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Information Storage – Strategies and Solutions – Boulder, CO

Attend Class: March 20-22nd, 2017 in Boulder, Colorado

Join us at the beautiful Boulderado, located in the heart of Boulder on the Historic Pearl Street Mall.

Course Overview:

Information is the currency of business, research, and other knowledge-based industries. Storing, accessing, and protecting information is critical for organizations and Information Technology professionals are tasked with delivering strategies and solutions. This course will cover the problems and solutions for information storage, explaining the technology employed and the different systems available. From this course, solutions using storage technologies implemented in products with their architectures, features, benefits and issues will be explored with a goal of understanding a strategy to deal with information demands.

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Course Information

Section 1: Information Storage – Demands and Evolution

The industry demands for storing information are explored along with the challenges those demands create. There are demands to transform IT into more of a services delivery model. Meanwhile, the traditional IT environment must continue to maintain operations while optimizing the investments in technology meet ongoing needs. The competing initiatives of optimization of IT and transforming to a services delivery model will be laid out for understanding.

Services Delivery

Section 2: Transforming IT Optimizing IT, Private/Hybrid Clouds and IT as a Service

In addition to meeting demands in current data center environments, additional deployments of private and hybrid clouds to achieve IT as a Service (ITaas) characteristics are underway to deliver services in an on-demand manner. The motivations, rational, and methods for private/hybrid clouds are important to understand when creating and implementing a strategy for information storage. Deployment of private/hybrid clouds is a parallel activity to optimizing IT operations to address current and ongoing demands.

For enterprises planning to deploy private and hybrid clouds, there are many different products available and different approaches to deliver services with use of both public and private clouds. The different options and their characteristics can be confusing with an overwhelming amount of information available. There are also solutions that are more complete where they delivered as pre-packaged (in-a-box) products with installation and support. The offerings and the value are discussed in this section.

Section 3: Data Center Infrastructure Integrating Solutions

Different storage technology elements are being integrated to provide solutions for storing and protecting information. Driven by improving the time to deployment, these integrations provide alternatives to the more traditional storage systems available and can be building blocks for cloud environments. This section will examine the different types of integrations including definitions of characteristics and the vendor product offerings. Virtual SANs and clustered storage are included in these discussions.

  • Hyper-Converged Systems
  • Open Storage Platform
  • Integrated / Converged Systems

Optimizing IT

Section 4: Information Storage Technologies

Developing a strategy for employing solutions for Information Storage requires an understanding of underlying storage technologies. This section will delve into the technologies to create a common level of understanding for employing solutions. Included in this technology explanation are:

  • Data access methodology
  • Storage systems architectures
  • Storage networking technologies including NVMe and RDMA over fabrics
  • Data reduction technologies – deduplication and compression
  • Data availability technologies – data protection, business continuance, replication, and error correction
  • Storage for Containers

Section 5: Solid State Storage – Technology

The use of solid-state technology for storage, predominantly Flash, is an inflection point in the industry. Dramatic changes in the economics of systems in acceleration to achieve more value from the overall environment has changed the evaluation in storage selection. This section will explain the technology and the new developments underway that will continue to change the storage landscape. Methods of deployment and evolving data center usage are useful in creating new strategies.

Section 6: Performance – Impact and Measurement

Understanding the factors that impact performance is important in evaluating solutions and making effective decisions for storing and managing information. How to measure performance and interpreting the results is another major input for decisions. These examinations for storage performance and measurement and the factors that have influence are critical in making informed decisions.

Section 7: Block Storage – Implementation and Systems

Accessing stored information from block devices, whether SAN or direct attached is the most basic method employed by storage systems. The different block storage systems offered for enterprises are described with architectures and capabilities along with Evaluator Group’s opinion of strengths and weaknesses. Covered in this section with product explanation and Evaluator Group opinions:

  • All flash storage systems
  • Hybrid and spinning disk systems

Section 8: Storage Virtualization

Abstracting resources from multiple storage systems increases flexibility of data placement and movement, reduces the workload on administration by providing a central point of management for provisioning and control of advanced features, and applies advanced capabilities across a potentially diverse set of storage systems. This section will review the different types for storage virtualization and the product offerings. The characteristics of the systems including strengths and weaknesses are included in the product reviews.

Section 9: Network Attached Systems – File Access

File access to information on shared storage is primarily through Network Attached Storage systems. The approaches for NAS and the different product offerings from vendors are explained along with Evaluator Group analysis of the products.

Section 10: Object Storage Systems

Scaling to large capacities for use as content repositories or online archives is the primary target for object storage systems. Object storage with Ethernet interfaces and support for S3, Swift, and custom protocols are used for both on-premises systems and as systems in cloud environments. The differing implementations for object storage systems are covered in this section along with the major systems available.

PRODUCT COVERAGE

Within each Section a review of products will be covered. Below are some of the products to be reviewed, subject to change before the class.

High End Block Mid Range Block NAS FIlE Based
EMC VMAX³

Fujitsu Eternus DX8700/DX8900 S3

Hitachi VSP G1000 (HP XP7)

HP 3PAR StoreServ 20000

IBM DS8000

IBM XIV

NetAPP FAS8000

oRACLE fs-1

 

 

Dell Compellent, EqualLogic

EMC VNX

Fujitsu Eternus   DX600, DX500

Hitachi vsp g-SERIES

HP 3PAR StoreServ 8000

Huawei OceanStor

HP StoreVirtual

IBM V7000, V5000

NetAPP E5600, FAS8000(covered with High-end)

Dell FS7600/FS8600

EMC Isilon

EMC VNX, VMAX³

HDS HNAS

HP StoreEasy, 3par StoreServ

IBM Spectrum Scale/V7000U

NetApp FAS8000, FAS2500

Oracle ZfS

 

 

 

Storage Virtualization Solid State Storage Object Storage
DataCore SANsymphony

EMC VMAX³ FAST.X

HDS VSP G

IBM SVC / sTORWIZE

NetApp FAS8000 FlexArray

EMC XtremIO

IBM Flashsystem

Kaminario

Nimble

Pure Storage

Tegile

Tintri

Violin

Fujitsu DX200

HP 3PAR

HDS VSP G

NetApp EF560

NetApp Solidfire

NetApp FAS

Oracle FS1

Caringo

DDN WOS

EMC ecs

HDS HCP

HGST Active ARchive

IBM CLEVERSAFE

NetApp StorageGrid

Quantum Lattus

Scality

Swift SwiftStack

 

Hyper-Converged Systems
ATLANTIS

DataCore SANsymphony

EMC VXRack

HP Hyper-Converged

Maxta MXSP

Nutanix

Pivot3

Simplivity

Scale Computing

StorMagic SVsan

VMware vsan

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