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Time: The Secret Ingredient behind an Effective AI or ML Product

By | Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning | No Comments

In 2019 the level of interest that companies expressed in using artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) exploded. Their interest is justifiable. These technologies gather the almost endless streams of data coming out of the scads of devices that companies deploy everywhere, analyze it, and then turn it into useful information. But time is the secret ingredient that companies must look for as they look to select an effective AI or ML product.

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Three Hallmarks of an Effective Competitive Intelligence System

By | Competitive Intelligence, Competitive Intelligence Platform, DCIG | No Comments

Across more than twenty years as an IT Director, I had many sales people incorrectly tell me that their product was the only one that offered a particular benefit. Did their false claims harm their credibility? Absolutely. Were they trying to deceive me? Possibly. But it is far more likely they lacked accurate and up-to-date information about the current capabilities of competing products in the marketplace. Their competitive intelligence system had failed them.

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HYCU-X Piggybacks on Existing HCI Platforms to Put Itself in the Scale-out Backup Conversation

By | Data Protection | No Comments

Vendors are finding multiple ways to enter the scale-out hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) backup conversation. Some acquire other companies such as StorageCraft did in early 2017 with its acquisition of ExaBlox. Others build their own such as Cohesity and Commvault did. Yet among these many iterations of scale-out, HCI-based backup systems, HYCU’s decision to piggyback its new HYCU-X on top of existing HCI offerings, starting with Nutanix’s AHV HCI Platform, represents one of the better and more insightful ways to deliver backup using a scale-out architecture.

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TrueNAS M-Series Turns Tech Buzz into Music

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

NVMe and other advances in non-volatile memory technology are generating a lot of buzz in the enterprise technology industry, and rightly so. As providers integrate these technologies into storage systems they are closing the gap between the dramatic advances in processing power and the performance of the storage systems that support them. The TrueNAS M-Series from iXsystems provides an excellent example of what can be achieved when these technologies are thoughtfully integrated into a storage system.

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Best Practices for Getting Ready to Go “All-in” on the Cloud

By | Cloud, Data Center Management | No Comments

To ensure an application migration to the cloud goes well or that a company should even migrate a specific application to the cloud requires a thorough understanding of each application. This understanding should encompass what resources the application currently uses as well as how it behaves over time. To gather the information it needs about each application, here is a list of best practices that a company can put in place for its on-premises applications before it moves any of them to the cloud.

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

By | Data Protection, Deduplication, Software Defined Storage Software | One Comment

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

By | DCIG | No Comments

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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