IBM Enhances Spectrum Storage…

IBM’s February 7, 2017 software-defined storage announcement was so chock full of new capabilities for the company’s Spectrum Storage and Cloud Object Storage, it’s tough to sum it up in one sentence or even a paragraph. But a look at the history of IBM Spectrum Storage will provide some context and illustrate IBM’s prime objectives: consistency, integration and flexibility. The Spectrum Family of software- defined storage was first announced in February 2015 — a rebranding of existing IBM storage solutions with names more indicative of their functions. In early 2016, IBM announced the IBM Spectrum Storage Suite, a single capacity-based license that includes all the IBM Spectrum Storage offerings. Over time, the suite has become more of a “family”, with a consistent user experience across products by using IBM Storage Design Language (based on IBM design language) and improved integration between members of the product family. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Dell EMC & VMware… Multiple Manifestations of SDS

Recently my colleagues and I were embroiled in an intricate discussion with some of the Dell EMC/VMware team about the status, applicability, and positioning of the various SDS manifestations that behemoth now offers. And suddenly I had one of those “the penny dropped” moments…not of the “epiphany/eureka” type, but more of the “yeah, I knew that but all-too-often overlook it” type. And one more thing before I say what it was: it’s also somewhat ironic when you consider the tangled semantic machinations we have all gone through as an industry to actually define software-defined storage that we have – dropping penny time – overlooked the fact that it is an approach (or concept), and not a specific thing (or singular manifestation). Like many such moments, its outcome is really rather obvious and simple….having storage functionality as software not only allows, but one might say demands, different implementations and deployments in order to address different needs – be they of situation, scale, workloads, attitudes, or indeed as any or all of these change over time. While that’s great for IT users (as, with SDS choices, they are more likely by definition to be able to tune a tool to what they need), it can be something of a challenge for IT vendors, since they now have to provide inter-product positioning and applicability advice. Although, frankly, it turns out this is not a challenge for many vendors or to much extent……for the simple reason that very few vendors actually offer a choice when it comes to SDS! To read the complete article, CLICK...

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IBM’s… Blockchain; Accelerated Systems; Software-Defined Storage

IBM Edge 2016, held in Las Vegas last week focused on three themes: 1) cognitive solutions – such as the cognitive/Big Data/advanced analytics technologies that have worked their way into various IBM products; 2) cloud architectures, services and platforms (especially the seamless blending of public and private clouds); and, 3) industry innovation (such as the progress being made with Blockchain protocols as they relate to the open Hyperledger standard). To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Scality: Using…[SDS] to Manage Petabyte-Scale Data

Organizations that have petabyte data storage requirements — and that includes more each day – are unlikely to turn to traditional enterprise storage solutions to manage these environments. Rather, they are more and more likely to turn to software-defined storage that includes the use of object-based storage. And that is where products such as the Scality RING come in. Managing petabyte-scale amounts of data requires a different mindset and way of doing the data and storage management functions, such as data protection, and that is the role of software-defined storage. Vendors large and small are targeting the capacity-driven segment of the revamped enterprise storage space. The fact that Hewlett Packard Enterprise is throwing its weight (i.e., resources, including money) behind Scality qualifies not only as an endorsement of the company’s solutions, but the capacity-driven market itself. For more information, EMAIL davidhill@mesabigroup.com NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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IBM Spectrum…: Simple, Agile and Efficient

The storage market is in flux as customers move from traditional SAN-based block storage to object storage, storage-rich servers and software defined storage environments­. As a result, flexibility, agility and efficiency are key attributes to consider when purchasing new storage software/hardware and when designing a migration plan to support new workloads and applications. The IBM Spectrum Storage Suite, with its flexible licensing model and tightly integrated product set spanning multiple storage types from a range of vendors, enables businesses to quickly and cost-effectively make this transition, supporting changing business needs and new use cases as required. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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