HP MSA 2040 Benchmark Report
Fibre Channel technology remains the dominant choice for storage connectivity in a majority of enterprises. This is due to its proven performance and manageability along with reliability and high availability features. Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) is a recent alternative … Continued
IBM has announced the x86 server business is being sold to Lenovo. Included in the sale is the System-x series of servers, BladeCenter, FlexSystem blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, blade networking, and support operations.
Solid State Storage systems are continuing to evolve with new memory technologies, continuous reduction in solid state memory costs, and more sophisticated implementations that exploit solid state technology. As they evolve, more value will be obtained from the systems. The ongoing evolution or changes mean that every purchase of solid state storage systems will require a new evaluation of the system and the competitive offerings. The Evaluator Group Evaluation Guide, Workbook and Comparison Matrix for Solid State Storage Systems will be very valuable in these evaluations.
This document discusses 10 ongoing challenges that IT will face in 2014. It is crucial that IT professionals address these 10 challenges in order to remain efficient and up-to-date in the marketplace. They also allow IT Departments to utilize their strategy as a competitive advantage.
As a greater percentage of IT infrastructures get virtualized, there are more demands than ever on storage architectures to handle the performance of intensified random environments. It has also driven the need for higher performing storage to handle the growing … Continued
This Client Advisory Note was published December 17, 2013. It is intended to help our clients learn what happens at events, and to understand the implications of these events on the storage industry.
As a greater percentage of IT infrastructures get virtualized, there are more demands than ever on storage architectures to handle the performance of intensified random environments. It has also driven the demand for higher performing storage to handle the growing … Continued
On December 9, 2013, HP announced perhaps the most important and far-reaching storage announcement HP has made in 2013 and represents a continued research and development commitment by HP to its storage portfolio. They announced a “next generation of HP … Continued
The primary goals of this evaluation was to determine the capabilities of DATASTOR EPS, leveraging Evaluator Group experience in using other mid-market backup solutions. Testing focused on several aspects of the backup application that are typically part of an evaluation process by IT end users.
With fanfare worthy of a major new product, EMC announced general availability of its XtremIO solid state storage (SSS) systems—general-purpose block storage systems designed for use in environments with high performance requirements or multiple workloads running on the same storage … Continued
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This short presentation compares terminology and IO processes between mainframe and Open Systems Storage. There is a quick reference table for terminology translation.
Hadoop as “Big Data Lake” for Existing Data Warehouses We are watching the emergence of Hadoop as a scalable, high performance, low cost storage environment. Nowhere is this more apparent than in its increasing integration with existing data warehouses. In … Continued
IOmark-VDI Benchmark Report
Details the impact and importance of object storage
John Webster’s presentation at Storage Developer’s Conference 2013
EMC Flash Advisory EMC has announced the availability of their software defined storage (SDS) offering, ViPR Software-Defined Storage on September 4th, 2013 in Milan, Italy. The announcement reveals that EMC ViPR will be released later this month – this is … Continued
Download this paper to read about details of the announcements made at VMware’s VMworld 2013
VMware held the 10th annual VMworld event from August 25-29 in San Francisco which included an analyst track. VMworld has grown to 22,000 attendees with most from customers of the server virtualization software. The exhibit hall was packed with vendor … Continued
This document is the official benchmark report for the tested configuration using DotHill’s AssuredSAN Pro 5000 storage system. The result of the benchmark showed the AssuredSAN Pro 5000 supported 240 virtual machines at a cost of $509.42 per VM, meeting … 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.
Technology Insight paper discussing HUS VM All Flash System Solution. Discusses economics, all-flash system considerations (including storage efficiency and data reduction features, business continuity and copy technology, auto tiering, flash optimized controller), what is new with HUS VM, The Hitachi Accelerated Flash and flash controller, customer value and more.
This is document is the first in a 6-Part Series on Solid State Performance. Subsequent Education Guides are available through the Basic Subscription.
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.
Against a backdrop of continued uncertainty regarding founder Michael Dell’s proposal to Dell private via leveraged buyout (LBO), Dell hosted its Enterprise Forum recently in Santa Clara, CA for about 1,600 attendees that included customers, channel partners, analysts, and Dell … Continued
Planning a Storage Strategy is really the first book of its type in providing the information necessary to develop and plan the implementation for meeting the company demands on storing and retrieving information. One of the most valuable company assets is data and having a strategy for meeting the business demands for handling data is a critical business process that requires understanding and investment.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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 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. Archiving of information is a fundamental Information Technology operating process that has been undergoing a renaissance. New and maturing software and revolutionary storage systems … Continued
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
In this paper, John Webster enumerates 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. He discussed the requirements for building a … 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
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
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”
John Webster’s presentation from SNW 2011 on Big Data Analytics and the impact on Storage
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
Server virtualization is driving requirements for more scalable storage system to meet performance requirements cost effectively, especially high random I/O. This paper takes a look at the storage and also highlights 3PAR.
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.
Comparison of network interface technologies, FC, iSCSI, FCoE, IB, SAS
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.