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Storage and Server Virtualization Resources

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  • How Viable is Google ColdLine Cloud Storage? How Viable is Google ColdLine Cloud Storage? Curtis Preston, Storage Switzerland Recorded: Dec 8 2016 62 mins
    Google has recently announced expansion of their cloud storage service. It offers similar service levels as Amazon S-3 and Glacier, but with simplified pricing. How viable is their cloud storage product for the average customer? How do their service levels compare to Amazon and Azure service levels? What about pricing? Is it really that different? And what are some example use cases?

    Other questions center around applications that support these offerings. If an application supports Amazon, will it be easy for them to support Google? Is there anything about Google cloud storage that makes it easier or harder for service providers to work with them?
  • Preserve, Distribute and Deliver - M&E's Three Biggest Data Challenges Preserve, Distribute and Deliver - M&E's Three Biggest Data Challenges George Crump, Storage Switzerland Recorded: Dec 1 2016 63 mins
    In this webinar Storage Switzerland and Caringo, providers of cloud and object storage, will discuss why preservation, distribution and delivery is so critical for M&E IT and also why it is so challenging to deliver. More importantly, we will discuss practical solutions to these challenges so IT departments can lead their organizations to more monetization opportunities.
  • The Bifurcation of the Flash Market The Bifurcation of the Flash Market George Crump, Storage Switzerland Recorded: Nov 30 2016 62 mins
    High Performance or Capacity - Making the Right Choice

    The flash market started out monolithically. Flash was a single media type (high performance, high endurance SLC flash). Flash systems also had a single purpose of accelerating the response time of high-end databases. But now there are several flash options. Users can choose between high performance flash or highly dense, medium performance flash systems. At the same time, high capacity hard disk drives are making a case to be the archival storage medium of choice. How does an IT professional choose?
  • Pros and Cons of Cloud Backup Pros and Cons of Cloud Backup Curtis Preston, Storage Switzerland Recorded: Nov 17 2016 43 mins
    Before we had what we now call the cloud, there were services we now call cloud backup services that had been backing up other people’s data over the Internet for several years. Technology has come a long way and many more people are now considering backing up their data to the cloud, and they find themselves asking a number of questions.

    Just how much data can you backup to the cloud? How does a cloud backup vendor handle large restores? Will it take weeks to restore my data? What about security? Does it make financial sense to backup to the cloud, or is it just en vogue to do so? Could I actually save money by backing up to the cloud.
  • Modern Storage Infrastructures for Modernized Data Centers Modern Storage Infrastructures for Modernized Data Centers George Crump, Storage Switzerland Recorded: Nov 17 2016 61 mins
    Join Storage Switzerland, Micron and Nexenta for our live webinar "Modern Storage Infrastructures for Modernized Data Centers". We will discuss:

    * How organizations are leveraging OpenStack, Docker, Splunk and Hadoop to make data centers more agile and competitive
    * How default storage architectures limit the potential of modern applications
    * How storage needs to change to deliver performance, scaleability and flexibility
    * How a modern storage architecture can propel modern applications into new use cases
  • Does Object Storage Make Sense for Backups? Does Object Storage Make Sense for Backups? Curtis Preston, Storage Switzerland Recorded: Nov 17 2016 61 mins
    Everyone understands disk has become the primary target for backups in the last several years. It’s also safe to say that the main type of disk storage used as a target for backups would be a purpose-built backup appliance that presents itself to the backup application as an NFS or SMB server and then deduplicates any backups stored on it.

    But what about object storage? Object storage vendors tout that their systems are less expensive to buy and less expensive to operate than traditional disk arrays and NAS appliances. So, does it make sense to use them for backups? How much is deduplication a factor and is deduplication even available with object storage? What else can object storage bring to the table that traditional disk backup appliances can’t?
  • Other People's Storage - What Can You Really Store in the Cloud? Other People's Storage - What Can You Really Store in the Cloud? George Crump, Founder Storage Switzerland Recorded: Nov 16 2016 43 mins
    The cloud is not a magical place where unicorns and leprechauns live. They are well run data centers that most organizations can leverage is some form or fashion. One of the most appealing use cases for the cloud is as a storage location. There are options available for primary, secondary, archive and backup storage. Cloud storage can also be combined with cloud compute to deliver disaster recovery.
  • Performance vs. Cost - Solving The HPC Storage Tug-of-War Performance vs. Cost - Solving The HPC Storage Tug-of-War George Crump, Storage Switzerland Recorded: Nov 10 2016 52 mins
    The HPC storage performance tier is well defined: scale-out solid state storage systems. But the capacity tier is up for debate. Should you use a high end NAS file system or make the switch to object storage? More importantly: How do you move data from the performance tier to the capacity tier without placing additional burden on already overworked IT personnel?

    We will answer these questions and provide designs that solve the HPC storage-tug-of-war in our webinar with Caringo. Join us as experts on HPC, NAS and Object Storage discuss the HPC storage challenge, debate the potential solutions and provide you guidance on how to create the right architecture.
  • Do Hyperconverged Systems Need File Services? Do Hyperconverged Systems Need File Services? George Crump, Storage Switzerland Recorded: Nov 9 2016 60 mins
    Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) products have significantly grown in popularity in the last few years, leading many vendors to adopt a hyperconverged approach. VMware is adding to its portfolio a series of products that make its product more suitable to hyperconverged environments.

    One concern is hyperconverged infrastructures often leave out one of the core services that many IT environments have come to rely on: Shared file services. Since shared file services is not built into most HCI products, it leaves customers with a few choices, each of which come with advantages and disadvantages. Specifically, the customer can choose to provide file services from a VM or purchase a dedicated NAS product to run separate from the HCI environment. There is also the opportunity to integrate the cloud as part of the file services option. There may also be the opportunity to improve or offload the challenges associated with data protection.
  • Understanding IOPS, Bandwidth and Latency Understanding IOPS, Bandwidth and Latency George Crump, Storage Switzerland Recorded: Nov 8 2016 60 mins
    Storage Switzerland will host a live webinar featuring lead analyst George Crump and Tegile Systems' VP of Marketing Rob Commins. They will define IOPS, bandwidth and latency and explain how to best develop an end-to-end architecture that delivers the maximum performance possible.