Should Your Storage Be Virtualized, Software Defined or None of the Above?
Whether you are planning to upgrade your current storage system or getting ready for a complete storage refresh, today's IT planner has more storage choices than ever. A key decision is how you will access critical storage services like volume management, snapshots and replication. Today these storage services can be delivered via storage Virtualization, Software Defined Storage, Server-side storage or traditional shared storage systems (none of the above).
Join Storage Switzerland’s Founder and Lead Analyst, George Crump in this live interactive webinar for a vendor neutral look at these technologies. We will discuss how each of these approaches work, how they are different for each other and how to determine which of these methods of providing data services is best for your organization. We will also cover some the vendors in each category and what their strengths and weaknesses are.
RecordedJun 12 201455 mins
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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
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.
Any organization that takes a moment to study the data on their primary storage system will quickly realize that the majority (as much as 90 percent) of data that is stored on it has not been accessed for months if not years. Moving this data to a secondary tier of storage could free up massive amount of capacity, eliminating a storage upgrade for years. Making this analysis frequently is called data management, and proper management of data can not only reduce costs it can improve data protection, retention and preservation.
Object Storage promises many things - unlimited scalability, both in terms of capacity and file count, low cost but highly redundant capacity and excellent connectivity to legacy NAS. But, despite these promises object storage has not caught on in the enterprise like it has in the cloud. It seems like, for the enterprise object storage just isn’t a good fit. The problem is that most object storage system’s starting capacity is too large. And while connectivity to legacy NAS systems is available, seamless integration is not. Can object storage be sized so that it is a better fit for the enterprise?
Agile IT: it is far easier to say than to implement. But data centers need to make the move to Agile IT so their organizations can survive the digital transformation. At the heart of these efforts are modern DevOps environments that leverage container technology to create applications that are mobile and scale, up or down, as demand requires. The problem is most data centers also have legacy, not containerized, applications that are inflexible and immobile. The combination of a burgeoning DevOps Infrastructure and Legacy Applications is called “bi-modal IT” but it is not ideal.
Join experts from Storage Switzerland and HyperGrid as they discuss new alternatives to bi-modal IT that allow organizations to containerize legacy applications to create a completely agile data center.
Hyperconverged infrastructure products promise to bring the best of virtualization to an easy-to-manage platform. One question is what they do to solve one of the greatest challenges modern IT environments have: DR? Virtualization itself has done wonderful things for DR, but hyperconvergence promises to take things further. Is what VMware and Hyper-V offer good enough? If not, is hyperconverged infrastructure the answer? That’s what W. Curtis Preston, Senior Analyst from Storage Switzerland and Mike Lyon, Service Delivery Manager from Scale Computing will discuss in this live webinar.
Organizations are under constant pressure to improve their ability to recover from a disaster while lowering the cost of the disaster recovery process. Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is catching the attention of many IT professionals as a viable way to improve recovery times, lessen data loss and lower costs. But DRaaS may not be the right answer for every organization.
In this live webinar Storage Switzerland and Carbonite will explain the differences between DRaaS and DIY DR and how to select the best strategy for your organization.
Ransomware is the number one threat to an organization's data. These malware programs infiltrate an organization and encrypt every file they can access. The only way to unencrypt the data is pay a fee to the malware creator. Hence the title ransomware. Studies indicate that malware infected as many as 70 percent of businesses just this year!
The problem is most of the recommended ransomware protection strategies are not able to protect an organization from this type of attack. In this live webinar join experts from Storage Switzerland and Nexsan as we discuss the five reasons you are not as protected from a ransomware attack as you think you are. More importantly learn how to create rock solid protection from any kind of ransomware attack.
Typical disaster recovery plans leverage backup and/or replication to move data out of the primary data center and to a secondary site. Historically, the secondary site is another data center that the organization maintains. But now, companies are looking to the cloud to become a secondary site, leveraging it as a backup target and even a place to start their applications in the event of a failure. The problem with this approach is that it merely simulates a legacy design and presents some significant recovery challenges.
Join Storage Switzerland and ClearSky Data for a live webinar to discuss how organizations might be able to re-invent disaster recovery using the cloud.
VMware, NetApp and even EMC are proponents of using NFS based storage systems to support mission critical workloads like virtual machines, databases and performance sensitive unstructured data. But in comparison to mission critical fibre channel, the tools to monitor and optimize your NFS infrastructure are lacking. In this webinar Storage Switzerland and Virtual Instruments will discuss the five challenges facing IT professionals that depend on NFS-based storage infrastructure for performance-intensive workloads. You will learn how to detect and overcome:
If object storage is the future of unstructured data storage, NFS is clearly the present. Object storage vendors realize this and provide NFS support. The problem is most of these vendors leverage a NFS gateway to act as the bridge. Gateways create their own problems however, diminishing the value of the object storage investment. In this ChalkTalk video watch as Storage Switzerland’s George Crump and Caringo's Jonathan Ring discuss the ideal way to address NFS on Object shortfalls.
Software Defined Storage (SDS) is one of the most hyped terms in the industry. It is supposed to break vendor lock-in, allowing the use hardware from any vendor. Yet most data centers buy their storage hardware and storage software from a single vendor. Why? Mostly because software defined storage is answering the questions that IT professionals aren't asking. Join Storage Switzerland Lead Analyst George Crump as he discusses the three lies of SDS:
1. Software Defined Storage breaks vendor lock-in (no it doesn't)
2. Hardware doesn't matter with Software Defined Storage (yes it does)
3. There is a TRUE Software Defined Storage solution (no, there isn't)
NFS has been the “go to” file system for large data stores but there is a new offering on the horizon...Object Storage. To help ease the transition, many Object Storage vendors have provided a gateway that allows their systems to look like NFS servers. The problem is that most of these implementations are very limiting and often create more problems than they fix. In this webinar Storage Switzerland and Caringo will discuss why object storage systems are the heir apparent to NFS servers and how to make that transition without the typical roadblocks that NFS gateways create.
Ash Ashutosh with Actifio is our guest on this LIVE MeetTheCEO with Storage Switzerland’s George Crump and Charlie Hodges. The team discusses Mr. Ashutosh’s background, introduces listeners to Copy Data Management as the next stage in data protection and what makes Actifio’s solution different. We will also ask him about his goals for Actifio and get his predictions for the future of IT. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Different workloads demand different attributes from their storage. These differences lead some to believe flash storage is only good for certain point use cases like accelerating databases. But the performance of flash systems lead others to claim a single flash system can support all workloads. The truth, as usual, is somewhere in the middle. Join Storage Switzerland and IBM for this live interactive webinar where we bust another flash myth and help you select the right flash for the right workload for the right reasons.
Spectra Logic's Nathan Thompson is our guest on this MeetTheCEO podcast with Storage Swiss’ George Crump and Charlie Hodges. The team will discuss Nathan's new book “Society’s Genome: Genetic Diversity’s Role in Digital Preservation” and how enterprises can overcome the challenge of preserving an organization's knowledge base and evolutionary approaches to safeguarding it forever.
Join us for this live conversation and get your long term data preservation questions answered by our panel of experts.
Most organizations making an investment in NetApp Filers count on the system to store user data and host virtual machine datastores from an environment like VMware. In addition these organizations want their NetApp systems to do more and be the repository for the next wave of unstructured data; data generated by machines. NetApp systems are busting at the seams, so these organizations are trying to decide what to do next.
To help you find out what to do next, join Storage Switzerland and Caringo for our live webinar and learn:
1. What are the modern unstructured data use cases
2. The challenges NetApp faces in addressing its customers’ issues
3. Other solutions; can all-flash or object storage solve these challenges
4. Making the move - how to migrate from NetApp to other systems
5. How to re-purpose, instead of replacing your NetApp
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