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  • Cloud backup - the pros and cons
    t require physical transport from the offsite location tape handling or seek time Files to be recovered are located and streamed over the WAN connection saving time and eliminating the need for a local tape infrastructure Accessibility Cloud backup may be attractive to organizations that couldn t afford the investment and maintenance of a disaster recovery infrastructure or for those who can but recognize the greater efficiency and cost savings to be gained by outsourcing Offsite data copies accessible from any Internet connected device location provide an added measure of insurance in the event of a regional disaster There are cloud backup tradeoffs too including Seeding data and full recovery Depending on the total capacity of data the first full backup and or full recovery of site data could prove to be too time consuming and impactful on production systems Size limitations Depending on bandwidth availability every organization will have a threshold for the most reasonable capacity of data that can be transferred daily to the cloud These limitations will have an impact on backup strategies Discontinuation of the service Understanding the most graceful exit strategy for the service is just as important as vetting specific features Termination or early withdrawal fees cancellation notification and data extraction are just a few of the factors to be considered Nonexistent service level agreements SLAs The performance of the service and the guarantees that backup is completed successfully is not always in the provider s control For example availability of sufficient bandwidth the amount of data that has to be transferred over the network and accessibility to systems to be protected are all scenarios that could contribute to non compliance with service level agreements Who ya gonna call A number of cloud backup providers cater to specific needs and sizes of organizations The vendor landscape can be broken down into a few categories Backup SaaS Many of the large traditional backup vendors have a SaaS component in their portfolios EMC acquired Mozy in October 2007 offering services that span from consumer desktops laptops and small and medium sized business SMB servers and applications Similarly IBM acquired Arsenal Digital and is now offering Remote Data Protection for servers and applications and an online desktop laptop backup based on its CDP for Files product Symantec Corp built out its own backup SaaS capabilities in its Symantec Protection Network leveraging in house backup technology Hewlett Packard HP Co delivers HP Electronic Vaulting Service for Enterprises Other vendors such as Iron Mountain with its LiveVault and Connected services Seagate i365 s EvaultSaaS Backup and Carbonite Online Backup round out this category Backup solutions with cloud partners Rather than build out or acquire cloud infrastructure several backup software vendors have enabled cloud backup via partnerships with cloud storage providers CA introduced Instant Recovery on Demand combining its XOsoft technology with a third party provider Zmanda introduced its Cloud Backup product pairing its open source based backup software with Amazon S3 non proprietary cloud storage Cloud storage Several vendors

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240020836/Cloud-backup-the-pros-and-cons (2016-02-10)
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  • How Google runs its storage and more from the storage blogs
    A couple of posts riff on lockin namely DataCore s Australian team and Chuck Hollis Speaking of Australia there s some interesting marketing going on over at NetApp which has made a video about a win at local financial services group Suncorp It s also made a video with Dave Hitz and an accomplice talking about a whole bunch of stuff Suncorp hints at but doesn t say straight out in the final cut Your correspondent has never been a fan of the journos talking to journos sub genre of journalism so is not entirely sure what to make of the executive asking marketing person how great the marketing is sub genre of social marketing Also on NetApp StorageBod looks at its decision to resell Stornext and Eigenmagic explains thin provisioning with the big blue staple While we re on case studies here s one about EMC in Alaska At this point I d usually go for a cheap Sarah Pailin gag but Donald Trump has made her kind of obsolete There s a bit of chat around about AWS failure That one s from The Storage Architect and you can google the rest because they re not super interesting just like this Dell post on its storage plans given that what we all really want to know is how it s love hate relationship with EMC will play out Of more interest is Claus Mikkelsen on HDS UK Geek Day which also scored digital ink from the Architect This one however is interesting Canned Platypus coins a great term the Entreposeur Have a read if you re tired of people who endlessly talk about the great startup they re working on Perhaps oddly we could only find one post on recent disk mergers from Steve Foskett who also came up with this interesting piece about Thunderbolt the new super fast fibre channel derivative that Intel and Apple have slapped into newer Macs and which he says may herald a new mode of Mac to SAN connections Storage Switzerland has a look at the future of tape and ESX Virtualization points an ESX host at a FreeNAS and notes the results Ray on Storage notes a CDMI plugfest Lastly some mixed news Farley has retired StorageRap but promises a new multi media oriented storage blog Farley has a great face for podcasts as we say in the trade so the new venture should be interesting Big cheers for Chad Sakac s wife Susan too as he blogs she ran the Boston Marathon in just under four hours Your correspondent would struggle to double that distance in the same time on a bicycle so kudos to Susan Dig Deeper on Data storage vendors All News Problem Solve SGI adopts hybrid storage for clustered NAS Symantec aims Data Insight 3 0 at unstructured data management IT data storage priorities 2012 Virtualization dedupe and cloud NetApp announces Big Data solutions as market grows Load More View All SGI adopts hybrid storage for clustered

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240035086/How-Google-runs-its-storage-and-more-from-the-storage-blogs (2016-02-10)
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  • News, Analysis and Opinion for Storage careers and advice - SearchStorage.com.au
    what lies ahead June 12 2009 12 Jun 09 SNIA ANZ announces new training courses The Storage Networking Industry Association of Australia and Zealand has announced three new training courses in July and August March 24 2009 24 Mar 09 Cloud backup the pros and cons Cloud backup is fast becoming a rival to tape But it s not for everyone as analyst Lauren Whitehouse explains in this assessment of the pros and cons of the technology March 10 2009 10 Mar 09 SNIA ANZ announces 2009 training courses SNIA ANZ has announced four training courses while SNIA s global incarnation has started work on cloud storage specifications April 20 2008 20 Apr 08 Storage Decisions Australia 2009 the washup Looking for presentations and photos from Storage Decisions 2009 Read on to find all the content from the conference March 04 2008 04 Mar 08 SNIA ANZ offers free virtualisation education Storage networking industry body invites users to learn about storage virtualisation in free workshops February 21 2008 21 Feb 08 SNIA ANZ on track for world domination SNIA ANZ initiatives are being noticed by the storage industry worldwide with new local alliances offering the potential for more relevant storage standards December 19 2007 19 Dec 07 SNIA ANZ launches new education program with virtualisation event SNIA ANZ will kick off its 2008 education program with a new one day event format July 09 2007 09 Jul 07 SNIA ANZ launches first education course plans for bright future The Storage Networking Industry Association s SNIA s ANZ chapter has announced its first ever local training courses and outlined its plans to serve storage users with a range of new activities June 11 2007 11 Jun 07 SNIA ANZ expands board The Storage Networking Industry Association has expanded its board to include representatives of system integrators and end users for the first time November 27 2006 27 Nov 06 SNIA survey finds most businesses lack decent DR A new survey from SNIA suggests that Australian businesses do not have decent disaster recovery DR regimes in place November 13 2006 13 Nov 06 Here come the versatilists The next generation of IT departments will be staffed by versatilists a new caste of twenty something multi disciplinary IT workers that will be needed if businesses are to achieve growth in coming years 1 2 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

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/info/news/Storage-careers-and-advice (2016-02-10)
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  • iSCSI SAN performance remains strong after 10 years
    with less storage than the iSCSI SAN We haven t had any iSCSI performance or reliability issues I ve had no downtime Donald Wilkins IT director at health care transaction clearinghouse Navicure Inc in Duluth Ga agreed that FC is unnecessary for his needs because his EqualLogic iSCSI SANs are holding up fine running his Oracle database We re hammering the SAN all day long and it s performing well Wilkins said Have we thought about Fibre Channel Yes Have we wanted to do that No we think iSCSI is sufficient for our needs The simplicity of managing an iSCSI SAN is a lot easier than dealing with Fibre Channel And 10 GigE is adequate for our needs Navicure purchased its first EqualLogic PS100 iSCSI SAN in 2004 and has since added 34 arrays that include the PS1200 PS3600 PS5000 PS6000 and PS6510 Wilkins said approximately 30 of his network runs on 10 GbE with the rest on GigE More on iSCSI SAN performance Examining the role of iSCSI storage area networks in your storage shop Examine our iSCSI handbook iSCSI SAN reliability vs FC SAN performance A guide to iSCSI SAN performance best practices Virtualization encourages boost in iSCSI SAN performance Christopher Patti director of technology at AccuWeather Inc said his firm purchased two PS5000 arrays in 2008 months after Dell acquired EqualLogic The State College Pa based weather forecasting service has acquired four more EqualLogic arrays and has around 50 TB of usable storage on its iSCSI SANs AccuWeather consolidated onto EqualLogic from EMC Clariion and HP EVA Fibre Channel arrays and NAS systems that had been purchased for individual projects The company now has PS5000XV SAS and PS5000E and PS6000E SATA arrays for its VMware and SQL Server clusters and to support its website AccuWeather runs SQL Server on SAS arrays and virtual machines and lower performance applications on SATA Patti said his team found it easier to manage and allocate storage on EqualLogic Our storage administrator is also our VMware administrator he said He s a jack of all trades We needed to be able to get our storage up and running quickly Patti said the switch to EqualLogic from FC SANs saved money both in upfront costs and service and maintenance He said the original EqualLogic installation took less than an hour and major upgrades can be performed in a day without using outside consultants Trying to upgrade a Clariion required an expert to come out and get FLARE Clariion s operating system upgraded he said People here were afraid of it SANs are a great piece of technology but people are scared to heck of them We can t have downtime We re giving weather forecasts to customers worldwide We can t say we ll go offline say on Saturday We re not a nine to five operation Patti said uptime is more important than high performance for AccuWeather s storage The weather service stores a great deal of satellite data required for its

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/feature/iSCSI-SAN-performance-remains-strong-after-10-years (2016-02-10)
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  • Storage networking infrastructure trends must figure in upgrade plans
    virtualization The need for extra bandwidth could escalate as IT shops move to servers that use Intel s new Xeon process E5 2600 processors which can run more VMs per physical server said Bob Laliberte a senior analyst at ESG A lot of organizations in the next few years are planning on having more than 25 VMs per physical server he said As that happens higher throughput is going to be required to accommodate all the traffic from those virtual machines Stuart Miniman principal research contributor at Wikibon a community focused research and analyst firm based in Marlborough Mass expects adoption to increase with the embedding of 10 GbE technology in next generation rack and tower servers For the past couple of years 10 GbE was mostly found in blade servers he said IT shops have several options for 10 GbE adapters including network interface cards NICs converged network adapters CNAs which can function as TCP offload engines local area network LAN on motherboard LOM CNA on motherboard and CNAs embedded as mezzanine cards in blade servers Cisco the leading 10 GbE switch vendor announced support for 40 GbE and 100 GbE in January Fibre Channel over Ethernet With standards work complete the limitations of Fibre Channel over Ethernet have largely dissolved IT shops can now deploy lossless 10 GbE and FCoE technology end to end from servers to storage with multi hop switch to switch FCoE even in the network core But in practice most early adopters still use FCoE only between their servers and top of rack switches according to industry analysts The top of rack switches split the IP LAN traffic and the FC storage area network SAN traffic with the storage traffic continuing via Fibre Channel to core switches and storage arrays Dell Oro predicts that FCoE switch port shipments will shoot up 139 this year as revenue climbs 110 from 437 3 million to 919 6 million The market research firm also foresees 74 growth in revenue and 78 growth in switch port shipments for 2013 In both years fixed configuration switches including top of rack and embedded blade server comprise the majority as opposed to modular chassis based director level switches As 10 gig adoption ramps up FCoE is going to draft on that wave Wikibon s Miniman said FCoE isn t going to crush everything out there but it s gaining steady adoption The main switch vendors have supported FCoE in fabric switches since 2009 but last year Cisco made available multi hop switch to switch capabilities with the addition of FCoE support for its MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Directors 8 port module and Nexus 7000 32 port module Last year Brocade made available multi hop FCoE with its fixed port VDX switches but it has yet to support multi hop FCoE in modular director class switches CNAs ship in a variety of form factors including adapter cards mezzanine cards for blade servers and converged LAN on motherboard cLOM Gartner s Ruth said

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/feature/Storage-networking-infrastructure-trends-must-figure-in-upgrade-plans (2016-02-10)
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  • Intel introduces OpenFCoE, offers cheap fibre channel over Ethernet on-ramp
    said Open FCoE is supported by storage vendors EMC and NetApp and Fibre Channel switch vendors Cisco and Brocade It has also been certified for Microsoft Windows and Red Hat and SUSE Linux The new stack is seen by one industry observer as an important step in the evolution of FCoE as it adds another choice to the market while attempting to paint some vendors FCoE implementations as proprietary This move by Intel certainly starts to draw the lines in the unified fabric war says David Deakin storage and data centre consultancy Thomas Duryea s National Practice Manager for Data Centre Solutions It s a move that seems that Intel is throwing their hat in with the Cisco UCS players against the Brocade and HP converged network solutions At the very least it will accelerate the adoption of FCoE solutions in the marketplace due to Intel s dominance in the server adapter arena Another observer who requested anonymity suggested that the new stack may not be particularly attractive to end users as it is FCoE switches and not network adapters that are the major source of cost in FCoE adoptions The observer added that he sees few uses cases for FCoE other than booting from SAN which means 10GB Ethernet is a more attractive alternative A third observer a representative of an enterprise system integrator and NetApp reseller agreed that network adapters are not a game changer The cards are a minimal cost but assists in getting customers into Nexus 5k and Validates UCS even further he wrote to SearchStorage ANZ adding NetApp will love this as they are the only guys who truly do one wire for FCoE EMC still needs multiple cards for CX and NS Dig Deeper on Fibre Channel networking All News Problem Solve Brocade gets into the HBA business Melbourne IT plans to deploy EMC s new VPLEX storage federation and virtualization array EXCLUSIVE NetApp document Tip EMC s Celerra Clariion to go EOL in 2010 successor to emerge in Q3 Good reasons to adopt 8 GB Fibre Channel Load More View All Brocade gets into the HBA business Melbourne IT plans to deploy EMC s new VPLEX storage federation and virtualization array EXCLUSIVE NetApp document Tip EMC s Celerra Clariion to go EOL in 2010 successor to emerge in Q3 Good reasons to adopt 8 GB Fibre Channel Load More View All News Fibre Channel over Ethernet FCoE implementation guide File virtualisation limitations 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

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240031404/Intel-introduces-OpenFCoE-offers-cheap-fibre-channel-over-Ethernet-on-ramp (2016-02-10)
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  • Why storage administrators have become bandwidth day traders
    storage managers are being asked to address Their efforts to do so he said are caused largely by multiple uses of thin provisioning that sees storage infrastructure become oversubscribed Storage managers are left to juggle resources to ensure virtual machines have access to the storage their designers intended even if those designers did not imagine the competition for capacity and bandwidth that VM sprawl creates Solid state disk complicates matters by increasing data flows It is about input output latency and how much you can push in and out of the system he said I O can even be an issue in the chassis The result is a scramble for resources that falls into storage administrators laps They need to optimise capacity not periodically bit constantly It means some seat of the pants real time jockeying It s like day trading on margin you are betting that before you need that money something will happen to make it available More rigorous processes Stephens said will help curb VM sprawl as a third of the problem comes from frivolous server creation But beyond that he believes storage administrators need capacity optimisation tools that span the SAN regardless of vendor to get the job done SolarWinds it s no coincidence sells just such products and asserts they work very well in the scenarios Stephens describes But he also said that the company is getting lots of attention from administrators not IT managers and or CIOs IT practitioners make the decision they want our and tell their boss to write us a cheque We rarely talk to CIOs or IT managers Dig Deeper on SAN virtualisation All News Problem Solve Bad sectors Storage news from Dell Zerowait and Waikato District Health Board New Zealand Bank banking on SAN virtualisation strategy VSphere Storage Appliance to replace mid range arrays analyst EMC SAN leads server upgrade at Statewide Super Load More View All Bad sectors Storage news from Dell Zerowait and Waikato District Health Board New Zealand Bank banking on SAN virtualisation strategy VSphere Storage Appliance to replace mid range arrays analyst EMC SAN leads server upgrade at Statewide Super Load More View All News How to create an iSCSI SAN using Xen How to use NAS gateways 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

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240034792/Why-storage-administrators-have-become-bandwidth-day-traders (2016-02-10)
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  • Brocade gets into the HBA business
    HBA which is compatible with servers running Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems The 10 GbE components will come from SilverBack as well The iSCSI initiator market has become commoditized many are available today for free However iSCSI HBAs which include TCP IP offload capabilities for boosting performance are a different animal with more of a market opportunity According to a recent ESG survey 66 of respondents who had adopted iSCSI also had at least one server connected to a storage system with an iSCSI HBA The Brocade 2110 is available immediately from Brocade and its channel partners The new Brocade 4 Gbit sec Fibre Channel HBAs are expected to be available in at the end of July 2007 and the next generation Brocade Intelligent Server Adapters are planned to be available in 2008 Earnings results and the Cisco factor Brocade also reported record revenues of US345 3 million during its conference call Thursday Revenues for the second quarter of 2007 increased 54 from US224 2 million reported in the first quarter of fiscal year 2007 and increased 89 from US182 7 million reported in the second quarter of fiscal year 2006 This was the first full quarter of combined revenue for Brocade and McData historically according to Klayko on Brocade s earnings call the second quarter has been a financially soft one for the company I am delighted to report that we have far exceeded the earnings commitments that we made when we acquired McData last year he said As you can see the McData integration is well ahead of schedule Despite its good performance this quarter some in the industry speculated that the move into the HBA market could be an effort to diversify and generate more revenue over upcoming quarters in order to hold its own against Cisco We can understand that Brocade may feel pressure to make some move to compete against other switch players but we do not expect this to have an impact on our business said Mike Smith executive vice president of worldwide marketing at Emulex in an email to SearchStorage However ESG s Babineau pointed out that a third player coming into the HBA market after what he termed a duopoly between QLogic Corp and Emulex Inc over the last several years will probably mean more competitive pricing for all Fibre Channel networking suppliers Cisco included They certainly battled with Cisco all day long this quarter but considering they just posted record revenue and the fact that this will influence supply side prices for everyone I don t think they got into this market because of Cisco Babineau said Meanwhile Brocade issued guidance that predicts a decline of around US5 million in revenues for the third quarter but said the quarter is historically one of flat or declining revenues a statement that met with skepticism from some financial analysts on the call and that the decline could be attributed to a softening in IT spending This was cited by NetApp in its

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240021695/Brocade-gets-into-the-HBA-business (2016-02-10)
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