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Rethinking Your Data Deduplication Strategy in the Software-defined Data Center

By | Data Protection, Deduplication, Software Defined Storage Software | No Comments

There is little dispute tomorrow’s data center will become software-defined for reasons no one entirely anticipated even as recently as a few years ago. While companies have long understood the benefits of virtualizing the infrastructure of their data centers, the complexities and costs of integrating and managing data center hardware far exceeded whatever benefits that virtualization delivered. Now thanks to technologies such as such as the Internet of Things (IoT), machine intelligence, and analytics, among others, companies may pursue software-defined strategies more aggressively.

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Key Differentiators between the HPE StoreOnce 5650 and Dell EMC Data Domain 9300 Systems

By | Backup Appliance, Data Protection, Deduplication | No Comments

Deduplication appliances remain a foundational technology in corporate data centers for cost-effective short-term backup storage, disaster recoveries, and long-term data retention. The HPE StoreOnce 5650 and Dell EMC Data Domain 9300, along with their respective virtual appliances, are two product lines to which companies often turn to host their backup data. While these two product lines share some common feature functionality, six key points of differentiation between them persist which DCIG examines in its most recently released Pocket Analyst Report.

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HCI Comparison Report Reveals Key Differentiators Between Dell EMC VxRail and Nutanix NX

By | Converged Infrastructure, DCIG, Hyper-converged, Pocket Analyst Report | No Comments

Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) appliances radically simplify the data center architecture. These pre-integrated appliances accelerate and simplify infrastructure deployment and management. They combine and virtualize compute, memory, storage and networking functions from a single vendor in a scale-out cluster. As such, the stakes are high for vendors such as Dell EMC and Nutanix that are competing to own this critical piece of data center real estate.

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NVMe: Four Key Trends Set to Drive Its Adoption in 2019 and Beyond

By | All-Flash Array, Flash Memory, Solid State Storage Flash Memory, Solid state storage Flash Memory SSD, SSD, SSD Flash High performance, SSD Storage Systems, Storage Systems | No Comments

Storage vendors hype NVMe for good reason. It enables all-flash arrays (AFAs) to fully deliver on flash’s performance characteristics. Already NVMe serves as an interconnect between AFA controllers and their back end solid state drives (SSDs) to help these AFAs unlock more of the performance that flash offers. However, the real performance benefits that NVMe can deliver will be unlocked as a result of four key trends set to converge in the 2019/2020 time period. Combined, these will open the doors for many more companies to experience the full breadth of performance benefits that NVMe provides for a much wider swath of applications running in their environment.

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VMware vSphere and Nutanix AHV Hypervisors: An Updated Head-to-Head Comparison

By | DCIG, Hyper-converged, Pocket Analyst Report, Virtualization | No Comments

Many organizations view hyper-converged infrastructure appliances (HCIAs) as foundational for the cloud data center architecture of the future. However, as part of an HCIA solution, one must also select a hypervisor to run on this platform. The VMware vSphere and Nutanix AHV hypervisors are two capable choices but key differences exist between them.

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Dell EMC VxRail vs Nutanix NX: Six Key HCIA Differentiators

By | Converged Infrastructure, DCIG, Hyper-converged, Pocket Analyst Report | No Comments

Hyper-converged infrastructure appliances (HCIA) radically simplify the next generation of data center architectures. Combining and virtualizing compute, memory, stor­age, networking, and data protection func­tions from a single vendor in a scale-out cluster, these pre-integrated appliances accelerate and simplify infrastructure deploy­ment and management. As such, the stakes are high for vendors such as Dell EMC and Nutanix that are competing to own this critical piece of data center infrastructure real estate.

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Purpose-built Backup Cloud Service Providers: A Practical Starting Point for Cloud Backup and DR

By | Cloud, DCIG, Disaster Recovery, Online Backup | No Comments

The shift is on toward using cloud service providers for an increasing number of production IT functions with backup and DR often at the top of the list of the tasks that companies first want to deploy in the cloud. But as IT staff seeks to “Check the box” that they can comply with corporate directives to have a cloud solution in place for backup and DR, they also need to simultaneously check the “Simplicity,” “Cost-savings,” and “It Works” boxes.

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HPE Expands Its Big Tent for Enterprise Data Protection

By | All-Flash Array, Business Continuity, Cloud, Cloud Storage, Commvault Systems, Data Protection, Storage Systems | No Comments

When it comes to the mix of data protection challenges that exist within enterprises today, these companies would love to identify a single product that they can deploy to solve all their challenges. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that single product solution does not yet exist. That said, enterprises will find a steadily improving ecosystem of products that increasingly work well together to address this challenge with HPE being at the forefront of putting up a big tent that brings these products together and delivers them as a single solution.

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Storage Analytics and Latency Matters

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Some pretty amazing storage performance numbers are being bandied about these days. Generally speaking, these heretofore unheard of claims of millions of IOPS and latencies measured in microseconds include references to NVMe and perhaps storage class memories. What ultimately matters to a business is the performance of its applications, not just storage arrays. When an application is performing poorly, identifying the root cause can be a difficult and time-consuming challenge. This is particularly true in virtualized infrastructures. But meaningful help is now available to address this challenge through advances in storage analytics.

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Two Hot Technologies to Consider for Your 2019 Budgets

By | Cloud, Cloud Computing, Cloud Storage, Converged Infrastructure, Data Protection, Hybrid, Hyper-converged, Online Backup, Storage Systems | No Comments

Hard to believe but the first day of autumn is just two days away and with fall weather always comes cooler temperatures (which I happen to enjoy!) This means people are staying inside a little more and doing those fun, end of year activities that everyone enjoys – such as planning their 2019 budgets. As you do so, solutions from BackupAssist and StorMagic are two key new technologies for companies to consider making room for in the New Year.

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DCIG’s VMworld 2018 Best of Show

By | Data Center Management, DCIG, Hyper-converged, Software Defined Storage Software | No Comments

VMworld provides insight into some of the biggest tech trends occurring in the enterprise data center space and, once again, this year did not disappoint. But amid the literally dozens of vendors showing off their wares on the show floor, here are the four stories or products that caught my attention and earned my “VMworld 2018 Best of Show” recognition at this year’s event.

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Six Key Differentiators between HPE 3PAR StoreServ and NetApp AFF A-Series All-flash Arrays

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

DCIG’s latest Pocket Analyst Report examines the flagship all-flash arrays from HPE and NetApp. The report identifies many similarities between the HPE 3PAR StoreServ and NetApp AFF A-Series products, including the ability to deliver low latency storage with high levels of availability, and a relatively full set of data management features. DCIG’s Pocket Analyst Report also identifies six significant differences between the products. These differences include how each product provides deduplication and other data services, hybrid cloud integration, host-to-storage connectivity, scalability, and simplified management through predictive analytics and bundled or all-inclusive software licensing.

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CloudShift Puts Flawless DR on Corporate Radar Screens

By | Application Delivery, Cloud, Cloud Storage, Data Protection, Disaster Recovery, SaaS | No Comments

For an HCI solution to not have a clear path forward for public cloud support is almost anathema in the increasingly hybrid cloud environments found in today’s enterprises. That’s what makes this week’s CloudShift announcement from Datrium notable – it begins to clarify Datrium’s strategy for how Datrium is going to go beyond backup to the public cloud as part of its DVX solution and puts the concept of flawless DR on corporate radar screens.

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Data Center Challenges and Technology Advances Revealed at Flash Memory Summit 2018

By | DCIG, Flash Memory, Solid state storage Flash Memory SSD | No Comments

If you want to get waist-deep in the technologies that will impact the data centers of tomorrow, the Flash Memory Summit 2018 (FMS) held this week in Santa Clara is the place to do it. This is where the flash industry gets its geek on and everyone on the exhibit floor speaks bits and bytes. However, there is no better place to learn about advances in flash memory that are sure to show up in products in the very near future and drive further advances in data center infrastructure.

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Orchestrated Backup IN the Cloud Arrives with HYCU for GCP

By | Cloud, Data Protection, SaaS | No Comments

Companies are either moving or have moved to the cloud with backup TO the cloud being one of the primary ways they plan to get their data and applications into the cloud. But orchestrating the backup of their applications and data once they reside IN the cloud… well, that requires an entirely different set of tools with few, if any, backup providers yet offering features in their respective products that deliver on this requirement. That ends today with the introduction of HYCU for GCP (Google Cloud Platform).

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Differentiating between High-end HCI and Standard HCI Architectures

By | Converged Infrastructure, DCIG, Hyper-converged, Virtualization | No Comments

When organizations deploy HCI at scale (more than eight nodes in a single logical configuration), cracks in its architecture can begin to appear unless organizations carefully examine how well it scales. On the surface, high end and standard hyper-converged architectures deliver the same bene­fits. They each virtualize compute, memory, storage networking, and data stor­age in a simple to deploy and manage scale-out architecture. They support standard hypervisor platforms. They provide their own data protection solutions in the form of snap­shots and replication. In short, these two archi­tectures mirror each other in many ways. However, high-end and standard HCI solutions differ in functionality in ways that primarily surface in large virtualized deployments.

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Seven Key Differentiators between Dell EMC VMAX and HPE 3PAR StoreServ Systems

By | All-Flash Array, DCIG, Flash Memory, SSD, Storage Systems | No Comments

Dell EMC VMAX and HPE 3PAR StoreServ arrays can meet the storage requirements of most enterprises, yet differences remain. DCIG compares the current AFA configurations from Dell EMC and HPE in its latest DCIG Pocket Analyst Report. This report will help enterprises determine which product best fits with its business requirements. Features such as data center footprint, licensing simplicity, mainframe connectivity, performance resources, predictive analytics, raw storage density and effective storage density are key areas where these two products differentiate themselves.

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Too Many Fires, Poor Implementations, and Cost Overruns Impeding Broader Public Cloud Adoption

By | Cloud, Cloud Storage, IaaS, PaaS | No Comments

DCIG’s analysts (myself included) have lately spent a great deal of time getting up close and personal on the capabilities of public cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud. We have also spent time talking to individuals deploying cloud solutions. As we have done so, we recognize that the capabilities of these cloud offerings should meet and exceed the expectations of most organizations regardless of their size. However, impeding their cloud adoption are three concerns that have little to do with the technical capabilities of these products.

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