Hardware In An Era Of Software-Defined Storage

Chuck's Blog - EMC

While many of us are enamored by the vision of a software-defined data center (SDDC), we also know that hardware will still be a very important consideration: how much, how efficient, how fast, etc. And it''s hard to have a meaningful point-of-view on SDS unless you also have a clear point-of-view on the hardware it will inevitably use. Hardware Matters.  But for the purposes of our software-defined storage model, it’s not a relevant distinction. 

Red Hat Ceph Storage 3 brings file, iSCSI and container storage

Computer Weekly

Latest version of open source OpenStack-targeted software-defined storage adds CephFS, ISCSI and storage that can be deployed in containers to save hardware

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EMC Upgrades Software Defined Storage Platform ViPR

Data Center Knowledge

features support for commodity hardware, multi-site support and geo-replication Read More. Storage EMC ViPR 2.0

How Software-Based Storage Is Changing Servers

Chuck's Blog - EMC

As I track the various server vendor announcements, I couldn’t help but notice a pronounced shift towards designs that are obviously intended to be used as part of a storage or database farm. Here, we’re discussing software- based storage (vs. software- defined storage).    The distinction is important: software- based storage is anything that doesn’t prefer specialized external storage hardware, e.g. designed to run on industry-standard servers.

Making The Case For Software-Defined Storage

Chuck's Blog - EMC

My corner of the IT industry is foisting a new concept on enterprise IT shops: software-defined storage.    The existing storage kit seems to be doing the job; why would we need anything radically different? When Will You Hit The Storage Wall? Maybe software-defined storage doesn’t solve an immediate, burning problem for you right now, but — over time — many IT organizations will hit an interesting wall. and rapidly declining hardware costs. 

Why Software-Defined Storage Matters

Chuck's Blog - EMC

  The more information we produce, consume — and depend on —  the more storage matters.  At the same time, it appears that software is eating our world : extending the power of human intellect in ways that continually surprise us — now often powered by the avalanche of information we are creating about ourselves and the world around us. The ultimate value of software-defined storage is greatly magnified when taking this broader view. 

Software-Defined Storage -- Where Are We?

Chuck's Blog - EMC

If you''re involved with virtualization or any form of IT infrastructure, you''re probably paying attention to SDDC (software-defined data center) concepts, as well you should.    It''s a powerful set of ideas: by abstracting intelligence into software, the IT world becomes a better place: more agile, more controllable, and more efficient.  Now both networking and storage are approaching the same event horizon as server and compute did years before.  

Software Defined Storage: The Journey Is Yours

Chuck's Blog - EMC

I thought it fitting that I close out this series on software-defined storage with a bit of practical advice for those of you who are intrigued — and motivated — to move in this direction.  At the risk of repeating myself endlessly, here’s the quick definition of software-defined storage we''ve been using:  the ability to dynamically compose storage services, aligned on application boundaries, driven by policy. software defined storage

What Changes With Software-Defined Storage

Chuck's Blog - EMC

As a part of this series, we’ve already taken a look at the rationale and motivations behind software-defined storage , offered up a working definition, and taken a tour of the key elements found in our software-defined storage model.??. And, if you think you know storage, it’s going to be a very different world that will shortly emerge.?.  While storage media costs inevitably drop, that’s only a small portion of the overall cost/value equation. 

Making The Case For Software-Defined Storage

Chuck's Blog - EMC

My corner of the IT industry is foisting a new concept on enterprise IT shops: software-defined storage.    The existing storage kit seems to be doing the job; why would we need anything radically different? When Will You Hit The Storage Wall? Maybe software-defined storage doesn’t solve an immediate, burning problem for you right now, but — over time — many IT organizations will hit an interesting wall. and rapidly declining hardware costs. 

Dell EMC World brings “bigger, faster, stronger” storage upgrades

Computer Weekly

All-flash additions plus hardware and software upgrades see platform refreshes across all Dell EMC storage offerings, as well as design changes in Isilon and Xtremio

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The VMware View Of Software Defined Storage

Chuck's Blog - EMC

VMworld is upon us, and -- amidst all the noise and chatter -- VMware is quietly laying out the first chapter in how it views software-defined storage.  IT infrastructure professionals, please take note: VMware has big ideas on how the storage ecosystem should evolve. Thanks to virtualization, how we think about IT infrastructure is changing: from hardware-defined to software-defined. The change has now begun in both networking and storage disciplines.  

News UK dumps tape for backup with Zadara cloud storage

Computer Weekly

News publishing corporation saves up to 40% on hardware and software costs by switching in-house hardware for a cloud-first policy, using Zadara cloud storage as a backup target

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Updated Software Defined Data Infrastructure Webinars and Fall 2016 events

Storage IO Blog

Here is the updated Server StorageIO fall 2016 webinar and event activities covering software defined data center, data infrastructure, virtual, cloud, containers, converged, hyper-converged server, storage, I/O network, performance and data protection among other topics. The post Updated Software Defined Data Infrastructure Webinars and Fall 2016 events appeared first on StorageIOblog.

How Software-Based Storage Is Changing Servers

Chuck's Blog - EMC

As I track the various server vendor announcements, I couldn’t help but notice a pronounced shift towards designs that are obviously intended to be used as part of a storage or database farm. Here, we’re discussing software- based storage (vs. software- defined storage).    The distinction is important: software- based storage is anything that doesn’t prefer specialized external storage hardware, e.g. designed to run on industry-standard servers.

Did you want a side of SLBS (server less BS) with your software or hardware FUD?

Storage IO Blog

It turns out, serverless BS (SLBS) and hardware less are still trendy, and while some might view the cloud or software-defined data center (SDDC) virtualization, or IoT folks as the culprits, it is more widespread with plenty of bandwagon riders. SLBS can span from IoT to mobile, VID and workspace clients (zero or similar), workstations, server, storage, networks. To me what’s ironic is that many purveyors of of SLBS also like to talk about hardware.

Why You Should Care About Software-Defined Storage

Chuck's Blog - EMC

But if you''re in the enterprise IT space, here''s relatively new one to pay attention to: software-defined storage. I think 2014 is the year the broader storage industry realizes that the market is now in very much in play: new technologies, new philosophies, with the attendant new winners and losers. Software-defined storage won''t be any different -- there will be loud arguments at the outset, followed by people just getting on with things.

The Top Trending Data Storage This Year

IT Toolbox

We are in a period of storage revolution. Many transitions have been witnessed in both software and hardware. There are trends, which will influence corporate strategy and data pilling preference by the end of 2017

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How software-defined storage translates into just-in-time data center scaling and hybrid IT benefits

IT Toolbox

Learn how scaling of customized IT infrastructure for a hosting organization in a multi-tenant environment benefits from flexibility of modern storage, unified management, and elastic hardware licensing

Are Servers The New Storage?

Chuck's Blog - EMC

At one time, almost all storage was directly attached to servers.    Whether that was through disk drives in the server enclosure itself, or external racks directly connected, there was a clear 1:1 mapping between server, application and dedicated storage resources. Over the last twenty years, the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction: intelligent external storage arrays that share resources across multiple applications and servers. 

Storage Deflation?

Chuck's Blog - EMC

While it’s true that I now work for VMware, I came from the storage hardware business.     And I think I could construct a plausible argument that we are in a sustained deflationary period for storage capacity: disks and arrays.     But the consequences for the PC industry became absolutely savage: rampant commoditization, razor-thin margins, brutal competition — and all the money going to software. Storage

The New Storage Buyer

Chuck's Blog - EMC

    When it comes to storage, it’s been the same way for as long as I can remember: the storage team makes the recommendation.    If you’re in the storage business, you tend to know a lot about storage teams: how they’re organized, what they care about, how they interact with others, etc. But what if a relatively new storage buyer is emerging?    One whose orientation is very different than the familiar storage professional?  

Of Software-Defined Storage and HCLs

Chuck's Blog - EMC

As we move to more software-based storage stacks, there are some interesting questions arising about the new responsibilities of the various parties involved: software vendors, hardware suppliers, partner and end users.   There’s a new model emerging for building storage solutions, and we now have a well-documented example of some of the inevitable bumps along the way. As I tell people, there''s no bad day in IT quite like a Bad Storage Day.

The 5 biggest announcements from Apple’s ‘One More Thing’ hardware event

The Verge

Apple just wrapped up its “One More Thing” hardware live stream, where it announced new versions of the MacBook Air, the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and the Mac mini, each with its newly announced, promising M1 silicon.

Who Will Be At Top Of Storage World Next Decade?

Storage IO Blog

Data storage regardless of if hardware, legacy, new, emerging, cloud service or various software defined storage (SDS) approaches are all fundamental resource components of data infrastructures along with compute server, I/O networking as well as management tools, techniques, processes and procedures. The post Who Will Be At Top Of Storage World Next Decade?

The Future Of Storage Data Services

Chuck's Blog - EMC

So many different ways to store data these days: SAN, NAS, object, scale-up, scale-out, cloud, software-defined, flash, tape, geo-dispersed, etc.  It might seem that we in the storage business are intentionally complicating things.    I believe the substantial value in storage technology will move up the stack -- away from simply persisting data, and to an entirely different layer: storage data services -- snaps, caching, dedupe, encryption, etc. 

NetApp Announces ONTAP 9 software defined storage management

Storage IO Blog

NetApp has announced ONTAP 9 the latest version or generation of their storage software that defines and powers ONTAP storage systems and appliances (e.g. The major theme of ONTAP 9 is simple anywhere eluding to the software runs on storage system appliances (e.g. tin wrapped” or hardware platform based), virtual storage (e.g. The post NetApp Announces ONTAP 9 software defined storage management appeared first on StorageIOblog.

Maxta – Storage Field Day 7 Preview

Virtualized Greek

Up next in our review of Storage Field Day 7 (SFD) vendors is Server SAN vendor Maxta. Maxta, founded in 2009 is a provider of software for end users wanting to build an enterprise storage array from commodity x86 hardware. PC & Server Hardware Virtualization SFD7

Server Storage I/O Converged (CI) Hyper-converged (HCI) overview

Storage IO Blog

The post Server Storage I/O Converged (CI) Hyper-converged (HCI) overview appeared first on StorageIOblog. This page provides insight in to Converged Infrastructure (CI), Cluster in box or Cloud in Box (CIB) along with Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) topics along with links to companion resources. CI, CIB and HCI can be complete data infrastructure for smaller environments, or component building blocks in larger organizations.

Software-Defined Storage And The Potential For Disruption.

Chuck's Blog - EMC

Software-Defined Storage And The Potential For Disruption. I believe a similar pattern is brewing in our IT world -- two trends are on a collision course; with the likely result being a significant disruption in the storage sector. The first trend is, of course, the software-defined data center , and all its software-defined subcategories: server, network, storage, etc.  But what about storageStorage -- The Big Picture.

From Storage Admin To Storage Service Manager

Chuck's Blog - EMC

I''ve been talking to storage people in IT for about 20 years now.    Sure, the new technology is always interesting -- but what storage folks are always interested in is how does this change things?  While no aspect of enterprise IT is static these days, the storage team sits at the intersection of some particularly powerful forces these days. But all those 1s and 0s have to land somewhere, and that''s what storage is all about. 

How to Manage a Storage Array

Galido

Information Technology Blog - - How to Manage a Storage Array - Information Technology Blog. Storage arrays that you have bought for your business are very easy to manage, but you need to be certain that you have looked into the details. There are a lot of people who could set up or maintain storage arrays on their own and find that their new equipment may have the highest level of security along with the most space. Futureproofing Storage Capacity.

Software-Defined Storage: Choices Ahead

Chuck's Blog - EMC

We’re going to see something very similar when it comes to software-defined storage.  Before long, we’ll see many dozens of software storage options, all conveniently self-labeled “software-defined storage”.   Here is your familiar storage array.   And over here is a software stack purporting to do the same things the storage array does, only faster/cheaper/better/whatever. SDDC software defined storage

Hardware In An Era Of Software-Defined Everything - Chuck's Blog

Chuck's Blog - EMC

Hardware In An Era Of Software-Defined Everything. The next mountain to climb is clearly in sight: it's the software-defined data center, or SDDC. Many might justifiably see SDDC as a linear extension of familiar server virtualization concepts, now being applied to things like storage and networks.  Yes, much of what we think of as "hardware" today becomes dynamic, virtual services under software control.  Storage -- The Big Picture.

Hot Backup Software

Galido

Here are some free and effective hot backup software that may be useful for your environment. Uranium Backup is an easy-to-use and flexible software to perform hot backups of Hyper-V and VMware ESX/ESXi/vSphere virtual machines. XSIBackup is a free alternative to commercial software like ® Veeam Backup. If you use this software and find it useful please make a donation. A simple, lightweight and powerful VMware ESXi and Hyper-V backup software.

Solarflare’s Open Compute Platform, Software-Defined, NIC Card

CTOvision

Solarflare, a global leader in networking solutions for modern data centers, is releasing an Open Compute Platform (OCP) software-defined, networking interface card, offering the industry’s most scalable, lowest latency networking solution to meet the dynamic needs of the enterprise environment. The SFN8722 also provides the ideal link between fast NVMe storage and the network. Other capabilities include: Hardware Based Packet Telemetry. Hardware Based Security (ServerLock).

Servers As Storage: Interest Is Strong

Chuck's Blog - EMC

Not too long ago, I wrote a post " Are Servers The New Storage? where I made my case that newer software-based storage platforms -- based on commodity servers and agnostic software stacks -- would become increasingly popular for a number of compelling reasons. For those of you who are involved in your organization''s storage strategy, I''m sorry to say you''ll have even more options to pore through going forward. How Will The Storage Team React?

Data Infrastructure Server Storage I/O related Tradecraft Overview

Storage IO Blog

The post Data Infrastructure Server Storage I/O related Tradecraft Overview appeared first on StorageIOblog. Tradecraft is knowing about tools, technologies, and trends in your primary domain as well as adjacent focus areas. However, tradecraft is also about knowing how and when to use different technologies, tools with various techniques to address different scenarios.

Storage: Demand And Supply

Chuck's Blog - EMC

That boring stuff -- storage -- is where we keep all of the interesting information we care to own.    The size and growth of the storage market can often be a rough proxy for economic macro-trends such as aggregate capital investment, shifts to digital business models, and more.    More reasons to keep information around == more demand for storage technologies. But, if you hang around the storage world, you might ask yourself -- why now? 

Storage Caching 201

Chuck's Blog - EMC

Three years ago, I wrote a popular post entitled " Storage Caching 101 ".  Using a memory technology for storage caching is different than using it for persistent storage , although that''s becoming popular as well.  In this discussion, we also have to consider hybrid arrays that use a mix of persistent SSDs and traditional disks for storage.  Caching in storage arrays has been around for quite awhile: it''s well understood. 

Software Defined Networking: Is Your Business Ready?

IT Toolbox

Software defined networking (SDN) follows the same path as cloud-based storage and virtualized server resources. You focus on your end goals for networking rather than adapting your needs to fit into existing hardware. The network infrastructure moves from appliance-based control to application-based control. SDN benefits include seamlessly adjusting multi-tenant traffic, streamlined network administration

DDN raises the bar as data intensive analytics push storage systems

CTOvision

It is no secret that today’s data intensive analytics are stressing traditional storage systems. SSD) to bolster the performance of traditional storage platforms and support the ever-increasing IOPS and bandwidth requirements of their applications. Horizontal scale, either through larger disk pools and/or more storage servers, is a well known method for increasing the performance of your storage. By Dan Cybulski.

Datera, Fresh from Stealth, Moves Intent-Based Config to Data Storage

Data Center Knowledge

Data center architects familiar with software-defined infrastructure will recognize decoupling as referring to separating the resource requirements of software from the hardware that hosts it. StorageRead More.