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Four New Features that Will Keep Backup Software “Sticky”

By | Buyer's Guides, Cloud, Cloud Storage, Data Protection, Disk Based Backup, Managed Service Provider, Online Backup, Replication, Search, Security | No Comments

Backup software has traditionally been one of the “stickiest” products in organizations of all sizes in art because it has been so painful to deploy and maintain that, once installed and sort of working, no organization wanted to subject itself to that process again. But in recent years as backup has become easier to install and maintain, swapping it out for another or consolidating multiple backup software solutions down to single one becomes much more plausible. This puts new impetus on backup software providers to introduce new features into their products to keep them relevant and “sticky” in their customer environments longer term.

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DCIG Updating the Private Cloud Storage Array Buyer’s Guide

By | Buyer's Guides, Cloud Storage, DCIG, Grid Storage, Private Cloud | No Comments

DCIG is in the process of researching the Private Cloud Storage Array marketplace with the intention of publishing the DCIG 2015-16 Private Cloud Storage Array Buyers Guide in March/April 2015. This will be an update to the DCIG 2013 Private Cloud Storage Array Buyers Guide. Since the publication of 2013 edition, nearly every vendor has come out with new models and new vendors have arrived on the scene warranting a fresh snapshot of this dynamic marketplace. The purpose of this courtesy notice is five-fold To inform prospective storage purchasers and storage vendors that DCIG intends to publish the DCIG 2015-16 Private Cloud Storage Array Buyers Guide in March/April 2015. To describe the appeal of private cloud storage while clarifying DCIG’s definition of private cloud storage. To disclose DCIG’s inclusion criteria and enumerate the products identified in our preliminary research. To give individuals an opportunity to inform DCIG of additional products that may qualify for inclusion in the guide. (While there is…

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DCIG Updating the Private Cloud Storage Array Buyer’s Guide

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DCIG is in the process of researching the Private Cloud Storage Array marketplace with the intention of publishing the DCIG 2015-16 Private Cloud Storage Array Buyers Guide in March/April 2015. This will be an update to the DCIG 2013 Private Cloud Storage Array Buyers Guide. Since the publication of 2013 edition, nearly every vendor has come out with new models and new vendors have arrived on the scene warranting a fresh snapshot of this dynamic marketplace.

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A Glimpse into the Next Decade of Backup and Recovery; Interview with Dell Software’s General Manager, Data Protection, Brett Roscoe, Part IX

By | Cloud, Data Protection, DCIG Sponsored Analysis, Deduplication, Disaster Recovery | No Comments

Today backup and recovery looks almost nothing like it did 10 years ago. But as one looks at all of the changes still going on in backup and recovery, one can only guess what backup and recovery might look line in another 5-10 years. In this ninth and final installment of my interview series with Brett Roscoe, General Manager, Data Protection for Dell Software, he provides some insight into where he sees backup and recovery going over the next decade.

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Software Fueling Dell’s Transformation to Solutions Provider; Interview with Dell Software’s General Manager, Data Protection, Brett Roscoe, Part VI

By | Big Data, Cloud, Data Center Management, Data Protection, Database, DCIG Sponsored Analysis, Security | No Comments

Think “Dell” and you may think “PCs,” “servers,” or, even more broadly, “computer hardware.” If so, you are missing out on one of the biggest transformations going on among technology providers today as, over the last 5+ years, Dell has acquired multiple software companies and is using that intellectual property (IP) to drive its internal turnaround. In this sixth installment of my interview series with Brett Roscoe, General Manager, Data Protection for Dell Software, we discuss how these software acquisitions are fueling Dell’s transformation from a hardware provider into becoming a solutions provider.

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Four Best Practices for Implementing Next Gen Backup and Recovery; Interview with Dell Software’s General Manager, Data Protection, Brett Roscoe, Part III

By | Cloud, Continuous Data Protection, DCIG Sponsored Analysis, Deduplication, Disaster Recovery, Interviews | One Comment

There are so many options available in today’s next generation of backup and recovery tools that sometimes it can be tough to prioritize which features to implement. In this third installment of my interview series with Dell Software’s General Manager, Data Protection, Brett Roscoe, we discuss four (4) best practices that organizations should prioritize as they implement next generation backup and recovery tools.

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Break Up or Make Up … Tech Companies Place Their Bets in 2014

By | Application Delivery, Cloud, Data Center Management | No Comments

2014 may eventually come to be characterized as the year of the tech break up. Tech conglomerates such as CA Technologies, HP, IBM and, most recently, Symantec have all opted to go down the “break up” route while others such as Cisco and EMC continue to experience internal and external pressures to pursue this option. But as enterprises look to create more agile, automated, cohesive infrastructures, it may be ultimately leave those such as Dell and Oracle that are opting to “make up” best positioned to deliver on these enterprise demands.

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Six Ways Public Cloud Gateways Benefit Businesses

By | Cloud Storage, DCIG, Tiered Data Systems | No Comments

An Omaha city employee recently gained unwanted public visibility after they sent twelve filing cabinets containing a hundred years of irreplaceable original building permits from the basement of City Hall to the county dump. It turns out that the head of the permits and inspections division decided to get rid of the cabinets as part of cleaning out its basement storage area. They did not realize that other city employees regularly pulled the permits, which dated from the 1880s through the 1980s. They were also apparently unaware that a local preservation group was developing a plan to move the permits to a new facility in order to make the permits more secure and accessible to the public.
Like Omaha’s City Hall, businesses often face what appear to be incompatible priorities. IT departments are expected to keep spending in check and know that only 10-20 percent of data is ever accessed after 60 days of its creation. But knowing which data to keep available and which data to delete or archive can be a challenge. This type of dilemma is one of many drivers in the development of a new group of storage systems–public cloud gateways.

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Five Early Insights from the Forthcoming DCIG 2014-15 Virtual Server Backup Software Buyer’s Guide

By | Buyer's Guides, Cloud Storage, Data Protection, Virtualization | No Comments

As DCIG prepares to release its forthcoming DCIG 2014-15 Virtual Server Backup Software Buyer’s Guide, it has unveiled a number of changes in the features offered on virtual server backup software and the ways in which they offer them. While support for VMware and its various capabilities certainly remain a focal point, support for other hypervisors, connectivity to public storage clouds and even tape support are becoming a bigger part of the conversation. Here are five early insights that DCIG has gleaned from the research that it has completed in recent weeks and months.

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Oracle ZFS Storage Appliances Bring It All Together to Stand Apart from the Storage Crowd

By | Cloud Storage, DCIG Sponsored Analysis, Flash Memory, Hybrid, SSD, Storage Systems | No Comments

There is literally a divergence occurring right now in data storage solutions. On one hand, a number of storage providers seek to deliver highly differentiated storage solutions that work with a broad set of applications and operating systems. On the other, a few providers focus on delivering a storage solution that tightly integrates with one or more applications to deliver unparalleled levels of application performance and ease of management. The latest Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance ZS3 Series with its new OS8.2 provide the best of what both of these categories of storage systems currently have to offer to deliver a storage platform that truly stands apart.

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IT’s New Role: The Business Technologist

By | Backup Appliance, Cloud, Converged Infrastructure | No Comments

As the role of IT changes from functioning as specialists to generalists, many IT staff members find themselves in the role of a Business Technologist. In this new role, they serve a two-fold purpose. First, they must understand and document the specific needs and requirements of the business by interfacing with key end-users and product managers. Once they document these needs, they then map those requirements to a specific technology solution that solves them.

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Today it is Really All About the Integrated Solution

By | Backup Appliance, Cloud, Converged Infrastructure, DCIG, Disaster Recovery, Flash Memory, Inmage, Private Cloud, Solid state storage Flash Memory SSD, SSD Flash High performance, SSD Storage Systems, Storage Systems | No Comments

As I attended sessions at Microsoft TechEd 2014 last week and talked with people in the exhibit hall a number of themes emerged including “mobile first, cloud first”, hybrid cloud, migration to the cloud, disaster recovery as a service, and flash memory storage as a game-changer in the data center. But as I reflect on the entire experience, a statement made John Loveall, Principal Program Manager for Microsoft Windows Server during one of his presentations sums up to overall message of the conference, “Today it is really all about the integrated solution.”

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Microsoft Paves the Way for Server SAN and Hybrid Cloud Adoption

By | Cloud, Cloud Storage, DCIG, Hybrid, Tiered Data Systems | No Comments

At TechEd 2014 in Houston, TX this week, Microsoft made it clear that it is no longer content to just send customers to storage array vendors to meet their storage needs, especially when it comes to embracing a cloud-oriented approach to infrastructure. In the process of improving Windows storage technology, Microsoft is effectively delivering the benefits of–and addressing the barriers to–the adoption of server SAN technology.

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The Cloud, Deduplication and Replication are Must-Have Features on Backup Appliances; Interview with STORServer President Bill Smoldt, Part III

By | Backup Appliance, Business Continuity, Cloud, Cloud Storage, Data Protection, Data Reduction, Deduplication, Managed Service Provider, Online Backup, Replication | One Comment

There is backup and then there is backup. To meet the backup and recovery needs of today’s organizations, they need to verify that the selected backup appliance includes the features needed to protect their environment today and positions them to meet their needs into the foreseeable future. In this third installment of DCIG’s interview with STORServer President Bill Smoldt, he describes the new must-have features that backup appliances must offer.

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NAB Starts with a Showstopper: Software Defined Storage Starting to Have Some Defining Moments

By | Cloud, Cloud Storage, DCIG, Events | No Comments

Arrived in Las Vegas last night to spend three (3) days and nights with a forecasted 90,000 other attendees at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show. As one of NAB’s opening events – and my first stop at the show – was the ShowStoppers event at the Wynn Hotel and Casino near the Las Vegas convention center. There analysts and press got to spend a couple of uninterrupted hours talking with select providers about numerous emerging technologies, one of which was software defined storage.

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Gemini X-series Delivers Painless Scale-out to Enterprises and Cloud Service Providers; Interview with Thomas Isakovich, Nimbus Data Systems, Inc. Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Part 3

By | Cloud Storage, DCIG Sponsored Analysis, Flash Memory, InfiniBand, Solid state storage Flash Memory SSD, SSD, SSD Flash High performance, SSD Storage Systems, Storage Systems | No Comments

In this final blog entry from our interview with Nimbus Data CEO and Founder Thomas Isakovich, we discuss his company’s latest product, the Gemini X-series. We explore the role of the Flash Director and how it Gemini X-series appeals to enterprises as well as cloud service providers.

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Five Technologies that Companies Should Prioritize in 2014

By | Cloud, Converged Infrastructure, Deduplication, Flash Memory, Networked Storage, Physical Tape, Solid state storage Flash Memory SSD, SSD Storage Systems, Storage Systems, Tape Systems | No Comments

One of the more difficult tasks for anyone deeply involved in technology is the ability to see the forest from the trees. Often responsible for supporting the technical components that make up today’s enterprise infrastructures, to step back and recommend which technologies are the right choices for their organization going forward is a more difficult feat. While there is no one right answer that applies to all organizations, five (5) technologies – some new as well as some old technologies that are getting a refresh – merit that organizations prioritize them in the coming months and years.

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