Software Defined X – Automation: Job Stealer or Job Enabler?

I’ve had many conversations in recent weeks about the commoditization of the data center with many being concerned about the effect of the diminishing need for specialist hardware and greater automation through software. More specifically, how that might affect the job prospects of administrators and other technical roles in the modern IT environment.

We are in an era of rapid evolutionary change and this can be unsettling for many as change often is. There seems to be a wide variety of reactions to these changes. At one end there is the complete denial and a desire to retain the status quo, with an expectation that these industry changes may never occur. In the middle, we have those that tip their hat in recognition of the general direction of the trends, but expect things to happen more gradually and then there are those that embrace it with an expectation of gaining some [...]

Whitepaper: Virtual Backup Strategies: Using Storage Snapshots for Backups

Virtualized Layers

Introduction Effective data protection is a mandatory element in the modern IT environment. Historically, backup strategies were confined to the last few chapters in an administrator’s manual and treated like an afterthought. Now they sit firmly at the forefront of every CIO’s mind. The ability to continue business operations after a system failure and the need to fulfil stringent compliance requirements have made backup a necessity—not only for business continuity, but also for business survival. The question organizations need to ask about data protection is not whether to backup their data, but how to backup their data.

IT systems are prone to rapid evolution and present a constantly shifting landscape and the techniques used to protect those systems need to evolve as well. Perhaps one of the most significant changes in recent years has been the advent of virtualization. In the virtual world, legacy backup systems have become unfit for their [...]

PernixData Unbuttons Trench Coat at SFD3 and Reveals..

SFD3_FVP

Flash Virtualization Platform.

It seems in Storage circles there is much discussion around using new technologies to cache data in faster more accessible media. Flash is everywhere.. but there are many choices for where and how you can deploy flash technology in order to alleviate strain on storage systems, whose current SAS/SATA based disk drives are struggling to keep up with the day to day IOPS requirements of many organisations.

Pernix Data believe they have the solution for VMware environments in the form of their Flash Virtualisation Platform (FVP). They certainly have the credentials to be making such claims with team members coming from many leading companies. This includes, Satyam Vaghani, their CTO who came from VMware and was responsible for the creation of VMware’s VMFS filesystem.

FVP is a hardware agnostic server-side flash virtualization solution. It virtualizes PCIe flash cards and local SSD at the server side. [...]

Webinar: Storage Assisted Backups: Best practices for VMs

Veeam Webinar 4th July 2013: Storage Assisted Backups: Best practices for VMs

Associated Whitepaper to be published in near future.

Webinar: Disaster Recovery for Virtual Environments, One Simple Solution for Five Common SAN Replication Challenges

This is a replay of webinar, I ran last year.. the associated Whitepaper is linked below:

Whitepaper Available here: http://wp.me/p2ZZG3-fG

A new sister webinar/whitepaper focusing on using SAN snapshots in a holistic data protection strategy to be posted shortly.

Whitepaper: Disaster Recovery for Virtual Environments, One Simple Solution for Five Common SAN Replication Challenges

Introduction It would be no overstatement of fact to say that in the last five years virtualization has radically changed the landscape of IT infrastructure for the better. Workloads encapsulated into standardized virtual machines have significantly increased our ability to optimize and use physical resources in a way that saves much time and money. In addition to these economic benefits, new avenues have opened up to tackle data protection and disaster recovery, allowing us to increase service uptime while also reducing business risk. This white paper focuses on some of the common challenges experienced while implementing and using SAN-based replication for disaster recovery and it examines an alternative approach to disaster recovery to help resolve these issues.

Background Pre-virtualization disaster recovery plans were underpinned by application-level features hooking directly into specific hardware to achieve the required business recovery goals. To ensure that disaster recovery could be achieved, network infrastructure, hardware, software [...]

A Short History of Storage Devices

I can’t really ever see myself being a technology historian, but I do find the development of technology and technology advancements astonishing at times. It’s easy to forget that some years ago, I used to think that my new 20MB hard drive was the bees knees.. “It’s 20MB of Hard Disk Drive, I’ll never need to upgrade it. I could store my entire life’s work on it and still have room to back up my floppies.”. How times change. I recently found this infographic on the spamfighter blog which I think summarizes the rise of storage perfectly. Check out the difference in per GB cost between 1980-2010: