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  • ISCSI storage gets performance makeover
    construction firm Glenvill Group EmBoot debuts new Windows iSCSI SAN boot EmBoot has shipped winBoot i v2 1 an update to its iSCSI boot from SAN product for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 and the forthcoming Microsoft Windows Server 2008 New features include support for Microsoft s Volume Shadow Copy Services VSS for quiescing open files while copying boot images support for writing crash dump results from Windows servers directly to iSCSI storage and the ability to install Windows Server 2008 from DVD 3PAR adds LDAP support 3PAR has added native support for LDAP an open source counterpart to Microsoft s Active Directory which provides end user authentication Users with LDAP can now use the same console to manage 3PAR s InServ Storage Servers that they already use to manage other LDAP compatible devices LeftHand lands Nikon Europe ISCSI SAN maker LeftHand Networks announced that Nikon Europe replaced a Fibre Channel SAN with its SANiQ system Ten remote offices spread across Europe have the IP SANs installed replicating to a central location CipherMax NeoScale offer key management for LTO 4 CipherMax s CM140T key management software now supports the key management functions for LTO 4 encrypting tape drives and media as well as line speed data encryption capabilities for virtual tape libraries VTL Elsewhere NeoScale announced two new APIs for partners to integrate storage products with its KeyVault key management system The APIs come in two flavors one for LTO 4 and one for disk Spectra Logic adds upgrade paths to tape line Spectra Logic s new midrange Spectra T200 T380 and T680 tape libraries now offer a direct growth path from 1 to 24 tape drives 50 to 680 slots of tape media and up to 136 TB of disk storage in one rack mount unit Pharmaceutical firm picks Riverbed Riverbed reported that Cubist Pharmaceuticals has deployed its Steelhead WAFS appliances on a globally distributed network The company picked Riverbed to accelerate replication of VMware virtual machine images for disaster recovery California school district extends contract with SSP California s Riverside Unified School district has extended its contract for another three years with a hosted storage provider School Web Lockers which specifically services K 12 schools and school districts The agreement will provide online collaboration and storage services to 46 000 students teachers and administrators in 45 schools Sanz wins 930 000 DoD deal Sanz has received an approximate 930 000 renewal order for backup recovery and archive products for a Department of Defense customer The customer was not named MessageLabs launches v3 0 of email archiving service MessageLabs launched v3 0 of its archiving service New features include attachment stubbing and support for Microsoft 2007 applications Neverfail adds low end replication Server failover vendor Neverfail released Neverfail Replicator designed for business processes that can tolerate some downtime The product supports failover and failback LAN and WAN networks physical and virtual servers a low bandwidth module for speeding WAN transfers and a direct upgrade path to Neverfail s higher

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240021842/ISCSI-storage-gets-performance-makeover (2016-02-10)
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  • Riverbed testing iSCSI optimisation for cloud computing
    of exploring how it can extract better performance from the iSCSI protocol over the WAN iSCSI is written as a LAN protocol says Riverbed s Senior Sales Engineer Damien Murphy It expects the storage to be right next door and therefore generates a lot of traffic between storage device users of data While this behaviour is tolerable on a LAN extra traffic on a WAN is more expensive and in the case of cloud computing and the very long physical journeys for data it leaves iSCSI storage vulnerable to slower access times that reduces the benefits of a move to the cloud Murphy thinks iSCSI s limitations can be overcome be aware if we are aware of the nature of the protocol and not send all those packets back and forth Riverbed has therefore investigated how to optimise iSCSI traffic and has conducted limited demonstrations of its efforts and deployed some of them to Amazon Web Services EC2 and S3 services for evaluation We are working with Fortune 100 customers and very large organisations on this globally Murphy says It is very similar to when Riverbed was working with its first Steelhead WAN optimisation appliances We got together with global banks and the like and asked them what they need this to do Murphy says Riverbed expects some of these features will appear in products that begin shipping in 2010 Dig Deeper on iSCSI SAN storage All News Problem Solve Using Nimble Storage construction firm reconstructs storage set up Nexsan launches unified storage architecture with flash cache ISCSI replacing Fibre Channel as dominant storage network technology ISCSI storage gets performance makeover Load More View All Using Nimble Storage construction firm reconstructs storage set up Nexsan launches unified storage architecture with flash cache ISCSI replacing Fibre Channel as dominant storage network technology ISCSI storage gets performance makeover Load More View All News iSCSI SANs getting enterprise boost by shared storage virtual servers ISCSI for beginners iSCSI network configuration design and optimization Testing iSCSI SAN performance with Iometer 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 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

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240021744/Riverbed-testing-iSCSI-optimisation-for-cloud-computing (2016-02-10)
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  • Testing iSCSI SAN performance with Iometer
    tests The best way to do this is to set the parameters to optimize storage array performance so any variations that show up in the tests are the result of the iSCSI network To that end set the parameters to use the maximum number of physical disks hit as well as the maximum number of LUN s However since block size critically affects iSCSI throughput use realistic sizes for the block data In fact the two main factors affecting iSCSI performance are host performance and block size While block size affects performance on any SAN iSCSI SANs are particularly affected by the host resources The reason is that iSCSI requires a lot of processing power to wrap and unwrap SCSI packets in TCP IP shells Even with host bus adapters HBAs with TCP IP offload engines TOE to handle the bulk of the processing host processor speed and the amount of available memory can limit the performance of the iSCSI SAN The Iometer tests will help identify such bottlenecks Adding more memory or an upgraded processor to the host will often substantially improve SAN performance Of course block size is an important performance parameter on any kind of SAN Ideally you want to match the block size to the size of the data in a typical read or write operation While this can improve performance with certain kinds of data notably backups and video editing where block sizes of 32 to 64K or even more are often useful Microsoft chose the default 4K block size carefully There may be no particular performance gain in changing it However a series of tests with Iometer will tell you more precisely what those gains might be Do you know How to alleviate the congestion in an iSCSI SAN How to narrow down your iSCSI SAN options About the author Rick Cook specializes in writing about issues related to storage and storage management This was first published in July 2006 Dig Deeper on iSCSI SAN storage All News Problem Solve Using Nimble Storage construction firm reconstructs storage set up Nexsan launches unified storage architecture with flash cache ISCSI replacing Fibre Channel as dominant storage network technology ISCSI storage gets performance makeover Load More View All Using Nimble Storage construction firm reconstructs storage set up Nexsan launches unified storage architecture with flash cache ISCSI replacing Fibre Channel as dominant storage network technology ISCSI storage gets performance makeover Load More View All News iSCSI SANs getting enterprise boost by shared storage virtual servers ISCSI for beginners iSCSI network configuration design and optimization ISCSI SANs How to alleviate the congestion 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

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/tip/Testing-iSCSI-SAN-performance-with-Iometer (2016-02-10)
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  • EXCLUSIVE: NetApp document Tip EMC's Celerra, Clariion to go EOL in 2010, successor to emerge in Q3
    Celerra and CLARiiON for the initial version of V CX and full functionality in version 2 by end of this year These are significant reasons why CLARiiON and Celerra models will be sold alongside the V CX for the moment but both will be EOL as soon as version 2 is available The document is less worried about V Plex stating that in the last couple of weeks we have seen EMC position and sell V Plex in combination with EMC V Max mainly against NetApp s MetroCluster solution V Plex replaces EMC s unsuccessful InVista virtualization solution Built on global federation technology from YottaYotta a small Canadian company that was acquired by EMC in 2008 V Plex will most likely come with features like global cache coherency transparent failover and deduplication The document goes on to say that EMC is trying to solve a problem that NetApp never had The long and successful history of NetApp Unified Storage doesn t look like that it will end soon In contrast EMC attempted to sell a Unified Storage solution made from a combination of separate block storage CLARiiON and a file gateway Celerra With the new V CX it will be questionable how far EMC integrated SAN and NAS to provide true Unified Storage A combined file system CBFS Common Block File System for V CX and front end connections for block and file protocol might provide one part of the solution but there are no indications of management storage efficiency or data protection all integral parts of Unified Storage In addition the new V CX doesn t solve the problem of an overall Unified Storage architecture from EMC Customers have to choose between CLARiiON Celerra Symmetrix V Max V CX Atmos and Centera and appliances like Rainfinity and V Plex to combine those different architectures Not forgetting dozens of software solutions to replicate between the architectures RecoverPoint SAN Copy and Open Replicator And what about customers who want to integrate 3rd party arrays from other vendors The unbeatable combination of V Series with NetApp intelligence in front of 3rdpart arrays can t be matched by EMC s Celerra gateway solution The document then recommends that NetApp salespeople and partners should counter EMC s future selling by asking the following questions When will the CLARiiON or Celerra be discontinued If not what written guarantee will EMC provide How do I migrate from a CLARiiON and or Celerra to the V CX Will EMC Professional Services be required for migration How much will the migration cost What disruption will I encounter Will the V CX have full functionality of CX4 and Celerra If not how long do I have to wait for a true Unified Storage solution Are there any differences in the architecture compared to Symmetrix V Max Centera or Atmos Will the V CX require two separate management systems Who are the references that are using the V CX in production environments What is the licensing and pricing structure Will

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240019047/EXCLUSIVE-NetApp-document-Tip-EMCs-Celerra-Clariion-to-go-EOL-in-2010-successor-to-emerge-in-Q3 (2016-02-10)
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  • New SNIA ANZ chair revealed
    Newton MA You also agree that your personal information may be transferred and processed in the United States and that you have read and agree to the Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy they have appointed Craig Scroggie as their new Chair Craig Scroggie is the Vice President and Managing Director for the Pacific Region of Symantec Corporation and replaces Jacob Van der Eyk who stepped down from the post after taking a new job outside of the storage industry Mr Scroggie said he is excited to have the opportunity to lead the association on the next phase of its growth We have a very strong Board of Directors who I look forward to working with and a compelling value proposition to offer our members and the wider storage community as we extend our strategic plan I am determined that we continue to grow our membership and provide the professionals in our region with the highest quality education and independent content to assist them in adopting new technology to manage their business data I would also like to congratulate Jacob on his achievements in building the organisation and wish him well in his future career 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 NAS Symantec aims Data Insight 3 0 at unstructured data management NetApp announces Big Data solutions as market grows I spy web servers which don t lie Load More View All News IT data storage priorities 2012 Virtualization dedupe and cloud VNXe the jewel as EMC caned for broken record VNX marketing Sun ZFS 101 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 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

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240019620/New-SNIA-ANZ-chair-revealed (2016-02-10)
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  • EMC boosts Data Domain capacity with new clustered DD880
    DD880 appliance which can now support 192 disks and has enhanced replication capabilities to allow distribution of data to multiple sites using what the company says is an additional new delta compression technology and low bandwidth optimization features to keep network traffic low during replication The appliance s current chassis remains unchanged with the extra capacity accessible with the addition of extra disk trays The enhanced product also gains inline encryption tools for data at rest Shane Moore Marketing Manager Asia Pacific and Japan for EMC s Backup and Recovery Systems division said the company has definitely had plenty of interest in the new products but could not name a local buyer at this stage TechTarget executive editor and independent backup expert W Curtis Preston said he s worked with customers who are tiring of managing multiple Data Domain boxes after outgrowing their first purchase Some of them could ve bought a DD880 but fully configured it s a million dollar box So they buy a US100 000 box they like it it grows and then what he said The current choice in that situation is a forklift upgrade with DD arrays smaller than the DD690 and a head swap in the case of that array OST could add just another layer of complexity to backup software which is already pretty complex said Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center BIDMC storage architect Michael Passe BIDMC is already creating its own global namespace that encompasses Data Domain s arrays using F5 s ARX file virtualization switch but Passe said he s still hoping to see Data Domain offer n way native clusterability We viewed OST as very proprietary Passe said That s also why we deployed Data Domain as NAS rather than a VTL virtual tape library because we wanted to use native well understood protocols Still Preston said this is a good first step I think this is a walk before you run thing DD880s tend to be big enterprise customers that can deal with a few hiccups Trying to release this across all their arrays might have led to a support nightmare on Day 1 Symantec integration with this new product ahead of internal EMC Networker stuff is a good sign that EMC is allowing the Data Domain guys to do what they need to do and not messing with their business model added Wikibon org founder and analyst David Vellante in an email to SearchDataBackup com List pricing starts at US800 150 for a Global Deduplication Array with 23 TB of usable capacity providing 46 TB to 1 1 PB logical capacity Dig Deeper on Data deduplication and reduction All News Problem Solve Week in review Hitachi s unified storage system will EMC buy XtremIO Legal Aid NSW picks EMC CDP for SAN DR upgrade Symantec Australia leaves its NAS offshore for now Simpana 9 on sale in Q3 adds source based de duplication Load More View All Week in review Hitachi s unified storage system will EMC buy

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240019167/EMC-boosts-Data-Domain-capacity-with-new-clustered-DD880 (2016-02-10)
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  • Melbourne IT turns to data deduplication to backup virtual machines
    storage capacity As that primary storage grows you have multi copies on backup Engel says That creates challenges to scale storage and keep backups in synch Already an EMC customer CLARiiON CX4 machines are the heart of the company s storage infrastructure Engel wondered if data deduplication could help it to control the amount of data it was backing up Two Data Domain model DD8800 appliances later the pair arrived in January 2010 Engel is happy to report deduplication ratios of 25 1 for month end backups The DD8800 takes the copy and takes out the blank non used space and that works really well It also does well with things like duplicated operating systems Not all data however has achieved 25 1 compression Some has reached just the lesser ratio of 6 1 but Engel puts the wide variance down to the learning curve the company is on as it develops a more refined understanding of how to make deduplication work The plan is to get the ratio at 15 1 or higher he says That will be a key ingredient to helping us scale and will help us to create a cost base the business can afford In the meanwhile the company is enjoying other benefits We are getting faster recovery times Engel says It s down to minutes thanks to online copies Coming back from tape takes more time Tapes also used to consume a lot of IT time but this has been greatly reduced now that backup goes to the Data Domain appliance We used to have 600 tapes a month and think we have saved seven man days per month on tape handling Engel says The company is also taking advantage of replication to copy data between DD8800s in different states to further improve its resilience and boost disaster recovery capabilities It also occupies less racks so we use less power Engel says The backup component of our power consumption is down about half Any drop in power consumption is good because it means we can bring on more new business in the data centre Dig Deeper on Data deduplication and reduction All News Problem Solve Week in review Hitachi s unified storage system will EMC buy XtremIO Legal Aid NSW picks EMC CDP for SAN DR upgrade Symantec Australia leaves its NAS offshore for now Simpana 9 on sale in Q3 adds source based de duplication Load More View All Week in review Hitachi s unified storage system will EMC buy XtremIO Legal Aid NSW picks EMC CDP for SAN DR upgrade Symantec Australia leaves its NAS offshore for now Simpana 9 on sale in Q3 adds source based de duplication 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

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240019169/Melbourne-IT-turns-to-data-deduplication-to-backup-virtual-machines (2016-02-10)
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  • Symantec, CommVault, FalconStor explain dedupe roadmaps
    offices As with Symantec CommVault is due for an upgrade of its core backup product in 2010 Simpana 9 is expected around mid year and Hammer said cloud capabilities will be a big part of the new release People are trying to understand what the cloud is and how they can deploy it on a practical basis he said If you can solve security issues ease access issues and enable new applications there will be good demand for it He said Simpana 9 will include significant enhancements to data management including unique ways to move search and mine data in the data center or remote locations enhancements to deduplication and the ability to manage CommVault data and other vendors data in private or public clouds CommVault will also look to deliver archiving and e discovery through the cloud Hammer said FalconStor sees clearer dedupe picture FalconStor s revenue of US21 5 million was down US3 million from the previous quarter and up 10 over last year FalconStor CEO ReiJane Huai said the third quarter is traditionally slow for his company and revenue from an OEM deal with Sun Microsystems Inc dropped US1 6 million because of uncertainty over the pending Oracle Sun merger Huai said several large deals were delayed and he expects them to close this quarter He laid out FalconStor s cloud strategy for backup and storage consisting of the vendor s software moving data between physical pools of virtual and physical disk and tape FalconStor executives said they have developed a new file system called HyperFS in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Science to move data between off the shelf hardware The cloud will provide a paradigm shift in data management Huai said It will allow backup in minutes instead of hours or days We can protect virtual machines in a heterogeneous fashion That s the No 1 issue in backup and data protection now Traditional backup products were built without virtualization in mind FalconStor said while its revenue from software sold with Sun virtual tape libraries VTLs fell its revenue from EMC increased 14 from the previous quarter and 16 from last year FalconStor VP of business development Bernie Wu said that was because EMC s deduplication strategy changed after its US2 1 billion acquisition of Data Domain EMC does not use FalconStor s deduplication but does use its software for its Disk Library 4000 model Wu said instead of selling smaller Disk Libraries with Quantum s data deduplication software EMC is selling Data Domain deduplication appliances and using the 4000 strictly as a VTL with FalconStor software He said this is creating less confusion with customers and clears the way for FalconStor to benefit from EMC s pure VTL sales EMC had been promoting several models of disk libraries the 4000 powered by FalconStor and others powered by Quantum Wu said Now that Data Domain is part of EMC that whole other product line is being phased out The distinction is much clearer now

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240021836/Symantec-CommVault-FalconStor-explain-dedupe-roadmaps (2016-02-10)
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