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.
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The initial design goal of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) was to separate the control plane and the data plane to enable using lower cost networking devices and the edge, while centralizing the control plane to enable greater network programmability. However, when it came to implementation, this approach creates significant operational challenges that has fundamentally inhibited the broad adoption of SDN.
SDN is a game changer, but at the same time SDN has become a confusing topic for IT to get its arms around because of the liberal use of the SDN acronym. A common mistake is to confuse Open Networking and SDN. Open Networking is about using white box switches from a variety of hardware vendors with an independent network operating system to enable the actual network functionality and features.
Register before November 9th and receive an exclusive copy of Storage Switzerland's newest eBook "Virtualizing and Automating the Network - A Guide to White Box Switches, Network Operating Systems and Software-Defined Networking."
Most disaster recovery strategies focus exclusively on the data center but most users use laptops and other endpoints to get their work done. And those endpoints often have unique, business critical data on them. Data center servers and storage as well as endpoint need inclusion into the organization’s disaster recovery plan.
Today disasters like ransomware and other cyber-threats can impact both data center servers and user endpoint. And, both endpoints and data center servers are susceptible to “minor” disasters like hardware failure and software bugs, which at the time seem major to those impacted. Endpoints, unlike servers also face another type of disaster loss or theft.
Register now for our upcoming webinar where experts from Storage Switzerland, Veeam and KeepItSafe discuss how to create a disaster recovery plan that covers all of the organizations digital assets.
IT is facing new challenges in managing unstructured data. Organizations want to store more unstructured data and keep it longer for future analysis. However, the protection and retention methods of traditional backup and archive solutions are not keeping pace with new volumes of unstructured data, nor are they able to meet new business expectations. Given the growth in terms of quantity, total capacity, and criticality of unstructured data, IT needs to fundamentally change how it protects, manages, and leverages unstructured data.
Join Storage Switzerland and Igneous for a live webinar, where we will dive into the results of a recent survey on the impact of unstructured data management and its challenges on organizations. During the webinar, we will discuss best practices that organizations like yours can implement to effectively manage the unstructured data elephant.
Key Webinar Takeaways - The True Value of Unstructured Data - The Challenges Unstructured Data Creates - Best Practices for Protection, Management, and Monetization
Copy Data Management promises to not only improve the data protection process, it promises to provide value to the organization even without a looming disaster. It can reduce storage costs by presenting virtual copies of data to test/dev, analytics and reporting. It also can make sure those copies are refreshed so those use cases are always dealing with the latest copy of data.
Join Storage Switzerland and Hitachi Vantara for our live panel discussion where we will show how copy data management better protects the organization and makes protection more than an insurance policy by adding value to the organization. We’ll show how Copy Data Management can reduce the cost of storage throughout the data center while at the same time improving processes like test/dev, analytics and reporting. Finally we’ll also explain why copy data management solutions may actually be better at protection since they store data in its native form, enabling it to be recovered more quickly.
The webinar will also include a live demo of Hitachi’s Data Instance Director. See Copy Data Management in action!
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) makes specific demands on organizations based in and doing business in the European Union (EU). Now several US states are considering similar legislation and California has already passed a GDPR-like law. Clearly this is not solely an EU problem.
From a data management standpoint, GDPR presents IT with two challenges. First it has to ensure the on-going protection of data which given the growth of unstructured data is increasingly a challenge. The size and number of files is an ongoing data management problem but meeting the specific demands on retention of discrete files within the data set is a bigger problem.
An even bigger challenge comes from the right to be forgotten aspect of these regulations where a user can request the removal of all their data from a backup set. Vendors are working on several potential solutions like delete on restore and isolated recovery zones but each of these creates their own challenges.
In this live webinar, join Storage Switzerland and Aparavi as we dive deep into the impact of GDPR and similar regulations to data management and the data protection process. The time is now to get prepared to meet the ever-increasing demands on data retention and data privacy.
All-Flash Arrays are the model of inefficiency and as flash media increases in density and performance, the cost of this inefficiency becomes more obvious. Enterprise solid-state drives (SSD) deliver 70,000 IOPS per drive but most AFAs need 24 drives or more to achieve 70,000 IOPS. Those same systems also need high-end processors to move IO through them at those speeds. The cost of these systems is hundreds of thousands of dollars when in reality they should cost less than $100,000.
In this webinar we will discuss why their software bottlenecks current all-flash arrays. We will explain how inefficient storage software requires vendors to use more powerful and more expensive CPUs, as well as a greater quantity of flash drives. We'll also explain why technology advancements like NVMe and increasing flash density will only make the situation worse.
Registrants for the webinar will receive a copy of Storage Switzerland's eBook "Why Does Storage Cost So Much - How to Dramatically Lower the Cost of Storage".
Organizations have tried a variety of solutions to regain control of their data storage infrastructure. They’ve invested in monolithic storage systems, software defined storage (SDS) and hyper-converged systems. While each approach may have brought some value, each failed in its primary task: consolidating storage resources. Each of these consolidation efforts is unable to consistently guarantee performance, scale capacity and drive down storage costs.
As a result, most organizations end up buying workload specific solutions for both legacy and modern applications. Most data centers today have a mixture of multiple all-flash storage systems, hyper-converged environments and high capacity data archives. They also have storage software for each use case. IT ends up dealing with a data management nightmare, which limits organizational efficiency and productivity.
Don’t give up! Join Storage Switzerland and Datera to learn how monolithic, software defined and hyper-converged architectures have let IT down and why the problem gets worse as data centers modernize. Attendees will learn how storage solutions need to change in order to eliminate primary storage silos while guaranteeing specific application performance, scaling to meet capacity demands and lower storage TCO.
What comes after Data Center Modernization? The future data center is smart. But what is a smart data center, how do you create a smart data center and why would you want to? We'll answer all of these questions on our live webinar roundtable discussion LIVE from Hitachi NEXT2018. Join us as we talk about solutions that can answer questions like:
•What are the largest cost drivers in my data center?
•How can IT accelerate my time to market?
•How do I optimize costs like power and cooling?
•How can I proactively identify inherent threats and issues?
Many data centers unwittingly have a blind spot in their backup strategy, endpoints like laptops and other devices are left exposed. Most organizations have no formal endpoint data protection strategy even though studies indicate that over 60% of data on endpoints is unique to that device. In most cases, there is no centralized data protection strategy for endpoints.
IT is counting on users to protect their data, but the reality is that the organization needs a centralized endpoint data protection strategy that fixes backup's blind spot.
Join Storage Switzerland and Infrascale for a live webinar to learn how to create an endpoint data protection strategy that leverages the cloud to fix the backup blind spot. The webinar also includes a live demo of the solution, so you can see how efficiently IT can protect endpoints without disrupting end users.
The first Office 365 question is, do organizations need to protect their data stored there? The answer is yes, Office 365 data needs protection. Almost every industry expert recommends that organizations take Office 365 protection into their own hands and even Microsoft makes it clear that data is the organization’s responsibility. The problem is those industry experts and Microsoft don’t answer the next question of HOW to backup Office 365 data.
Register now and learn not only why organizations should back it up but also how they should do it.
In response to the need for Office 365 protection, vendors have flooded the market with solutions but protecting Office 365 is more than just a “checkbox”. Data in Office 365 has value to the organization, is subject to a variety of compliance regulations, and is the target of cyber-attacks.
In our webinar Storage Switzerland, Veeam and KeepItSafe compare the various methods for protecting Office 365.
Many cloud migration and cloud first strategies fail to live up to expectations. The problem is organizations spend too much time on micro issues like product selection and not enough time on big picture items like the cloud strategy's foundation. In our live webinar, Storage Switzerland and SoftNAS will discuss the problems these different cloud projects create, and how to create a foundation for your cloud strategy that guarantees success. All registrants receive a copy of Storage Switzerland's latest eBook "Developing a Holistic Cloud Strategy".
George Crump, Storage Switzerland and Darren Miller, ClearSky
The cloud should be a valuable ally in helping organizations eliminate backup infrastructure and increase their disaster recovery (DR) confidence. The reality is that current cloud backup and DR solutions fall short because they don't fully exploit cloud resources.
Most cloud backup and DR solutions still require on-premises infrastructure and actually increase costs by requiring multiple data protection copies, both on prem and in the cloud.
In this live webinar join Storage Switzerland and ClearSky to learn why current solutions aren't doing enough to eliminate backups or simplify DR and how a complete, hybrid cloud storage service can meet these goals without compromising performance.
In this live webinar join experts from Storage Switzerland and StorOne as we explain how IT can create a storage infrastructure that is more nimble, performs better and is less expensive than cloud storage.
Attend this webinar to learn:
- The Storage Architectures Behind Cloud Storage Tiers
- How Cloud Providers Fake Frictionless Storage Infrastructure
- The Intrinsic Advantages of On-Premises Storage
- How to Enable On-Premises Storage to Beat the Cloud with a True Frictionless Infrastructure
George Crump, Storage Switzerland and Carla Fedrigo, Infrascale
By leveraging the cloud, Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) eliminates many of the costs associated with a DR site, changing it from a capital cost to an operational cost. Does DRaaS sound too good to be true? Can organizations trust the cloud to provide as critical of a function as DR?
In our live webinar, join Storage Switzerland and Infrascale as we recap how DRaaS works and what to look for in a DRaaS provider. You’ll also see an interactive demo to watch Infrascale DRaaS in action.
Many studies indicate that organizations have a shallow confidence level in their ability to recover from a disaster. The disaster recovery plan is often an ad-hoc plan that requires IT to scramble when disaster strikes. If the recovery effort succeeds, it is often well behind schedule and well over budget.
The first step in creating a great disaster recovery plan is creating one that isn't bad at the very least. In this live webinar join Storage Switzerland, Veeam, and KeepItSafe as we discuss how to go from a bad disaster recovery situation to a great disaster recovery plan for better business continuity.
George Crump, Storage Switzerland and W. Curtis Preston, Druva
Backing up VMware successfully has always been a challenge. The introduction of the cloud ever increasing scale of VMware infrastructure continues to give backups fits and makes it even harder.
Please join George Crump, Lead Analyst at Storage Switzerland and our guest speaker W. Curtis Preston, Chief Technical Architect at Druva, for a discussion on the new challenges with VMware backups, and how to address them successfully.
The Top 5 Reasons VMware Backups Still Break
* Lack of Auto-Discovery
* Lack of Full Cloud Support
* Too Much Backup Infrastructure
* Expensive and Complicated Disaster Recovery
* No VMware on AWS Support
Ransomware is the universal threat. No matter an organization's data center location, or its size, it can be devastated by a ransomware attack. While most organizations focus on the periphery, they also need to be prepared for a breach, something that ransomware is particularly adept. In case of a breach, an advanced backup and disaster recovery solution can ensure safe and timely recovery of data without paying ransom.
In this live webinar join experts from Storage Switzerland and Micro Focus as they discuss the impact of ransomware and the core features of a backup solution that can mitigate the associated risks.
The cloud was supposed to be the answer to IT’s backup dilemma; instead, it in some ways has made the situation worse.
Join Storage Switzerland’s Founder and Lead Analyst, George Crump and Microsoft Azure's Principal Group Program Manager of Azure Backup for a roundtable discussion on what’s gone wrong with cloud backup and how to fix it. In this webinar we’ll cover the three problems with cloud backup.
Join experts from Storage Switzerland and Western Digital as we discuss the All-Flash Fix, How to Create a Hybrid Storage Architecture.
In this webinar, you'll learn how to create an architecture that meets the need to deliver high performance, protect the organization from disaster and meet the organization's long-term data retention and privacy needs.
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