Mining the Data Your Clients Produce: Glassbeam SCALAR Lights Up Value

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This week Glassbeam announced a new solution for vendors whose products in the hands of clients produce mountains of potentially valuable “back-end” data. Mining that data which can include streams of ongoing customer site configurations, usage, status, location or really any relevant sensor results can help drive vastly better customer support and satisfaction, new and timely revenue opportunities, and better informed product management decisions.  It might seem straightforward to extract value out of big data once you have it, but trying to “home grow” processing and coherent analysis of PB’s of “multi-structured” files to feed all those business processes by using IT logfile utilities or low-level Hadoop coding could take a big effort and fall far short of spectacular. 

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Virtual Instruments Goes Deeper Into Storage Performance

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Virtual Instruments, well-known for being able to address storage performance across infrastructure from the high to the low – from VM down to individual packets in the SAN, has just released a denser SAN performance probe that crams 48 Fibre Channel ports into a 2U appliance.  The ProbeFC8-HD48 tracks over 150 metrics per second and can provide details at the link, channel, and “initiator to target to LUN” levels.

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Storage Virtualization Meets Software Defined Storage: EMC ViPR 1.0

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EMC recently GA’d a first version of ViPR. Many storage folks are not still clear about what ViPR is all about.  Is it just storage virtualization repackaged to augment EMC’s physical infrastructure solution features this time?  Is it a shining new example of Software Defined Storage?  Is it unified storage, management, and data services ala private cloud? What is going on here?

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Choosing The Best Hadoop Infrastructure for Enterprise IT

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Here at Taneja Group we’ve just published a new market landscape premium report on Enterprise Hadoop Infrastructure aimed at helping IT folks survey, evaluate and choose the right Hadoop distribution and supporting server and storage infrastructure.

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Big Data Slowing You Down? Do It In Memory With ScaleOut Software hServer v2

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In the run-up to Strata/Hadoop 2013 in NY coming up here at the end of October, we are hearing a lot about some exciting new ways to implement big data solutions. One of the most interesting is the recent release of ScaleOut’s hServer V2, which evolves their high performance “in-memory data grid” (IMDG) to further support Hadoop workloads – gaining a reported 20x speedup on MapReduce jobs.

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How the future of data storage will stack up

An IT industry analyst article published by SearchStorage.

In the near future, data storage won’t be a passive player as it integrates more closely with applications and workloads.


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In a previous column, [we] wrote that the concept of LUNs is dead or at least dying as the primary way storage will be managed in the future. This has become evident with the emergence and increased adoption of products offering advanced virtual machine (VM)-centric storage. Shifting the focus from LUNs to VMs changes the storage game for VM administrators who can continue to work with constructs they understand directly, storage folks who have to elevate their service offerings, and even those pesky end users who might benefit from increased performance and availability (and hopefully lower costs).

You could view the end of the LUN as a consequence of industry commoditization of low-level array functionality as storage vendors compete to offer better, higher-level products; or you might chalk it up to a highly competitive marketplace where the most efficient and effective IT can help win the day. Either way, we think it’s inevitable that storage solutions will keep evolving up the stack. The big question is what comes next. What are the next valuable levels as one climbs the storage stack? Let’s start with familiar storage types and work up to some possible future storage solutions…

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5 Ways Storage Is Evolving

An IT industry analyst article published by Virtualization Review.

Be sure to take advantage of these storage industry trends.

article_5-ways-storage-is-evolvingWith its acquisition of Virsto, VMware certainly understands storage as usual doesn’t cut it when it comes to dense, high-powered virtual environments. This technology addresses the so-called “I/O blender” effect that comes from mixing the I/O from many VMs into one stream on its way to external shared storage. It does this by journaling what looks like highly random I/O to flash. Then asynchronously sorts it out to a hard disk. This is more optimization, though, than game-changing storage strategy.

Here are five broad trends in the storage industry that you can take advantage of today.

  • TAKE 1 Flash
    Flash has certainly changed the storage game. There are many ways it’s applied — at the server (such as PCIe cards from Fusion-IO, EMC XtremIO), in the network (such as Astute), or in the array (such as pure flash and hybrid storage from just about everybody). To make the most of your flash investment, keep an eye on factors like where high performance will have the best impact on the applications for which it’s best suited.
  • TAKE 2 Hyperconvergence
    We’ve all seen pre-packaged “converged” racks of servers, storage, networking, and hypervisor platforms from vendors such as VCE, Dell, and HP. These can be great deals if you want a single source and low risk when building a virtual environment. However, the storage isn’t necessarily different than what you’d get if you built it yourself. In some ways, running a virtual storage appliance is a type of convergence that architecturally shifts the burden of hosting storage directly onto your hypervisors. Taking things a step further are hyperconvergence vendors like Simplivity, Nutanix and Scale Computing. These collapse compute, storage and hypervisor into modular building blocks that make scaling out a datacenter as easy as stacking Legos. Purpose-built storage services are tightly integrated and support optimized and highly cost-efficient VM operations.
  • TAKE 3 VM Centricity


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