SoftNAS’ Rick Braddy is our guest on the latest MeetTheCEO podcast with Storage Swiss’ George Crump and Charlie Hodges. Rick is the CEO and CTO and we will discuss his plans for the leading provider of software-defined NAS solutions into the future. Join us to learn about SoftNAS and Rick. No registration required.
RecordedJun 15 201637 mins
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Backup software is continuously improving. Solutions like Veeam Backup and Replication deliver instant recoveries, enabling virtual machine volumes to instantiate directly on the backup device, without having to wait for data to transfer back to primary storage. These solutions can also move older backups to higher capacity, lower cost object storage or cloud storage systems. To deliver meaningful performance during instant recovery without exceeding the backup storage budget requires IT to re-think its backup storage architecture.
Modern backup processes need high performance, low capacity systems to deliver high-performance instant recovery, as well as high-capacity, modest performance systems to store backup data long term and software to manage data placement for the most appropriate recovery performance while not breaking the budget.
Reducing or a least slowing the growth of storage costs is a top priority facing IT organizations in 2019. In this live webinar with Storage Switzerland and SolarWinds, you will learn the three steps IT professionals can take to lower storage costs WITHOUT buying more storage (the typical vendor answer). The biggest challenges are that IT professionals don't arm themselves with the tools they need to be successful, take the next step in their career path and of course, save their company money.
Join us for our live interactive webinar and learn:
1. How to Eliminate/Resolve Storage Problems - Not Throw Hardware at the Problem
2. Plan and be prepared for capacity growth and performance demands
3. How to manage multiple vendor's storage systems without replacing them
Most storage consolidation strategies fail because they attempt to consolidate to a single piece of storage hardware. To successfully consolidate storage, IT professionals need to look at consolidation strategies that worked. Server consolidation was VMware’s first use case. It was successful because instead of consolidating hardware, VMware consolidated the environment under a single hypervisor (ESXi) and console (vCenter) but still provided organizations with hardware flexibility. A successful storage consolidation strategy needs to follow a similar formula by providing a single software solution that controls a variety of storage hardware, but that software also has to extract maximum performance and value from each hardware platform on which it sits.
Join Storage Switzerland and StorOne in which we discuss how to design a storage consolidation strategy for today, the future and the cloud.
In this webinar learn:
- The problems with a fragmented approach to storage
- Why storage fragmentation promises to get worse because of AI, ML, and the Cloud
- Why consolidating to a single storage system won’t work
- Why hyperconverged architectures fall short
- Why Software Defined Storage falls short
- Why the organization needs a Storage Hypervisor
NVMe storage systems and NVMe networks promise to reduce latency further and increase performance beyond what SAS based flash systems and current networking technology can deliver. To take advantage of that performance gain however, the data center must have workloads that can take advantage of all the latency reduction and performance improvements that NVMe offers. Vendors emphatically state that NVMe is the next must-have technology, yet many still continue to provide SAS based arrays using traditional networks.
How do IT planners know then, that investing in NVMe will truly provide their organizations the benefits of NVMe for their demanding applications and see a measurable return on investment? Just creating a test environment to perform an NVMe evaluation can break the IT budget!
Register now to join Storage Switzerland, Virtual Instruments, and SANBlaze as we look at the state of the data center and provide IT planners with the information they need to decide if NVMe is an investment they should make now or if they should wait a year or more. The key is determining which applications can benefit from NVMe-based approaches.
In this live event, IT professionals will learn
- About NVMe, NVMe Storage Systems and NVMe over Fabric Networking
- The Performance Potential of NVMe Storage and Networks
- What attributes are needed for a workload to take advantage of NVMe
- Why NVMe creates problems for current IT testing strategies
- Why a Workload Simulation approach is the only practical way to test NVMe
- How to build a storage performance validation practice
George Crump, Storage Switzerland and W. Curtis Preston, Druva
If you think the cloud provides enough protection for your critical data, you’re putting that data at risk. You can’t assume data is protected because it’s “in the cloud” -- you need to ensure all of the data in your critical applications, including Office 365 and Salesforce.com, get the protection they deserve.
Join George Crump, Founder, and Lead Analyst at Storage Switzerland, and W. Curtis Preston (a.k.a. Mr. Backup), Chief Technologist at Druva, where they will discuss:
- What level of protection do cloud services provide?
- Is the provided level of protection enough for the enterprise?
- What does the enterprise need to add to achieve complete protection?
Register Now and get Storage Switzerland’s latest eBook “Protecting the Organization From Its Endpoints.”
Most data centers still use a legacy DR strategy of replicating or even physically transporting backups to a dedicated disaster recovery (DR) site, or a secondary site owned by the organization. Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) delivers a compelling alternative to traditional DR, return on investment (ROI). It eliminates the costs associated with a dedicated disaster recovery site like paying for and equipping the site. Organizations though are hesitant to transition to DRaaS following the “if it ain’t broke, don't fix it” philosophy.
In this live 15 minute webinar join Storage Switzerland, Veeam and KeepItSafe to learn how to transition from a legacy DR strategy to DRaaS without risking data protection downtime.
In 15 minutes, we cover the areas critical to success:
1. DRaaS Software selection
2. Cloud Provider selection
3. Creating and executing a transition plan
George Crump, Storage Switzerland and W. Curtis Preston, Druva
Managing and protecting critical data across servers and applications in multiple locations around the globe is challenging. And the more decentralized and complex your infrastructure, the more difficult it is to manage your data. The potential bad news? Data loss, site outages, revenue loss, and potential non-compliance with regulations.
But here’s the good news: centralizing data protection in the cloud can make all the difference. That’s why you should join our webinar and hear from storage expert, George Crump, from Storage Switzerland and Druva’s W. Curtis Preston, Chief Technologist, as they discuss:
• Why protecting a distributed data center is challenging with traditional methods
• How a cloud-centralized backup strategy can be a game changer for your organization
• How Druva can help you drastically improve data protection quality, reduce costs, and simplify global management and configuration?
Software Defined Data Centers (SDDC) leverage intelligent software to manage commodity hardware to create a flexible data center that meets performance and capacity requirements while simplifying operations and reducing overall data center costs. While the vision of SDDC sounds ideal for organizations, its execution is less than ideal. Storage remains a significant roadblock for organizations looking for a software-defined future.
Join Storage Switzerland and Datera for another episode in our 15-minute webinar series, “Will the Software Defined Data Center Ever Happen,” to learn the concept behind SDDC, why it has stumbled out of the gate and what IT Professionals should be demanding from SDDC vendors to deliver the SDDC promise.
NVMe enables storage system vendors to once again raise expectations on the performance capabilities of all-flash arrays. NVMe provides a higher command count, greater queue depth and leverages the PCIe interface to deliver a significant increase in IOPS potential with a corresponding reduction in latency. NVMe though, brings with it some confusion about who can best benefit from the technology and what are the right steps to implementing it.
Watch the webinar and get answers to these questions:
- Can “regular” data centers benefit from NVMe or just companies specializing in AI?
- Does NVMe have to be end-to-end for data centers to benefit?
- Do features such as deduplication and compression impact performance?
- Does NVMe Flash mean that SAS Flash is no longer relevant?
Most organization’s use of public cloud storage resources is the hybrid use case. A hybrid cloud strategy enables organizations to leverage the location and resources that make the most sense for the given workload. A hybrid cloud strategy though requires a free-flow of information between on-premises and cloud storage. The problem is that most of the information exchange is metadata, not actual data and most cloud solutions don’t specifically address metadata acceleration.
- A clear understanding of why lack of metadata management breaks hybrid cloud
- Why most cloud solutions don’t solve the metadata problem
- How to finally fix the hybrid cloud meta problem and create the ideal hybrid cloud infrastructure
When most vendors talk about solving an organization’s storage problems, they typically are talking about solving their challenges in one of three categories: the data center, the edge or the cloud. The reality is that even within these three categories, most vendors only solve one of several problems: primary storage, secondary storage, archive storage or backup storage. IT needs a solution that can address not only all the categories of storage but also the types of storage within them.
Join Storage Switzerland and ClearSky to learn:
- The storage and data protection demand on the data center, the edge, and the cloud
- Why traditional data center, edge and cloud storage and data protection solutions fall short
- How to design an architecture that integrates data center, edge and cloud storage architectures and solves the storage and data protection problem
Hyperconverged Infrastructure is supposed to simplify the data center by creating an environment that automatically scales as new applications and workloads are added to it. The problem is that the current generation of HCI solutions can only address specific use cases like virtual desktops or tier 2 applications. First generation HCI solutions don’t have the per node power to accommodate enterprise workloads and tier 1 applications. The organization needs a next generation HCI solution, HCI 2.0, that can address HCI 1.0 shortcomings and fulfill the original promises of HCI; Lower costs, faster innovation, simpler scale, single vendor and unified management. The combination enables HCI 2.0 to handle a variety of storage intensive workloads.
Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is potentially one of the best use cases for cloud resources. DR sites owned by the organization are expensive to set up and maintain as well as challenging to get to when a disaster strikes. DRaaS resolves these issues by creating an on-demand DR site where the cloud delivers IT resources as they are needed. IT planners though, may overlook some aspects of DRaaS solutions, especially when using the large public cloud providers.
In this webinar join Storage Switzerland, Veeam and KeepItSafe where we leverage a panel of backup and recovery veterans to identify common oversights seen in organizations’ DRaaS strategies and how to address them.
Join Storage Switzerland and Igneous for another Fifteen Minute Friday: Storage Tips for the Weekend. Most organizations are not satisfied with their ability to backup, recovery and correctly retain unstructured data. The combination of unprecedented growth and increased scrutiny caused by regulations like GDPR and CCPA is pushing organizations to the brink. It's time to stop the madness!
By joining this short webinar, you’ll learn tips to overcome:
- The Unstructured Data Backup Challenge
- The Archive Challenge
- The Data Privacy / Data Retention Challenge
Attendees to the webinar will also receive a copy of Storage Switzerland’s latest white paper “How to Evolve from Unstructured Data Protection to Unstructured Data Management.”
Consumption based IT is a curated set of IT solutions that focus on business outcomes. As the name implies it is purchased on a pay-as-you-go model. The goal of consumption based IT is to simplify establishing IT infrastructure that incorporates both the on-premises data center and the cloud to support a wide variety of workloads including traditional transactional databases, big data analytics, containers and many others.
A key aspect of consumption based IT is how the data created by these workloads will be protected. In fact, the right consumption based IT solution should curate end-to-end backup directly into the solution.
In our live webinar join Storage Switzerland, Veeam, and HPE to learn about consumption based IT, what to look for in a consumption based solution, how data protection can protect the solution and how data protection can be offered as a consumption based solution protecting both legacy and new architectures.
Join Storage Switzerland and SolarWinds for our Friday Flash webinar. In 15 minutes our panel of experts provide you the information you need so you can better deal with storage sprawl in your data center. Storage Switzerland finds that most organizations have five to six different storage systems and three or four different vendors within their storage infrastructure. These diverse storage architectures can be expensive and time consuming if not correctly managed.
In 15 Minutes learn:
- What is causing storage sprawl
- How to stop storage sprawl
- Is storage consolidation the right objective
- How to manage a diverse storage infrastructure
Join Storage Switzerland and Aparavi for our live PodCast dealing with data privacy regulations like the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and California’s Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). The regulations potentially force organizations of all sizes to rethink how they protect, retain and remove data.
During the PodCast we cover:
- The aspects of the GDPR and CCPA regulations that should concern IT
- The challenges the regulations create for current data protection retention applications
- How organizations need to change policies and products to address the regulations
- Answers to live audience questions about data privacy, GDPR, and CCPA
All attendees to the live event receive a free copy of Storage Switzerland’s latest eBook “GDPR IS FOR EVERYONE - Designing a Data Privacy Infrastructure”.
The flash optimized NVMe protocol has been on the market for over a year and the technology is available in several forms. NVMe, both storage and networking (NVMe over Fabrics) is more expensive than the typical SAS based solution and not all applications or environments can take advantage of the performance NVMe promises. At the same time there are workloads like artificial intelligence, machine learning and high velocity analytics that need all the performance that NVMe can offer and some organizations are buying NVMe solutions just for those workloads.
Most data centers already have too many storage systems to manage, and adding another silo just for extreme performance workloads may make the problem even worse. IT needs a strategy to not only correctly integrate NVMe into the data center but to do so in a way that doesn’t further fragment the architecture. In fact, with the right strategy, IT can use the NVMe system as a point of storage consolidation.
In this live webinar join experts from Storage Switzerland and Western Digital for an interactive webinar the will help you develop an NVMe strategy that makes the most sense for your organization.
Managing data is about more than managing capacity growth; organizations today need to adhere to increasingly strict data privacy, compliance and governance regulations. Privacy regulations like GDPR and California’s Consumer Privacy Act place new expectations on organizations that require them to not only protect data but also organize it so it can be found and deleted on request. Traditional backup and archive are ill-equipped to help organization adhere to these new regulations.
In this live webinar join Storage Switzerland and Hitachi Vantara for a roundtable discussion on the meaning of these various regulations, the impact of them on traditional storage infrastructures and how to design a storage architecture that can meet today’s regulations as well as tomorrows.
Join Storage Switzerland, Caringo, Cloudian and Scality, for a live roundtable discussion on Object Storage. Learn what you need to know to develop a strategy for object storage. Our panel of experts will discuss what object storage is, what is better/different about object storage than other types of storage and what are the use cases enterprises should consider.
Our Object Storage Panel will provide specific details on how to get started with object storage, what use cases pay the most immediate return on the investment and where object storage fits in an organization's overall storage strategy. The panel will also discuss what is coming next in object storage. Each expert will also give a brief overview of their company's object storage solution. We will close out the roundtable by taking questions from our live audience.
By attending one webinar, you’ll learn everything you need to know about object storage, provide actionable information in developing an object storage strategy and hear from three top vendors about how their products will fit into those plans.
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