Anyone who is close to backup recognizes that some types of data deduplicate better than others. However trying to translate that understanding of the environment into meaningful backup policies is almost impossible since it is both complicated and time consuming to successfully implement. Using the new Sepaton VirtuoSO platform, it is able to choose the best form of deduplication for each backup stream on the fly. In this third part of my interview series with Sepaton’s Director of Product Management, Peter Quirk, we discuss how its VirtuoSO platform detects the nature of incoming backup data and then automatically invokes the best deduplication method to deduplicate the data.
2013 has become the year where discussions around software-defined data centers, networking and storage have gone mainstream. But when I talk with end-users from a number of organizations, they are somewhat scratching their head over why there is so much buzz over this technology. Most are looking to acquire and deploy technologies in their environments that are simpler to deploy and manage – not harder. As such, they sense these new software-defined solutions may only take them back in time to a place they do not want to be.
DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of its DCIG 2014 Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide.. In this Buyer’s Guide, DCIG weights, scores and ranks more than 50 enterprise midrange arrays from 19 companies. Although the print edition of the DCIG 2014 Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide includes just 50 midrange array data sheets, at least 100 array models are actually represented, because nearly every data sheet represents a series of arrays.
Around two years ago the DCIG 2011 Enterprise Scale-Out Storage Buyer’s Guide was released. At the time we mentioned that scale-out systems were being used to store “Big Data” and create private storage clouds. Since then scale-out storage systems have become the foundation for building out private storage clouds which prompted DCIG to change the name of our refreshed Buyer’s Guide to better reflect the intended use case for these storage arrays.
To say or imply that NetApp was in any near term danger of falling from its position as a storage leader would be a gross mischaracterization of its current condition. However it would be accurate to say that the industry lacked clarity as to how NetApp would respond to the encroachment of flash memory storage arrays on the high performance end of storage. After attending the NetApp Industry Analyst event this week it is now clear that to address this challenge NetApp plans to go back to its roots to lay the foundation for its future.
A question that gets raised almost every time that DCIG releases a Buyer’s Guide is, “Why are performance metrics not included in the Guide or considered in its evaluation of the products?” While DCIG has answered this question in various ways and in a number of forums over the last few years, we thought it appropriate to aggregate those randomly posted responses into a more definitive blog entry to address this particular question as it inevitably comes up.
There is a tendency to look at Big Data and private cloud storage strictly from the perspective of enterprises that need to manage petabytes (PBs) of data. But small and midsized enterprises (SMEs) have their own smaller Big Data and private cloud storage needs that require they manage and store tens or hundreds of terabytes (TBs) of data with just a few people. Imation’s recent announcement that it is acquiring Nexsan Corporation gives SMEs a compelling new option to pursue to meet their specific Big Data and cloud storage requirements.
Most companies recognize the benefits of deleting data when it no longer serves any business purpose or when it legal requirements to retain it have been met. However the act of deleting data still gives many organizations pause. In this third blog entry in my interview series with C2C Systems’ CTO Ken Hughes, he discusses C2C’s policy management features and the granular ways in which users may manage deletion in their data stores.
It is no longer a matter a question of “if” most organizations are going to implement a private cloud; it is more a matter of “when” and “how to best proceed.” This is where it can get a little hazy as it is not always clear what path an organization should follow to ensure it ends up with a private cloud that meets its needs. While this path is not the same for every organization, there are three principles that organizations may follow to have a high degree of assurance that they will end up with a private cloud that meets their needs.
DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of its inaugural 160+ page DCIG 2012 Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide that weights, scores and ranks over 80 features on more than 60 different backup appliances from 13 different storage providers. This Buyer’s Guide addresses the growing demand that organizations of all sizes have for purpose built backup appliances that are specifically designed and tuned to protect consolidated physical and virtual IT infrastructures.
No one disputes that enterprise backup has changed significantly in the last decade with the introduction of disk as a backup target and deduplication being the largest contributors to that shift. But in the last few years, array-based snapshots are emerging as the next big wave in how enterprise data protection will be done. As that shift occurs, it becomes more critical than ever for organizations to understand the right role for disk-based backup solutions to play in today’s new world of array-based snapshots.
Earlier this week I attended the 2nd Annual Carmel Valley eDiscovery Retreat (CVeDR) in Monterey, California. CVeDR, founded by Chris La Cour, brings together well known Litigation and eDiscovery experts and industry thought leaders for 3 days of speeches, panel discussions and debate on the important topics facing the industry.
Earlier this year, DCIG interviewed the executive team at GroupLogic. GroupLogic shared with us how they approach the market for “enterprise file sharing” or what DCIG has been calling File-Sync-and-Share. In addition, we had the privilege of talking to Chris Broderick, CEO of GroupLogic who covered some of the company’s history.
Storage solutions and outsourcing services provider Rorke Data serves a number of vertical markets that deal with what is often called “big data.” In this final installment of our interview series, Rorke Data VP of Sales Bob Herzan addresses how his company targets some of these specific verticals.
Organizations choosing file-sync-and-share solutions are presented with many options. Buyers and sellers are inquiring with DCIG about “Enterprise Dropbox” options. A popular request is what to look for when selecting a solution. Enterprises and consumers require enhanced features beyond the ease of use and standard consumer capabilities; they require something that these public cloud solutions cannot deliver – security and control.
Server virtualization has effectively broken the one-to-one relationship between servers and applications, enabling more efficient use of the host’s physical resources. But this is not without its drawbacks, as applications like backup software that took advantage of these idle resources no longer have access to them.
One of the most exciting and terrifying times in the lifecycle of a company is transitioning from a small to mid-range or mid-range to enterprise sized company. Well led companies that survive those transitions have often been planning for the occasion for some time. The longer they have been planning the more likely they’ve become aware of the need for long term archiving. Of everything.
Beginning today, Vital Support Systems is making a bundle of five (5) DCIG’s Storage Buyer’s Guides available for free download with registration to qualified users anywhere in the US. However, IT server and storage administrators who live in the Midwest may qualify to receive a free journal book as well – shipped to you at no charge and with no further obligation.
Today’s defining characteristics of enterprise backup software are not whether they support VMware backups or use VMware’s APIs for Data Protection (VADP). Those features should be a given. The new hallmarks of enterprise backup software are how well they manage physical and virtual environments from a single console and accelerate and simplify virtual machine (VM) restores. It is these enhancements that users will find natively included with CommVault® Simpana® 9.
Enterprise organizations face the daily challenge of ever-growing threats to their network and IT infrastructure. Not only are these threats growing, but they are constantly changing as well, forcing companies to adapt by changing not only their tools but also their training. Today, I’m talking with MetaFlows CEO Livio Ricciulli about how MetaFlows is addressing these problems by delivering network security monitoring using the “Software as a Service” model.