Solving The DR Testing Problem
It seems like almost every time I see a report on disaster recovery plan (DRP) testing, there are typically 50% of the respondents that either don't test their DR plan or don't test it frequently enough for the plan to be worthwhile. How can we solve this?
IT Efficiency, First Demand Oversight
In this era of tightening budgets, storage administrators are once again being asked to do more with less. The problem is that for most data centers, the efficiency crank has been turned several times already and the easy efficiency steps already have been taken.
SSD Can Mean Hard Cost Savings
In our last entry we talked about the time savings and potential increase in productivity and revenue that deploying SSD can enable. This entry we will focus on the hard cost savings associated with SSD. In the right situation, SSD can actually be less expensive than mechanical drives.
SSD In Tough Times
At a recent conference I was asked how to cost-justify solid state disk during tough economic times. The interesting aspect to SSD is that because of its cost, it always has needed to be cost justified, regardless of the economic situation, and as a result is far better suited to do more than just "ride out" the storm.
Every so often you hear the prediction of consolidation in the storage industry, especially during times where the economy is in question. Now is again one of those times and surely we will see some acquisitions here or there, but I think we are a long way off from the classic consolidate down to three vendors scenario. Here's why....
Sun's Amber Road: Open Storage, And Maybe Profit, Too
Despite all the gloom about Sun's ailing business, there's little doubt that the company has the capacity to pump out good ideas and great hardware. Its newly introduced Amber Road storage systems probably won't dig it out of the hole it's in by itself, but could be one rung on the ladder out.
Will The Cloud Hurt Storage Companies?
There have been a few articles written lately which claim cloud computing will hurt smaller storage companies like 3Par, Compellent, Xiotech, etc…. The theory being that there will have to be some industry consolidation. I disagree. Cloud computing should be a net gain for storage companies and here's why.
Solving The Gap Between Virtual Machine And Storage
Server virtualization rollouts often get stuck after the first wave. That first wave is where you have virtualized most of your easy stuff. Then as the virtual machines begin to proliferate, it occurs to you that you have lost control. One of the key disconnects is from server to storage.
SSD's Latency Impact
In our last entry we talked about latency and what it was. We also discussed how storage system manufacturers are trying to overcome latency and performance issues of mechanical drives by using techniques like making the drives faster by using higher RPM drives, array groups with a high drive count, short-stroking those drives, wide striping those drives, and increasing the number of application servers
SSDs Are All About Latency
Nearly every storage manufacturer has been articulating a solid state disk (SSD) strategy in the past two quarters. EMC, HP, IBM, HDS, NetApp, and Compellent are all set to add the capability to their offering. Some are doing so today, while others are still in the strategy mapping process.
Dreamforce: A Douse Of Cloud Computing, Without Getting Soaked
With balloons floating as tethered "clouds" in front of the Moscone Center and clouds projected onto the beams of the keynote hall, attendees at Dreamforce in San Francisco probably got the picture that CEO Marc Benioff wanted to talk about cloud computing. Which he did yesterday for two-and-a-quarter hours straight.
Primary Storage Data Reduction - A Process
Primary storage data reduction is a series of steps you can take to reduce the amount of capacity dedicated to Tier 1 storage. The most common techniques are archiving, compression, data deduplication, and the use of intelligent storage systems. The question often comes up, what should I do first?