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  • EMC preparing SnapImage upgrade for Solaris
    and the Privacy Policy some software on If you can tick all those boxes EMC wants you to alpha test a new version of its SnapImage The new version will include a swag of new features including Support for Solaris 9 and 10 Solaris 10 Global Zone support only nothing for Local Zones Support for VxVM file systems larger than 2 TB in size UFS VxFS VxVM 4 1 5 0 5 1 support but without support of ZFS or EFI luns for UFS VxDMP EMC PowerPath 4 4 and above VCS 4 1 5 0 5 1 Sun Cluster 3 1 3 2 Support for Striped and Concat Mirror EMC says the Alpha test will run from February 1 st to March 2 nd and the software is planned for release in Q2 2011 SnapImage is already in version 2 5 for Windows making this a bit of a catch up release What you see on day one at EMC While we re on EMC check out this EMC Welcome Pack the company hands out to workers on their first day There s nothing revolutionary in it although we do always have a chuckle when storage vendors documents marked confidential pop up in public places What is it they say about the shoemaker s children Dig Deeper on Data backup processes All News Problem Solve Maritime museum backs up with HP LeftHand Microsoft Users shun VMware backup technologies stick to older products ASIC flags database virtualization push as part of massive Symantec backup rollout How to backup and restore Active Directory Load More View All Maritime museum backs up with HP LeftHand Microsoft Users shun VMware backup technologies stick to older products ASIC flags database virtualization push as part of massive Symantec backup rollout How to backup and restore Active Directory Load More View All News Oracle backup with RMAN and Automatic Storage Manager Server virtualisation may have big disaster recovery payoff CDP Getting what you need CDP Super snapshots eventually View All Problem solve ADS BY GOOGLE Latest TechTarget resources CIO AU Security AU Data Backup Disaster Recovery SMB Storage Storage Channel Search CIO com au Internet of Things Food safety apps set to emerge Food safety could emerge as a key application for the Internet of Things in the coming months providing real time visibility in Cloud security culture a building block for today s businesses As organizations today move more data to the cloud it s important to cultivate a cloud security culture and enlist a CISO a new How to do an advanced data analytics project on the cheap Delivering an advanced data analytics project to the business can cost a fortune But with some imagination CIOs can do it for Search Security com au Weigh the benefits risks of going mobile in the enterprise Smartphone and tablet use in the enterprise can help boost productivity improve employee satisfaction and lower costs However Conquer BYOD risks with mobile device management Bring your own device has

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240031784/EMC-preparing-SnapImage-upgrade-for-Solaris (2016-02-10)
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  • Amazon Web Services testing the waters for Australian data centre?
    a local data centre The survey completed by SearchStorage ANZ asks for feedback on issues including How well do the geographic locations of existing AWS Regions meet your needs and Does the geographic location of your IT infrastructure have a significant impact on your business The survey also asks Which of the following would be most likely to increase your usage of AWS and includes Presence of an AWS Region data centers closer to my customers end users and Pricing and payment in local currency instead of only USD as possible responses The survey also asks How do you rank the importance of pricing and payment in your local currency Another hint that AWS plans some changes to its service comes in a question asking if customers would like to pay by invoice and or bank transfer That kind of payment is closer to accepted corporate procurement practices than AWS current credit card payment scheme A local data centre would help AWS to deliver faster service to Australian customers as the latency that comes with long distance routing over submarine communications cables slows data transfers to offshore facilities and introduces unwelcome latency AWS has previously said its Australian customers will experience similar latency in its Singapore and US facilities In recent times however local competition for cloud computing has become fiercer Startup OrionVM has created a local cloud storage offering optimised for speed while Macquarie Telecom spin out Ninefold has created a cloud storage product based on EMC s Atmos albeit with only a single node a very unusual configuration given cloud providers preference for ultra resilient services The author is an AWS customer Dig Deeper on Australian storage news and case studies All News Australian Bureau of Statistics counts on no storage team HP for census Bad Sectors the latest storage news How ASIC stops I O storms hurting its SANs Bad Sectors Amazon warns on S3 security UXC and CommVault cuddle Load More View All Australian Bureau of Statistics counts on no storage team HP for census Bad Sectors the latest storage news How ASIC stops I O storms hurting its SANs Bad Sectors Amazon warns on S3 security UXC and CommVault cuddle Load More View All News ADS BY GOOGLE Latest TechTarget resources CIO AU Security AU Data Backup Disaster Recovery SMB Storage Storage Channel Search CIO com au Internet of Things Food safety apps set to emerge Food safety could emerge as a key application for the Internet of Things in the coming months providing real time visibility in Cloud security culture a building block for today s businesses As organizations today move more data to the cloud it s important to cultivate a cloud security culture and enlist a CISO a new How to do an advanced data analytics project on the cheap Delivering an advanced data analytics project to the business can cost a fortune But with some imagination CIOs can do it for Search Security com au Weigh the benefits risks of going

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240036263/Amazon-Web-Services-testing-the-waters-for-Australian-data-centre (2016-02-10)
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  • News, Analysis and Opinion for Data backup processes - SearchStorage.com.au
    PRC has selected twin storage arrays from Hitachi Data Systems HDS and will use the hardware to create a nearline archive containing seven years of medical images August 03 2010 03 Aug 10 iiNet to launch cloud backup for business Internet Service Provider iiNet has launched a cloud backup service for consumers and plans to scale it up for business users October 20 2009 20 Oct 09 Users shun VMware backup technologies stick to older products The vStorage APIs are powerful but users and analysts prefer conventional backup tools for now September 08 2009 08 Sep 09 ASIC flags database virtualization push as part of massive Symantec backup rollout The Australian Securities and Investments Commission will conduct a new Enterprise Backup and Recovery Project that will see the organisation extend its use of Symantec backup products choose between hardware based and software based data August 11 2009 11 Aug 09 How to backup and restore Active Directory Backing up and restoring Active Directory is not straightforward as we explain in this tutorial outlining the application s special requirements July 21 2009 21 Jul 09 Open source backup tools Amanda BackupPC and Bacula compared We compare open source backup tools Amanda BackupPC and Bacula and assess their strengths and weaknesses July 06 2009 06 Jul 09 Continuous data protection CDP grows up finds friends Continuous data protection CDP has matured and is now a viable complement to current backup regimes June 23 2009 23 Jun 09 How to fine tune Backup Exec If Backup Exec isn t behaving check out this list of simple troubleshooting tips to get your backups humming again May 26 2009 26 May 09 Linux backup and recovery tools roundup Learn aout Linux backup and recovery tools from Zmanda Bacula HP and Symantec in this tip April 28 2009 28 Apr 09 Three best practices for virtual machine backup Learn about emerging best practice for backing up virtual machines including user case studies in this feature April 27 2009 27 Apr 09 Beyond vmkfstools alternatives to VMware s backup tools VMware includes decent tools to backup virtual machines But there are more poweful alternatives some free that deserve your attention 1 2 3 ADS BY GOOGLE Latest TechTarget resources CIO AU Security AU Data Backup Disaster Recovery SMB Storage Storage Channel Search CIO com au Internet of Things Food safety apps set to emerge Food safety could emerge as a key application for the Internet of Things in the coming months providing real time visibility in Cloud security culture a building block for today s businesses As organizations today move more data to the cloud it s important to cultivate a cloud security culture and enlist a CISO a new How to do an advanced data analytics project on the cheap Delivering an advanced data analytics project to the business can cost a fortune But with some imagination CIOs can do it for Search Security com au Weigh the benefits risks of going mobile in the enterprise

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/info/news/Data-backup-processes (2016-02-10)
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  • Mean time between failure vs. load/unload cycles
    mentioned load unload cycles for this drive Intriguingly Western Digital responded with an emailed one liner WD uses MTBF as the metric for Enterprise drives Another disk vendor Hitachi GST also offered MTBF as its preferred metric for disk longevity Seagate pointed us to this article offering annualized failure rate as its preferred metric explaining that this metric is preferred because it offers a predictor of reliability based on a population of drives instead of applying MTBF to every disk Churn and burn Why should you care about this battle of the acronyms The main reason is that under some circumstances operating systems or applications can initiate a lot of load unload cycles Linux distribution Ubuntu has a flaw that sees it cycle a drive through so many load unload cycles that a disk could reach the end of its rated life in a few months use Backup vendor Acronis has also noticed users who find unusually high numbers of load unload cycles Applications that use the S M A R T standard to measure disk status can therefore report that a disk is near the end of its working life even though it may be well short of its expected lifetime using MTBF data That variance makes it harder to compare apples with apples when buying disk A second reason for concern according to David Deakin storage and data centre consultancy Thomas Duryea s National Practice Manager for Data Centre Solutions is that modern storage arrays are generating more load unload cycles because they spin down disks to save power Ignoring load unload cycles is therefore an unsound practice MAID vendors like Copan who spun down disks reduced their overall lifecycle Deakin told SearchStorage ANZ Products like virtual tape libraries VTLs also see disks asked to perform more load unload cycles SANs keep disks spinning but VTLs are more cyclical When you are loading virtual tape it represents disk operation he said Tiering the practice of sending old data to old slow arrays so that faster and newer arrays are spared for more important jobs can also see a disk get through more cycles as when data is sent to lower tier disks they may not be spinning meaning a load unload cycle Arrays and disks designed to be green may also generate more cycles Deakin said as they spin down in order to conserve power But not everyone agrees that load unload cycles are of concern Clive Gold EMC s Marketing CTO for Australia says the company designs its arrays to avoid unnecessary cycles The only time we park the heads is upon power down or going into idle mode he said and added that he sees a further metric contact start stop CSS as something else to watch out for as it typically has a reliability threshold of around 30 000 cycles CSS is hardly ever mentioned in manufacturers description of disk drives so we presume it is factored into MTBF and AFR predictions Deakin however tries

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/tip/Mean-time-between-failure-vs-load-unload-cycles (2016-02-10)
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  • Oracle backup with RMAN and Automatic Storage Manager
    recovery operation Oracle Data Pump which makes logical backups and User Managed which allows the database to be backed up manually via user operating system commands There is also a variety of backup and recovery software that augments Oracle s backup utilities such as Commvault s Simpana and Tivoli Storage Manager Matthew Staver information technology manager for Pentel uses a combination of tools We will take snapshots with HP s StorageWorks Business Copy EVA software when we are doing something outside of the ordinary said Staver If we need to roll out a new database patch to Oracle we ll take a snapshot first so we can roll back in case anything goes wrong Staver has an HP Enterprise Virtual Array and a variety of HP BladeSystem servers that host Oracle databases For everyday backup operations he uses Oracle s RMAN to back them up Staver also relies on HP s Replication Solutions Manager to provide him with clones of his Oracle databases for testing and development When we want to refresh our testing and development instances of Oracle we will take a snapshot of our production database said Staver We can do that while everything is running with scripts that HP has called Replication Solutions Manager This lets you script actions with the storage area network and puts the database in hot backup mode takes the point in time snapshot presents it a VMware host on the SAN and then executes the Oracle Rapid Clone script and makes a copy of everything in a minute or two Staver said the Oracle Rapid Clone process takes a couple of hours for the DBA to get it online This is a process that used to take a day or two to restore from tape and bring up Oracle Automatic Storage Manager Another IT manager for a university who asked not to be identified also uses an Oracle tool to backup his databases We re using the Automatic Storage Management ASM within Oracle s RAC environment since it allows us to make both copies of the data on our cluster visible to the Oracle installation at the same time said this IT manager We can perform our backup from the data center to the least busy cluster node When we backed up to the A node we had slower backup times So since we ve moved that over and we ve been able to do the backup from the other node the B node it s decreased our backup time from about 12 hours to under two hours Oracle backup tips Some helpful Oracle backup best practices from the experts include Hot backups which are taken when the database is active don t back up active transactions Compress your Oracle backups with either Oracle tools or third party software such as the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager For instance with Oracle RMAN table compression can reduce the time required to perform large table full able scans by half If maintaining storage space is

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/tip/Oracle-backup-with-RMAN-and-Automatic-Storage-Manager (2016-02-10)
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  • Troubleshoot and Solve Data backup processes Problems - SearchStorage.com.au
    containerised data centres Containerised data centres are useful disaster recovery infrastructure But if you use a lot of storage don t expect off the shelf units to do the job Continue Reading Mean time between failure vs load unload cycles Mean time between failure the traditional metric used to predict the life of a disk drive is being challenged by counts of load unload cycles and annualized failure rates Continue Reading Oracle backup with RMAN and Automatic Storage Manager Learn best practices for backing up Oracle using RMAN and Automatic Storage Manager in this tip Continue Reading Server virtualisation may have big disaster recovery payoff The biggest impact of server virtualisation may be in disaster recovery improving the recovery time of apps that you wouldn t dedicate a standby server to Continue Reading CDP Getting what you need Many experts say CDP will replace traditional backup But before you take the plunge into CDP here are some key points to consider when choosing a CDP product Continue Reading CDP Super snapshots eventually This tip details two different definitions of CDP the offerings from vendors in each camp and how continuous data protection differs from snapshots Continue Reading ADS BY GOOGLE Latest TechTarget resources CIO AU Security AU Data Backup Disaster Recovery SMB Storage Storage Channel Search CIO com au Internet of Things Food safety apps set to emerge Food safety could emerge as a key application for the Internet of Things in the coming months providing real time visibility in Cloud security culture a building block for today s businesses As organizations today move more data to the cloud it s important to cultivate a cloud security culture and enlist a CISO a new How to do an advanced data analytics project on the cheap Delivering an advanced data analytics project to the business can cost a fortune But with some imagination CIOs can do it for Search Security com au Weigh the benefits risks of going mobile in the enterprise Smartphone and tablet use in the enterprise can help boost productivity improve employee satisfaction and lower costs However Conquer BYOD risks with mobile device management Bring your own device has a number of inherent security challenges Expert Lisa Phifer explains how a mobile device management The IT security gold rush is on Security budgets in Australia are soaring as hacking incidents reach new levels Search Data Backup Data protection technologies Experts offer predictions Predictions for data protection in 2016 include the resurgence of tape rise of copy data management special optimized options Veeam Availability Suite to get physical complement Veeam CEO Ratmir Timashev talks physical backup the shifting enterprise competitive landscape and why he has no plans to take Arcserve Unified Data Protection upgrade supports instant recovery The new version of Arcserve UDP provides near zero RTOs and RPOs The upgrade also supports snapshots and extends the product s Search Disaster Recovery Druva Phoenix rises as disaster recovery service Druva launches disaster recovery as a service for its Phoenix

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/info/problemsolve/Data-backup-processes (2016-02-10)
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  • Using Nimble Storage, construction firm reconstructs storage set-up
    cloning inline compression and replication for the base price Schipper said Graniterock was one of Nimble Storage s first beta testers and it purchased two devices in early 2011 The Nimble systems have 16 TB of usable capacity and 1 3 TB of flash cache apiece What we did was take a bunch of disparate storage systems that were aging and not really up to date technology and replaced them with a couple of systems that were up to date noted Rick Boston Graniterock s network engineer We set these two systems up so they snapshot and replicate to each other We have no single point of failure We were probably I O bound in some apps but performance took off when we put Nimble in It s always easier to manage it doesn t take a two week training course Rick Boston Graniterock s network engineer Boston said Graniterock uses the Nimble storage for approximately 100 VMware servers including those for its principle Exchange 2010 and SQL Server applications The company puts copies of Exchange and database servers on both Nimble storage systems and replicates between them for redundancy The result was a huge performance boost according to Boston Our users were always complaining before he said We were probably I O bound in some apps but performance took off when we put Nimble in It s always easier to manage it doesn t take a two week training course With EMC we planned upgrades a month in advance We ve done several updates with Nimble and it s pretty much automatic It upgrades one controller switches to the other one upgrades that and you just have to sit there and watch it Perhaps the hardest part of the entire process was migrating data from the legacy systems to Nimble That took three months but Graniterock completed it without having to pay for outside services That was a huge project Boston said Our initial goal was to move all the virtual machine devices to the Nimble and replace the Exchange servers We also had to move the SQL servers and reconfigure all our backups Graniterock also changed its backup strategy after switching over Before it backed up physical and virtual machines separately and its 2 TB Data Domain appliances were saturated Now the Nimble storage serves as backup Our backup strategy is replication between two Nimble storage devices so we have the ability to fail over from one to another Schipper said We consider both Nimbles as primary storage One is primary for some applications and the other is primary for other pieces of data and we can fail over With both Nimble devices at its main data center Graniterock still uses tape for off site disaster recovery but Schipper said he may eventually add a third Nimble system off site to replace tape Dig Deeper on iSCSI SAN storage All News Problem Solve Nexsan launches unified storage architecture with flash cache ISCSI replacing Fibre Channel as dominant storage

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240149309/Using-Nimble-Storage-construction-firm-reconstructs-storage-set-up (2016-02-10)
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  • Legal Aid NSW picks EMC CDP for SAN, DR upgrade
    could purely to get rid of unwanted stuff so we could reduce the amount of data to migrate We just did full disaster recovery testing in the middle of the day without creating any hassles That was the first time in my 15 year working life I was able to do it in the middle of the day without effecting production systems Safdar Iqbal Operations Manager Information Technology Services Legal Aid New South Wales The organisation also had to plan how to run its virtual servers from its new storage arrays Our storage area for virtual machines was separate to the environment we used for storage supporting physical servers Iqbla explained to SearchStorage ANZ There was a LUN for a virtual that was not shared by anything else so we picked that up and migrated it That takes longer but there is less chance of error the only other way to do it we could think of was to migrate the virtual machines and then attach a data volume The migration effort nevertheless required six to eight weeks but the outcomes have been worth it because the organisation now has far better disaster recovery facilities than it did before its upgrade This improvement has come about thanks to the installation of a new CX4 in the organisation s backup data centre and the implementation of EMC s RecoverPoint continuous data protection software One of the objectives for the upgrade was to implement RecoverPoint and VMware Site Recovery Manager Iqbal said We wanted our outage windows to be as small as possible It used to be 24 hours but now we have continuous replication thanks to an Internet Protocol link between the organisation s two data centres Iqbal said this arrangement has proven exceptionally robust Dig Deeper on Data deduplication and reduction All News Problem Solve Week in review Hitachi s unified storage system will EMC buy XtremIO Symantec Australia leaves its NAS offshore for now Simpana 9 on sale in Q3 adds source based de duplication Data Domain rejects EMC s offer Load More View All Week in review Hitachi s unified storage system will EMC buy XtremIO Symantec Australia leaves its NAS offshore for now Simpana 9 on sale in Q3 adds source based de duplication Data Domain rejects EMC s offer Load More View All News Where to use data deduplication technology How to buy data deduplication How to understand deduplication ratios When and where should you dedupe Load More View All Problem solve ADS BY GOOGLE Latest TechTarget resources CIO AU Security AU Data Backup Disaster Recovery SMB Storage Storage Channel Search CIO com au Internet of Things Food safety apps set to emerge Food safety could emerge as a key application for the Internet of Things in the coming months providing real time visibility in Cloud security culture a building block for today s businesses As organizations today move more data to the cloud it s important to cultivate a cloud security culture and enlist a

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