Storage for Big Data: Its Way More than JBODs and DAS
Analytics clusters, typified by Hadoop, commonly use just a bunch of disks (JBOD) embedded in cluster nodes to create a storage layer. However, because users now want to run multiple applications within these clusters, this layer has to take on the characteristics of persistent storage where data can be maintained for long time periods. This webinar will review, evaluate and discuss implementations of persistent storage now emerging for Big Data that go well beyond just bunches of disks.
RecordedMar 12 201549 mins
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The term “Software-Defined" sounds like marketing hype but this technology is behind much of current IT systems’ advanced features and functionality - really. And, it didn’t start with software-defined storage. In this webinar Evaluator Group Sr. Analyst, Eric Slack, explains where software-defined came from, how it’s shaping IT infrastructure and what you can expect from this technology.
Internet of Things applications present a complex challenge to the supporting storage infrastructure: large volumes of streaming data that often need to be analyzed in real time.
IoT storage requires performance at scale and at a cost that won’t put projects out of reach. Join this webinar with John Webster, Sr. Analyst and data storage technologies expert, for a look at these requirements in more detail and new ways to prioritize them with today's storage technologies.
Every new or recycled idea that comes along is going to be the ‘only way things are done in the future' according to some. This narrow view has been offered in the area of storing and managing information since modern computing began. The reality is much more messy. Different approaches for handling information are used and in reality, the processing and management of information use mostly unrelated solutions. This BrightTalk session will look at evolving datacenters and how information is handled including the storage technologies employed. There will be different approaches that will be discussed as part of the presentation.
While the public cloud has been extremely nimble for service delivery, private clouds also offer rapid deployment options with the added benefit of greater control. Many ways to get to the private cloud are now available to enterprise IT developers and administrators ranging from do-it-yourself to complete turnkey appliances located on and off premises. In this webinar we outline the deployment models currently available to users and highlight some of the offerings currently available.
The term Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) is making the rounds in the IT world. But while most companies may never actually build an SDDC, it’s important that IT organizations understand what this concept means and what it says about the future of IT infrastructure. In this 30 minute webinar, Evaluator Group Sr. Analyst, Eric Slack will define the software-defined data center concept, give some examples of software-defined products and technologies and discuss what how companies of all sizes can take advantage of this trend.
Hyperconverged infrastructures combine compute and storage components into a modular, scale-out platform that typically includes a hypervisor and some comprehensive management software. The technology is usually sold as self-contained appliance modules running on industry-standard server hardware with internal HDDs and SSDs. This capacity is abstracted and pooled into a shared resource for VMs running on each module or ‘node’ in the cluster. Hyperconverged infrastructures are sold as stand-alone appliances or as software that companies or integrators can use to build their own compute environments for private or hybrid clouds, special project infrastructures or departmental/remote office IT systems.
Understand what hyperconvergence is – and is not
Understand the capabilities this technology can bring
Discussion of where this technology is going
How and where it is being used in the Enterprise
Hyperconverged Infrastructures (HCIs) are popular solutions for a wide range of computing applications in small and medium-sized businesses. Their ease of deployment and operation, plus the ability to consolidate less efficient infrastructures into a comprehensive solution from a single vendor, have made them a good fit in these organizations. However, in the enterprise, companies with over 1000 employees, HCI adoption has been more limited. Certain use cases, such as providing a turnkey infrastructure for an enterprise’s remote and branch offices, are becoming more common. But what other usage scenarios are these larger companies looking at for hyperconverged appliances?
Randy Kerns, Senior Strategist and Analyst, Evaluator Group
The movement away from electro-mechanical devices for primary storage to solid state technology continues. Flash technology has been immensely successful and continues to advance with greater density and less cost. It is also driving changes in the interfaces and protocols for storage from disk-based to memory-based. Additional solid state technology is entering the market and will create a hierarchy of different performance and cost storage. This presentation will discuss some of these changes and their potential impacts.
The cloud concept originated with the dot.com phenomenon in the early 2000s, but was brought to reality by the large web-based and social media companies in the last half dozen years. However, the requirements companies like Google and Amazon had for their clouds were beyond what traditional IT infrastructures could deliver - so they designed their own. These hyper-scale companies used software-defined, scale-out architectures and commodity hardware to build flexible, yet cost effective cloud infrastructures.
Enterprises are moving towards a cloud-based model to deliver IT services. They see the potential of the hyper-scalers’ approach to creating cloud infrastructures but don’t have the resources or expertise to make that do-it-yourself model work. The Open Storage Platform (OSP) provides these companies with a solution that leverages commercial, off-the-shelf components and a “roll your own” approach to building private clouds.
Join Evaluator Group Sr. Analyst, Eric Slack and learn how companies are using the Open Storage Platform to build private clouds. In this informative webinar you will get the information to:
This webinar will focus on how the enterprise perceives and is using cloud computing based on a distillation of survey data. Topics discussed will include private cloud usage and what defines a private cloud in the eyes of the enterprise IT administrator, the growing use of multiple public clouds and how enterprise IT is involved, as well as an exploration of security in the cloud.
Russ Fellows, Senior Partner & Analyst, Evaluator Group
Deploying Solid-State for Virtualized Environments: Use Cases for All Flash, Hybrid and Alternative Storage Implementations
This session dives into common use cases for all-flash and hybrid storage systems for virtualized environments in mid and large enterprises. Russ will focus on actual deployments, allowing listeners an opportunity to learn how to build a solid business case for solid-state, based upon findings from enterprise firms, as well as hands on performance testing with multiple systems in head to head comparisons, providing practical information.
Review the options and architectures that are best suited for server and desktop virtualization
Understanding of when and where to deploy solid-state storage or hybrid to maximize your IT budget and ROI.
Web-based companies figured out a way to make high-capacity storage infrastructures using low-cost, commodity hardware. While this concept makes sense for large ‘hyper-scale’ companies, it’s not easily implemented by traditional IT organizations. The Open Storage Platform (OSP) is a model that the industry is using to define the hyper-scalers’ approach and provide a roadmap for building highly scalable, economical storage environments.
Join the Evaluator Group for this informative webinar to learn about OSP and what it can do for corporate IT. On the webinar we will:
• Discuss the challenges of implementing hyper-scale infrastructures
• Describe the Open Storage Platform and how it addresses these challenges
• Explain how companies can use OSP to deploy their own private clouds
Randy Kerns, Senior Strategist and Analyst, Evaluator Group
At the moment, “Storage Virtualization” and “Software Defined Storage” are marketing-led storage buzzwords—but do they represent technologies that have been around for years?
In this presentation, we will cover:
- The real definitions behind the technologies
- Their relationships to one another
- Product offerings for both areas
- Value delivered by the solutions
Randy Kerns, Senior Strategist and Analyst, Evaluator Group; Mark Pastor, Director, Product and Solution Marketing, Quantum
Data creation, storage costs and data retention requirements are escalating while business users demand instant access to all data all the time. How can companies meet these business requirements while controlling costs? In this webinar we will show you how to build a strategy to meet these critical demands while delivering a strong ROI for your data storage investments.
Randy Kerns, Senior Strategist & Analyst at Evaluator Group
There are many variations and offering of Hyper-Converged systems as more vendors seek to capitalize on successes. This presentation will discuss differentiating elements for Hyper-Converged systems and review the different offerings covered in Evaluator Series Research.
Attendees of this presentation will take away a comprehensive understanding of products on the market and decision criteria to consider when making a purchase.
Russ Fellows, Analyst and Sr. Partner at Evaluator Group
What are Hyper-converged systems and how do they compare to alternatives? We provide an overview of the applications and environments best suited to Hyper-converged products, and discuss aspects of consideration when evaluating products.
The world has expanded beyond just virtual and physical; it includes new and legacy systems encompassing Linux, Windows, SUSE, Solaris, Novell and a myriad of other OS’. Join Russ Fellows, Senior Analyst at Evaluator Group, as he outlines the data protection challenges customers face today and offers strategies for addressing them. Russ will talk about his hands-on testing of systems and then be joined by SEP Software for a live demo of their data protection software.
In this session you will learn how to:
- Protect applications in mixed physical and virtual environments
- Improve performance to meet backup windows without adding infrastructure
- Deliver disaster protection and recovery for Oracle, SAP, SQL, Exchange and other apps
Russ Fellows, Senior Partner and Analyst, Evaluator Group
A pre-selection proof of concept or on-site vendor comparison can be a valuable tool as part of the solid state selection process. However, it is critical to all parties involved that the POC is setup and run correctly and efficiently. In this session, you will learn:
•POC process - How to avoid alienating your CIO or your vendors
•POC Technologies - Choosing the tools, technologies and tests to utilize
•POC Evaluation - Communicating valid and meaningful conclusions from your POC
Randy Kerns, Sr. Strategist & Analyst at Evaluator Group
There is a great deal of information available about solid state storage but what is important for IT professionals to know when making decisions?
In this presentation, we will explain:
•What is important for IT with solid state storage
•Where has solid state been exploited most effectively so far
•Likely deployment options for IT
•Future developments for IT usage
•Economic justifications for solid state in IT
Measuring performance of Solid State requires different approaches, tools and methodologies to accurately model characteristics of the data sets, access patterns, and data streams. The SNIA Solid State Storage System (S4) TWG was created for the purpose of addressing the unique performance behavior of solid state storage systems. Join Leah and Peter as they provide the guidelines that are vendor agnostic and will support all major solid state storage system technologies.
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