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Addressing Bandwidth Challenges in the Hybrid Cloud

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Any application infrastructure that relies on a single data center is only as safe as that data center’s physical resources and the competence of its staff.  Witness the recent S3 outage at Amazon. When you choose to deploy in a single public cloud, you are delegating infrastructure management to your provider. When you’re exclusively running in-house, private cloud infrastructure, you’re entrusting that management to your own organization.  Either way mistakes…

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Complete Business Solutions – Future for major vendors?

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A few weeks ago I attended IBM Edge and was impressed with the emphasis IBM had placed on total solutions to business problems. As an industry veteran of several major vendors, including IBM, the goals in each vendor were always to move beyond hardware and into software and services. With commoditization of hardware, it is logical to see IBM continue moving toward a higher mix of software and services. In…

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Who Moved My Cheese

Who moved my cheese? EMC did @ EMC World.

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“Who moved my cheese” is the allegory of two mice in a maze that discover a cache of cheese.  One mouse becomes complacent, sitting back and eating the cheese.  The other mouse is industrious. While she continues to consume cheese from the original cache, she also explores and discovers a new place with an abundant cheese supply.  One day the complacent mouse wakes up hungry and says, “Who moved my…

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Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Storage Provider about Data Efficiency

Top 10 Questions to ask your Storage Provider about Data Efficiency: Question #1- Block Size

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Question 1: At what granularity (block size) does your technology recognize duplicates? Best Answer: 4 KB blocks Unlike storage for backup, primary storage is characterized by high random access throughput and low latency. To be effective in primary storage, deduplication needs to scale with customers’ performance requirements and to run inline. For high-performance, flash-based storage devices, it must be able to operate at or above the 1M IOPS level when…

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What is….Compression

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This is the third installment in the What is Series.  We’ll publish What is… on a weekly basis to inform, educate and socialize better understanding of data efficiency technology and its business and technology benefits. After reviewing data deduplication let’s turn our attention to compression and discuss how these technologies differ and how they should work together to achieve maximum data reduction.  Like all data reduction techniques compression finds and…

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Tough Challenges Ahead for Pure Storage

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Pure Storage announced its latest round of funding last  week and at this point the investment community has them valued at over $3 Billion USD. What’s more, the key differentiating technology that has the investment community so excited isn’t flash — everyone has flash these days — it’s cost-efficient performance driven by Data Efficiency (deduplication and compression).   In a recent post, Permabit CEO Tom Cook asks the question, “Can Pure build…

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Preventing Performance Bottlenecks with Inline Deduplication

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Implementing high performance in enterprise storage is a constant battle to find and eliminate the next system bottleneck.  Normally this alternates between limits of the underlying media and the computational overhead of metadata management, but choosing the wrong approach to deduplication can introduce a third performance challenge that can be impossible to overcome.  Storage that implements a multi-pass approach to data optimization, such as staged or post-process deduplication, becomes inherently…

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CATEGORIES: Jered Floyd, CTO