IBM Enterprise2014: Life After Intel, Disks & (Storage) Hardware
Oct07

IBM Enterprise2014: Life After Intel, Disks & (Storage) Hardware

LAS VEGAS: It’s the second annual IBM Enterprise event, which combines IBM System z (mainframe, or Big Iron) Technical University, the IBM Power Systems (the mini-me platform) Technical University and the Enterprise Executive Summit, featuring heavy doses of education, training and certification. However, for an event billed as the premier enterprise infrastructure (i.e. hardware) conference, which drew an audience of 3,600 customers...

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Making Virtual Server Recovery-In-Place Viable

Backup technology for virtualized environments has become increasingly more advanced. Many organizations have implemented backup applications which are specifically designed to efficiently backup data in a virtualized environment without causing any disruption to application performance. In addition, some backup applications, like Veeam, now allow for data residing on a disk based backup target to be used as a boot device to support...

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Abstracting Disk/Tape To Solve The Unstructured Data Problem

Unstructured data are consuming vast amounts of disk capacity in data centers, breaking IT budgets. The sheer number of files that make up the unstructured data also breaks the data protection process. Most of this data has not been accessed in years and should be archived. But the mere mention of “archive” conjures up thoughts of complex, hard to manage collection of components that eventually becomes almost as expensive as the...

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Even if Disk Were Free You’d Still Want Tape

The cost of disk capacity has come down dramatically over the last two decades and, thanks to technologies like scale-out NAS and object storage, the ability to manage petabytes of data is certainly a possibility. But the cost to power and cool this storage plus the cost of data center floor space have increased dramatically. The net impact is that even if storage vendors gave disk capacity away, the cost to maintain that capacity...

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American Megatrends’ Limited-Time Free Storage Assessments
Apr14

American Megatrends’ Limited-Time Free Storage Assessments

Although American Megatrends (AMI) products ship in more than half of all computers in the world today, its storage offerings (disk, SSD Hybrid, and Full Flash SAN and NAS units) consist of a much more modest base of 1,126 installations. The company has much bigger ambitions with the launch of the StorTrends iDATA (Intelligent Data Analysis Tracking Application), a free software tool designed to assess IT infrastructure performance,...

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