In the past, we were concerned with recovering application and data within the confines of the physical data center. Disaster recovery focused on how to rebuild the existing infrastructure of the hardware, software, and applications at a location apart from a compromised operations site. In other words, we needed to have a box to replicate the box.
We’re really getting caught up in the whole software-defined storage, flash, converged architecture conversation. When looking at storage platforms, take the time to look at ALL of the features, optimizations, and add-ons storage platforms have. Do you need direct API integration for OpenStack? Are you looking for specific types of compression technologies? How cloud-ready do you want to be with storage? There are a lot of often overlooked software tools that can really go a long way.
One of the most fun moments in recent months was listening in on a briefing about exactly how SimpliVity’s storage works and being able to audibly hear “click” when Mr. Marks fully understood how it all worked. If only all tech journalists and analysts had that time and talent to invest.
To examine the problem further, let’s compare the old with the new.
Organizations are grappling with challenges to deal with explosion of digital content and the content management lifecycles are going through massive transformation. There is a visible shift towards automatic content recognition, content management of external and unstructured data (such as social media), centralization of content into cloud, hyper personalized and intelligent content delivery, along with a central focus on search and content discovery.
Fall is upon us, the leaves are falling, the days are getting shorter, all of which can only mean one thing………it is time for Zerto’s yearly scary DR stories! So come prepared with flashlights, and warm blankets on November 3, 2015 for Zerto’s scary DR stories webinar, just after Halloween. In the meantime, we would love to hear your stories.
Turn on your lights and lock your doors! It’s time for Tales from the IT Crypt… We’ve all got a story, an IT disaster story, that spooked us into taking DR seriously. Unplanned outages, deletions, natural disasters… This year Zerto is asking for your most frightening IT story. Zerto will share some good spooky ones on their Master of Disaster: The Scariest Disaster Recovery stories — EVER! Webinar, on October 28th!
At the Flash Memory Summit in California, Samsung has unveiled what appears to be the world’s largest hard drive—and somewhat surprisingly, it uses NAND flash chips rather than spinning platters. The rather boringly named PM1633a, which is being targeted at the enterprise market, manages to cram almost 16 terabytes into a 2.5-inch SSD package. By comparison, the largest conventional hard drives made by Seagate and Western Digital currently max out at 8 or 10TB.
ROI for an IT purchase is typically a function of the increase in revenue that the purchase generates. Data protection ROI is a different story all together. Backup and restore systems don’t generate revenue. As a result, they are usually overlooked in any ROI purchase justifications. This misses the key benefit of backup and restore systems ─ and the point where a compelling ROI analysis can be made. Downtime. The biggest IT fear, and the reason backup and recovery systems exist.
My best soundbite is that storage is in the process of collapsing. Once a standalone topic, storage is clearly pulling away from our familiar model of external storage arrays, and disappearing into the fabric of servers and hypervisors. While we all like to talk about disruptive industry changes, this one perhaps is the ultimate disruption: it impacts every aspect of storage: the core technology, the consumption model, the integration model as well as the operational model.
NetApp on Wednesday branded its SteelStore line of WAN acceleration data protection and migration appliances NetApp AltaVault, and refreshed the line with improved performance and capacity on a new hardware platform. The new NetApp AltaVault, which stems from NetApp’s November, 2014 acquisition of the SteelStore technology from Riverbed, keeps as its primary objective the ability to provide a high-performance, easy-to-install way to integrate customers’ existing data protection solutions to the cloud, said Phil Brotherton, vice president of NetApp’s Cloud Solutions Group.