EMC Data Domain takes another significant leap forward

Data Domain has been a hugely successful product for EMC and as we enter the cloud and software-defined storage era they have once again enhanced the technology with a couple of great new features: Cloud Tier Data Domain can now support both an active tier and a cloud tier – using a Data Movement Policy. Data that is of a specific age will be automatically moved out of the active tier into your public or private cloud object storage platform of choice, fully de-duplicated, for long term retention. Data can be encrypted (using DD Encryption) and locked (using DD Retention Lock) before tiering it to the cloud, and a separate DD Cloud Tier licence is required. The capacity of the cloud tier can Continue reading

If your backup strategy is in need of an overhaul then Commvault and NetApp can help

Backup continues to be a challenge for most organisations, legacy systems are just too complex and expensive, and whilst hypervisor centric solutions, such as Veeam, have done a great job of protecting virtualised environments, their weakness tends to be that their de-duplication engines do not scale. Purpose-built backup appliances (PBBAs), such as EMC Data Domain, ExaGrid EX, Quantum DXi or HP StoreOnce, provide much better de-duplication ratios and performance at scale (i.e. 150 VMs+) – it is therefore often recommended to combine the likes of Veeam with a PBBA, but this does significantly push up the cost of the solution. So what other options are available? Option 1 – Software-Defined Data Protection with Enterprise-class De-dupe By combining Commvault Simpana with NetApp E-Series you get Continue reading

Second Hitachi Content Platform video now available on YouTube

As promised the second of our two videos covering Hitachi Content Platform and it’s peripheral products is now available on YouTube. For those not familiar with the concept of HCP, watch video 1 first. This second video covers Hitachi Data Ingestor, HCP Anywhere and some archiving options. It’s very possible that content platforms will become the future of storage for most unstructured data, so if you are looking for a DropBox type architecture that YOU control, or if you are struggling to manage file services at your branch offices, you should certainly take a look. Hope you found them both useful. Constructive comments are always welcome. Tony. Related Posts  First Hitachi Content Platform video now available on YouTube Object Storage – The Continue reading

First Hitachi Content Platform video now available on YouTube

As you may have seen on previous blogs, Hitachi Content Platform looks like a very interesting direction for data storage. For those interested in taking a closer look at this disruptive technology, we’ve created a couple of short videos to highlight the key features and benefits of both the content platform itself and the peripheral products released to maximise its value and performance. It’s very possible that content platforms will become the future of storage for most unstructured data, so anyone struggling to backup their files, e-mails, or SharePoint systems should definitely take a look. The second video – is now also available here. Hope you find them useful. Tony. Related Posts  Second Hitachi Content Platform video now available on Continue reading

Object Storage – The next big thing in on-premise storage?

Historically when we have discussed shared storage it has always been about Block or NAS platforms, but now there is a “new kid on the block” in the form of Object Storage. To explain what it is, let’s start with a brief overview of each of the different storage platform types: Block Storage LUNs are presented to application servers, typically using the Fibre Channel or iSCSI protocols, with the host OS managing the file system. Network Attached Storage Presents file systems to clients, typically using the CIFS/SMB or NFS protocols, with each file having basic metadata (i.e. name, location, size, date created/modified/accessed, etc.). Object Storage Essentially a cross between an unstructured file system and a structured database, that can store traditional Continue reading

An introduction to Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) Object Storage

HDS has historically been best known for high-end Fibre Channel block storage arrays, but it is clear that they see that Object Storage is going to grow massively over the coming years as they are putting a major focus on the technology. So what are the features and capabilities of HCP? Massive scalability (up to 80 PB) Active data protection (backup-free) Encryption, retention, disposition and shredding services Meets governance and regulatory compliance needs Support for legacy, contemporary, and emerging web protocols Unique custom metadata gathering and search tools Cloud tiering with support for S3 or compatible, Azure, Google and Hitachi File de-duplication and compression to maximise storage efficiency Global content distribution with active/active access Easy to set up, manage, and upgrade (no forklift Continue reading

Riverbed Whitewater Cloud Storage Gateway is now SteelStore

Riverbed has recently gone through the process of bringing consistency to their product names, the ones of most interest to us are the storage solutions – SteelStore (formerly Whitewater) and SteelFusion (formerly Granite). Let’s have a quick re-cap of the capabilities of SteelStore: Eliminating tape is something organisations have wanted to do for many years, but the best most have managed is to only use tape for long-term retention (i.e. month and year-end backups). Removing tape for long-term retention has proved somewhat challenging as even with very sophisticated de-duplication algorithms the cost of disk is simply too high when compared to tape. In recent years we have seen the introduction of cloud storage platforms such as Amazon S3, but even these cannot compete with Continue reading

What will become common place in the Data Centre of the future?

There are some key trends going on in the industry right now, including convergence, automation and cloud. We expect these to have a significant impact on how next-generation data centres are deployed and therefore the following will become common place in many organisations: Converged Stacks Purchasing a complete stack consisting of a hypervisor and compute, storage and network resources from a single vendor eliminates many of the problems currently faced by IT departments: Everything has been designed to work together – so no interoperability or firmware issues Single pane of glass management – provision and manage all physical and virtual resources with just a few clicks Single point of support – so vendors cannot push problems onto other parties Fast time to value Continue reading