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There are many challenges involved in architecting a resilient, scalable storage infrastructure for the next generation of hyper-scale modern data centers. In our previous blog post, we covered how to build a disaggregated storage model out of commodity hardware for lowest Total Cost...
Today, in most data centers, cloud, no Structured Query Language (No-SQL) and analytics infrastructures have been largely deployed on a direct-attached storage (DAS) architecture and is generally a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) -driven deployment. The DAS approach binds the compute an...
SYS-CON Events announced today that DDN Storage has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2015 at the Javits Center in New York, New York. DataDirect Networks (DDN) has announced it has continued its leadership as the dominant sto...
The business dictionary defines efficiency as the comparison of what is actually produced or performed with what can be achieved with the same consumption of resources (money, time, labor, design, etc.) – Example being : The designers needed to revise the product specifications as the ...
Storage has finally become an interesting field, full of innovation and change, addressing growing new requirements for storage flexibility, density and performance. The falling prices of flash, the introduction of various flavors of storage class memory, combined with increasing appet...
Predictive analytics tools monitor, report, and troubleshoot in order to make proactive decisions about the health, performance, and utilization of storage. Most enterprises combine cloud and on-premise storage, resulting in blended environments of physical, virtual, cloud, and other p...
I attended a HIVE-sponsored Meetup yesterday evening titled, “Rocking the database world with RocksDB”. Since I had never heard of RocksDB, I was curious to learn how it is rocking the database world. Facebook built this key value store storage layer originally to use for MySQL (ins...
We all know that data growth is exploding and storage budgets are shrinking. Instead of showing you charts on how much data there is, in his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Scott Cleland, Senior Director of Product Marketing for HGST, will show how to capture all of your data in one plac...
Need to test a server, storage I/O networking, hardware, software, services, cloud, virtual, physical or other environment that is either doing some form of file processing, or, that you simply want to have some extra workload running in the background for what ever reason? Here's a q...
Many of the technologies we use in our personal and professional lives every day are changing at a very rapid pace. So, do you try to keep up and if so, how? Simple. You let go. Firms often hold on to out of date technology because of the switching costs, insecurity about the best tech...
Imagine for a moment that you have three doors in front of you containing the data your clients have backed up. Behind door number one lies a complicated clutter of data, various files, and unidentifiable information. Behind door number two you have a data desert, with little or no ava...
In today’s data-driven world, is your business prepared for the constantly changing flood of structured and unstructured data? According to the 2015 Economist Study sponsored by Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), “Preparing for next-generation cloud: Lessons learned and insights shared,” 70...
Enterprise File Sync and Share is being embraced by more and more enterprise companies and this article look at the must have features that should be demanded from an Enterprise Sync and Share vendor. Go hybrid, private or cloud: An enterprise will likely have different topologies and...
Early last month, TechTarget had the privilege of sponsoring the 17th Cloud Expo in Santa Clara, CA, and we would like to congratulate them on yet another exceptional event as they continue to year-after-year bring together storage pros from all over the globe. At the expo, attendees w...
Recently I did a piece over at InfoStor titled "Water, Data and Storage Analogy". Besides being taken for granted and all of us being dependent on them, several other similarities exist between water, data, and storage. In addition to being a link that piece, this is a companion with s...
Containers allow for compute processes to be isolated from each other and portable, but not all applications and solutions are run only in the compute layer; many require the use of some storage. Deployment of software-defined storage can be the first step in this evolution, providing ...
Learn how to solve the problem of keeping files in sync between multiple Docker containers. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Aaron Brongersma, Senior Infrastructure Engineer at Modulus, discussed using rsync, GlusterFS, EBS and Bit Torrent Sync. He broke down the tools that are need...
The time is ripe for high speed resilient software defined storage solutions with unlimited scalability. ISS has been working with the leading open source projects and developed a commercial high performance solution that is able to grow forever without performance limitations. In his...
The time is ripe for high speed resilient software defined storage solutions with unlimited scalability. ISS has been working with the leading open source projects and developed a commercial high performance solution that is able to grow forever without performance limitations. In hi...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloudian, Inc., the leading provider of hybrid cloud storage solutions, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Cloudian, Inc., i...
"AIC is a manufacturer of server products - server storage. With the onset of cloud computing we're moving toward the full infrastructure solution, including storage nodes, compute nodes and networking," explained Charlie Fei, product manager at AIC, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 16t...
The real battle for the future of the storage market will be between Tier 1 incumbents and hyperscale cloud providers like Amazon (AWS), Microsoft (Azure), and Google (Drive) that have novel business models, address new customers, and take new cost structures into account. For this rea...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloudian, Inc., the leading provider of hybrid cloud storage solutions, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Cloudian, Inc., is a Foster City, ...
With recent high profile data breaches companies should ensure they have the five following file governance policies in place in their company to secure their file assets. Ensure that an Identity Management policy is in-place, is clear, and if one exists that it is validated and check...
To some the above (read the full article here) may seem like common sense tips and things everybody should know otoh there are many people who are new to servers storage I/O networking hardware software cloud virtual along with various applications, not to mention different tools. T...
Imagine the scenes from any of the last few Black Fridays with people lined up for days to grab the new flat screen TV or a new iPhone. The moment the gates open up there is usually a crowd of people swarming like bees, trying to get their hands on what they can, and yes there were als...
This is the first of a series of posts and links to resources on server storage I/O performance and benchmarking (view more and follow-up posts here). The best I/O is the I/O that you do not have to do, the second best is the one with the least impact as well as low overhead. Drew Ro...
Cloud-based document storage has become surprisingly inexpensive over the years, with some providers offering storage for less than one cent per terrabyte, and in many cases free accounts with 10 or 20 Gigs of storage space on the cloud. I would agree that free storage is actually conv...
Virtualized environments are demanding when it comes to storage. Tier-1 virtualized applications require always-on, fast, available access to data. One of the ways that today’s virtualization vendors are increasing the stability and speed of storage access in virtualized environments i...
Storing data of any kind on the cloud can be a risk, but there are ways to mitigate the risks. With such an abundance of cloud providers, there are plenty of options for you to choose from for security purposes. Finding a vendor that encrypts data in motion as well as data at rest is a...
In the last year, conversations about In-Memory Computing (IMC) have become more and more prevalent in enterprise IT circles, especially with organizations feeling the pressure to process massive quantities of data at the speed that is now being demanded by the Internet. The hype aroun...
Have you figured out the new buzzword trend for 2014 that starting ramping up in 2013? Yup, it’s Internet of Things (IoT) and Internet of Devicess (IoD) Assuming that IoT, IoD and other variations catch on which looks like they will, this could bring relief and rest for the over-work...
(article written for the Scality blog) It has been six years since I wrote my first object storage blog, even though I didn’t mention object storage in that specific article. I had my head in the clouds as our early cloud startup was being acquired by Sun Microsystem when someone asked...
Smart devices that use wireless technology to exchange information with each other and with their human owners: this is the Internet of Things (IoT). This incredible level of connectivity is already transforming how we exercise, treat diseases, park our cars and access business documen...
We often get asked “Should I use GridFS for file storage with MongoDB”. As with most things, the answer is a staunch “it depends”. GridFS looks like a great idea on paper - a virtual filesystem held within MongoDB which allows for larger than 16MB files to be held, synced and replicat...
Many IT teams are looking at virtualization in the Cloud where enterprise-level storage is kept in “pools” often hosted by vendors who specialize in virtual storage. Most commonly, the data and additional space is accessed via a web-based API. Coraid offers a unique storage management ...
After five days (and eleven meetings) with new customers in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, I think time is right for another refinement of in-memory computing's definition. To me, it is clear that our industry is lagging when it comes to explaining in-memory computing to potentia...
Looking back to one of my predictions for 2014, I had posited that traditional storage solutions labeled cloud will no longer fly this year, and some of the big-iron vendors will be forced to offer their wares as pay-as-you-go services. Perhaps this was stating an obvious eventuality a...
Who said storage is boring? I’m not lying when I’m writing that I’m on my way to a place in the desert, far away from regular society, for a secret meeting with the Top Guns of the Cloud & Web Industry. I’m one of a select group of Object Storage visionaries who have been invited to me...
Keith Mayer and myself kick off our new multi-part series today on how you can build your hybrid cloud environment with Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012 and Windows Azure by laying down a quick overview of what we can expect for the series as well as diving into the new featur...