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Object Storage Usage Executive Summary

Object Storage Usage Executive Summary published April 18th, 2014. Object Storage Usage Executive Summary. The full document includes University Research, Info Repository, Cloud Storage, Evaluator Group Insight

Brocade Network Subscription Plus

Brocade recently announced a number of enhancements to their Network Subscription program introduced in August of 2011, now called  Network Subscription Plus, a monthly pay-as-you-go program for data-center-based IP network infrastructure (GbE, iSCSI, FCoE) under which customers can add or … Continued

IOmark Setup Guide – YouTube Series

Check out the IOmark_Suite YouTube Channel for step-by-step instructional videos on setting up IOmark on your own. In 15 short and easy steps, IOmark will be up and running on your servers.  Click HERE to navigate to the YouTube channel.

IOmark-VM DotHill Official Benchmark Report

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

Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS VM) All Flash Solution

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.

SAN Performance Concepts 101

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.

Dell Enterprise Forum 2013

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 – Table of Contents and 1st Chapter

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.

Best Practices: Optimizing Oracle on VMware vSphere 5.1

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

IBM Storwize Family – Scaling Capabilities and Value

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

Evaluating Hadoop in the Data Center

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

Validation or Benchmarking

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

HP StoreOnce B6200 Lab Validation

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

IOmark-VDI BlueArc Test Report for Mercury 110

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

CommVault Simpana 9 Lab Validation

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

Quantum DXi6700 Lab Validation

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

Data Center Transformation

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.