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Jerome M. Wendt

Data Center Efficiency, Performance, Scalability: How Dell EMC XtremIO, Pure Storage Flash Arrays Differ

By | All-Flash Array, Deduplication, Flash Memory, Pocket Analyst Report, SSD Storage Systems, Storage Systems | No Comments

Hybrid and all-disk arrays still have their place in enterprise data centers but all-flash arrays are “where it’s at” when it comes to hosting and accelerating the performance of production applications. Once reserved only for applications that could cost-justify these arrays, continuing price erosion in the underlying flash media coupled with technologies such as compression and deduplication have put these arrays at a price point within reach of almost any size enterprise. As that occurs, all-flash arrays from Dell EMC XtremIO and Pure Storage are often on the buying short lists for many companies. Those companies considering these two products can turn to a recent DCIG Pocket Analyst Report that compares these two products to help them make an informed buying decision.

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Deduplication Still Matters in Enterprise Clouds as Data Domain and ExaGrid Prove

By | Backup Appliance, Data Protection, Data Reduction, DCIG, Deduplication, Disaster Recovery, Disk Based Backup, Pocket Analyst Report | No Comments

DCIG Pocket Analyst Report Compares Dell EMC Data Domain and ExaGrid Product Families

Technology conversations within enterprises increasingly focus on the “data center stack” with an emphasis on cloud enablement. While I agree with this shift in thinking, one can too easily overlook the merits of underlying individual technologies when only considering the “Big Picture”. Such is happening with deduplication technology. A key enabler of enterprise archiving, data protecton, and disaster recovery solutions, vendors such as Dell EMC and ExaGrid deliver deduplication technology in different ways as DCIG’s most recent 4-page Pocket Analyst Report reveals that makes each product family better suited for specific use cases.

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DCIG Quick Look: Comtrade HYCU Dives Deeper into the Nutanix Backup Pool

By | DCIG | No Comments

Comtrade Software’s release of HYCU backup software a few months ago validated that Nutanix’s impact on the enterprise data center was real as HYCU specifically targets Nutanix environments. But one release does not a product make. That’s what makes Comtrade’s follow-on announcement notable. HYCU’s expanded support for more applications and cloud solutions, addition of new encryption features, and tweaks to more quickly complete backups reflect Comtrade’s commitment to diving deeper into the protection of Nutanix AOS environments.

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Veritas Delivering on its 360 Data Management Strategy While Performing a 180

By | Business Continuity, Cloud, Cloud Computing, Cloud Storage, Data Protection, Deduplication | No Comments

Vendors first started bandying about the phrase “cloud data management” a year or so ago. While that phrase caught my attention, specifics as what one should expect when acquiring a “cloud data management” solution remained nebulous at best. Fast forward to this week’s Veritas Vision 2017 and I finally encountered a vendor that was providing meaningful details as to what cloud data management encompasses while simultaneously performing a 180 behind the scenes.

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Ransomware Possesses Three Techniques to Turn “Good” Backups Bad

By | Data Protection | One Comment

The prevailing wisdom is that if you back up your data you can recover from a ransomware attack. While this premise generally holds true, simply backing up your data no longer provides an absolute guarantee that you can recover from a ransomware attack. Here are three techniques that ransomware may use to circumvent existing backups and make your “good” backups bad.

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VMware Shows New Love for Public Clouds and Containers

By | Cloud, Cloud Storage, Private Cloud, Virtualization | No Comments

In recent months and years, many have come to question VMware’s commitment to public clouds and containers used by enterprise data centers (EDCs). No one disputes that VMware has a solid footprint in EDCs and that it is in no immediate danger of being displaced. However, many have wondered how or if it will engage with public cloud providers such as Amazon as well as how it would address threats posed by Docker. At VMworld 2017, VMware showed new love for these two technologies that should help to alleviate these concerns.

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The End Game for Cloud Data Protection Appliances is Recovery

By | Backup Appliance, Buyer's Guides, Cloud, Cloud Storage, Data Protection, DCIG, Disaster Recovery | No Comments

The phrase “Cloud Data Protection Appliance” is included in the name of DCIG’s forthcoming Buyer’s Guide but the end game of each appliance covered in that Guide is squarely on recovery. While successful recoveries have theoretically always been the objective of backup appliances, vendors too often only paid lip service to that ideal as most of their new product features centered on providing better means for doing backups. Recent technology advancements have flipped this premise on its head.

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A Business Case for ‘Doing Something’ about File Data Management

By | Cloud, Cloud Storage, Data Management, DCIG, Flash Memory, Physical Tape, Quantum Data Protection, Tiered Data Systems | No Comments

The business case for organizations with petabytes of file data under management to classify and then place it across multiple tiers of storage has never been greater. By distributing this data across disk, flash, tape and the cloud, they stand to realize significant cost savings. The catch is finding a cost-effective solution that makes it easier to administer and manage file data than simply storing it all on flash storage. This is where a solution such as what Quantum now offers come into play.

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Three Features that Foreshadow the Next Generation of Data Protection Capabilities

By | Cloud, Data Protection | No Comments

As recently as a few years ago support for private and/or public cloud storage providers by enterprise data protection products was still a hit-or-miss proposition. Those days are essentially over. The vast majority of products minimally leverage cloud providers as cloud storage targets and, in many cases, use them for more advanced recovery options. But as support for the cloud has become commonplace, three specific new features appear on more of these products making them more flexible, manageable, and scalable while also serving to foretell what all these products will offer in the very near future.

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Software-defined Data Centers Have Arrived – Sort of

By | Flash Memory, Software Defined Storage Software, Solid State Storage Flash Memory, Solid state storage Flash Memory SSD, SSD, SSD Storage Systems, Virtualization | No Comments

Today organizations more so than ever are looking to move to software-defined data centers. Whether they adopt software-defined storage, networking, computing, servers, security, or all of them as part of this initiative, they are starting to conclude that a software-defined world trumps the existing hardware defined one. While I agree with this philosophy in principle, organizations need to carefully dip their toe into the software-defined waters and not dive head-first.

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Exercise Caution Before Making Any Assumptions about Cloud Data Protection Products

By | Cloud, Cloud Storage, Continuous Data Protection, Data Protection, Data Reduction, Deduplication, Encryption, Replication | No Comments

There are two assumptions that IT professionals need to exercise caution before making when evaluating cloud data protection products. One is to assume all products share some feature or features in common. The other is to assume that one product possesses some feature or characteristic that no other product on the market offers. As DCIG reviews its recent research into the cloud data protection products, one cannot make either one of these assumptions, even on features such as deduplication, encryption, and replication that one might expect to be universally adopted by these products in comparable ways.

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The Transformation of Backup to Cloud Data Protection is Now Complete

By | Cloud, Data Protection, Online Backup | No Comments

Backup products have always sought to differentiate themselves by offering specific features that met different organizational needs. But at the end of the day, backup products primarily had to account for protecting the data that organizations had with these products placing a lower priority on recovery and cloud connectivity. Those days are largely over with all backup products (save a few) having transformed to offer cloud data protection with many of them providing a variety of cloud recovery options.

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A Full Embrace of the Cloud Has Occurred … Now the Challenge is to Successfully Get and Stay There

By | Cloud, Cloud Computing, Cloud Storage | No Comments

Ever since I got my first job in IT in the mid-1990’s, everyone has used a cloud in some form. Whether they referred to it as outsourcing, virtualization, central IT, or in some other way, the cloud existed and grew but it did little to stem the adoption of distributed computing. Yet at some point over the past few years, the parallel growth of these two technologies stopped and the cloud forged ahead. This shift indicates that companies have now fully embraced the cloud but remain unclear about how best and how soon to transition their IT infrastructure to the cloud and then manage it once it is there.

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Full Potential of Disk-based Backup Finally Becoming a Reality with Cohesity DataPlatform 4.0

By | Backup Appliance, Business Continuity, Hyper-converged | No Comments

Organizations have come to the realization that using disk as a backup storage target does more than simply solve backup problems. It creates entirely new possibilities for recovery. But as they recognize these new opportunities, they also see the need for backup solutions that offer them new options for application availability and recoverability backed by ease of management. The latest DataPlaform 4.0 release from Cohesity moves organizations closer to this ideal.

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Comtrade Software HYCU Serves as a Bellwether for Accelerated Adoption of Hyperconverged Platforms

By | Converged Infrastructure, Hyper-converged, Virtualization | One Comment

In today’s business world where new technologies constantly come to market, there are signs that indicate when certain ones are gaining broader market adoption and ready to go mainstream. Such an event occurred this month when a backup solution purpose built for Nutanix was announced by Comtrade Software.

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An Alternative Approach for Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere Insight into IT Infrastructure Solutions

By | Hyper-converged, Supplier Evaluation Software, Survey System | No Comments

The Internet has eliminated any excuses for not having access to the information that individuals need to make informed buying decisions about products and/or services. However, providing easy, ready insight that quickly and easily compares IT infrastructure solutions… well, let’s just say Google does not address that challenge. Using DCIG and its Competitive Intelligence Suite, organizations get the tools and services they need to first aggregate research on IT infrastructure solutions and then quickly and easily generate reports that compare product features and services.

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Get Ready for More Features and Still Lower All-flash Array Storage Prices

By | All-Flash Array, Flash Memory, HP Storage, Hybrid, Storage Systems | No Comments

While the overall economy and even the broader technology sector largely boom, the enterprise storage space is feeling the pinch. As storage revenues level off and even drop, many people with whom I spoke at this past week’s HPE Discover 2017 event shared their thoughts as to what is causing this situation. The short answer: there does not appear to be a single reason for the pullback in storage revenue but rather a perfect storm of events that is contributing to this situation. The good news is that this retrenching should ultimately benefit end-users.

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Ransomware Detection and Event-based Backup Scheduling Lead the Acronis Backup 12.5 Feature Parade

By | Archiving | No Comments

It’s summer time and nothing typifies it more in the United States than a parade on one of its summer holidays. Keeping with this tradition, the Acronis Backup 12.5 release rolls out a parade of new features that help differentiate it in a crowded market. Leading its feature parade is the introduction of security software to authenticate preexisting backups; the flexibility to customize the names of archived backups; and, event-based backup scheduling all caught my eye as features that few other backup software products currently offer.

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HPE Data Protector Opts Out of Offering Native Deduplication Functionality (but for Good Reason!)

By | DCIG | No Comments

When one looks at today’s lineup of software products that one would classify as cloud data protection, one might assume that every such product natively offers source side deduplication. If you do, you would be wrong. Software such as HPE Data Protector does not natively offer source-side deduplication but its reasons for opting out make sense once one takes a deeper look at the product.

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BackupAssist 10.0 Brings Welcomed Flexibility for Cloud Backup to Windows Shops

By | Cloud, Cloud Storage, Data Protection, Deduplication, Disk Based Backup | No Comments

Today’s backup mantra seems to be backup to the cloud or bust! But backup to the cloud is more than just redirecting backup streams from a local file share to a file share presented by a cloud storage provider and clicking the “Start” button. Organizations must examine to which cloud storage providers they can send their data as well as how their backup software packages and sends the data to the cloud. BackupAssist 10.0 answers many of these tough questions about cloud data protection that businesses face while providing them some welcomed flexibility in their choice of cloud storage providers.

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