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  • Good reasons to adopt 8 GB Fibre Channel
    design especially where virtual SANs are called for NPIV allows customers to effectively virtualize SAN connections so that each virtual machine has independent access to its own protected storage This provides additional benefits including the ability to track and charge back the storage utilization at the virtual machine level Most performance walls are climbed by adding additional HBA cards to the servers additional storage I O paths to the storage controllers or a greater number of storage controllers Yet each of these steps consumes FC switch ports which increases your investment in physical switches The more physical switches there are the more switch interconnections you have which also consumes switch ports All of the additional HBAs storage ports and storage controllers result in additional port consumption This impacts costs in three ways the expenditure on the physical hardware the power consumed by each of the additional components and the extra power and cooling costs associated with each component Performance improvement has always motivated users to upgrade to the next generation of FC technology and 8 GB is no different in this respect What is different for 8 GB FC is the emergence of solid state disk In generations past there were incremental upgrades to drive technology 10K rpm drives to 15K rpm drives for example to take advantage of the faster generation of Fibre Channel However most of the performance advancement has come from the storage systems level In the 4 GB generation techniques like making a large drive count array group safer via RAID 6 wide striping brought about by storage virtualization and using data placement intelligence to move active data to very fast areas of the hard drive mechanism all raised the performance capabilities of systems and 4 GB FC was there to deliver it Solid state disk dramatically changes the performance deliverable from the storage system Because SSDs are as much as 30x faster than mechanical drives they not only take advantage of 8 GB FC they almost demand it For example one vendor saw an immediate performance increase of 50 by merely inserting an 8 GB HBA into their SSD system Solid state disks are not a new technology but they had been deemed a niche technology Yet due to their ever decreasing price point a 2 TB Flash SSD is now less than 150 000 the use of solid state disk is broadening The price point for SSD is still higher than for mechanical hard drives But when that investment is made it is to solve a specific performance problem Any unused performance capabilities of the technology lower the impact of solid state disks but 8 GB Fibre Channel brings the maximum bandwidth to SSDs Dig Deeper on Fibre Channel networking All News Problem Solve Intel introduces OpenFCoE offers cheap fibre channel over Ethernet on ramp 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

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240021702/Good-reasons-to-adopt-8-GB-Fibre-Channel (2016-02-10)
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  • EMC SAN leads server upgrade at Statewide Super
    market sales and even those suppliers advised it could take eight weeks to source drives We were looking at splitting off an environment for a new pension product and needed to double storage space but had no wriggle room on the SAN and it was just not effective to expand it The organisation therefore went shopping for a new SAN We made a prediction on how much data we would be looking at after two years and four years Our preferred vendor was EMC but we costed it against other systems Some were a little bit cheaper but not as flexible Others were more costly Greenfield also had virtualisation in mind and saw the potential of an integrated stack and hoped to move to blade servers But the clincher was the price of new equipment because as a superannuation fund Statewide is keen to keep its costs as low as possible to ensure members investments deliver the best return Statewide was established to do just this as at the time of its founding there was no Industry fund in South Australian with a charter to maximise members benefits The need to create such a fund saw business and unions jointly found the organisation with the odd coupling a reflection of its mission to deliver for members Greenfield therefore emphasises the fact that his infrastructure team is always Trying to squeeze costs out of the business and make it a bit more profitable Any costs we squeeze go to members As he shopped for a SAN he saw two ways to save money One was a government rebate for business infrastructure purchases that expired on June 30 th Another was very competitive vendor financing on offer during the global financial crisis I was very mindful that we could get things at very competitive finance rates which helped the cash flow of the business vMotion the technology that allows users to move virtual machines from one server to another You cannot vMotion unless servers have the same processor type Greenfield said VMware is still working on virtualising the processor type We needed flexibility for our future compute requirements hence blades but we could not match our old servers with processor types There were none second hand Enter HP whose servers were adopted spurred by the initial desire for a new SAN All purchases were made before the June 30 deadline and HP kit and a CLARiiON AX 4 serves data on a primary and disaster recovery site We re not quite where we want to be yet but it is all mapped out Greenfield says In essence our recoverability is a lot better than it was based around replication from EMC SANs We think we are a lot further down the track than most businesses 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

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240024787/EMC-SAN-leads-Cisco-UCS-into-Statewide-Super (2016-02-10)
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  • Disappearing cheap IBM SAN: the disty done it?
    We have no information on which distributor Dstore would have gotten stock from But pricing looks like they are selling a bare chassis appears to be ok dStore is yet to respond to our queries but at this this one seems to be legitimate product albeit one for which dStore s discount is based on a near mythical list price than no one ever pays and which other resellers are willing to undercut UPDATE 9 00PM MONDAY dStore has removed the IBM DS 4700 SAN from sale The company s site now says the product is Display Only Pricing yet to be confirmed SearchStorage ANZ has no screenshot of the offer we mention above but can tender this tweet from M0les as evidence that the product was on sale for 11 136 35 earlier today For what it is worth the site also at the time of writing offers IBM s EXP3000 at a 42 discount and the TS3100 LTO4 tape library listed at a claimed 53 98 discount resulting in the 14 359 unit being offered for 7737 35 see images below At the time of writing numerous other IBM storage products were on sale at the site SearchStorage ANZ will continue to seek comment from dStore about the provenance of these devices and whether or not they are sold with IBM s blessing We will also ask IBM if it is aware how dStore has come to be reselling these high end products UPDATE Noon Tuesday dStore has explained why the IBM DS4700 we spotted yesterday no longer has a price A spokesperson for the site explained that we put up full catalog feeds provided by distributors Any change to the status of a product is threfore the result of a distributor changing the status of a product in its catalog The spokesperson said that when items are displayed without a price it may be out of stock in a transitional period in picking or something has not been confirmed dStore says confidentiality agreements prevent it from naming the distributor of this product SearchStorage ANZ therefore has three theories A reader or readers saw the sensational price and cleaned dStore out If this was you let us know The distributor panicked when they saw this story and changed the status of the product IBM got grumpy with the distributor and asked them to pull the product from dStore We re still awaiting news of whether or not IBM is happy for these products to be sold in this way or whether the company will support products sold in this way Dig Deeper on Fibre Channel networking All News Problem Solve Intel introduces OpenFCoE offers cheap fibre channel over Ethernet on ramp 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 Load More View All Intel introduces OpenFCoE offers cheap

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240019048/Disappearing-cheap-IBM-SAN-the-disty-done-it (2016-02-10)
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  • Sun hints at Oracle-on-open-storage roadmap
    believes it can make inroads due to its open storage products requiring no ongoing software licensing costs thanks to their inclusion of open source storage management software Speaking at an event in Sydney last week Bakke outlined new products he feels will make the range scale further and therefore represent better value Among those new products will be enhanced versions of its 7000 series arrays and J4000 series JBOD appliances SearchStorage ANZ is prohibited by a issued non disclosure agreement from revealing details of these products but can state that the company is bullish on the scalability of the new devices with Bakke stating that I suspect you could run every Oracle application on a a 7000 series box and I am pretty sure you will see it One interesting aspect of the company s plans is an intention to make greater use of the SAS 2 protocol as the company feels users will appreciate its speed benefits without needing to adopt fiber channel Bakke also said that Sun has sold over 2000 open storage units totaling more than 40 installed petabytes Interest in the products has been especially strong among financial services organisations Bakke said adding that sun believes strong demand from this typically price and performance conscious industry is an indicator that open storage products represent a strong alternative The NDA in question was not mentioned in the material inviting us to the Sun event but was delivered verbally before the speakers commenced Dig Deeper on Fibre Channel networking All News Problem Solve Intel introduces OpenFCoE offers cheap fibre channel over Ethernet on ramp 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 Load More View All Intel introduces OpenFCoE offers cheap fibre channel over Ethernet on ramp 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 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 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

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240019645/Sun-hints-at-Oracle-on-open-storage-roadmap (2016-02-10)
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  • Microsoft source says all Sidekick data "recovered"
    the Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy a week may be about to get some relief as the software giant is telling some interested parties that users data has been recovered The revelations are emerging on Twitter where Reuven Cohen recently tweeted Was just talking to a senior official from Microsoft all sidekick data as been recovered And yes according to MS it s a cloud Storage blogger and presenter at Storage Decisions Australia W Curtis Preston also says Microsoft has told him that the data has been recovered I also just talked to a senior mgr Microsoft who verified all sidekick data has been restored he tweeted at around 10 45 AM today The recovery of the data comes after many sources blamed Hitachi Data Systems for the outage At least one blogger has also alleged that EMC SANs were to blame for the outage but EMC has said this report is wrong and no EMC products are involved The tweets will hearten Sidekick users as Microsoft s most recent statement on the matter indicated that recent efforts indicate the prospects of recovering some lost content may now be possible Dig Deeper on Fibre Channel networking All News Problem Solve Intel introduces OpenFCoE offers cheap fibre channel over Ethernet on ramp 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 Load More View All Intel introduces OpenFCoE offers cheap fibre channel over Ethernet on ramp 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 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 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

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240019039/Microsoft-source-says-all-Sidekick-data-recovered (2016-02-10)
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  • HDS a suspect in Microsoft's Dangerous Sidekick outage
    be transferred and processed in the United States and that you have read and agree to the Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy could be reasons that Microsoft s Sidekick mobile phones are currently experiencing significant outages The Sidekick is a smartphone in teenaged clothing and stores users details personal data in a private cloud The company that invented the device Danger used celebrities including Paris Hilton that s her over there to the right and down a bit to publicise it Hilton s device was subsequently hacked twice Danger has since been acquired by Microsoft Sidekick users data has been unavailable for several days with Reuters reporting that a server failure that hurt its Microsoft s main and backup databases is to blame for the outage Other sites including Engadget are reporting that Microsoft outsourced a SAN upgrade to Hitachi Data Systems and that this process somehow went very wrong Blogosphere opinion is divided on whether HDS messed up the job or Microsoft simply had poor backups to begin with leaving it open to a catastrophic failure SearchStorage ANZ promises never to cover anything to do with Paris Hilton again Dig Deeper on Fibre Channel networking All News Problem Solve Intel introduces OpenFCoE offers cheap fibre channel over Ethernet on ramp 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 Load More View All Intel introduces OpenFCoE offers cheap fibre channel over Ethernet on ramp 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 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 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

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240019040/HDS-a-suspect-in-Microsofts-Dangerous-Sidekick-outage (2016-02-10)
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  • Airservices Australia seeks 378 Terabyte SANs
    or ISCSI on tier two subject to price performance considerations The agency has settled on LTO 4 as the medium for its tape libraries Fiber channel is the organisation s connection technology of choice with the four gigabyte flavour of the standard specified as an essential requirement to enable it to create a SAN switching fabric that is also expected to connect to tape drives SearchStorage ANZ spoke with Airservices Officers who would not say if the new infrastructure represents a replacement or additional capacity One of the agency s current pieces of storage infrastructure a pair of fiber channel capable EMC Clariion CX3 40 SANs suggests the new fibre channel kit could mean it is extending current infrastructure SearchStorage ANZ has however learned that the agency is also seeking an enterprise backup tool for the new infrastructure As few organisations find it wise to operate two different enterprise backup tools the desire for a new backup tool is a possible hint that this is new infrastructure The new products role is also obscure but SearchStorage ANZ has learned that the Melbourne SAN will be the first the agency has installed in that location and that it is hoped to replicate data between the Brisbane and Melbourne SANs for disaster recovery purposes The agency also wants to install its new infrastructure quickly documents outlining its plans state that it will evaluate suppliers on their ability to supply deliver and implement as soon as possible The winning tenderer is also expected to provide training and services for the new solution and to achieve uptime of 99 for the SANs and 99 5 for the tape libraries Dig Deeper on Fibre Channel networking All News Problem Solve Intel introduces OpenFCoE offers cheap fibre channel over Ethernet on ramp 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 Load More View All Intel introduces OpenFCoE offers cheap fibre channel over Ethernet on ramp 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 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 How to do an advanced data analytics

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240019035/Airservices-Australia-seeks-378-Terabyte-SANs (2016-02-10)
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  • Analysts differ on FCoE takeup rate predictions
    Gigabit Ethernet 10 GbE a foundation of FCoE Xeon 5500 servers change the playing field Dell Oro said pointing out that 10 GbE adoption is generally considered the key prerequisite to FCoE adoption FCoE adapters and switches have been trickling into the market in recent years mostly from Brocade Communications Systems Inc Cisco Systems Inc Emulex Corp and QLogic Corp Last week NetApp became the first storage vendor to offer end to end native FCoE connectivity on storage arrays Others expect a slower move to FCoE Rob Stevenson managing director of storage research at market research firm TheInfoPro said 10 GbE Ethernet is already becoming a reality in the enterprise data center at the core of the network However he said it s unclear what impact 10 GbE network attached storage NAS and iSCSI will make on FCoE growth Everyone I talk to believes FCoE will become the dominant core transport protocol he said But I don t know if users will use it for everything or if in three years there might be more targeted decisions at the application level Stevenson said storage shops are slowly moving to 8 Gbps FC with FCoE still on the back burner The full refresh cycle to 8 Gbps Fibre Channel is happening at about half the pace of the transition from 2 Gbps to 4 Gbps he said It ll take about two and a half to three years to reach full maturation about the same time as 10 Gigabit Ethernet At that point organizations will face a choice between the next Fibre Channel refresh to 16 Gbps FC or a mixture of Data Center Ethernet DCE and FCoE Those who go with DCE will have a choice of NAS or iSCSI with 10 GbE and eventually 100 GbE Stevenson said unstructured data is expected to outpace the growth of structured data during the same timeframe which can push many people toward NAS Administrators seek alternatives to Fibre Channel IT administrators are currently grappling with upgrade paths Jeff Korte senior systems administrator at a global telecommunications software and service provider said his company is in the early stages of investigating FCoE He expects the protocol to become a legitimate enterprise alternative to Fibre Channel Korte who asked that his company not be identified because of internal policy prohibiting him from representing it in the media said he has approximately 160 TB in his data center and 3 PB of data globally There are certain markets that require using proven technology and certain enterprises that have deep investments in traditional Fibre Channel infrastructure he wrote in an email to SearchStorage However as the price of 10Gbit Ethernet comes down people are going to be looking for alternatives in less critical environments that are more tolerant of configuration change Dig Deeper on Fibre Channel networking All News Problem Solve Intel introduces OpenFCoE offers cheap fibre channel over Ethernet on ramp Brocade gets into the HBA business Melbourne IT plans to deploy EMC s new

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240021692/Analysts-differ-on-FCoE-takeup-rate-predictions (2016-02-10)
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