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  • HDS, NetApp and EMC all agree on big data
    organic growth mean the company now has more than 10 000 employees and Dave Hitz says culture change is now inevitable But the company is also struggling according to Zerowait to get enough FAS 3200 out the door to meet demand A little bird has also whispered to SearchStorage ANZ that all is not well in the land of the big blue staple with a few large deployments running off the rails thanks in part to difficulties finding enough storage savvy engineers on both client and vendor side We also for what it is worth hear of V Block installations being more than a little frustrating But back to the blogs where Backblaze got our attention with a post titled 5 years of Twitter in 1 3 a Backblaze pod Your author would condemn the grammar had he not just left a word off a magazine cover d oh but will condemn the clickbait headline which at first had us thinking Twitter had moved away from Amazon S3 but turned out to be a wee piece of speculation The company s post about missing data from cancer researchers was at least more accurate While on the melancholy topic of cancer SearchStorage ANZ Editor Simon Sharwood has been invited by CSC to ride in the Tour De Cure a marathon cycling event that aims to raise funds to help those afflicted by the disease and also fund research towards a cure He ll be doing 100kms 60 miles on April 2 nd Feel free to sponsor him here or learn about the event here And keep an eye on his Twitter feed at ssharwood CSC has promised to hook him up to a GPS thingy so you can track him through automated tweets Once again back to the blogs in this case StorageNerve who was one of a few folks to get a gig at an HDS Bloggers Day Technical Deep Dive looks at the future of enterprise drives and Hugh Yoshida touches on a similar subject with this post about how HDS fits into the Hitachi GST acquisition We d be remiss not to mention the terrible events in Japan which HDS bloggers cover off seems that HDS top brass quickly let everyone know that all s well in the company s facilities But as Hitachi group has more than 100 000 employees the company is braced for bad news DRAMexchange com says flash memory supply will be down by around 4 as a result of the disasters IBM s Tony Pearson has some Dealing With Distributed State but it seems so elaborate it deserves a mention Pillar Data asks Is VDI just a throwback to dumb terminals If you deliver virtualised dumb terminals then yes we imagine Myvirtualcloud also ponders VDI The prolific Preston de Guise looks at Staging vs Cloning and Emulex continues to be aggressive in its own little corner of the industry seemingly unaware that no one else cares Here s a newly thrown punch Dig

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240033758/HDS-NetApp-and-EMC-all-agree-on-big-data (2016-02-10)
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  • ANALYSIS: Is Virgin Blue’s outage a storage problem?
    So what does Virgin mean by solid state disk server One possible translation is that it could be solid state disk in a server a plausible scenario given that an application like a reservations system can probably use as much I O as it can get its proverbial hands on A solid state disk would move things along nicely This theory holds a little water as if you read further into the airline s statement as it says Navitaire was able to isolate the point of failure to the device in question relatively quickly but that an initial decision to seek to repair the device proved less than fruitful and also contributed to the delay in initiating a cutover to a contingency hardware platform If an SSD in a server failed it would be easy enough to figure that out and swap in a new one or try to restore the integrity of the data it contained But it s a little odd that a mission critical application like this did not have at least one redundant drive in place But what about those lovely big RAMdisks that connect to the PCI bus They re often described as disks and they are certainly solid state One use case for RAMdisk is to load a database so that it goes faster The nature of the devices means they re not as likely to have redundant backups For the sake of argument let s assume there was just one SSD in the application s main server and that the physical failure of the drive led to data corruption The data in the system had not been written to magnetic disk or been copied into a RAID set for a while At this point the Navitaire team was faced with a tricky chore to restore data including recent transactions and get it running on the backup rig That could account for the 21 hour delay What about the SAN The extreme rebuild scenario outlined above is we believe plausible But it s more plausible if you factor in a little extra complexity A single disk after all is relatively easy to restore A storage array is another matter entirely Imagine a whole set of disks solid state or otherwise in an array striking a problem Or a critical part of the array hitting a snag like a disk drawer failing for some reason That could easily account for the 21 hour cutover time As it happens a search for Navitaire and SAN brings up this case study about Navitaire mentioning NetApp and StorageTek as storage infrastructure providers The case study is an oldie StorageTek was acquired by Sun a few years back and its brand has mostly disappeared Some of the NetApp products it mentions are at end of life But one of the products NearStore seems very much alive We ve called NetApp s Australian PR representatives and they are not at this time able to confirm that Navitaire remains a user

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240022775/OPINION-Is-Virgin-Blues-outage-a-storage-problem (2016-02-10)
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  • HDS and EMC's unified plans ridiculed by 3Par, Pillar, NetApp labelled "NotApp"
    the final solution NotApp err NetApp is also pretty up front this week saying that it would require the suspension of most critical faculties to say either HP or EMC have anything like unified storage Storage Sanity is also pulling no punches this week labelling most competitive tests conducted by vendors a lousy lazy and professionally embarrassing marketing practice Musings of Rodos also speaks plainly by offering us his observation that My word of the day yesterday was Cloudwashing as he constantly sees vendors taking something old or existing and just label it Cloud How often are you seeing that Some aged managed service now turned into a Cloud Service Blunt reaction to HDS The bluntness continues in the blogosphere s reaction to HDS re entry to the server space as mentioned by Michael Hay 3Par s Marc Farley declares HDS marketing strategy is to copy its rivals making the new unified computing play dull He does at least offer us the cool graphic below StorageBod meanwhile reckons stacks are the new must have item for any self respecting infrastructure vendor And if you don t have one you d better announce one just in case Elsewhere things tone down a bit Preston de Guise looks at running NetWorker on OpenSolaris Emulex offers some commentary on future networking options So does Stephen Foskett a bit with this piece wondering what Microsoft is doing about FCoE and this one about networking nomeclature Scott Lowe works in similar territory analysing multi hop FCoE and then RCoE too Online Storage Optimization looks at the evolving role of dedupe and Modern Backup gets into some arguments about dedupe vs compression via the SNIA dictionary The Storage Architect offers the inevitable gosh that volcano in Iceland has made me think twice about disaster recovery piece and does so very competently Ray On Storage wonders about the role of storage trade shows after visiting SNW USA Insider stuff Some nice insider stuff this week thanks to Information Playground s tale of how he picked up an EMC certification StorageZilla offers inisghts into the realities of product development economics HP offers an interesting look inside its factories check out the video below yes we are pimping for a higher time on page metric help us out will you to see how it assembles racks Dig Deeper on Data backup and protection All News Problem Solve Cloud storage boom as users rush to outsourcers Incriptus heads for the enterprise A sneak peek at Avamar vCloud Protector Storage considerations for containerised data centres Load More View All Cloud storage boom as users rush to outsourcers Incriptus heads for the enterprise A sneak peek at Avamar vCloud Protector Rackspace s cloud storage outage Load More View All News Storage considerations for containerised data centres Solid state hard drive data recovery is not easy How to beat Bit Rot How to create a business continuity plan View All Problem solve ADS BY GOOGLE Latest TechTarget resources CIO AU Security AU Data

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240018954/HDS-and-EMCs-unified-plans-ridiculed-by-3Par-Pillar-NetApp-labelled-NotApp (2016-02-10)
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  • Christmas peace as EMC, NetApp, IBM all leave each other alone
    let s just say it s time for me to get back on my bicycle either that or I need to type faster when summarising blogs like Cinetica s Cinetica s post on Christmas FUD which is pretty much the only post I have been able to find in this column s usual vein of spleen venting and name calling Which is not to say there is not some good stuff out there For example folks are already contemplating EMC s Archer acquisition Gartner s Burton acquisition and Iomega s very interesting desktop virtualisation play v Clone There are plenty of year in retrospect 2010 predictions pieces out there too Storage Architect says goodbye to 2009 by finally dumping his PATA drives V Tacit sums up the year as does Stephen Foskett and StorageMojo in this post IDEAS International looks ahead a practice IBM encourages in the form of the development of a new storage strategy and does more of the same here Storagebod sits somewhere in between The blogosphere also records a couple of significant job moves with Scott Lowe joining EMC and Storage Alchemist also finding a new home Preston de Guise has the same food on table gig but has moved his NetWorker here The first big oh yeah I ll look at this again post comes via Kiwi Si who points to this nifty RAID tutorial There are some nice technical posts out there and my favourite is Stephen Foskett s on 4K advanced format drives Ray on Storage has some nice laws of unstructured data and NetApp rounds up its performance under VMWare Pivot Point remarks on SSDs and host swapping while Canned Platypus gets geeky with FUSE and Cassandra and About Restore considers Four Must Ask Questions About Metadata and Deduplication Drobo continues to get lots of blog love this week from Storage Architect and Datacore Dull vendor posts are emerging too Chuck Hollis has a couple here and Hu Yoshida clocks on for 2010 with another example of the genre Lastly a couple of personal posts StorageZilla is his usual acerbic self in this pointer to a tale of a job interview gone wrong But Calvin Zito s heartfelt post is likely to remain in readers minds for 2010 Best of luck for the year Calvin Dig Deeper on Data backup and protection All News Problem Solve Cloud storage boom as users rush to outsourcers Incriptus heads for the enterprise A sneak peek at Avamar vCloud Protector Storage considerations for containerised data centres Load More View All Cloud storage boom as users rush to outsourcers Incriptus heads for the enterprise A sneak peek at Avamar vCloud Protector Rackspace s cloud storage outage Load More View All News Storage considerations for containerised data centres Solid state hard drive data recovery is not easy How to beat Bit Rot How to create a business continuity plan View All Problem solve ADS BY GOOGLE Latest TechTarget resources CIO AU Security AU Data Backup Disaster Recovery SMB

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240019154/Christmas-peace-as-EMC-NetApp-IBM-all-leave-each-other-alone (2016-02-10)
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  • Users shun VMware backup technologies, stick to older products
    having to pull data over to the proxy server and doing away with the requirement that the proxy server be dedicated to virtual machine backup It can be a backup server doing physical environment backup too Whitehouse said So far few data backup vendors have vStorage API integration shipping within their backup products though almost all say they have plans Currently shipping products with VMware vStorage API integration include CA Inc s ARCserve Backup 12 5 day one support FalconStor Software Inc s Network Storage Server NSS and PHD Virtual s esXpress 3 6 snapshots only full support will follow in version 4 0 Quantum Corp OEM s esXpress Veeam s Backup Recovery 4 0 slated for release this fall will also integrate with the vStorage APIs Products with roadmap plans to integrate with the vStorage API include AppAssure s self titled continuous data protection CDP product Asigra Inc s Hybrid Cloud Backup v9 and v9 2 Service Pack BakBone Software Inc s NetVault Double Take Software Inc s Double Take Backup EMC Corp s Avamar and NetWorker Symantec Corp s Backup Exec 2010 and NetBackup 7 0 and Zmanda Inc s Zmanda Recovery Manager Some vendors said they were still evaluating the new APIs As VMware continues to enhance the API framework to deliver enhanced capabilities backup to tape application consistency etc NetApp will evaluate and provide integration into the VCB framework appropriately wrote a NetApp Inc spokesperson in an email to SearchDataBackup CommVault Technologies Inc and NetApp argue their current integrations offer the same benefits to customers as the vStorage API According to Eric Burgener VP of marketing for continuous data protection CDP and disaster recovery DR player InMage which is OEMed by Hitachi Data Systems HDS in another email to SearchDataBackup Going forward as more and more companies deploy production VMs using Citrix and Hyper V we feel that this API will be less important as people will be looking for a single data protection solution whether that s for backup or DR that can simultaneously manage all three environments the same way vCenter plugins Another feature of vSphere 4 is the ability to add software management plugins to VMware s vCenter management console allowing elements of the underlying infrastructure including backup software and devices to be managed by the VMware administrator One example of such integration is a plugin from FalconStor to manage NSS snapshots most vendors that plan integration with the vStorage API plan a vCenter plugin option Data Recovery For small and medium sized businesses SMBs vSphere 4 will include VMware s own version of an application written with the vStorage APIs called Data Recovery The product takes a snapshot of a virtual machine and then does a granular backup from that snapshot to remove the processing load from the production machine Data Recovery can also do file level recovery from a VMDK backup It s aimed at smaller customers without a good data backup tool and will be limited to disk based backups

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240020849/Users-shun-VMware-backup-technologies-stick-to-older-products (2016-02-10)
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  • ASIC flags database virtualization push as part of massive Symantec backup rollout
    of virtualization technologies with the tender stating that the software will backup three SQL database server VM s one Oracle database server VM and 17 Lotus Domino server VM s but that tenderers should expect that The SQL and Oracle database VM s will grow to 3 times this approx in the next 12 months Data deduplication is also on ASIC s agenda but the organisation is unsure if it will hand this task to Symantec stating that It is yet to be determined whether software or hardware based deduplication will be used What ASIC wants to buy from Symantec Product of licenses ASIC Comment VRTS NETBACKUP ENTERPRISE SERVER 6 5 WIN TIER 2 STD LIC GOV BAND S 18 With Bare Metal Restore Option VRTS NETBACKUP ENTERPRISE CLIENT 6 5 WIN TIER 2 STD LIC GOV BAND S 75 One for each ESX box and one for each physical server to enable snapshotting VRTS NETBACKUP CLIENT APPLICATION AND DATABASE PACK 6 5 WIN TIER 2 STD LIC GOV BAND S 35 Application and DB packs for SQL Lotus Notes and Oracle VRTS NETBACKUP PUREDISK 6 5 XPLAT 1 TBYTE FRONT END CAPACITY STD LIC GOV BAND S 42 Deduplication Rough estimation of 42 TB across all Physical and VM guests VRTS NETBACKUP STANDARD CLIENT 6 5 XPLAT STD LIC GOV BAND S 0 VRTS BACKUP REPORTER 6 6 XPLAT PER CLIENT STD LIC GOV BAND S 147 To enable trending and additional reporting feature over standard VRTS NETBACKUP ENTERPRISE CLIENT 6 5 UNX TIER 2 STD LIC GOV BAND S 72 One for each Physical Unix server Enteprise client selected to enable snapshotting Tiering may change Symantec Optional Products SYMANTEC ENTERPRISE VAULT FOR LOTUS NOTES MAIL ARCHIVING SYMANTEC ENTERPRISE VAULT FOR FILES ARCHIVING SYMANTEC ENTERPRISE VAULT FOR eDISCOVERY SYMANTEC STORAGE FOUNDATION STORAGE FOUNDATION CLUSTER FILE SYSTEM SYMANTEC VOLUME REPLICATOR Symantec Enterprise Essential Support VRTS NETBACKUP ENTERPRISE SERVER 6 5 WIN TIER 2 RENEWAL ESSENTIAL 12 MONTHS GOV BAND S 18 VRTS NETBACKUP ENTERPRISE CLIENT 6 5 WIN TIER 2 ESSENTIAL 12 MONTHS GOV BAND S 75 VRTS NETBACKUP CLIENT APPL AND DB PACK 6 5 WIN TIER 2 ESSENTIAL 12 MONTHS GOV BAND S 35 VRTS NETBACKUP PUREDISK 6 5 XPLAT 1 TBYTE FRONT END CAPACITY ESSENTIAL 12 MONTHS GOV BAND S 42 VRTS NETBACKUP STANDARD CLIENT 6 5 XPLAT ESSENTIAL 12 MONTHS GOV BAND S 0 VRTS BACKUP REPORTER 6 6 XPLAT PER CLIENT INITIAL ESSENTIAL 12 MONTHS GOV BAND S 147 VRTS NETBACKUP ENTERPRISE CLIENT 6 5 UNX TIER 2 ESSENTIAL 12 MONTHS GOV BAND S 72 Source RFT for the provision of Symantec Backup and Recovery Software Licenses and related Support Services ISP2009 23361 Dig Deeper on Data backup processes All News Problem Solve Maritime museum backs up with HP LeftHand Microsoft EMC preparing SnapImage upgrade for Solaris Users shun VMware backup technologies stick to older products How to backup and restore Active Directory Load More View All Maritime museum backs up with HP LeftHand Microsoft

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240019170/ASIC-flags-database-virtualization-push-as-part-of-massive-Symantec-backup-rollout (2016-02-10)
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  • How to backup and restore Active Directory
    domain controllers will replicate the contents of the Active Directory database to your newly rebuilt domain controller When designing a data backup strategy for your domain controllers be sure to take into account that not all domain controllers are created equally In Windows Server 2008 for example you can optionally create Read Only Domain Controllers RODCs If you are planning on only backing up a limited number of domain controllers then RODCs make a poor choice as a backup target because they are not capable of replicating their Active Directory information to other domain controllers There are also five Flexible Single Master Operations FSMO Roles that are used by Active Directory Some of these roles exist at the forest level and others exist at the domain level It is important that you know which domain controllers these roles have been assigned to because there are consequences to restoring these domain controllers For example the Relative Identifier RID Master maintains a list of all of the objects within a domain Restoring the RID master can sometimes result in Active Directory corruption this is especially true of Windows 2000 so you should try to avoid restoring the Relative Identifier Master unless you are performing an authoritative Active Directory restoration The same can be said of the Schema Master The Schema Master is responsible for maintaining the Active Directory schema If you restore the Schema Master you can end up with orphaned objects or attributes in the Active Directory You should therefore try to avoid restoring the Schema Master unless you are performing an authoritative restoration It is important for you to understand the difference between transferring and seizing Flexible Single Master Operations roles Transferring an FSMO role involves manually assigning that role to another domain controller You can only transfer a role while the server that is currently assigned the role is available and in a healthy state For example you would transfer the FSMO roles to another domain controller if you are planning on gracefully demoting the domain controller to member server status or if you are planning on taking the domain controller offline for an extended period of time Transferring Flexible Single Master Operations roles is the preferred method for reassigning the FSMO roles to a different domain controller but you can only transfer a role if the server that currently holds the role is available and healthy In situations in which a role holder has failed catastrophically and there is no chance of recovering it server you will have to seize the role Seizing a role should generally be used as a last resort Although not technically classified as an FSMO role you need to be aware of the Global Catalog role You also need to make sure you know which domain controllers have been designated as global catalogs A Global Catalog server contains a record of every object in the forest Global catalog failures can have some interesting consequences For example many applications perform Active Directory searches over

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240020851/How-to-backup-and-restore-Active-Directory (2016-02-10)
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  • Server virtualisation may have big disaster recovery payoff
    multiday recovery points and recovery times Even if you were replicating the application s data it wasn t always possible to get an identical server to restore the application backup to You either had to go down the dank dark path of a bare metal restore to different hardware or pursue a new OS and application install all the while hoping you had a record of all the patches needed to mount that database The different hardware problem is solved because virtual machines are indeed virtual machines they all run with the same set of drivers and can t tell if they ve been moved from one host to another In addition virtual machine snapshots from VMware or even Microsoft s Virtual Server or Hyper V are just files so restoring a virtual machine is just a matter of mounting the files on a new host Rather than relying on tape transfers you can schedule snapshots of your virtual machines and transfer them to the DR site over the replication link And if your network guys can prioritise traffic properly it won t interfere with real time replication The real fun comes when a disaster is declared and you have to start switching over to the standby servers Because the suspenders and belt crowd set up their DR infrastructure to be able to take over at full speed the minute the switch was thrown their DR site has lots of compute horsepower Of course lots of horsepower means lots of money The more frugal companies take advantage of VMotion which moves virtual servers from one host to another dynamically while they re still running and in addition DR providers like SunGard s shared server offerings With shared servers you pay a few shekels to the DR provider every month for the right to claim servers out of their stock at the DR site when you declare an emergency Once you declare that you get the servers for your exclusive use and can install VMWare ESX on them Then once the new hosts are up you can use VMotion or even better VMware DRS to dynamically allocate virtual servers to hosts based on load and to mount your virtual servers on the new hosts This will boost your application performance probably before your users can get to their new workplaces to use the applications Note The same trick albeit with longer recovery times can be used with vendor s server quick ship programs that will ship you new servers in the event of a disaster This was first published in February 2008 Dig Deeper on Data backup processes All News Problem Solve Maritime museum backs up with HP LeftHand Microsoft EMC preparing SnapImage upgrade for Solaris Users shun VMware backup technologies stick to older products ASIC flags database virtualization push as part of massive Symantec backup rollout Load More View All Maritime museum backs up with HP LeftHand Microsoft EMC preparing SnapImage upgrade for Solaris Users shun VMware backup technologies stick

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/tip/Server-virtualisation-may-have-big-disaster-recovery-payoff (2016-02-10)
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