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  • First Look - Windows Storage Server 2008
    is applied to a volume The expanded single instance storage capability is a key feature of WSS 2008 Enterprise Strategy Group ESG analyst Terri McClure wrote in an email to SerarchStorage ANZ In a recent ESG survey of 492 storage buyers reducing operational and capital costs were the two most important considerations for justifying IT spending in the next year she added The expanded SIS support will help drive down both McClure wrote Previously Microsoft offered the iSCSI software target it acquired with String Bean Software Inc as part of a separate product called the Windows Unified Data Storage Server WUDSS Going forward according to Buffington there will no longer be a separate multiprotocol product iSCSI virtual hard disks on Storage Server 2008 can now scale up to 16 TB capacity That target also now supports IPv6 IPSec and CHAP security standards and multipath I O MPIO Performance improvements with this release largely come from features already rolled out with Windows Server 2008 such as a 64 bit operating system Another feature Microsoft calls Server Message Block version 2 0 or SMB2 cuts down on the chattiness of the CIFS protocol Windows Server 2008 also includes a single namespace distributed file system DFS and File Services Resource Manager FSRM a Windows Explorer like GUI for managing files FSRM includes management for NFS volumes in the same GUI that has been available to manage CIFS shares Forrester Research analyst Andrew Reichman said NFS management improvement will be a key feature for users of the products that include Windows Storage Server as a NAS gateway This is widely deployed as a bolt on to a lot of storage vendors block solutions he said Historically the NFS aspect of Windows Storage Server has been poor I think they re trying to overcome that Microsoft s storage releases such as the first rollout of Data Protection Manager have worried storage vendors that it was planning to take over the enterprise storage market but it turns out products such as Data Protection Manager and Windows Storage Server have been nothing to worry about As general purpose storage it s limited to pretty small environments still Reichman said of Windows Storage Server I don t think Microsoft has the credibility in the enterprise storage market or scalability in this product to go head to head with enterprise storage options Microsoft reps on the webcast said OEMs will be able to tune Windows Storage Server 2008 to boost performance for different hardware They can use optional commands such as treat host as stable storage to cut down on caching and continue interrupt affinity policy to assign certain processor cores to listen to certain NICs for high priority storage traffic 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

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  • Microsoft kills standalone Windows storage server
    SSD play Another vendor plugging like mad is Seagate which to our trained eye seems to be trying to shunt its customers in the direction of high margin products There s still a bit of speculation around about Sun Oracle like this piece from HDS Klaus Mikkelsen This week s amazingly inappropriate video comes from HP which for reasons we cannot really understand has shot one of its arrays with a gun to prove it works If that is you shoot the bits that don t really matter The best part of the video is the disclaimers which state in part that HP does not endorse or recommend that you perform a similar test And there we were thinking that from now on HP owners would keep a shotgun handy and try that instead of CTRL ALT DELETE This thing we find so odd about these vids is that we cannot imagine a single storage buyer who will believe the punchline HP storage is bulletproof Or do vendors really underestimate us all We found the video in an otherwise innocuous post in which HP and Hitachi share some love While we re on media check this out a storage comic of sorts It even comes from Australia Over at Storage Switzerland they ve placed Fiber Channel drives on death watch Backup Blog contends some Data Domain claims about dedupe Virtual Geek has been to play with Cisco s new unified computing kit and likes the storage bits And lastly this is a bit off piste but how often do you hear someone say people who work with mainframes are more fun than people who work in a distributed environment In this video you ll hear just that And you ll also see how lame a company can become when it tries to be cool Microsoft s Windows Storage Server has never really been a big player Indeed the company has only just released the 2008 version Remember folks its May 2009 Now the company seems to be walking away from a standalone version of Windows Storage Server according to Steven Foskett who today writes that This will be the last release of Windows Storage Server There won t even be a special Storage Server version of Server 2008 Service Pack 2 Starting now Storage Server is just an optional feature of Windows Server Purchasing and production use will still be limited to storage OEMs but Microsoft has finally reconciled Storage Server with the rest of the Windows Server world The blog for the product has no confirmation of the news but Foskett is a reliable source and a Microsoft MVP to boot so we think this one is accurate He s also got a wealth of detail about the new 2008 version of the server Elsewhere in storage blogland EMC is up to its usual tricks as Chuck Hollis slags off another competitor in this case Oracle Of course Oracle is not really a competitor yet seeing as no one

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240022073/Microsoft-kills-standalone-Windows-storage-server (2016-02-10)
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  • Sectors – EMC, 3PAR and Dell fight it out, HP goes to school and Seagate stands alone
    can tell And don t get us started with the way Samsung communicates about its hard disks If that hasn t put you off there s plenty more here Back in our usual stamping ground 3PAR seems to be enjoying the chance to have a swipe at EMC Its beef has something to do with SSDs hardly rating a mention in EMC s earnings call last week 3PAR also has it in for Dell which has somehow failed its test for how one ought to behave at a big launch Big D is not nerdy enough in public apparently Maybe they are right this Dell post about SSDs not being mainstream is hardly cutting edge Another company that could harden up on the technical front is HP which this week admits it struggles to embed a YouTube video in a blog Here s how you do it guys It s worth a look because of the weirdness of the premise namely a bunch of IT pros teach some high school kids how to install a SAN Guess which SAN is easiest to configure That s right HP s So if your IT staff have no experience whatsoever of configuring arrays and the knowledge and maturity of a high school student you know where to shop There s a bit of tension between HDS and EMC this week which you can read in Hu Yoshida s blog NetApp is also tetchy and has picked on Ocarina for a dedupe smackdown But the company s bloggers are silent as is proper on the prospect that Sun s new owner Oracle could get nasty in the Sun vs NetApp ZFS lawsuit that has been bubbling along for a while We ll try to dredge up something on that next week 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

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240019599/Sectors-EMC-3PAR-and-Dell-fight-it-out-HP-goes-to-school-and-Seagate-stands-alone (2016-02-10)
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  • News, Analysis and Opinion for Storage AU - Page 34 - SearchStorage.com.au
    storage with an iSCSI SAN from LeftHand including storage for large production databases Exanet adds search NetApp unleashes Topio June 28 2007 28 Jun 07 WA Newspapers upgrades to virtual tape West Australian Newspapers needs to backup two terabytes of data each week a task it finds much easier thanks to a new virtual tape library June 24 2007 24 Jun 07 First in best dressed Telephony company Link Communications Group bought storage from EqualLogic before the vendor had opened its doors in Australia The company s Vice President of Global Engineering explains why the organisation took this risky looking move June 14 2007 14 Jun 07 Melbourne IT bets on fibre channel for growth drive Hosting and online services company Melbourne IT says IP storage is not yet reliable enough to form the infrastructure it will use as the basis for a tripling of its storage pool June 12 2007 12 Jun 07 Symantec wants your disks NetBackup 6 5 is being pitched as the one tool you need to manage all your disk no matter what kind of hardware you own June 12 2007 12 Jun 07 LUN management at the heart of SAN configuration Disk drives are the foundation of modern data storage but operating systems cannot use physical storage directly The physical drive must be translated into a logical space that an operating system sees as a linear address space comprised of June 11 2007 11 Jun 07 SNIA ANZ expands board The Storage Networking Industry Association has expanded its board to include representatives of system integrators and end users for the first time June 04 2007 04 Jun 07 Sensis replaces EMC with NetApp Has NetApp pulled off a coup in one of Australia s largest storage users May 31 2007 31 May 07 Blades heat up cooling issue Dense deployments of blade computers and the virtualisation and consolidation that drive their adoption are creating new challenges for data centre managers If your storage lives there read on to understand the new power and heat issues you ll May 29 2007 29 May 07 Brocade buffs WAFS virtualisation Brocade has previewed a range of enhancements to its products that should become available in June 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 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

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/info/news/page/34 (2016-02-10)
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  • Sectors - Sun alumni angry, EMC happy about VMware, NetApp arguing about dedupe numbers
    with Linux and Windows and the rest but Solaris is the most sensible choice I imagine Oracle will continue the open source Solaris development and hopefully will adopt the GPL and integrate more Linux technologies Perhaps Solaris and Linux could merge at some far off point in the future Plus Oracle can now build on MySQL a la EMC with CLARiiON and Iomega rather than fighting with it I was concerned at first but think Oracle will work to make MySQL a solid entry level and free software choice in hopes of keeping SQL Server and PostgreSQL and the rest at bay For the database space Oracle now has much more solid footing In fact I imagine Oracle will move quickly to package a Windows version of MySQL to undercut Microsoft sales of SQL Server I doubt Oracle will do much for the hardware however They ve always shown interest in hardware but have never executed on that Perhaps they ll let it wither perhaps they ll sell it off I just can t imagine Oracle fighting with Dell HP and IBM for server market share I also can t imagine they ll do much to continue Sun s free storage efforts or the nascent effort to enter the network router space to combat Cisco My hope is that they ll GPL all of the already open source storage stuff and let the Linux crowd have it This would be an excellent outcome indeed I ll be sad to see the great Sun server hardware go but why would Oracle keep it The merger will hit parts of Sun hard though I don t see the tape or STK HDS storage business lasting And there will be massive changes to the sales and service organizations with the best folks kept and the rest RIFfed I do hope they can keep Sun s strongest folks onboard since there are many of them so Oracle should make this a top priority They ve done well in the past on this front which gives me hope Also on Oracle Sun analyst Steve Duplessie wonders if Oracle has more acquisitions up its sleeve to improve its storage position Storagebod points out that NetApp currently uses Oracle in its advertising a situation that probably needs to change given the Sun vs NetApp lawsuit over ZFS The week s other big storage topic is VMware s new vSphere 4 which sees the software company take over thin provisioning for virtual arrays making hardware vendors provisioning kit kind of redundant EMC s indefatigable Chuck Hollis is of course bullish about the announcement And then he sinks the slipper into HP s response to Cisco s servers This gets us thinking that rumours we have reported in the past are tosh EMC and Cisco are clearly very tight on this stuff Virtual Geek also likes the announcement but The Storage Architect thinks independent HBA vendors might be in for tough times David Chappell has a more interesting take

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240019600/Sectors-Sun-alumni-angry-EMC-happy-about-VMware-NetApp-arguing-about-dedupe-numbers (2016-02-10)
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  • Analysts say Oracle buying Sun is a game-changer
    H based Illuminata Inc The network as the computer makes everyone in IT a computer engineer to keep it going There may be a move back toward integration in order to get away from just keeping everything up and running The Oracle Sun acquisition may cast vendors delivering one piece of the IT infrastructure in a new light Webster said People who have been delivering separate pieces are now potential acquisition targets he said You could put NetApp and Brocade on that list NetApp has been a close partner with Oracle for storage Many enterprise admins run Oracle databases over NFS using NetApp systems and more than a petabyte of NetApp systems have been deployed by Oracle internally Meanwhile NetApp remains locked with Sun in an intellectual property battle over patents related to NetApp s Write Anywhere File Layout WAFL and Sun s Zettabyte File System ZFS EMC has also been a prominent partner with Oracle and has long positioned its online transaction processing OLTP storage systems for use with Oracle applications In addition Oracle execs acknowledged that the Exadata system based on a hardware partnership with Hewlett Packard HP Co is similar to Sun s open storage products Both use standard servers commodity disks and InfiniBand interconnects Right now it looks like Oracle is going to stay in the hardware game meaning they re going to be competing with their biggest partners said Brian Babineau senior analyst at Milford Mass based Enterprise Strategy Group ESG EMC and NetApp are going to have to work even harder to convince customers that an integrated application stack isn t the way to go Both Babineau and Illuminata s Webster predict that there will be further industry consolidation this year in the wake of this deal This will rekindle rumors about an acquisition of NetApp Babineau said It will also rekindle talk around the Cisco EMC relationship It s a game changer for the storage industry While OpenSolaris ZFS and Sun s disk based open storage products have been directly mentioned by Oracle the tape based business Sun acquired with StorageTek has yet to be specifically addressed There s a good chance they could keep it and run it said Babineau though a spinoff is always a possibility Oracle s Phillips mentioned archiving as part of Oracle s storage vision on the conference call and Sun has positioned tape for that space It remains to be seen how the deal will affect Pillar Data Systems the storage startup that Ellison has funded with 350 million through his Tako Ventures investment company Earlier this month The 451Group analyst firm issued a report that said Ellison recently wrote in a note to Pillar CEO Mike Workman that he remains 100 committed to the long term success of Pillar Now Oracle has a hardware company that competes with Pillar 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

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240020835/Analysts-say-Oracle-buying-Sun-is-a-game-changer (2016-02-10)
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  • Sectors – HDS, NetApp say EMC’s V-Max is dated and derivative
    name because the old monicker DMX is shared with a gangster rapper Bercoviici then swipes EMC saying please don t try to sell me more new stuff when I can barely afford to keep and manage my current stuff Interestingly the post seems to have come just before EMC s launch and relies on an early leak We re yet to spot a NetApp post on the launch since the full details emerged Draw your own conclusions what that means Another source of pre launch information is this post from StorageRap what is it about rap and storage which contains this very very funny video WARNING Some of the language is NSFW and it ends with Rick Astley Ugh Elsewhere the Backup Blog penned by an EMC staffer likes the idea of V Max Quelle surprise Steve Dodd also works for the Evil Machine Corporation but at least his post offers some more information on the new platform Virtual Geek is another EMC staff blogger and he likes V Max too But at least he posted this nice video of the machines in action Storagebod is an actual storage user phew and observes that V Max sounds like a name marketroids would dream up for a gaming console The Storage Architect gets excited about one of V Max s new features automated tiered storage There ain t much more than that out there EMC itself has blogged up a Symmetrix worth of corporate stuff about the launch But analyst blogs are quiet on the launch Our take Well we were entranced by the new backplane technology an open standard called RapidIO Every storage vendor worth a spindle is looking for ways to improve the performance of its kit in virtualised environments and experience tells us that the happy face displayed at a big launch doesn t always stay on users faces once they start to actually try making their new toys behave as advertised That s why we focussed on RapidIO because it s not every day users are asked to bring a whole new network protocol into their data centres Networking Editor Richard Chirgwin will delve into this mysterious protocol in coming weeks so we can all learn more about it 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

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240019601/Sectors-HDS-NetApp-say-EMCs-V-Max-is-dated-and-derivative (2016-02-10)
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  • EXCLUSIVE IBRS ANALYSIS: How to avoid archiving project failure
    into production with an alarming 5 being cancelled and a further 16 experiencing significant delays A third of all projects have been in progress for at least 12 months and a surprising 23 more than two years Worse less that 60 of respondents would recommend the archiving product they had tried to implement This meshes with IBRS s experience that a significant proportion of organisations attempting to implement archiving are experiencing great difficulty in making the products work Based on this survey and a large number of client interviews we found the following common drivers for the archiving projects being delayed or failing Email platform We found that Lotus Notes based organisations struggled to find products that work with their email platform though in recent months this has changed somewhat When short listing products we recommend confirming how mature the archive platform is for the organisation s existing products with special attention especially paid to email platforms Decentralised deployments While email is often a centralised deployment it is still common to find multiple email servers distributed across the organisation Further users files are usually located in the same office as the users and are highly distributed Depending on the product the introduction of archiving can make the management of this distributed environment much more complex Archiving data distributed over a wide area network WAN creates significant problems because most archiving products are only designed to work over local area networks LANs When an application accesses a file that is archived over a WAN the time taken to recover the file can cause serious problems for the application For example office applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel can fail when accessing large archived files over a WAN These problems are compounded by misleading application error messages Microsoft Word for example says the requested file is missing or corrupted Archiving across a WAN is not a transparent process and can make the file and email environment more expensive to manage and less usable Weak Products The other common reason we found for project failure was poor product sets In particular EMC s products stood out as being troublesome nearly all IT managers we have spoken to who have attempted to deploy EMC diskXtender and emailXtender have not been able to implement these products satisfactorily We strongly recommend IT organisations undertake detailed reference checks and visit organisations with similar environments that have successfully implemented the archiving products being considered prior to final product selection Even where hands on reference sites suggest that implementation is possible conduct a rigorous proof of concept that covers all the complexity of the production environment to confirm that the product will work in your environment In short while archiving is simple in principle there is significant diversity in email and file environments that cause otherwise successful products to fail The successful archive projects IBRS have seen in Australian are typified by being relatively simple environments such as a single centralised Exchange server with fewer than 3 000

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240021786/EXCLUSIVE-IBRS-ANALYSIS-How-to-avoid-archiving-project-failure (2016-02-10)
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