Evaluator Group attended the NetApp Analyst Event 2013. Read what they discussed and our opinions.
Evaluator Group attended IBM Edge, this documents describes what IBM presented and our opinions.
Russ presented on the mainstage at SPDEcon
In this Technical Insight document, John Webster discusses converged solutions, specifically focusing on ZFS Backup for Oracle Exadata.
This is document is the first in a 6-Part Series on Solid State Performance. Subsequent Education Guides are available through the Basic Subscription.
Virtualization has become widely accepted in today’s enterprise datacenter, from consolidating thousands of desktops to mission critical Tier 1 applications in server virtualization. One rapidly growing area for server virtualization is running critical Oracle database applications on VMware® vSphere® virtual … Continued
The IBM Storwize family represents a single architecture applied across several market segments as independent storage systems. This approach of delivering storage systems optimized to meet price, performance, and capacity demands for different markets delivers benefits for Information Technology across … Continued
IBM Tivoli’s Full-featured Data Protection Suite for Small to Medium Businesses. We have been reporting throughout the last year that stored data volumes are growing at an accelerated rate that is driven by new data sources and applications. However, just … Continued
Higher I/O requirements from Tier 1 mission critical applications and the rapid growth of high density virtualized infrastructures place greater I/O demands on storage than ever before. This increase in I/O requests can make it more difficult to meet SLAs … Continued
This paper reports on a business case evaluation of information archiving conducted f by Evaluator Group. The information presented here should be used to understand considerations and economics in one particular case as an example of what can be expected … Continued
The storage density of a single enterprise disk drive has grown several orders of magnitude since its birth in the late 1950’s while the disk drive’s block interface has remained essentially the same. Challenging this interface is an increasing demand … Continued
The number of enterprise-level deployments of Hadoop MapReduce is rising quickly, driven by a need to understand and potentially adopt this new business analytics platform for business applications. We note that pilot Hadoop projects are underway within many of the … Continued
There are many events that can trigger the need for a data migration. Some datacenters do migrations on a weekly basis. A technology refresh, server and/or storage consolidation, infrastructure relocation, data classifications are all events that could cause a need … Continued
Introduction: The demand for Big Data analytics processes by enterprise executives and business group leaders is growing at a rapid pace. However, the challenge to enterprise IT from the Big Data analytics perspective lies in capturing data from multiple new … Continued
This report covers the results from Astute Networks for their ViSX G3 Flash-based VM Storage appliance. . VDI-IOmark is storage specific benchmark designed to test storage systems performance with a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) type of workload, the report was … Continued
In this whitepaper, Randy Kerns explores the demands that Microsoft Exchange places on storage systems in the areas of performance and scalability. He also discusses how Dot Hill AssuredSAN has the optimal characteristics needed for Exchange storage. Introduction: Microsoft Exchange … Continued
In this Technical Insight Paper, Russ Fellows discusses the importance storage in protecting and processing business information. Introduction: Businesses of all sizes are searching for ways to improve their productivity and competitiveness, resulting in IT systems continuing to increase in … Continued
In this paper, Russ Fellows examines some of the features and design elements are important in order to deliver the efficiency and performance levels demanded by applications running in virtual environments.
Achieving VDI – TCO Objectives – an Evaluator Group Technical Insight
In this whitepaper John Webster covers enhancements to Hadoop that can be realized by Veritas Cluster File Systems (CFS) users and discusses Symantec’s new solution for Enterprise Hadoop, that proposes to replace HDFS. Introduction: Hadoop MapReduce is now commonly used … Continued
In this Technical Insight, John Webster explores data movement in context to data analytics.
In this report Evaluator Group assesses Oracle VM software 3.1.1 with Oracle RAC 11g Release 2 and E-Business Suite12.1.1. This report outlines the validation process and overview of each environment, presents the challenges, as well as summarize the time it … Continued
In this whitepaper, John Webster discusses storage data growth and the various ways that IT management can develop new and more sustainable practices and processes to adequately manage that data growth. Introduction: The cost of acquiring, managing and maintaining all … Continued
In this whitepaper, Russ Fellows and John Webster discuss the emerging trends in VDI, as well as cover ways that VDI vendors are taken the first step towards the ideals of next generation VDI. Introduction: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) has … Continued
Randy Kerns explores Solid State Technology and its many variations of use in the storage industry. He covers the different approaches to utilize solid state technology and the value of the solutions in different environments.
In this whitepaper we focus on the continued use of tape storage media as a practice that will limit business growth and become increasingly more costly to support and maintain over time. Instead, we propose the use of a distributed … Continued
In this Technical Insight Paper, Leah Schoeb explores the benefits of using Proximal Data’s AutoCache solution in a virtualized infrastructure. Introduction: Information Technology (IT) demands for storing and retrieving information in virtualized environments are based on serving the requirements of … Continued
In this completed 4 part series, John Webster provides tips on managing big data in an organization. First article covers how big data analytics differs from traditional data warehousing and introduce the distributed compute cluster as a foundation to big … Continued
Leah Schoeb reveals all the Storage Performance Concepts in our Storage Education Series. This is the first of a series on Storage Performance where she explores the performance in physical and virtual environments, and covers various ways that can help diminish storage system bottlenecks.
Leah Schoeb covers the differences between validation and performance benchmarks. Introduction Validation and performance testing often get confused with and performance benchmarking. They are separate activities with very different goals and messaging support. This document talks about what they are … Continued
Download the first chapter of Randy Kerns’ book Information Archiving – Economics and Compliance for free. The rest of the eBook can be purchased from Amazon by clicking here
In this test analysis, Evaluator Group assesses HP StoreOnce B6200 Backup system; The evaluation focuses on several aspects with a particular focus on performance. The validation consisted of quantitative test efforts, which sought to characterize measurable attributes, along with a … Continued
There have been a lot of performance results demonstrating the performance of SSDs. But how much of this information is verifiable and comparable among the vendors? Most, if not all, SSS manufacturers and vendors have performance (IOPS) and throughput (MB/sec) … Continued
In this paper, John Webster enumerate the attributes of a storage environment designed for sustainable, high velocity growth, and reviews Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) as a platform for sustainable storage and data management.
This report examines and details the Hitachi approach to delivering storage capacity efficiency via its USP V and VSP platforms. In doing so, it will highlight how Hitachi looks at the overall economics of storage by reducing relevant operating expenses … Continued
John Webster’s presentation on writing storage RFPs at SNW Spring 2012 Description The data storage industry has changed dramatically over the past few years. The traditional Request for Proposal (RFP) does not address these changes or the challenges faced by … Continued
John Webster’s presentation from SNW spring 2012 in Dallas, Texas. Description: Big Data Analytics differs from traditional data warehousing in that it encompasses diverse data formats including unstructured data. A number of platforms have emerged including Hadoop and NoSQL that … Continued
In this whitepaper, John Webster reviews the integration of SEPATON’s enterprise class, DeltaScale disk-based data protection platform with Symantec’s NetBackup software that together provide a scalable solution specifically designed for the data intensive environments of large enterprises. Integration is done … Continued
In this test analysis, Evaluator Group assesses Starboard Storage Systems’ AC72 system; The evaluation focuses on several aspects with a particular focus on performance. The validation consisted of quantitative test efforts, which sought to characterize measurable attributes, along with a … Continued
Evaluator Group covers NetApp’s E-Series storage system, examining both design and architecture as well as its ability to attain high RAS and performance for content centric applications. Preview: The way in which businesses process, analyze and utilize information is changing, … Continued
Thin Provisioning Block Storage – A Maturing Technology is the fourth paper in the Storage Efficiency Series. continuation of the focus on storage efficiency, covering the storage system feature thin provisioning and how it can be used for data center … Continued
This report covers the results from the VDI-IOmark testing BlueArc’s Mercury 110. VDI-IOmark is a storage specific benchmark designed to test storage systems performance with a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) type of workload, the report was audited for accuracy by … Continued
Evaluator Group assessed CommVault’s Simpana 9 software in December 2011. There were several areas of focus during the testing, which included qualitative factors, along with certain quantitative testing. The test objectives were to 1) Validate new Simpana 9 software data … Continued
Evaluator Group assessed Quantum’s DXi6700 data deduplication appliances in September 2011. There were several areas of focus during the testing, which was both quantitative and qualitative. Testing results show the Quantum DXi6700 systems were able to attain peak performance quickly … Continued
This short presentation compares terminology and IO processes between mainframe and Open Systems Storage. There is a quick reference table for terminology translation.
Graphical representation of different storage architectures
Russ’ presentation explores the critical storage features needed for Virtual Desktop Initiatives (VDI). The focus is on storage system features required to meet the performance, and the critical TCO levels necessary for a successful VDI project. The recommendations are taken … Continued
Now that the cloud computing bandwagon is out of gas, vendors have jumped on the next one to roll down the pike: Big Data. And as with previous hype cycles, Big Data is now a source of confusion for users … Continued
On June 6, 2011, HP announced its Converged Storage strategy—the most significant storage announcement HP has made since the 2010 acquisition of 3PAR. HP Converged Storage represents a number of product portfolio and market direction statements that establish HP’s unique … Continued
In a summary of articles from CNet/Data-Driven, John Webster highlights the future of storage supporting “Big Data Storage” and “Big Data Analytics”
Cloud services providers have been phenomenally successful over the past three years. Evaluator Group has observed both large and small companies turn to cloud-based services providers for blending their on-premise capabilities with alternatively managed IT infrastructure. Cloud and other IT … Continued
John Webster discusses VAAI and HDS implementation for heterogeneous environments
John Webster’s presentation from SNW 2011 on Big Data Analytics and the impact on Storage
John Webster discusses strategies and requirements for RFP’s in 2011. This tutorial was presented at SNW Spring 2011.
Russ Fellows and Camberley Bates review the Quantum Lab Validation of the DXi 6000 Systems
Automated tiering drove many storage technology discussions in 2010. We saw EMC introduce FAST—EMC’s approach to implementing SSD among its primary disk storage platforms. We also saw the acquisition of 3PAR by HP and Compellent by Dell. 3PAR’s InForm and … Continued
There are several technology and marketing messages competing for headlines. The concepts that resonate are those that make life easier for IT users, lower costs or do both. Storage tiering is an idea gaining traction as it is able to … Continued
EGI Lab Testing and Validation of Quantum’s DXi6000 Data Protection offering, covering D2D, Deduplication and Replication
Discussion on the difference and planning considerations for bulk versus archive storage types
Test and Validation review of HP’s StoreOnce D2D data protection solution
Virtual Desktop Implementation and scale out poses significant challenges to the IT infrastructure. This paper explores the considerations for storage and designing for scale-out.
Discussion on the architecture of Scale-up and Scale-out storage.
The topic of data de-duplication has received a lot of attention from vendors and IT administrators alike. Both are looking to reduce the pain associated with exponential data growth most data centers are experiencing. Data de-duplication began to emerge roughly … Continued
Russ Fellows discusses designing the data center of the future using current infrastructure and new technologies. Discussion includes cloud computing, data deduplication, virtualization and green strategies.