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Product Bells and Whistles do not a Tier One Storage Provider Make; Defining a Tier One Storage Provider, Part I

By | Data Center Management, DCIG | One Comment

In almost every industry there is a tendency to use phrases such as Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 to describe providers, the products in a specific market, the quality of service provided, or some combination thereof. It is one applies these three terms to the storage industry and how to properly classify storage providers into one of these various tiers that the conversation becomes intriguing. After all, how does one define what constitutes and separates a Tier 1 storage provider from other providers in the market?

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DCIG 2016-17 Hybrid Cloud Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide Now Available

By | Backup Appliance, Buyer's Guides, Cloud, Cloud Storage, Data Protection, Deduplication, Disaster Recovery, Disk Based Backup, Online Backup, Tiered Data Systems | No Comments

DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of the 2016-17 Hybrid Cloud Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide developed from the backup appliance body of research. As core business processes become digitized, the ability to keep services online and to rapidly recover from any service interruption becomes a critical need. Given the growth and maturation of cloud services, many organizations are exploring the advantages of storing application data with cloud providers and even recovering applications in the cloud.

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Data Visualization, Recovery, and Simplicity of Management Emerging as Differentiating Features on Integrated Backup Appliances

By | Backup Appliance, Buyer's Guides, Data Protection, Data Reduction, Deduplication, Disaster Recovery, Disk Based Backup, Hyper-converged | No Comments

Enterprises now demand higher levels of automation, integration, simplicity, and scalability from every component deployed into their IT infrastructure and the integrated backup appliances found in the DCIG’s forthcoming Buyer’s Guide Editions that cover integrated backup appliances are a clear output of those expectations. Intended for organizations that want to protect applications and data and then keep it behind corporate fire walls, these backup appliances come fully equipped from both hardware and software perspectives to do so.

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SaaS Provider Pulls Back the Curtain on its Backup Experience with Cohesity; Interview with System Architect, Fidel Michieli, Part 3

By | Backup Appliance, Business Continuity, Data Center Management, Deduplication | No Comments

Usually when I talk to backup and system administrators, they willingly talk about how great a product installation was. But it then becomes almost impossible to find anyone who wants to comment about what life is like after their backup appliance is installed. This blog entry represents a bit of anomaly in that someone willingly pulled back the curtain on what their experience was like after they had the appliance installed. In this third installment in my interview series with system architect, Fidel Michieli, describes how the implementation of Cohesity went in his environment and how Cohesity responded to issues that arose.

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DCIG 2016-17 Deduplicating Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide Editions Now Available

By | Backup Appliance, Buyer's Guides, Data Management, Data Protection, Deduplication, Disk Based Backup | No Comments

DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of the following DCIG 2016-17 Deduplicating Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide Editions developed from the backup appliance body of research. Other Buyer’s Guide Editions based on this body of research will be published in the coming weeks and months, including the 2016-17 Integrated Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide and 2016-17 Hybrid Cloud Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide Editions.

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SimpliVity Hyper-converged Solution Already Driving Enterprises to Complete Do-overs of their Data Center Infrastructures

By | Cloud Storage, Data Center Management, Data Protection, Disaster Recovery, Hyper-converged | One Comment

Every now and then a technology comes along that prompts enterprises to a complete do-over of their existing data center infrastructures. This type of dramatic change is already occurring within organizations of all sizes who are adopting and implementing SimpliVity.

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Dell NetVault and vRanger are Alive and Kicking; Interview with Dell’s Michael Grant, Part 3

By | Business Continuity, Data Protection, Disaster Recovery, Disk Based Backup | No Comments

Every now and then I hear rumors in the market place that the only backup software product that Dell puts any investment into is Dell Data Protection | Rapid Recovery while it lets NetVault and vRanger wither on the vine. Nothing could be further from the truth. In this third and final part of my interview series with Michael Grant, director of data protection product marketing for Dell’s systems and information management group, he refutes those rumors and illustrates how both the NetVault and vRanger products are alive and kicking within Dell’s software portfolio.

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Hyper-converged Infrastructure Adoption is a Journey, not a Destination

By | Data Center Management, Data Migration, Flash Memory, Hyper-converged, Solid state storage Flash Memory SSD | No Comments

Few data center technologies currently generate more buzz than hyper-converged infrastructure solutions. By combining compute, data protection, flash, scale-out, and virtualization into a single self-contained unit, organizations get the best of what each of these individual technologies has to offer with the flexibility to implement each one in such a way that it matches their specific business needs. Yet organizations must exercise restraint in how many attributes they ascribe to hyper-converged infrastructure solutions as their adoption is a journey, not a destination.

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X-IO Refers to iglu as “Intelligent Storage”; I Say It is “Thoughtful”

By | All-Flash Array, Data Management, Solid State Storage Flash Memory, SSD Storage Systems, Storage Systems | No Comments

In the last couple of weeks X-IO announced a number of improvements to its iglu line of storage arrays – namely flash optimized controllers and stretch clustering. But what struck me in listening to X-IO present the new features of this array was in how it kept referring to the iglu as “intelligent.” While that term may be accurate, when I look iglu’s architecture and data management features and consider them in light of what small and midsize enterprises need today, I see the iglu’s architecture as “thoughtful.”

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HP 3PAR StoreServ 8000 Series Lays Foundation for Flash Lift-off

By | Data Management, Data Protection, DCIG Sponsored Analysis, Flash Memory, HP Storage, Hybrid, iSCSI, Networked Storage, SSD, Storage Systems, Thin Provisioning | No Comments

Almost any hybrid or all-flash storage array will accelerate performance for the applications it hosts. Yet many organizations need a storage array that scales beyond just accelerating the performance of a few hosts. They want a solution that both solves their immediate performance challenges and serves as a launch pad to using flash more broadly in their environment.

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Sorting through the Nuances in How Quality of Service is Implemented on Hybrid Storage Arrays

By | Buyer's Guides, Data Center Management | No Comments

DCIG recently released two Buyer’s Guides on Hybrid Storage Arrays – the DCIG 2015-16 SME Hybrid Storage Array and the DCIG 2015-16 Midsize Enterprise Hybrid Storage Array – that examine many of the features that hybrid storage arrays offer. Yet what these Guides can only do at a high level is reveal how certain features are implemented on hybrid storage arrays without getting into any real detail in terms of how they are implemented. One such feature is Quality of Service.

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The Four (4) Behind-the-Scenes Forces that Drive Many of Today’s Technology Infrastructure Buying Decisions

By | Continuous Data Protection, Data Center Management, Data Protection, Deduplication, Information Classification, Virtualization | No Comments

It is almost a given in today’s world that for almost any organization to operate at peak efficiency and achieve optimal results that it has to acquire and use multiple forms of technology as part of its business processes. However what is not always so clear is the forces that are at work both insider and outside of the business that drive its technology acquisitions. While by no means a complete list, here are four (4) forces that DCIG often sees at work behind the scenes that influence and drive many of today’s technology infrastructure buying decisions.

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HP StoreOnce Deduplicating Backup Appliances Put Organizations on Path to Ending Big Data Backup Headaches

By | Big Data, Data Protection, DCIG, DCIG Sponsored Analysis, Disk Based Backup, HP Storage | No Comments

During the recent HP Deep Dive Analyst Event in its Fremont, CA, offices, HP shared some notable insights into the percentage of backup jobs that complete successfully (and unsuccessfully) within end-user organizations. Among its observations using the anonymized data gathered from hundreds of backup assessments at end-user organizations of all sizes, HP found that over 60% of them had backup job success rates of 98% or lower, with 12% of organizations showing backup success rates of lower than 90%. Yet what is more noteworthy is through HP’s use of Big Data analytics, it has identified large backups (those that take more than 12 hours to complete) as being the primary contributor to the backup headaches that organizations still experience.

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Advanced Encryption and VTL Features Give Organizations New Impetus to Use the Dell DR Series as their “One Stop Shop” Backup Target

By | Backup Appliance, Data Protection, DCIG Sponsored Analysis, Deduplication, Disk Based Backup, Encryption, Legal Hold, Security | No Comments

The closer any new solution comes to being non-disruptively introduced into existing organizational backup infrastructures, the greater the odds that the solution will succeed and be adopted more broadly. By Dell including FIPS 140-2 compliant 256-bit AES encryption and VTL features as part of its 3.2 OS release for its existing and new DR series of backup appliances at no charge, organizations have new options to introduce the DR Series appliances without disrupting their existing backup processes.

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Four New Features that Will Keep Backup Software “Sticky”

By | Buyer's Guides, Cloud, Cloud Storage, Data Protection, Disk Based Backup, Managed Service Provider, Online Backup, Replication, Search, Security | No Comments

Backup software has traditionally been one of the “stickiest” products in organizations of all sizes in art because it has been so painful to deploy and maintain that, once installed and sort of working, no organization wanted to subject itself to that process again. But in recent years as backup has become easier to install and maintain, swapping it out for another or consolidating multiple backup software solutions down to single one becomes much more plausible. This puts new impetus on backup software providers to introduce new features into their products to keep them relevant and “sticky” in their customer environments longer term.

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Software Fueling Dell’s Transformation to Solutions Provider; Interview with Dell Software’s General Manager, Data Protection, Brett Roscoe, Part VI

By | Big Data, Cloud, Data Center Management, Data Protection, Database, DCIG Sponsored Analysis, Security | No Comments

Think “Dell” and you may think “PCs,” “servers,” or, even more broadly, “computer hardware.” If so, you are missing out on one of the biggest transformations going on among technology providers today as, over the last 5+ years, Dell has acquired multiple software companies and is using that intellectual property (IP) to drive its internal turnaround. In this sixth installment of my interview series with Brett Roscoe, General Manager, Data Protection for Dell Software, we discuss how these software acquisitions are fueling Dell’s transformation from a hardware provider into becoming a solutions provider.

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