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  • HDS/Sun partnership ends
    agreement that Hitachi Data Systems and Sun Microsystems have been jointly operating under for the past nine years will come to an end The letter suggests HDS will become responsible for customers it acquired through the Sun relationship as it states Hitachi Data Systems will be answering all questions and concerns with solid transition programs and will focus on meeting the demands of the continued excitement in the marketplace around the Hitachi Data Systems technology and the unique leading edge solutions that the Hitachi Data Systems brand has and will continue to bring to market These solutions will continue to be made available to you and your customers under the Hitachi Data Systems brand name Tim Smith of HDS Australia told SearchStorage ANZ confirmed the details of the letter and said that Oracle and HDS have sat down and looked at joint strategies around how to arrange a transition for local customers We still expect to have a very close strategic relationship with Oracle which we have had for years Smith said The exact specifics are being negotiated and we are working with Oracle on structured transition plans Smith added that he does not expect disruption for customers as HDS Australia already has relationships with many organisations who acquired its products from Sun as they often acquired some HDS products from Sun and bought others directly from HDS HDS nonetheless plans outreach to all customers We will engage will all affected customers because they are valued HDS clients and look forward to ensuring we transfer customers effectively Smith concluded 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

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240019552/HDS-Sun-partnership-ends (2016-02-10)
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  • NetApp slammed over “tiering is dead” comments, EMC savaged by IBM and Pillar
    the point that EMC s FAST isn t terribly good yet a sentiment echoed by Storagebod in a post that has some interesting comments from Storagezilla and here s Zilla s tiering post for good measure and a late one after the bell from TechMute Oddly EMC has not weighed in but others are weighing in against EMC on a range of other issues IBM s Tony Pearson finds little to like in EMC s enhanced Atmos Storagebod also takes issue with the company on several issues Pillar writes EMC off as second rate in this post And NetApp s BaR and Grill blog riffs on a W Curtis Preston story in ways that include criticism of EMC NetApp also cops some heat from Storage Anarchist and StorageBod but is generally pretty chuffed with having racked up a US1billion quarter An unusual criticism this week comes from Adaptec who bemoan that some of the system builders who use its products do so in silly ways you might also want to help the company with a wee survey Another unusual attack comes from Drunken Data who is not entirely happy with IDC s analysis of the digital universe Also on the attack is William Vambenepe who s not sure if REST is really all it is cracked up to be Products disappear Lots of product demises make the blogosphere this week as StorageMojo notes the failure of InPhase Storage Anarchist mentions IBM s DS6800 is with us no longer he s got plenty of tiering is dead stuff in there too AboutRestore finds lessons to be learned from COPAN s collapse An interesting pair of posts from Onlinestorageoptimization and StorageIO call for more authenticity in green IT debates Elsewhere Permabit declares the low hanging dedupe fruit has all been picked and Ray On Storage compares georeplication to RAID Preston de Guise looks into the new features of NetWorker 7 5 2 and StorageTexan wonders why DAS is making a minor comeback HP enthuses about booting your server direct from a SAN and HDS Hu Yoshida thinks out loud about Cartesian Scaling DrunkenData looks at a company called ProStor that apparently builds arrays from laptop disks and Storage Sanity goes on a winter Olympics related persion that lets me point out Australia is the only Southern Hemisphere nation to have won a medal at the games We are also ahead of Great Britain 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

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240019553/NetApp-slammed-over-tiering-is-dead-comments-EMC-savaged-by-IBM-and-Pillar (2016-02-10)
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  • EMC queries blogger’s independence over pro-NetApp post as Qlogic and Emulex hit the courts
    responds to some FUD sent its way by likening FUDsters to some of the less rigorous participants in the climate change debate William Vambenepe has a little FUD of his own about the state of cloud standards Preston de Guise has also spotted the consequences of FUD a Qlogic vs Emulex lawsuit based on the lame fried egg video we noted a couple of weeks ago He also taps into the widely felt FUD generated by Google Buzz Storage Mojo meanwhile has some gentle meta FUD for the whole storage industry In an insightful analysis of Amazon Web Services revenue he paints the cloud as the PC and today s storage vendors as the minicomputer vendors of the early 1980s And we all know what happen to them don t we Wine not NetApp meanwhile gets canned elsewhere as the Storage Architect pens out one of those let s compare vendors to a widely variable category of goods posts and choose wine as his metaphor NetApp scores the least flattering comparison namely English wine Yes technically it is a wine but really no one would buy it on that basis If you are a connoisseur English wine is something that should be avoided Ouch NetApp also gets some stick from StorageBod who wonders why a final release of OnTap 8 is late We sold something to the people who made Avatar won t go away as a blogging meme this week via TechHead 3Par has a nicer IMHPO take on the we sold something idea noting its support of charity Comic Relief and happily being named alongside other tech companies supporting its efforts It s worth a look at this video to learn more about the organisation s work Other anger this week includes the capacity guarantee arguments which refuse to go away thanks to HP keeping them alive for another week HP also gets some tap from DataCore which accuses it of being slow and late in the virtual SAN space Canned Platypus also has a big swipe at Lustre this week Settling down The more productive reaches of the blogosphere are also busy this week as Storage Architect reviews a 2TB Western Digital hard disk Storage Switzerland tests IOCELL s NDAS and Drunken Data and Zerowait correspond wittily and create useful insights In case you don t it s a simple story they all went broke and died Sun was probably the last of them And FWIW EMC itself gobbled one up when it acquired Data General kept CLARiiON and threw away its server business that tried to put a minicomputer style proprietary spin on Wintel Double FWIW Internet users at EMC are still identified as coming from DG when we check out our server logs here at SearchStorage ANZ 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

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240019554/EMC-queries-bloggers-independence-over-pro-NetApp-post-as-Qlogic-and-Emulex-hit-the-courts (2016-02-10)
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  • NetApp bringing online channel marketing templates to Australia
    United States and that you have read and agree to the Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy Dubbed CampaignExpress the program has already been deployed overseas and sees NetApp provide its partners with access to a web application offering a range of marketing material the company says its partners can use to create a complete custom campaign to lead with your brand using a partner branded template In addition to the standard customization you can incorporate your own message solutions content special offers imagery and colors The partner branded templates provides you the opportunity to co market with NetApp while creating a campaign unique to you The company says the campaign will offer a variety of NetApp templates that make it simple to add your company logo and contact information Customizable campaigns include e mail postcards signs banners landing page and telemarketing scripts The branded templates allow you to leverage the NetApp brand and marketing efforts A NetApp Australia spokesperson told SearchStorage ANZ the company is currently rolling out the program and its training across Australia A PDF describing the program is available here while a video with more information can be found here The campaign also includes a social media component but seems to be getting little traction a Facebook group has just 12 members while a LinkedIn group has only 16 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

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240019555/NetApp-bringing-online-channel-marketing-templates-to-Australia (2016-02-10)
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  • IBM, NetApp, slam EMC benchmark results, as Cisco "searches for unicorns to breed"
    pointless the arguments may be writing how he considers vendors competing products I d have some fun at the expense of the EMC account manager I d have a chuckle with my NetApp account manager and then I d continue to compare the products on their merits One account manager about to cop an earful translation from the Australian get shouted at is the poor person who helps Grumpy Storage to buy kit He writes that in his opinion EMC are a company of conflicts while NetApp are sadly still trying to understand the question for a couple of years ago He saves his choicest remarks however for Cisco which he accuses of still searching for unicorns to breed Invisible launch The oddest blog post of the week comes from IDEAS International which writes up a new IBM product called SONAS a hoofing great scale out NAS We declare it odd because this IBM post on what Tony Pearson calls a major launch starts with fiddly little bits of storage networking kit instead of the hoofing great NAS Things get odder still when you consider that IBM told SearchStorage ANZ that SONAS was kept quiet for a day or two while the company shoved Power 7 out the door But here we are a couple of days later and the headline storage product in a major announcement is a switch We suspect this is because SONAS is not really new As we report in the previous link IBM has been promoting this kit for a while under a couple of names We ve asked if this is redesigned kit or rebadged kit There are other chuckles to be had on this one too as the IBM price list for the product mentions a 10 pack of 7 2K RPM 2TB SATA HDDs for US40 362 and a 10 pack of 15K RPM 450GB SAS HDD for US34 855 Unless your columnist is missing his guess we suspect SONAS buyers will be supplying their own disks And one last thing about SONAS IBM says it can handle up to 14 4 Petabytes of data Ray On Storage posts this week that CERN generates 15 petabytes a year IDEAS also has a tasty post about what you should expect to pay for storage maintenance and support Virtual playtime Lots of folks are writing about virtualised storage this week such as fellow antipodean Rodos look at some of the vBlock storage guidelines Scott Lowe ponders moving Lab Manager datastores and Using IP Based Storage with VMware vSphere on Cisco UCS Boche looks at how to Configure VMware ESX i Round Robin on EMC Storage Storage Anarchist and Cinetica keep the storage guarantee argument going while Preston de Guise and Storagezilla both find ways to defend tape storage IBM announces a beta program for Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager and seeing as we have mentioned that it seems only fair to offer this link to an HP post about its Customer Focussed Testing team They

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240019556/IBM-NetApp-slam-EMC-benchmark-results-as-Cisco-searches-for-unicorns-to-breed (2016-02-10)
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  • Should you buy second-hand storage? EMC, IBM, HP, Dell and HDS say yes, but analyst says no
    is long enough before requiring replacement for more reliable more efficient and better cost point products EMC EMC says it does refurbish and resell some components namely components like system cabinets and system boards Refurbished components carry the full warranty and support of a new component IBM IBM operates Global Asset Recovery Services an offering which glories in the acronym GARS The service sees IBM re manufacture and refurbish returned equipment which is later resold The company even has a certification for equipment that passes through this process in the form of the IBM Certified Pre owned Equipment seal of approval The GARS program can also build machines to exact specification as required by customers HDS Hitachi Data Systems happily refurbishes and resells arrays In an email to SearchStorage a spokesperson for the company said All kit to be refurbed goes back to the US and restored to an as new state HDS then sells it with a full three year warranty Dell Dell not only refurbishes storage hardware it sells it online through its factory outlet website Australian store here NZ store here complete with 12 months warranty The company told SearchStorage ANZ that if items do not sell from Dell com it sells them to online auction house Grays Online which disposes of them as it sees fit The company also sometimes uses second hand products in house HP HP told SearchStorage ANZ it has operated the HP Renew program since 1981 and the program includes S torageWorks disk tape products Stock comes from customer returns and cancelled orders products damaged during shipping overstocks demonstration and trial units asset recovery and lease returns Whatever the source products sold under the HP Renew banner are carefully inspected refurbished or remanufactured re boxed and re sold with the full original HP warranty Conclusion Second hand arrays are out there and vendors are confident enough to give you substantial warranties for this kit Yet IBRS McIsaac thinks that rather than pinching pennies on purchase price organisations should instead look to improve their storage management regimes In an email to SearchStorage ANZ McIsaac offered the following advice I think organisations would be much better served to focus on Optimising what you have already got Often the existing infrastructure has 20 30 of capacity that can be reclaimed Some times this is storage that has been lost or data that is no longer needed Apply archiving policy to your data Get a good backup product like CommVault and use the tape archive with dedupe feature For SMEs when buying a new array look at low cost alternatives like Dell s iSCSI Oracle Sun ZFS storage server or HP s LeftHand SAN Solutions Finally and most importantly when you buy an array get your contract terms right i e The inital purchase price needs to be negotiated to get the best value Don t purchase it all at once only buy what you need for the next 18 months and have terms that allow

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240019602/Should-you-buy-second-hand-storage-EMC-IBM-HP-Dell-and-HDS-say-yes-but-analyst-says-no (2016-02-10)
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  • Carbonite Pro coming to Australia
    to US residents The service operates on Windows XP and up plus Windows 2003 Server and 2008 Server and relies on a software agent which backs up data to Carbonite s servers in the USA Australian users of the service pay 71 99 a year for unlimited storage The new service for small business is more expensive US pricing for Carbonite Pro starts at US10 month for up to 20GB of data and tops out at US250 for between 300GB and 499GB of data That service does not however backup system files or applications This inconvenience is offset by remote installation tools that make it possible to install the Carbonite application on remote computers after users click on a link in an email All computers covered by a business account are remotely administerable through a web based control panel Arthur Koulianos of Avalanche Group which distributes Carbonite in Australia said the company has long hoped for a business grade version of the service to bring to Australia When I first started at Carbonite Australia 20 months ago I asked why we did not have a business version of the product he said Koulianos said he is now actively investigating how to localise the service with billing the main issue to be overcome With Carbonite Pro there is no shopping cart he said The buying happens in the background You long in and provide bank credit card details into a payment system and they bill you Koulianos says once this payment system can be adapted for local users the company intends to introduce Carbonite Pro to the Australian market Dig Deeper on Buying data storage All News Problem Solve Data center upgrade saves ICF International millions Storage supplies constrained by Thai floods Seagate Samsung combine forces for magnetic and solid state disk Seagate says MLC flash now reliable enough for enterprise use Load More View All Data center upgrade saves ICF International millions Storage supplies constrained by Thai floods Seagate Samsung combine forces for magnetic and solid state disk Seagate says MLC flash now reliable enough for enterprise use Load More View All News What is cloud storage 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

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240019088/Carbonite-Pro-coming-to-Australia (2016-02-10)
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  • IBM beats Sun, HP and EMC for SAN at plant research facility
    Manager Lachlan Tailby told SearchStorage ANZ the project was a greenfield site and the search for a SAN to store the images was therefore made without the need to consider incumbent suppliers We invited Sun IBM EMC and HP to have a chat with us and discuss their storage products Tailby says a process that yielded some interesting differences in style Some sales people were happier to be flexible to our needs Tailby recalls Others wanted to push us down a path to their product APPF eventually settled on IBM after finding that little separated the bidders in terms of technology Support was the decider Tailby says The presence of people on the ground made a difference The organisation has since acquired to IBM DS4700 machines One is operational the other currently serves as a disaster recovery tool but is expected to be pressed into everyday service as APPF creates more data and reaches its expected top load of 300 terabytes Interestingly the organisation is using one terabyte SATA hard disks Tailby says the decision to use the large drives despite higher data retrieval times that come with drives of this size was made on the basis of cost and the fact that APFF simply does not need rapid access to data Each run on a batch of plants can take between six weeks and six months he says So we are not in a huge rush for re analysis Some suggested fibre channel disks and tiered storage he recalls But value is the first thing we look at these days because depending on your application how fast do your disks need to be We deduced to use SATA throughout and it is doing the job for us While deciding SATA s lower speed was suitable for its needs the organisation has nonetheless adopted a 4GB s fiber channel network to connect its SANs Tailby says this decision does not reflect any commitment to the protocol but rather the late 2008 timeframe for the purchasing decision For us at the time two years ago I I was a bit iffy on iSCSI he says I think it has matured now and if APPF were opening today the protocol would be a far stronger candidate for its SAN Dig Deeper on SAN storage All News Evaluate Despite its limitations DAS solutions still find role in data center Week in review podcast Nexsan s unified storage architecture and more Starboard Storage offers unified storage system with SSD storage tiers Coraid expands ANZ presence Load More View All Week in review podcast Nexsan s unified storage architecture and more Starboard Storage offers unified storage system with SSD storage tiers Coraid expands ANZ presence SAN consolidation the answer for Messages On Hold Load More View All News Despite its limitations DAS solutions still find role in data center View All Evaluate ADS BY GOOGLE Latest TechTarget resources CIO AU Security AU Data Backup Disaster Recovery SMB Storage Storage Channel Search CIO com au Internet

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240018997/IBM-beats-Sun-HP-and-EMC-for-SAN-at-plant-research-facility (2016-02-10)
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