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  • Converged architecture offerings pick up momentum with IT shops
    that incorporates technology components from different vendors Bowker said IT shops are currently very much oriented in this do it yourself mentality but he expects CIOs IT directors and enterprise IT architects to ultimately see the advantages of integrated storage stacks The advantages include the streamlining of support and troubleshooting and the automation of routine and mundane tasks Bowker predicted the majority would buy integrated options five years from today It will not happen overnight Nothing ever does in IT he said But there are strong indications especially from a preferred platform deployment option that people are moving toward this integrated computing approach All the major storage and server vendors have already rolled out one or more converged infrastructure and or reference architecture offerings The list includes Dell Inc s vStart EMC s VSPEX Hewlett Packard Co s VirtualSystem and CloudSystem Matrix Hitachi Data Systems Corp s Unified Compute Platform IBM s PureSystems which includes PureFlex System and Oracle Corp s Exadata Database Machine and Exalogic Elastic Cloud Cloud virtualization and vendor lock in Leah Schoeb a senior partner at Evaluator Group in Broomfield Colo said FlexPod and Vblock target a higher end of the market than Dell HP and IBM They re for large companies with deep pockets she said Certain packages focus on particular types of deployments such as cloud or virtualization Others supply infrastructure tailored to specific applications For instance Oracle designed Exadata to work with its databases and FlexPod s design guide documents use cases for applications such as Microsoft Corp s SQL Server and Exchange 2010 and ERP systems from Microsoft Oracle and SAP AG Some converged infrastructure options restrict customers to products from a single or limited number of vendors and others support third party servers storage and networking For instance Vblocks offers components only from EMC Cisco and VMware But EMC s VSPEX reference architecture supports products from additional vendors including Brocade Communications Systems Inc Citrix Systems Inc Intel Corp and Microsoft Marc Staimer president of Dragon Slayer Consulting in Beaverton Ore said bundling servers storage and networking and tacking on services and software help vendors offset the low profit margins they receive when selling each component separately Their customers pay more upfront but potentially see savings in time staff resources and maintenance he said They provide a lot of love and care called professional services to make sure it works Staimer said because you pay through the nose for these things You don t get a price break Customers are limited to select configurations and products some of which may not be best of breed and making significant changes or switching to a different vendor is usually a costly process There s a lot of vendor lock in here You can t go outside the box It s like a roach motel Once you re in it s hard to get out It s a very sticky play which is why every vendor s gotten into it Staimer said It s the

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  • How can I implement a scale-out architecture for my SMB?
    of a system which becomes evident in the price for a given amount of capacity As with any storage system data reduction deduplication or compression can make a dramatic difference in the cost of a scale out system Scale out systems can vary in key ways Some systems allow another node to be connected then data to be automatically redistributed to balance operations This mechanism may also be used when a node fails and is replaced and it works when a node is being upgraded More advanced systems use a separate link between the nodes called a back channel interconnect to move the data and for other communications Routing of a request that comes to one node to access data that is on another node can be very different as well Some systems may transfer the data from the node that owns it where it is stored to the node from where the access request came Others may route the input output request to the other node over the network using some address redirection there are several methods depending the type of storage network Your vendor will have guidelines about performance on a per node basis and the effectiveness of scaling with multiple nodes This is the best method to start with when sizing the system deciding how many nodes are needed in the configuration As demand for capacity increases nodes with the required capacity should be added to maintain the ratio of capacity to performance Causing a performance problem as capacity is added has been a regular problem in IT Next Steps How scale out architectures improve performance How do scale out and object storage architectures compare This was first published in September 2014 Dig Deeper on Data management processes All News Get Started Evaluate Manage Problem Solve Prepare an after action report for disaster recovery What should I consider when crafting an object storage data protection plan Keys to a painless data migration process Three considerations to ensure data storage efficiency Load More View All Riverbed Technology debuts Riverbed Granite remote storage appliance Launchpad6 leverages AWS to build video CMS platform Record management standards improved How to improve storage resources utilisation Load More View All News Prepare an after action report for disaster recovery What should I consider when crafting an object storage data protection plan Three considerations to ensure data storage efficiency View All Get started What should I consider when crafting an object storage data protection plan View All Evaluate Prepare an after action report for disaster recovery Keys to a painless data migration process Three considerations to ensure data storage efficiency View All Manage Converged architecture offerings pick up momentum with IT shops Top 10 enterprise data storage terms from SearchStorage com Eight data migration tips Zoning 101 Why zone Load More View All Problem solve Related Q A from Randy Kerns What should you consider before deploying an all flash storage array What is the one hidden gotcha that you d advise users about

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  • The path to cloud ROI must be paved with clear expectations
    price per GB But a couple of variables can come into play Keep in mind that some but not all cloud storage providers use a sliding scale or set usage minimums when determining the cost per GB There are a number of variations to this practice For instance a provider might charge 3 cents per GB per month but impose a 500 GB minimum This would mean an organization consuming 150 GB of storage would be billed as if it were storing 500 GB of data Pricing can also vary based on the type of storage used Google for example differentiates between standard storage and Durable Reduced Availability Storage How to estimate raw storage costs Here are the steps to estimate an organization s raw storage costs Estimate total cost of ownership for local storage over a period of time Consider factors such as usage by storage tier maintenance costs maintenance contracts disk replacement and so on hardware acquisition costs power and cooling costs and support costs Use the local storage cost to establish a cost baseline Estimate your storage consumption forecast for the next few years You will likely need to create separate estimates for each storage tier Using your storage consumption projections estimate the cost of cloud storage over the next few years Compare projected cloud storage costs against local storage costs to determine which type of storage has the lower raw cost The biggest hidden cost that can come into play is the transaction cost Transaction costs can take a variety of forms but they are most commonly based on read write operations While the cost per GB of storage is often based on static data some providers charge a transaction fee for each GB of data sent to or read from cloud storage Other providers impose a transaction charge only if the data is sent to or read from a server that resides in a different region For example Google has network egress charges for data leaving the Americas or Asia Pacific destinations In addition cloud providers sometimes charge a fee for performing operations such as Get Put or Post These charges are commonly billed in blocks of 1 000 or 10 000 operations some providers may differentiate between operation types and have different rates for them Because there are often costs associated with cloud storage that go beyond the simple cost per GB of storage it is important to ask a cloud storage vendor how they calculate your bill before you commit to a contract It is also important to remember that the cloud provider might not be the only source of unanticipated charges If your Internet service provider ISP charges based on bandwidth consumption the adoption of cloud storage will inevitably lead to higher Internet costs Calculating bandwidth costs As you calculate the total cost of adopting cloud storage Internet bandwidth must factor into the equation Some ISPs charge customers based on the amount of bandwidth they consume Adopting cloud storage will inevitably lead

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  • Keys to a painless data migration process
    devices are from the same manufacturer and are like models this can be achieved with native replication tools albeit with some restrictions Heterogeneous migrations are more complex although tools such as EMC s Open Migrator or HP 3PAR Online Import will allow data to be moved from third party storage arrays Hypervisor based One of the benefits of server virtualization is the ability to live migrate virtual machines VMs through features such as VMware s vSphere Storage vMotion and Microsoft Hyper V Live Migration Both of those tools enable a VM to be moved between storage on disparate arrays with the added benefit of being able to move cross protocol for example from block to NFS in the case of vSphere Using the hypervisor to perform data migrations incurs licensing costs but it does significantly reduce the operational issues of data migration Virtualization appliance based One highly effective way to perform data migrations is to abstract the storage from the host through means of an appliance such as IBM s SAN Volume Controller or EMC s VPLEX These products virtualize the underlying storage arrays and offer migration tools to move data between physical locations while keeping the logical data available and with no impact to the host An outage may be required to install the appliance into the data path in many cases this is achieved with minimal interruption compared to the time required to move data Many IT departments choose to run with a virtualization appliance permanently in place providing the capability to seamlessly manage future migrations or perform data rebalancing for capacity and performance needs Virtual array based The latest version of Hitachi s Virtual Storage Platform the G1000 provides the facility to virtualize external storage and seamlessly move data between arrays This takes the virtual appliance features one step further by allowing data to be moved into the array and between homogeneous arrays without an outage The G1000 HP s OEM version is the XP7 is unique in being able to migrate data between monolithic arrays with only limited planned downtime and if the data already resides on the G1000 without any outage at all File to file migrations With file based protocols data migrations can be equally complicated In most cases the main issue for data migration isn t the transfer of the data but making that data available to the user during and after the migration process with no change of logical location File shares are typically mapped by server name or universal naming convention address which can change as data is moved to a new filer Here the solution is to abstract the data location as part of or before the migration process This can be achieved using technology such as Microsoft s Distributed File System a software solution integrated into Active Directory or Avere System s FXT filer appliance a hardware solution In both instances abstracting the file share name and using a global namespace allows future seamless data migrations to take place Migrating object stores Object storage is gaining in popularity as data repositories for archive information and binary large objects BLOBs such as media and medical imaging Data is migrated in and out of data stores using application programming interfaces that are REST based and in most cases the application tracks the storage of items added to the object store This means that if data is moved between object stores the application needs to know about it Products such as Cleversafe s object store use data dispersal methods such as erasure coding to store objects across multiple hardware components One benefit of erasure coding is the ability to reconstruct data across physical nodes over distance allowing components of the object store to be replaced or physically relocated without data interruption Migrating data to the public cloud The use of public storage clouds is increasing and that proliferation brings with it the need to provide facilities to move data into cloud provider environments There are a number of ways this may be achieved including moving entire VMs into the cloud or moving data at the block or file level VM import is provided as a feature by many cloud providers For example Amazon Web Services VM Import feature allows VM images to be imported from existing vSphere Hyper V and Citrix hypervisors Unfortunately there are many restrictions on the types of VMs that may be imported as a result it may be more practical to consider simply importing the data into a fresh VM Zerto s suite of BC DR replication products allows entire VMs to be migrated into cloud environments This feature could be used to move entire VMs as a migration task rather than simply for backup File based data can be migrated into cloud providers using gateway appliances such as those from Nasuni and Avere Systems Both platforms abstract the presentation of file data allowing the back end storage to be managed by the appliance With Nasuni the gateway appliance can be a physical server or VM both of which can take the identity of a virtual file appliance providing resilience and the ability to restore access to data with minimum disruption Avere Systems appliance allows data to be both moved and replicated between local storage and a cloud provider enabling mirroring and data mobility functionality Microsoft s StorSimple platform allows block based data to be moved to its Azure cloud storage platform expanding the capacity of local storage resources Nasuni provides similar functionality as does AWS with its Storage Gateway However only Amazon provides the ability to access that data as block devices within its Cloud Computing platform Scale out storage and big data Cloud and traditional storage aren t the only data storage platforms these days We re seeing the emergence of scale out storage solutions and data repositories sometimes known as data lakes for storing large quantities of data Open source platforms such as Ceph and Gluster provide scale out file and block capabilities and are

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  • Storage AU Video Library
    IOV MR IOV NICs and more Dennis Martin discusses the advantages of using the SR IOV and MR IOV specifications for I O virtualization in this expert video Unified storage systems offer savings eased management In this whiteboard video presentation storage expert Ben Woo outlines the key architectural points and benefits of unified storage systems Video TechTalk Cloud storage issues Arun Taneja founder and consulting analyst at Taneja Group discusses the most common cloud storage issues facing data storage managers with editors from SearchCloudStorage com Latest Articles Prepare an after action report for disaster recovery What should I consider when crafting an object storage data protection plan How can I implement a scale out architecture for my SMB The path to cloud ROI must be paved with clear expectations Keys to a painless data migration process Search this site More from Related TechTarget Sites CIO AU Security AU Data Backup Disaster Recovery SMB Storage Storage Channel searchCIOAU 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 the vast food supply chain 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 report shows 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 pennies on the dollar Niel Nickolaisen explains how searchSecurityAU 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 it is also fraught with risk Expert Lisa Phifer discusses the risks and rewards of going mobile in the enterprise 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 product can help your enterprise conquer BYOD risks Cloud based DLP offers risks rewards Cloud based data loss prevention can be a worrisome option for some Kevin Beaver explains how to measure the risk vs reward of cloud based DLP searchDataBackup 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 and software defined storage for backup data Cloud based backups What is the biggest misconception Cloud backup has its advantages but the technology may not always be the right fit for your organization On premises backup still has a place in certain cases 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 the backup company public searchDisasterRecovery Druva Phoenix rises as disaster recovery service Druva launches disaster recovery as a

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  • Storage AU Podcast Library
    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 backup The software pushes data images to AWS cloud so instances 15 field proven disaster recovery test plan best practices Disaster recovery tests require a lot of

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  • Photo Galleries for Storage AU - SearchStorage.com.au
    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 backup The software pushes data images to AWS cloud so instances 15 field proven disaster recovery test plan best practices Disaster recovery tests require a lot of preparation but they are essential to a proper DR strategy This checklist will help HotLink DR Express expands with DRaaS managed services HotLink introduces

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  • Amazon Glacier will impact cloud archiving
    going to want to wait five hours Zivanic said Amazon is offering a model of uploading data you don t touch What they don t tell you is that when you retrieve the file the costs can be astronomical A majority of customers archiving data on a large scale are looking to do it in a private cloud Amazon is trying to move customers from tape to cloud What they re missing is customers are going from tape to private cloud Cloud storage controller vendors partner with Amazon and other public cloud companies to offer gateways to move data into the cloud These vendors CTERA Networks Riverbed Panzura StorSimple and TwinStrata will likely add Amazon Glacier to the list of services they support However Nirvanix CEO Andres Rodriguez said Glacier won t be a popular option for his customers This is a very narrow vertical mostly for compliance Rodriguez said It s for data you want to keep around just in case someone wants it 10 years from now It s for big low value data We re not in the business of archiving data More on cloud archiving Cloud storage archiving provides accessibility and data preservation features for a much lower cost What is an archive in the cloud Data archiving in the cloud An expert s viewpoint Customers interested in long term archiving could find Glacier valuable however Glacier removes the need for organizations to worry about outdated media and application support for aged data Amazon Glacier s target customers are struggling with the high costs of parking cold data such as the type that falls under HIPAA compliance rules in large libraries It also allows data to be retrieved if needed decades down the road despite changing tape technologies and formats For data retrieval the first 5 of data downloaded per month is free with a charge of 1 cent per gigabyte after that Peak usage is factored in so if 10 requests are done in one hour it will cost more the price is cheaper if requests are spread over time because there s less activity The tradeoff is that Amazon will deliver the data within a five hour window so it s not for data than needs to be accessed quickly Amazon is promising that files stored via Glacier have an annual durability of 99 999999999 which means companies can expect to lose one out of 100 billion stored objects each year Amazon will secure data with AES 256 encryption multisite redundancy and regular data integrity checks Losing one object in a billion is a strong guarantee the data will be there Forrester s Reichman said There are millions of use cases where data has to be around for longer than the physical platform or life cycle of the underlying technology of that platform Amazon isn t just signing up for holding the data it s dealing with the uncertainty of time Dig Deeper on Data storage strategy All News Evaluate Dell cloud storage plans

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