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IT Requirements Change for Data Protection, Capacity and Lifespan of Systems with the Adoption of Solid State Arrays

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 09:00

New report from Evaluator Group shows enterprise IT reaping considerable benefits from Solid State adoption

With the increased use of solid state storage in enterprises, IT is enjoying considerable value with the adoption of All Solid State systems. Evaluator Group’s new report on “Solid State Adoption in the Enterprise” looks at the impact of these systems on IT, from purchase patterns to processes and procedure to technology changes. The study demonstrates that Solid State Systems adoption goes beyond improvement in performance to impact other areas.

“For the most part, IT has gone beyond using the cost per GB as a measurement for purchase,” said Camberley Bates, managing partner of Evaluator Group. “This study helps amplify the need to look at total impact and total cost of ownership of Solid State Systems. It emphasizes why we see All Flash Arrays becoming the dominant solution in IT.”

Evaluator Group’s new research study was created by conducting an incisive survey and in-depth interviews with administrators and architects who have adopted solid state storage in enterprise environments.

The study uncovered many customer discoveries during the deployment and use of solid state storage, which are of interest in understanding other values gained and opportunities identified. Discoveries covered a number of areas:

  • Capacity reduction was achieved for most workloads as expected with data reduction but another reduction came from no longer needing to sparsely distribute data.
  • Reliability improvements and the increased lifespan of Flash devices presented opportunities for economic gain through retaining storage devices (and the data on them) longer.
  • The opportunity to improve data protection was present due to the increased performance enabled with solid state.

“For enterprise IT managers and administrators, this report provides a window into the successes and plans of peer groups. We hope this enables organizations to look differently at the impact of Solid State,” said Randy Kerns, Senior Strategist, Evaluator Group.

The report covers the details of these discoveries and more, including reporting from IT organizations. Purchase of the report includes inquiry time with the analyst, Randy Kerns.

For more information, a free study overview and full Table of Contents, click here.

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Systems and Storage News Roundup (4/2-4/9)

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 11:08

Systems and Storage News Roundup (4/2-4/9)

 

 

If your favorite vendor is missing from our news roundup, it’s likely they didn’t have any pertinent announcements last week. If there’s a vendor you’re interested in seeing, email me at Nick@evaluatorgroup.com.

 

Cloudera

4/9 – Cloudera and Simudyne Offer Banks Advanced Simulation Solution for Risk Management

DataDirect

4/9 – DDN and Dalet Announce Certified Solutions; Reimagining Centralized Storage for Ultra HD Broadcast Workflows at Scale

Dell

4/3 – Dell Unveils New Consumer PCs and Displays for Power Seeking and Content-Loving Users

HGST

4/3 – Western Digital Enables the Evolution of Modern Workflows at NAB 2018

Huawei

4/3 – Huawei and Cloud Security Alliance Sign MOU to Promote Industry Standards in Cloud Security Integration Domain

IBM

4/5 – Rabobank Desensitizes Client Data for GDPR and DevOps with IBM

Intel

4/3 – New 8th Gen Intel Core Processors Come to The Intel VPRO Platform: Built for Business

MapR

4/3 – MapR Transforms Real-Time Streaming for Globally Distributed Operations and Analytics

NEC

4/3 – NEC Accelerates Digital Transformation for Businesses with New Analytics Platform and Professional Services

Nexenta

4/5 – Nexenta Announces New Software as a Service Solution Suite to Deliver the Most Complete Open Software Defined Storage (OpenSDS) Portfolio for Cloud Environments

Supermicro

4/3 – Supermicro First-to-Market with IoT Embedded Solutions optimized for New 8th Gen Intel Core Processors

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A Few Thoughts on Copy Data Management

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 22:05

As we mentioned in last month’s blog, Copy Data Management (CDM) is one of the interesting areas in enterprise data management that has been gaining in popularity and relevance.  CDM is about locating and managing all the copies of your data, anywhere they are, and optimizing the storage of those copies.  We have been evaluating the CDM market and wanted to share some initial thoughts.

  • The problem of too many copies is real. Storage technologies have given us the opportunity to easily make copies of our data and we use them.  Many of these copies are needed and have official business value – snapshots for restore, full backups for air gaps, replication for disaster recovery, long-term retention for compliance, operational copies for DevTest and training, etc.  Some data copies are just as useful but may be more unofficial in nature – extra copies of backups just to be safe, application/VM/database admin generated copies for self-recovery, end user copies of data, etc.  Many of these copies sit idle (too numerous, too old, forgotten) across several storage silos within many IT organizations.  As a result, secondary storage can represent the major of an organization’s storage capacity, with some industry reports saying it’s half of total capacity while others indicate it can be as high as 80% of total capacity.
  • The desire to use of copies of data is growing. The desire by organizations to derive additional business value from their production data continues to grow even as the problem of too many copies exists.  Technology enhancements around DevOps automation, data analytics, machine learning, reporting, and employee training have those groups looking to use copies of the data that are as similar to the actual production data as possible and kept updated on a regular basis.  In some cases, the data needs to be masked (like a social security number) so the format is correct, but no real information is exposed.
  • The benefits of CDM can be significant. The premise of today’s CDM solutions is that they can minimize the problem of too many copies by discovering what copies are already there and providing centralized management of all data copies going forward.  The benefits of using a CDM solution can include reduced storage hardware costs (primary and secondary) from reclaimed storage and slowed storage growth, lower storage software costs especially for products with capacity-based licensing, improved data management through better visibility into where data lives and how it is used, and improved compliance with current and future data privacy regulations.

As with many of today’s IT solutions, several different approaches are used by CDM solutions to discover and identify data copies and orchestrate how existing and new copies are coordinated, managed, and optimized going forward.  There are basically two architectural approaches used for copy data management which we are referring to as in-place CDM and capture CDM.

  • In-place CDM. In-place CDM solutions discover data copies on existing server and storage resources, catalog the copies, and then orchestrate the management of existing and future copies using the same infrastructure resources.  Advantages of the in-place approach are that organizations can continue to use the same infrastructure solutions they use today, little data has to cross the network, and the same storage stack can be used for additional workloads like DevOps that will be actually used for production.
  • Capture CDM. Capture CDM solutions capture a copy of the data from applications and servers, create a single instance or golden copy of the data, and then orchestrate the management of all copies from that golden image.  Capture CDM solutions are typically delivered as physical or virtual appliances with new secondary storage.  Advantages of this approach are the consolidation of secondary storage onto a new platform, the creation of a single system of record for data, and a highly integrated solution which often includes data protection and archiving capabilities.

Based on these initial observations of the market, it’s easy to see why there is growing interest in CDM solutions.  That leads to the next level of questions around CDM such as – What are the key features of a CDM solution? Is CDM the new Backup?  Does it replace Archiving?  How does it work across on-premises and cloud?  What vendors offer CDM solutions?

Time for more evaluation and another blog.

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Systems and Storage News Roundup (3/26-4/2)

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 08:42

Systems and Storage News Roundup (3/26-4/2)

 

 

If your favorite vendor is missing from our news roundup, it’s likely they didn’t have any pertinent announcements last week. If there’s a vendor you’re interested in seeing, email me at Nick@evaluatorgroup.com.

 

Actifio

4/2 – Actifio Launches Cloud-Focused Webinar Series On Data-as-a-Service

Cray

3/28 – New Cray Artificial Intelligence Offerings Designed to Accelerate Customers’ AI From Pilot to Production

DataDirect

3/28 – DDN and SQream Partner to Deliver the World’s Fastest Big Data Analytics and Enterprise Business Intelligence Acceleration at Massive Scale

Fujitsu

3/28 – Fujitsu Develops Cloud Operations Technology to Keep Customers’ Mission Critical Processes up and Running

HGST

3/27 – Western Digital Provides Cost-Effective, Hybrid-Cloud Backup and Recovery Solution with StorReduce Software for Enterprises

Infinidat

3/27 – Infinidat Expands Product Portfolio

Intel

3/26 – Building the Foundation for a Better 5G

NEC

4/3 – NEC Accelerates Digital Transformation for Businesses with New Analytics Platform and Professional Services

Oracle

3/27 – Oracle Redefines the Cloud Database Category with World’s First Autonomous Database

Pivot3

3/27 – Pivot3 Announces Pivot3 Cloud Edition to Simplify Use of Public Clouds

Pure Storage

3/28 – Pure Storage and Nvidia Unveil AI-Ready Storage Solution

SolarWinds

3/27 – SolarWinds Introduces Cloud-First Backup Service for Physical and Virtual Servers

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SC18 – November 11-16th, 2018

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 14:55

The Evaluator Group team will be attending this year’s SuperComputing conference in Dallas, TX.  Click here for more information on this conference and contact us if you would like to set up a time to talk with Evaluator Group at this event.

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VMworld – August 26-30th, 2018

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 14:53

The Evaluator Group team will be attending this year’s VMworld in Las Vegas, NV.  Click here for more information on this conference and contact us if you would like to set up a time to talk with Evaluator Group at this event.

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Flash Memory Summit – August 6-9th, 2018

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 14:51

The Evaluator Group team will be attending this year’s Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, CA.  Click here for more information on this conference and contact us if you would like to set up a time to talk with Evaluator Group at this event.

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Cisco Live – June 10-14th 2018

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 14:49

The Evaluator Group team will be attending this year’s Cisco Live in Orlando, FL.  Click here for more information on this conference and contact us if you would like to set up a time to talk with Evaluator Group at this event.

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VeeamON – May 14-16th, 2018

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 14:47

The Evaluator Group team will be attending this year’s VeeamON in Chicago, IL.  Click here for more information on this conference and contact us if you would like to set up a time to talk with Evaluator Group at this event.

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Pure Accelerate – May 22-24th, 2018

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 14:29

The Evaluator Group team will be attending this year’s Pure Accelerate in San Francisco, CA.  Click here for more information on this conference and contact us if you would like to set up a time to talk with Evaluator Group at this event.

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ZertoCon – May 21-23rd, 2018

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 14:27

The Evaluator Group team will be attending this year’s ZertoCON in Boston, MA.  Click here for more information on this conference and contact us if you would like to set up a time to talk with Evaluator Group at this event.

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Nutanix .NEXT – May 8-10th, 2018

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 14:25

The Evaluator Group team will be attending this year’s Nutanix .NEXT in New Orleans, LA.  Click here for more information on this conference and contact us if you would like to set up a time to talk with Evaluator Group at this event.

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Systems and Storage News Roundup (3/19-3/26)

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 12:00

Systems and Storage News Roundup  (3/19-3/26)

 

 

If your favorite vendor is missing from our news roundup, it’s likely they didn’t have any pertinent announcements last week. If there’s a vendor you’re interested in seeing, email me at Nick@evaluatorgroup.com.

 

 

Actifio

3/19 – Public Cloud: Real-World Lessons of Strategic Success

Dataera

3/26 – Intent-Based Management Will Revolutionize the Storage Industry

EMC

3/21 – Dell EMC Takes Open Networking to the Edge for Next-Generation Access

Huawei

3/19 – Huawei Releases the Converged Flash Array OceanStor V5

IBM

3/20 – IBM Launches Watson Data Kits to Help Accelerate Enterprise AI Adoption

Intel

3/26 – Building the Foundation for a Better 5G

NEC

3/26 – MegaFon and NEC test Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Planning and Maintenance of Transport Network Resources

Oracle

3/20 – Oracle Java SE 10 Release Arrives

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HANA – SAP’s Strategy is now In-Memory – Forbes blog by John Webster

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 09:50

The ideal computational system keeps all data in the fastest accessible place – typically system memory. However, memory volatility and cost have traditionally limited its size. Data that needs to be persisted shuffles back and forth to and from disk. Shuffling is a drag on performance, particularly when an application consumes large volumes of data. A disk-induced latency is of particular concern for AI and machine learning applications where real-time information delivery is the ultimate objective.

Thankfully, the same kinds of technology advancements that are driving the flash storage revolution are also quietly driving significant changes in the ways that computer system memory is implemented and used as persistent storage. It is now economically feasible to run an entire database for example in server memory—a significant technological advancement that promises to alter the way computing systems are designed and implemented that is now known as in-memory computing.

Non-volatile memory (NVRAM) is riding down the same cost for capacity curve as SSD. And technologies are now coming to market that allow discreet memory modules inside clustered servers to be networked together to form a scalable memory fabric. Intel (Optane) and Micron (QuantX) are advancing affordable 3D XPoint non-volatile memory modules for example, that are capable of supporting real time information applications.

One of SAP ’s hottest offerings right now is HANA, an in-memory data platform and its S/4HANA business suite built on HANA technology. IBM and Oracle also have products in this category and SAP currently claims over 21,000 HANA and 7,900 S/4HANA licensed customers. However, unlike the other two, SAP is all-in on in-memory. In a February 28, 2018 corporate fact sheet, SAP stated that “…our strategy is to become the most innovative cloud company powered by HANA.”

I began following in-memory computing technology as a bleeding-edge trend three years ago when the search was on for ways to run Big Data analytics applications in real time. Now, the significance of SAP’s strategy statement to in-memory computing—vendors and users alike—lies in the fact that a software company with over 378,000 customers in over 180 countries is staking its future on in-memory advancement. SAP aims to take in-memory mainstream.

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Dell Technologies World – April 30-May 3rd, 2018

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 17:23

The Evaluator Group team will be attending this year’s Dell Technologies World in Las Vegas, NV.  Click here for more information on this conference and contact us if you would like to set up a time to talk with Evaluator Group at this event.

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NAB Show – April 7-12th, 2018

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 17:16

The Evaluator Group team will be attending this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas, NV.  Click here for more information on this conference and contact us if you would like to set up a time to talk with Evaluator Group at this event.

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Interop ITX – April 30-May 4th, 2018

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 17:14

The Evaluator Group team will be attending this year’s Interop ITX conference in Las Vegas, NV.  Click here for more information on this conference and contact us if you would like to set up a time to talk with Evaluator Group at this event.

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