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Tim Anderson

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Converged Infrastructure Solutions Foretell the Future of Data Centers Large and Small

By | DCIG | No Comments

With many IT shops still performing their own integration work, virtualizion implementations take far too long to complete the infrastructure deployments (e.g., backup, compute, disaster recovery, high availability, networking, recovery, storage and more.) In many cases, deployments can take weeks or even months before they are fully complete. Enter converged infrastructure solutions. Converged infrastructure solutions do more than simply deliver all of the hardware and software components necessary to host and run virtualization. They also dramatically reduce the time it takes for organizations to get their virtualized applications up and running.This combination of speed and ease in which these converged infrastructure solutions are deployed foretells how data centers both large and small will eventually expect their virtualization deployments to take place. Converged infrastructures can be sized with anticipated workloads in mind, enabling organizations to be much more competitive – agile if you believe all of the vendor hype. In other words, organizations can accelerate application deployments, which in turn enables…

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External Shared Storage Not Required with Symantec Flexible Storage Sharing

By | Symantec | No Comments

Many enterprises have been watching the development of flash with a high level of interest though they have cautiously deployed it as a storage tier because of its high cost. Symantec Foundation Suite 6.1 takes these concerns head-on by delivering functionality that will inherently change the way enterprises design, implement, and maintain shared storage environments. In particular, Storage Foundation’s new Flexible Storage Sharing (FSS) feature provides organizations the flexibility to non-disruptively put capacity, performance or both in their servers while still making it accessible to all of the applications in that cluster.

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VMware Takes Big Step Up in Virtual Server Backup with VDP Advanced 5.5

By | Business Continuity, DCIG, Disaster Recovery | No Comments

VMware recently announced the enhancement of its VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP) Advanced product at the European edition of VMworld. The features and developments included in the 5.5 release decisively provide a robust backup and recovery package for SMBs, both on the high and low end, while becoming a viable alternative for enterprises looking to protect remote datacenters and office locations.

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The Best Way to Do Next Generation Email Archive Migrations

By | DCIG Sponsored Analysis | No Comments

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

By | DCIG Sponsored Analysis | No Comments

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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Fibre Channel and Ethernet “Waist Deep in Politics”

By | @Ethernet Storage, DCIG, Fibre Channel | No Comments

As convergence and SDE (software-defined-everything) make their way into the mainstream and add real value, organizations both large and small battle with the question of, “What should we do about our storage networks?” Stick with Fibre-Channel based approach or, as depreciation cycles end and/or new data-center locations come online, refresh to an Ethernet only solution?

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Companies Can Have Higher Confidence in their High Availability/Clustering Software Today Than Ever Before

By | DCIG, Disaster Recovery High Availability Clustering | No Comments

The biggest reasons organizations have implemented HA/Clustering solutions in their environment is to provide immediate / real-time failover of an application stack that is critical to business operations. Along with this is the innate ability it provides to protect their data and servers from a location specific event (a disaster causing outage to a facility or components within that facility.)

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VMware ‘The Storage Monster’

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Greetings again from the field! As I travel around meeting customers, prospects, and partners, talking about our technology, it’s become really clear lately that shops that have fully embraced VMware are trying to find new and unique ways to reduce their consumption of primary storage. A few interesting use cases have popped up in recent months that have really helped curb the appetite VMware has for storage. Scenario #1 – Many IT organizations follow the ITIL and/or COBIT processes to govern they way things are deployed into there environments. Some are saddled with federal regulations and other internal corporate policies that required them to validate everything from an infrastructure perspective going into production. A few of my customers have recently deployed a very unique process that enables them to cost effectively store Gold, Compliance, and Validated VMware images on their Permabit system. The beauty of this process is that anytime they make a change to a gold VM image (Windows…

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VMware “The Storage Monster”

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

Greetings again from the field! As I travel around meeting customers, prospects, and partners, talking about our technology, it’s become really clear lately that shops that have fully embraced VMware are trying to find new and unique ways to reduce their consumption of primary storage. A few interesting use cases have popped up in recent months that have really helped curb the appetite VMware has for storage. Scenario #1 – Many IT organizations follow the ITIL and/or COBIT processes to govern they way things are deployed into there environments. Some are saddled with federal regulations and other internal corporate policies that required them to validate everything from an infrastructure perspective going into production. A few of my customers have recently deployed a very unique process that enables them to cost effectively store Gold, Compliance, and Validated VMware images on their Permabit system. The beauty of this process is that anytime they make a change to a gold VM image (Windows…

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Unreal Archiving Strategies II

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

Greetings again from the field! This is the second installment of real-world horror stories of disturbing Archival “best practices.” The second scenario (Tape as an Archive) is one I have seen many times, from companies of all sizes, and in a number of cases, is still the de facto standard for a long-term archival repository. Company #2 Scenario- This organization’s archival strategy is to backup their data to tape and retain it for an infinite period of time. Then, the backup admin grabs those tapes on a monthly basis, puts them in the trunk of his car, and then takes them home to his basement. Honestly, I couldn’t make this stuff up. This completely caught me off guard, as I thought at least they would use an onsite fire safe or an offsite vaulting facility. When I was asking the customer what his thoughts were on the situation, he seemed fine with it, which made me shake my head even…

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Default Storage Tier

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Greetings again from the field! In my travels to our customers and prospect base, I have noticed some very interesting ways that our product is being deployed. As a primary storage platform! Our customers have taken the time to understand the complete use case of a given application and / or data set. Meaning not just how much capacity they need, but business related objectives such as SLA’s tied to performance, uptime, reliability, and operational efficiencies. They begin not only to understand more of what their internal business groups are trying to accomplish out of the storage infrastructure, but also capture vital metrics that details what the real requirements are for their applications. In doing so, this allows them to right-size the application and/or data-set to the appropriate storage platform. This, versus the standard mantra, which is jam everything either to a completely oversized and/or undersized storage platform, where they will have customers over-paying for storage and underutilizing the platform…

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The Consequences of NOT Clustering Your SAP Implementation

By | Symantec | No Comments

Attempting to make your entire SAP environment highly available can be a gargantuan challenge, especially considering the number of moving parts contained within an SAP landscape. Most of the time when one looks to ensure that any application is protected and made highly available, it’s common practice to ask the application vendor for a set of best practices and guidelines to do so. However, SAP’s typical response is, “Work with our partners and/or 3rd party consultants to help you achieve the level of availability you are looking for.”

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A New Benchmark for Backup Performance: Total Time to DR

By | FalconStor | One Comment

Determining backup performance has consistently been extremely difficult for customers to rationalize, seeing as there is no real meter or benchmark to look at. Just take a second and think of all the moving parts inside your backup and recovery environment (media servers, clients, databases, email, network, SAN, disk, tape, offsite vaults) – you name it, there is a laundry list of things to look at when trying to determine accurate performance metrics.

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Proof not Feelings are Critical to Delivering on your Disaster Recovery Plan

By | Symantec | No Comments

Determining a solid foundation for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity plans are a significant challenge for enterprises of all sizes and shapes. Understanding the business value of your organization’s data is the first step to achieving that solid foundation as it provides a framework for what’s critical and what’s not so critical to the operation of your organization.

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Taking the Disaster out of Disaster Recovery Planning

By | Symantec | No Comments

Whether taking on a new plan, or retrofitting an existing Disaster Recovery or Business Continuity plan, it’s extremely helpful to have a strict set of goals on how to accomplish, not only the DR when an actual incident occurs, but also to ensure that an appropriate test matrix is in place and utilized. Surprisingly the organizations I visit all seem very dedicated to DR and Business Continuity.

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Take the Anxiety out of Clustered Server Management

By | Symantec | No Comments

A clustered server environment is only as reliable as the system administrators who maintain it. The challenge they encounter after they configure and deploy the hardware and software that make-up a clustered environment is, “How to maintain it?” Most system administrators leave the configuration alone for fear of disrupting a mission critical application after it is initially deployed. Crucial details such as patches and configuration changes are not completed just due to the nature of the system itself. But what catches organizations off-guard is that at some point down the road when an event does prompt a failover from one server to another, the failover fails to occur because smaller changes have occurred in the environment that now preclude the failover from successfully taking place.

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