November 15-16th, 2018 in Utrecht, Netherlands

When: November 15-16th, 2018 – 9:00-17:00

Who: Hosted by E-Storage – Class taught by Randy Kerns

Registration: To register for this course, please contact Monique Bergisch.

Monique Bergisch

mBergisch@e-storage.nl

06-51524959

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Information Storage – Strategies and Solutions

Course Overview:

Data has value.  Companies and organizations lifeblood is data and the processing required to yield information to make decisions, conduct business, and produce results.  Data also has value when further analysis yields immediate, important actions to take and for longer term strategic decisions.

Storing, managing, and accessing information is the most critical purpose for information technology professionals and technologists who deliver those capabilities.  This importance has created a discipline for information storage and management.  The discipline continues to see technology advances and changes in demands resulting in a continuous learning curve for practitioners.

This education course will cover the strategies and directions for managing information and explain the technologies used.  How the technologies are delivered as solutions by vendor companies must be understood to make informed decisions.  Ultimately, the decisions must have a sound economic basis and the methods to approach an economic analysis will be explained as well.

Who Should Attend:

  • Information Technology Professionals – exposure to latest technologies and solutions
  • Organization-wide teams – responsible for planning, managing, and utilizing information infrastructures
  • Business Executives – responsible for business operations, strategy and direction
  • Individuals – seeking to learn more about information storage

Section 1: Strategic Direction for Storing and Managing Information

What is necessary to store and manage information to meet the changing demands on Information Technology?  This is not a tactical question but a strategic one.  Meeting demands in a five to seven year horizon requires an understanding of demands, technology and developments, and solutions to craft a strategy and from it make informed tactical decisions.  This section will look at the long term strategy and the current and ongoing demands.

Section 2: Trends and Developments

New solutions and technologies continue to be offered by vendors and promoted as a transformative change in the industry.  Some are significant while others may not have the significance their promoters put forth in their messages.  This section will look at the technology and trends and explain the significance without the hype associated.  A clear view of the trends and developments enable decisions that contribute to the long term strategy and not a detour that may be less than effective.

Section 3: 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, rationale, 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.

Also of interest for some in transforming IT are developments around Software Defined Data Centers or SDDC.  With a goal of increasing resource utilization to drive down costs by virtualizing the entire environment, the requirements to achieve that may be a major challenge and have impacts on the potential economic gain. This will be discussed during this section. Also included will be the need for a multi-cloud strategy when using public clouds.

For enterprises planning to deploy private and hybrid clouds, there are many different solutions 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.  Offerings and value are discussed in this section.

Section 4: Data Center Infrastructure Integrated 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.  HyperConverged Infrastructure, Virtual SANs and clustered storage are included in these discussions.

  • HyperConverged Infrastructure Systems
  • Software Defined Storage
  • Integrated / Converged Systems

Selection 5: New Workloads for IT

Analyzing large amounts of data in near real-time to arrive at new insights has become very popular with the abundance of newly captured data, much of it from machine to machine.  A new discipline has arisen from this with massive amounts of storage and processors used by data scientists.  Areas such as marketing and sales have been the most visible proponents but many others exist.  This section will explain the use of High Performance Computing in the Enterprise and how this has become a business critical operation.  The storage implications are massive with new approaches including parallel file systems and GPUs.  Goals of the HPC in the Enterprise are faster decisions through Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI and ML represent new workloads to be addressed now and in the future for IT.  The result is potentially a massive amount of new data that must be stored and managed – so much so that existing methods are no longer practical.  Additionally, many of the deployments will focus on edge to core strategies, which introduces new concepts and problems for IT.  This section will give a background on these workloads and the problems and possible solutions.      

Section 6: 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 – block, file, and object
  • Storage systems architectures
  • Storage Virtualization
  • Solid state storage – Flash and Storage Class Memory
  • Storage networking technologies including NVMe and RDMA over fabrics
  • Data reduction technologies – deduplication and compression
  • Error correction
  • Storage for Containers
  • Use of Data Lakes and the differences from Data Warehouses

Section 7: Enterprise Data Management

There are many different points for management of information.  This section will explain what those management elements are and how they are related.  Managing information encompasses the tools to do functions such as Storage Resource Management (SRM) but also Data Protection, which includes not only the mechanisms to protect and make data available but the recovery of data in case of failures.  Part of overall Enterprise Data Management is about moving data to different types of storage (at different cost and performance characteristics) based on the business value of data.  Archiving is the term commonly used to describe moving data that has become inactive over time.  Covered in Enterprise Data Management will be:

  • Data protection and recovery – solutions for data protection
  • Copy Data Management
  • Business continuity solutions
  • Replication
  • Snapshots
  • Tiering to cloud / object storage
  • Moving data between and from clouds
  • Archiving
  • Storage Resource Management solutions
  • Infrastructure orchestration solutions

Selection 7: Storage Solutions from Primary Vendors

In providing block, file, and object access to storage systems, the major storage vendors have multiple solutions, some that are specific to a type of usage and some that provide multiple access types.  Additionally, many of the vendors provide solutions that support access for special purposes such as a data protection target.  Evaluator Group has Product Briefs describing the products and Evaluator Group’s opinion of how the products meet customer requirements on the Evaluator Group website.  Also available on the website are Product Analyses for a deeper understanding of solutions and matrices that compare product characteristics.  In this section, products offered as solutions by the primary vendors will be covered, showing the different solutions with an overview of each product and Evaluator Group’s review.

Selection 8: Storage Solutions for Specialized Vendors

A number of vendors offer storage solutions but are more narrowly focused than the primary vendors covered in the previous section.  Notable solutions from these vendors will be covered in this section, with explanation of the vendor focus.

Section 9: Economic Considerations in IT

In this section, several topics that have financial considerations that are not obvious from normal considerations.  The financial implications of the impact of a failure will be presented based on industry data.

Additionally, the financial considerations for justifying infrastructure and solutions for enterprises will be discussed.  The considerations ultimately must show economic value and be presented in a complete fashion.

Section 10: Consumption-Based Pricing – StaaS

Switching to an OPEX driven cost model has value for many IT operations.  Vendors have different types of offerings that provide Storage as a Service.  This section will review what the goals for STaaS are and the different offerings available.

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