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  • Microsoft supports iSCSI SAN clusters -- kind of
    eight nodes but the first full release of iSCSI for Microsoft s Cluster Server 2003 will only support two nodes Microsoft explains that it hasn t done enough testing with clusters of more than two nodes to support them effectively In addition Microsoft s SCSIport part of the company s iSCSI stack does not support clusters with more than two nodes because it does not handle individual LUN reset which causes issues with disk failovers Microsoft is working to provide eight node cluster support quickly after the first release of iSCSI Cluster Server 2003 As a result Microsoft s official support program will only apply to two node clusters while the interim support program will continue to support clusters with up to eight nodes under certain conditions First of course the iSCSI hardware must be qualified under the Designed for Windows logo program The other conditions are that interim support will continue until six months after the release date of Windows 2003 Service Pack 1 that the customers will upgrade to SP1 within nine months of its release and that the vendors submit their cluster configuration for qualification before the deadline expires About the author Rick Cook has been writing about mass storage since the days when the term meant an 80 K floppy disk The computers he learned on used ferrite cores and magnetic drums For the last 20 years he has been a freelance writer specialising in storage and other computer issues This was first published in August 2004 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

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/tip/Microsoft-supports-iSCSI-SAN-clusters-kind-of (2016-02-10)
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  • NetApp wins big at DECCW
    Director of Information Management and Communication Technology for the DECCW as saying Our data storage requirements continue to grow almost exponentially so we were looking for a flexible scalable storage solution that was able to keep up with our growth and meet the high availability requirements of our dispersed workforce We chose NetApp for several reasons Schneider s quote continues First the NSW Government has undergone an ICT expenditure review which puts pressure on all departments to seek ways to operate more efficiently The NetApp solution offered us results for a very competitive cost thereby helping us to meet our targets Also we needed a partner who could help us embrace web 2 0 and manage the growing volumes of data being generated NetApp has provided a solution that has enabled us to solve several business issues we were facing and offers us the potential to generate significant business breakthroughs in the coming years We expect the new solution will provide a substantial return on investment once the installation is complete further improving our ability to consolidate data and significantly improve our disaster recovery and IT service capabilities The deal will see more than 100 NetApp FAS storage systems installed in DECCW s branch offices around the state The release also states that NetApp has introduced data deduplication technology to reduce the amount of data being stored to disk streamlining the backup process and reducing the amount of data being sent over the network Snapshot technology was also introduced to improve efficiency and enable frequent point in time backups These technologies helped solve the need for increasing storage demands limiting the amount of storage space required and greatly improving disaster recovery capabilities The release also says the solution will be rolled out in phases and is expected to be completed in two to three years with 60 x FAS systems being implemented across NSW by the end of 2010 Dig Deeper on Australian storage news and case studies All News Australian Bureau of Statistics counts on no storage team HP for census Bad Sectors the latest storage news How ASIC stops I O storms hurting its SANs Bad Sectors Amazon warns on S3 security UXC and CommVault cuddle Load More View All Australian Bureau of Statistics counts on no storage team HP for census Bad Sectors the latest storage news How ASIC stops I O storms hurting its SANs Bad Sectors Amazon warns on S3 security UXC and CommVault cuddle Load More View All News 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

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240023005/NetApp-wins-big-at-DECCW (2016-02-10)
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  • IP Australia consolidates storage with NetApp private cloud
    agency as its identification as a major agency made it subject to the report s recommendation to reduce its ongoing IT costs Backup times had also become an issue according to Peter Weber Storage and Capacity Manager in the agency s Infrastructure Services team Backing up data was a slow difficult process which would sometimes take up to 30 hours which meant performance of systems was impacted for extended periods he says in a case study supplied to SearchStorage ANZ Backups before application upgrades often took longer than the upgrade itself The document provided to SearchStorage ANZ does not mention other vendors IP Australia considered for its new systems but does say it IP Australia engaged NetApp to implement a storage as a service solution with the flexibility to support network attached storage NAS workloads to solve the problems of scalability and availability of information That engagement has seen the organisation acquire a clustered solution based on a NetApp FAS3050C system plus a FAS3020A device for its development environment NetApp s SnapMirror is used to replicate data between the two systems and to assist with backups Weber says the organisation is also using NetApp SnapShot and has reduced the online backup time for our databases from many hours or more to literally minutes or seconds The benefit is substantially reduced impact on business performance whilst the backups are taking place We now have one copy of the Oracle application on the NAS clone it with NetApp FlexClone so it takes no space then deploy the clone across the Oracle servers Weber says in the document This has given us a space savings ratio of 40 to one It only takes about 20 seconds to create the clone which is less time than it takes to shut down the database and bring it back up This process alone has given our business substantial productivity and efficiency gains through the time and storage space we ve saved Dig Deeper on NAS hardware All News Problem Solve Storage Radio New EMC VMAX XtremIO bought Symantec customers riled Avere Systems gives NAS acceleration devices an edge Scale out network attached storage What you need to know How to choose a NAS Load More View All Storage Radio New EMC VMAX XtremIO bought Symantec customers riled Avere Systems gives NAS acceleration devices an edge Apple s weird storage decision EMC won t sell one VNX product in Australia Load More View All News Scale out network attached storage What you need to know How to choose a NAS REVIEW Synology DS1511 Can a NAS filer work for your small business 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

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240019284/IP-Australia-consolidates-storage-with-NetApp-private-cloud (2016-02-10)
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  • 8 Network-attached storage devices for small business - and why you cannot write off SOHO NAS
    Both systems run on EMC s LifeLine operating system The 19 inch 1U rackmount system has a 3 2 GHz Intel Celeron processor 1 GB system memory 1 Gigabit Ethernet support and three external USB ports to attach additional devices and extra storage capacity MICROSOFT WINDOWS STORAGE SERVER 2008 Windows Storage Server 2008 adds an increase in scalability over Windows Storage Server 2003 for file level single instance storage repositories and a newly integrated software iSCSI target that can operate alongside NAS The first version of SIS from Microsoft was limited to six volumes but Storage Server 2008 boosts that to 128 formally supported volumes with 1 024 as a hard limit Previously SIS could not be applied to volumes attached to clustered servers but that restriction has been lifted with the 2008 version Microsoft s snapshot based Data Protection Manager DPM will now take snapshots of data reduced volumes without reinflating multiple file copies SIS can also now be remotely administered from a command line interface and can be undone once it is applied to a volume Windows Storage Server is sold by Microsoft through storage OEMs such as Compellent Dell EqualLogic and Hewlett Packard LeftHand Networks that often use it as a NAS gateway for block storage devices NETAPP FAS2020 Slightly pricier than the others the NetApp FAS2020 is NetApp s smallest offering since it discontinued the StoreVault line The FAS2000 comes in two models the 2020 and the 2050 The 2020 a 2U enclosure is priced at around US12 000 with capacity up to 24 TB The 2050 a 4U enclosure starts at around US25 000 with a maximum capacity of 69 TB The FAS2000 arrays like all of NetApp s systems support NetApp s snapshot mirroring and replication software some NetApp channel partners offer bundles of software licenses built into the price of an FAS2000 in an effort to appeal to SMBs The FAS2000 can also mix SAS and SATA disk drives on the back end NETGEAR READYNAS RACKMOUNT MODELS NetGear brought its ReadyNAS prosumer desktop products into the commercial space with the ReadyNAS 2100 in May 2009 The ReadyNAS 2100 offered an Intel chipset and 1 GB of RAM and to appeal to more mission critical business oriented data storage buyers the rackmount devices introduced an exchange module that contains power supplies fans and motherboards and can be removed as a unit for servicing The entire ReadyNAS line can also be connected with cloud data backup services Since then NetGear has rolled out the ReadyNAS 3200 a 2U 12 bay device that provides up to 24 TB in a single system and most recently the ReadyNAS 3100 a 1U 4 bay rack mountable system that holds up to 8 TB and the ReadyNAS 4200 a 2U 12 bay system that holds 24 TB The 3100 which starts at about US3800 offers four SATA channels the 4200 supports 10 GbE and starts at US10 000 OVERLAND STORAGE SNAPSERVER Overland Storage purchased the Snap Server product line

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240020831/8-Network-attached-storage-devices-for-small-business-and-why-you-cannot-write-off-SOHO-NAS (2016-02-10)
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  • IBM releases SONAS: Scale-out NAS based on GPFS
    4 to 16 U in size Each pod can provide reliable storage from 27 to 480 terabytes of data Storage pods and interface nodes can be combined into one globally clustered scale out NAS system storing up to 14 4 petabytes of data IBM s data sheet for the product says it is intended for use by organizations seeking to better manage their growing demand for file based storage and allows them to consolidate data that is scattered in multi ple storage locations and allows them to be efficiently shared and managed The company also says that the SONAS approach is designed to go where clustered NAS cannot for organizations faced with storing millions to billions of active files Such massive numbers of files require separate file systems served by separate servers and consolidating a hundred or even hundreds of these servers into high end NAS grows into a difficult and costly challenge SONAS can apparently tackle this kind of chore with ease placing all documents in a single namespace Other features include integrated information lifecycle management caching to speed WAN access to files plus use of network protocols including Common Internet File System CIFS Network File System NFS Secure Copy Protocol SCP Hypertext Transfer Protocol HTTP and FileTransfer Protocol FTP SearchStorage ANZ will update this story with confirmation of the SONAS product s status as soon as possible UPDATE 9 00 AM FEBRUARY 10 IDEAS International has penned a blog post about the SONAS offering and links to this formal announcement of the product The announcement offers a wealth of technincal detail about the product Meanwhile Beth Pariseau from SearchStorage USA has pointed out that she wrote a story in October 2009 about products that seem awfully similar to SONAS We re yet to hear from IBM with an official position on this product but it s looking like this is a rebadged upgraded SoFS GPFS system with a shiny new coating of SONAS marketing UPDATE 11 00 AM FEBRUARY 10 IBM has confirmed that the SONAS product was launched yesterday but has said the company did not make a a formal announcement as the company decided not to take the gloss off the launch of its new Power 7 servers SearchStorage ANZ has asked IBM to explain the extent to which SONAS differs from the previous SoFS GPFS products noted in the story above UPDATE FEBRUARY 12th IBM has officially announced SONAS Story here Dig Deeper on NAS hardware All News Problem Solve Storage Radio New EMC VMAX XtremIO bought Symantec customers riled Avere Systems gives NAS acceleration devices an edge Scale out network attached storage What you need to know How to choose a NAS Load More View All Storage Radio New EMC VMAX XtremIO bought Symantec customers riled Avere Systems gives NAS acceleration devices an edge Apple s weird storage decision EMC won t sell one VNX product in Australia Load More View All News Scale out network attached storage What you need to know How

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240019006/IBM-releases-SONAS-Scale-out-NAS-based-on-GPFS (2016-02-10)
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  • SAN specialists not required for Exadata implementations
    to its expense Thomas says Oracle chose the technology to make the Exadata appliances as fast as possible We call Exadata a balanced an optimised configuration Thomas told SearchStorage ANZ Customers have told us that when they try to scale Oracle applications they find they have too much storage and too little CPU or the reverse By building the SAN and servers into a single system Thomas says Exadata aims to give users sheer speed without the need to tune networks SANs and other components to achieve the results they desire from their applications SAN vendors make general purpose storage he says We are creating an environment for Oracle applications so you can run Oracle faster than is possible in any other environment The devices therefore include the Infiniband SANs which include dual 40Gb links comprise a dozen disks and support either 600GB SAS or 2TB SATA drives A tier of four solid state disks can also be included Thomas says the devices are aimed at organisations whose need for rapid data processing is paramount and that application specialists not storage administrators will likely operate Exadata machines Database administrators will not need any new skills to operate Exadata he said such is the level of abstraction of the SAN inside the device Storage professionals will however be involved in backing up Exadata devices The machines boast Gigabit Ethernet ports making iSCSI SANs a possible backup target Thomas told SearchStorage ANZ that Exadata V2 also offers a spare Infiniband port and that Infiniband to fiber channel adapters are available for those organisations wishing to use fiber channel storage as a backup target Dig Deeper on NAS hardware All News Problem Solve Storage Radio New EMC VMAX XtremIO bought Symantec customers riled Avere Systems gives NAS acceleration devices an edge Scale out network attached storage What you need to know How to choose a NAS Load More View All Storage Radio New EMC VMAX XtremIO bought Symantec customers riled Avere Systems gives NAS acceleration devices an edge Apple s weird storage decision EMC won t sell one VNX product in Australia Load More View All News Scale out network attached storage What you need to know How to choose a NAS REVIEW Synology DS1511 Can a NAS filer work for your small business 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

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240019288/SAN-specialists-not-required-for-Exadata-implementations (2016-02-10)
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  • NAS Review: LaCie Network Space 2
    to do a hard stop only took 24 seconds in out of the box condition Let s get going In default there s only one share on the Network Space 2 which is probably suitable for the ordinary home user It fits the aim of working out of the box unlike more businessy systems that demand anything from permission setting to drive formatting before they re ready to use It also means you don t actually need to install any utilities to get going The Network Space 2 showed up automatically in all three of the operating systems that exist in my home Leopard on the MacBook Pro Linux on the laptop I use for my personal machine and Windows for the rest of the family But you will want to install the admin system because if nothing else you ll want to set a password for default access so that people who enter the network unbidden where I now sit there are four open WiFi access points in the neighborhood won t get at the files Including the business of loading the DVD the install only took 43 seconds on OSX and on launch the icon pops into the menu bar which isn t actually mentioned in the quick start booklet so it took me a while to stop waiting for the application to launch and notice the menu bar item to kick off administration Once you re connected to the management interface the pages generally load quickly and the layout is nice In fact the design of Web based management intterfaces has come a very long way in recent years with the interface fairly uncluttered easy to read and the meaning of most interface items are easy to understand A nice uncluttered interface makes it easy to get going with the LaCie Network Space 2 User management is simple and heavens be praised doesn t bring with it the user permissions baggage that has plagued me with other NAS boxes where one user can t open files created by another user because the NAS imposes strange permissions no matter how the permissions are supposed to be set on the network share No such problems occurred with the Network Space 2 no matter which user created a file or from which machine I connected files that were meant to be shared and were therefore in the shared space where sharable just as I wanted while folders marked as private were kept private Given that I have spent more than a day with one SME NAS trying to get it to give all employees access to the same files and still failed even with help from the vendor s tech support I count this as a blessing I have however one issue with the UI it doesn t cope well with disconnection If the device is disconnected and reconnected which is normal enough if you happen to use a laptop the LaCie Network Assistant application gets into trouble My experience was that the application not just the browser window could not find a drive if I disconnected and reconnected it The only option was to close the Network Assistant entirely and restart it so it could open the management Web pages and this would happen even if the device was visible to the operating system for normal file operations Rather than put the home LAN only 100 Mbps between me and the Network Space 2 I ran my first speed test with the unit connected directly to the MacBook s Gigabit Ethernet port and dragged a nice big file from the desktop to the unit 8 8 Gigabytes to be precise OSX estimated the transfer time at about 10 minutes in fact it took eight I have known Finder to make a complete mess estimating the transfer time for large files particularly when it s dealing with network storage devices So it s doing better than a gigabyte per minute over a GigE interface which should keep most home users happy For USB users the quick start guide misses a piece of information which is quite important and which had me confused right up to the point where I read the manual on the CD ROM USB isn t available until after you ve connected the machine via Ethernet and run the setup Wizard This was only a stumbling block because it was unexpected which meant that I was trying for half an hour or so to get one any one of my computers to see the Network Space 2 over the USB port Here I found my next stumbling block working out how to enable the USB facility The instructions are to access the Drive Information page then adjust the USB share size under the heading USB drive Here the problem is not the machine but the manual the descriptions in the manual don t match those on the interface which means there was quite a bit of clicking around to work out what I was supposed to do Here s a screenshot for anyone else encountering this little Easter egg You need to click exactly here to open the USB drive sizing dialog and use a USB connection After that the device showed up as a USB drive and transferred a 1 18 GByte file in 48 seconds I couldn t test it on an 8 GByte file however because Finder wouldn t send a file that large to the unit over the USB Another test I conducted quite unscientific would probably also be considered quite unfair but I live in the real world So I decided to find out what happened when the Network Space 2 loses power which might as much be the fault of a stray foot as a blackout In the middle of a large file transfer about 60 GBytes I pulled the plug and after waiting a few minutes I restarted it The result was a pleasant surprise it only needed about five

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240019011/NAS-Review-LaCie-Network-Space-2 (2016-02-10)
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  • HDS Australia CTO moves to Cisco
    relevant topic offers from TechTarget and its partners You can withdraw your consent at any time Contact TechTarget at 275 Grove Street 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 to Cisco Elisha announced the move on his LinkedIn profile stating he has taken up an exciting new role at Cisco starting January HDS Australia s Tim Smith said the company is considering whether or not to hire a new CTO as it has recently hired a Director of Pre sales and that role included many of Elisha s previous responsibilities Adrian de Luca the company s APAC Director of Software Sales returned to Australia a few weeks ago Smith added and possesses many of the skills required to fill the portions of a CTO s role not covered by the new Director of Pre Sales We have the same capability Smith said HDS Australia has good depth of talent 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 soaring as hacking incidents reach new levels Search Data Backup Data protection technologies Experts offer predictions Predictions for data protection

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240019564/HDS-Australia-CTO-moves-to-Cisco (2016-02-10)
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