Virtual Instruments Finally Gets NAS-ty

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When Virtual Instruments merged in/acquired Load Dynamix recently, we thought good things were going to happen.  VI could now offer its users a full performance management “loop” of monitoring and testing in a common suite. Apparently VI’s clientele agreed because they’ve just finished out a stellar first half of year financially. Now, to sweeten the offer even more, VI is broadening its traditionally Fibre Channel/block focused monitoring (historically rooted in their original FC SAN probes) to fully encompass NAS monitoring too.

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Oracle ZS5 Throws Down a Cloud Ready Gauntlet

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Is anyone in storage really paying close enough attention to Oracle? I think too many mistakenly dismiss Oracle’s infrastructure solutions as expensive, custom and proprietarily Oracle database-only hardware. But, surprise, Oracle has been successfully evolving the well respected ZFS as a solid cloud-scale filer, today releasing the fifth version of the ZFS storage array – the Oracle ZS5. And perhaps most surprising, the ZS series powers Oracle’s own fast growing cloud storage services (at huge scale – over 600PBs and growing).

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Do ROI Calculators Produce Real ROI?

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As both a vendor product marketer and now an analyst, I’ve often been asked to help produce an “official” ROI (or the full TCO) calculator for some product. I used to love pulling out Excel and chaining together pages of cascading formulas.  But I’m getting older and wiser.  Now I see that ROI calculators are by and large just big rat holes. In fact I was asked again this week and, instead of quickly replying “yes, if you have enough money” and spinning out some rehashed spreadsheet (like some other IT analyst firms), I spent some time thinking about why the time and money spent producing detailed ROI calculators is usually a wasted investment, if not a wasted opportunity (to do better).

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Hyperconverged Storage Evolves – Or is it Pivoting When it Comes to Pivot3?

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Pivot3 recently acquired NexGen (Mar 2016). Many folks have been wondering what they are doing. Pivot3 has made a name in the surveillance/video vertical with bulletproof hyperconvergence based on highly reliable data protection(native erasure coding) and large scalability (no additional east/west traffic with scale) as a specialty. So what does NexGen IP bring?  For starters, multi-tier flash performance and enterprise storage features (like snapshots).

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We Can No Longer Contain Containers!

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Depsite naysayers (you know who you are!) I’ve been saying this is the year for containers, and half way into 2016 it’s looking like I’m right. The container community is maturing enterprise grade functionality, perhaps modeled on virtualization predecessors, extremely rapidly. ContainerX is one of those interesting solutions that fills in a lot of gaps for enterprises looking to stand up containers in production. In fact, they claim to be the “vSphere for Containers”.

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Unifying Big Data Through Virtualized Data Services – Iguaz.io Rewrites the Storage Stack

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One of the more interesting new companies to arrive on the big data storage scene is iguaz.io. The iguaz.io team has designed a whole new, purpose-built storage stack that can store and serve the same master data in multiple formats, at high performance and in parallel streaming speeds to multiple different kinds of big data applications. This promises to obliterate the current spaghetti data flows with many moving parts, numerous transformation and copy steps, and Frankenstein architectures required to currently stitch together increasingly complex big data workflows. We’ve seen enterprises need to build environments that commonly span from streaming ingest and real time processing through interactive query and into larger data lake and historical archive based analysis, and end up making multiple data copies in multiple storage formats in multiple storage services.

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Server Side Is Where It’s At – Leveraging Server Resources For Performance

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If you want performance, especially in IO, you have to bring it to where the compute is happening. We’ve recently seen Datrium launch a smart “split” array solution in which the speedy (and compute intensive) bits of the logical array are hosted server-side, with persisted data served from a shared simplified controller and (almost-JBOD) disk shelf. Now Infinio has announced their new caching solution version 3.0 this week, adding tiered cache support for server-side SSD’s and other flash to their historically memory focused IO acceleration.

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Agile Big Data Clusters: DriveScale Enables Bare Metal Cloud

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We’ve been writing recently about the hot, potentially inevitable, trend, towards a dense IT infrastructure in which components like CPU cores and disks are not only commoditized, but deployed in massive stacks or pools (with fast matrixing switches between them). Then a layered provisioning solution can dynamically compose any desired “physical” server or cluster out of those components. Conceptually this becomes the foundation for a bare-metal cloud. DriveScale today announces their agile architecture with this approach, aimed first at solving big data multi-cluster operational challenges. 

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Data in Space: SANs Now Include Satellite Array Networks

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All you storage geeks and science fiction fans rejoice! If Cloud Constellation gets its way, you’ll soon be able to directly hybridize your dreary earthbound data center storage with actually above-the-clouds storage. Yep, protect your sensitive data by replicating it to true satellite storage. Only James Bond with a spare Shuttle would be able to hack those things. Just how far fetched is this idea?

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Scaling All Flash to New Heights – DDN Flashscale All Flash Array Brings HPC to the Data Center

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It’s time to start thinking about massive amounts of flash in the enterprise data center. I mean PBs of flash for the biggest, baddest, fastest data-driven applications out there. This amount of flash requires an HPC-capable storage solution brought down and packaged for enterprise IT management. Which is where Data Domain Networks (aka DDN) is stepping up. Perhaps too quietly, they have been hard at work pivoting their high-end HPC portfolio into the enterprise space. Today they are rolling out a massively scalable new flash-centric Flashscale 14KXi storage array that will help them offer complete, comprehensive single-vendor big data workflow solutions – from the fastest scratch through the biggest throughput parallel file systems into the largest distributed object storage archives.

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