Category Archives: DCIG Sponsored Analysis

The New Business Case for Deploying Deduplicating Backup Solutions as Virtual Appliances

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Physical, purpose-built deduplicating backup appliances have found their way into many enterprise data centers as they expedite installation and simplify ongoing management of backup data. However there is a growing business case for virtual appliances that offer the benefits of deduplication without the associated hardware costs. To determine when and if a virtual appliance is the correct choice, there are key factors that enterprises must evaluate to arrive at the right decision for a specific office or environment.

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Three Tips for Breaking through the Backup Complexity of Today’s Enterprises

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Perhaps nowhere does the complexity of the IT infrastructure within today’s organizations come more clearly into focus than when viewed from the perspective of data protection. Backup and recovery software sees first hand all of the applications and operating systems in an enterprise’s environment . Yet, at the same time, it is expected to account for this complexity by centralizing management, holding the line on costs, and simplifying these tasks even as it meets heightened end-user demands for faster backups and recoveries. To break through this complexity, there are three tips that any organization can follow to help both accelerate and simplify the protection and recovery of data in their environment.

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

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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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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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Capacity Equivalence: Flash Memory Storage Crosses the Next Disruptive Boundary

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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.

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Effectively Leverage CPU, DRAM and Flash Cache in Enterprise Storage Array Performance, Part II

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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.

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Oracle’s Competitive Edge in Enterprise Hybrid Storage Arrays: Storage Scalability Backed by Enterprise Support, Part I

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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.

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HP Puts Transformative Application Performance Improvement Within Reach of Small and Midsize Enterprises

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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.

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Hybrid Storage Arrays Demonstrate the Growing Importance of Software

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The growing importance of software in storage systems was certainly on display at VMworld 2013. I’m not talking about virtualization and the software defined data center; though virtualization is a critical driver of this trend. I am talking about impact of software on the design of storage systems and how that software delivers capabilities of value to businesses.

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The Best Way to Do Next Generation Email Archive Migrations

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Eliminating the hassles and worries of email archive migrations requires that organizations use robust data migration software that is specifically tailored to meet these requirements. Globanet Migrate represents this next generation of email archiving migration software that is needed to satisfy these requirements. Offered by Globanet, which has used Globanet Migrate to perform thousands of verifiable email archive migrations, it contains a collective set of features and functionalities not found in any other email archive migration software.

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The Five (5) Traits of Next Generation Email Archive Migration Software

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Email archive migrations bring into play considerations that are unique when compared to any other type of data migration. These concerns dictate that organizations use robust data migration software that is specifically tailored to meet the migration requirements of email archives. In this second installment of my 3-part blog series on email archive migrations, I examine the five (5) specific traits that email archive migration software must possess to successfully and securely move and/or consolidate existing archives into a new email archive.

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ExaGrid EX Series Defines Modern Midrange Deduplicating Backup Appliances

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The challenge every company faces is identifying the best products to deliver on these established requirements while still delivering the features needed to power tomorrow’s IT infrastructures. To assist in this task, DCIG Buyer’s Guides identify, weight and score product features to help organizations select products that deliver on these competing requirements. It is when DCIG turned its attention to midrange deduplicating backup appliances that it identified the ExaGrid EX Series of appliances as the best set of solutions for midsize enterprises to select from in order to meet their next generation IT infrastructure priorities while continuing to satisfy their age-old requirements.

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First Technology Turns to Dell for Both Better Backups and a Better Data Center

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As organizations transform their IT infrastructures to introduce scale-out solutions in support of their virtualization initiatives, many also find that their traditional means of doing backup break. First Technology was no different. However as a service provider whose clients expected backups to work every day all of the time, it did not have the luxury of watching its traditional means of backup first break and then spending time looking for, testing and implementing a new solution. Better backup had to be part of its data center transformation Day 1.

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First Technology Transforms from Stand-alone, Scale Down Approach to a Scale-out Technology Partnership

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First Technology’s Hosting Manager, Darryl Glass, realized that its business had fundamentally changed. First Technolog could no longer cobble together piecemeal technol­ogy solutions or spend time troubleshooting backend support issues. It had to focus on delivering technol­ogy solutions to new clients knowing that its data center could scale to meet these demands and then support them. To make this change from cobbled together technologies to a cost-effective and supported scale-out solution, Glass recognized that his first step involved identifying the right partner who had the right suite of solutions to meet his company’s needs.

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VM-aware Storage Adds Responsiveness, Subtracts Administration Costs

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Last week I began to explore the benefits of VM-aware Storage by discussing how it cuts the risk of virtualizing critical applications. In this article we unpack another benefit of VM-aware storage–specifically how it enables information technology departments to become more responsive to the business by substantially reducing the amount of staff time that must be dedicated to dealing with storage.

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VM-aware Storage Cuts Risk of Virtualizing Critical Apps

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The many business benefits of virtualizing servers include cost savings through consolidation, improved uptime/availability, improved disaster recovery/business continuity capabilities, and faster development/testing/deployment of application enhancements. In light of these benefits, virtualizing critical applications would seem to be an obvious thing to do. Yet many still hesitate because of the risk that applications will suffer performance problems and that these problems will be more difficult to troubleshoot and resolve.

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Tegile’s Zebi Arrays Meet the Seven Key Storage Requirements of the Virtualized Data Center

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Many businesses are discovering that the traditional storage architecture–much of it dating from the 1980’s–is unsuited in multiple ways to the demands of todays virtualized and consolidated data center. The virtualized data center puts not just more demand, but new kinds of demand on the storage system. Tegile designed the Zebi all-flash and hybrid storage arrays specifically to address these demands and to provide the return that businesses need on their IT infrastructure investments.

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