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.
A recent data forecast from Cisco predicts that mobile data traffic will grow ten-fold globally from 2014 to 2019 – a compound annual growth rate of 57 percent. Another 57 percent of mobile connections will be “smart” connections by 2019, up from 26 percent in 2014. Add the growth of mobile devices and cloud-based services, and it’s enough to make an database administrator’s head spin trying to figure out where all that data is going to be stored.
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.
Giving a big boost to its Solid State Drive data center family Intel launched the P3608 series SSDs, engineered specifically for enterprise and high-performance computing workloads. The new line transcends the previous Intel generation across many metrics. The P3608 puts two SSDs on a single card and moves data in parallel to achieve higher transfer speeds, albeit at the cost of greater power consumption.
Your data center is supporting more users, more business use cases, and a lot more data. Digital content and the Internet of Things are generating ever more data and will continue to do so. All of this places resource challenges on the data center facility.
From the early days of VMware, it became clear that dealing with storage in efficient and scalable ways were key requirements for the success of virtualization in enterprise environments. Indeed, the storage stack of ESXi, including VMFS, played a key role in the proliferation of virtualization in data centers, where data is stored and managed by high-end disk arrays.
The vast majority of IT departments are experiencing enormous increases in the demand for storage and computing power. Few, if any, will have the budget to meet rising requirements that continue to outpace the growth of their budgets. This raises a difficult question for IT teams everywhere: how long is the usual approach of managing the install, upgrade, retire and replace cycle going to be?
If you are a solution provider whose customers need to squeeze every bit of performance out of their data center infrastructures, boy, do storage vendors have something for you. SSD and all-flash storage array development has blossomed over the past couple of years, culminating in several major breakthroughs in the first half of 2015.
The term “analytics platform migration” can elicit the same reaction as “root canal” or “Can you take me to the airport?” It is—for most companies—necessary at some point, but not particularly pleasant. In the coming weeks, we’ll share our own Dell-on-Dell story of migrating from one analytics platform, SAS, to the platform we purchased, Statistica.