organizations across the US. Many are already well on their way to outsourcing more of their applications with cloud providers with many more aggressively implementing appliances and converged infrastructure solutions. As they do so, they are discovering that their need for having skilled, in-house IT […]
One of the most common requests that DCIG gets from its readers is to include the actual cost of storage systems in its Buyer’s Guides. The reason DCIG continues to decline that request and only includes starting list prices is that most storage systems may be configured in multiple different ways. This makes it impossible to arrive at a definitive price point. The second part in DCIG’s interview series with iXsystem’s Jordan Hubbard illustrates this point as he discusses how the availability of multiple different storage configurations and services trumps a cookie cutter approach to buying storage every time.
Leveraging converged infrastructures to deliver IT-as-a-service (ITaaS) is on nearly every organization’s roadmap. However turning that vision into a reality is a much different proposition. ITaaS can save time, money and resources but improperly implemented it can quickly become more complicated to manage and support resulting in degraded application performance, missed service level agreements (SLAs) and, ultimately, higher costs. The introduction of more granular controls into HP 3PAR’s Priority Optimization software gives organizations the controls they need to dynamically manage a converged infrastructure and start making ITaaS a reality in their environment today.
The forthcoming DCIG 2014-15 Integrated Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide provides organizations the unique opportunity to review and evaluate the large number of backup appliances that represent more steps forward in the continuing effort to simplify backup in today’s real-world IT environments. By providers integrating the core components needed to deliver backup in a single box, more of these appliances come closer to achieving the “plug and play” ideal that enterprises seek.
ITaaS is the new Holy Grail with 75 percent of IT managers saying ITaaS aligns with their organization’s philosophy and needs. Accustomed to living in a world where each application had dedicated servers, networking and storage, ITaaS eliminates this issue. It aggregates these resources into a common pool that is accessible by all virtual machines (VMs) and their hosted applications that may be owned by multiple different departments or even different organizations. These resources may then be allocated to them at any time.
A veteran of the operating systems industry, Jordan Hubbard has spent time working on a far-ranging array of products, from open source, grassroots efforts to one of the world’s largest consumer electronics companies. In this first blog entry of my interview series with iXsystems’ CTO Jordan Hubbard, we take a look at some ways in […]
The cloud seems to pervade every conversation around computing these days. However not all organizations are as enamored with the cloud as analysts and the press would lead us to believe. If anything, there is a sizable contingent of organizations that are fairly adamant about keeping their data out of the cloud and behind their corporate firewall. This is why, as DCIG prepares to release its forthcoming Buyer’s Guide on Integrated Backup Appliances, that it specifically de-emphasized cloud connectivity.
It’s an exciting time to be part of the DCIG team. As DCIG’s President and Lead Analyst, Jerome Wendt, mentions in his “Growing and Growing and Growing…” blog entry at the beginning of this month, DCIG has seen a tremendous boom in the popularity of its website and Buyer’s Guides.
Data deduplication itself is nothing new and some may argue that it has not yet delivered on its full potential. How appliances implement deduplication must change and become more refined due to the explosion in the amount and types of data being backed up and retained. Sepaton VirtuoSO has emerged to provide organizations with a hybrid deduplication offering innovation in deduplication to deliver the most efficient experience and one that optimizes backup storage capacity even as it ensures backups complete within ever-shrinking backup windows.
In doing some research this past week for a paper I am working on, I ran across a number of articles from 2013 that discuss how to repair broken backup environments. As anyone close to the IT industry knows, backup has been broken for at least a decade or more. But as these same individuals also likely know, organizations must adopt more than new backup technology to fix it.
Flash memory technology can deliver transformative application performance improvements that lead to results that matter to business—like faster decisions and the ability to serve more customers more quickly. But the cost of flash memory arrays and the technical know-how required to integrate them into the data center have thus far put them out of reach of many small and midsize enterprises (SMEs).
Hybrid storage arrays utilize dynamic data placement in a storage pool that combines flash memory and HDDs to deliver the exponential improvements in storage performance associated with flash memory arrays at a cost that makes sense to a broader range of organizations. Now HP has introduced a preconfigured hybrid storage appliance specifically designed for SMEs–the HP StoreVirtual 4335–that enables smaller IT departments to deliver the performance boost businesses want while also giving lean IT departments what they need–affordable technology that just works.