What's Next in Storage for Managed Service Providers?
The cloud has brought both risk and reward to MSPs. In today’s hybrid cloud world, MSPs must deliver consumption-based, private and public cloud offerings to their clients. This includes offering primary storage, offsite backup and DR that is high-performance, scalable and secure. Outsourcing primary storage along with backup and DR enables an MSP’s customers to reduce their on-premises footprint software licenses, connectivity and the problems that come with it. It also sets up the MSP to offer hybrid services like DR as a Service and the new opportunity of copy data management - stop making copies.
RecordedJun 28 201760 mins
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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 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.
George Crump, Storage Switzerland and W. Curtis Preston, Druva
Ransomware, when it infiltrates an organization, causes most of its damage to user endpoints (laptops, tablets, and smartphones). Endpoints typically make up more than 60% of impacted data. The problem is those endpoints are often the most exposed because they are the least likely to be consistently protected. Those endpoints have an increasing amount of unique data on them that is not adequately backed up. Ransomware is just part of the problem, user error and malicious insiders account for a considerable amount of data loss.
External and internal threats to data combined with the increasing amount of unprotected unique data on endpoints mean that organizations need to reconsider their endpoint data protection strategy. The problem is that in many organizations, endpoint data protection is an ad-hoc process and is not adequately defined by IT. The reason? Most endpoint backup solutions start as consumer solutions and treat the enterprise as an afterthought. IT needs a solution that is designed from the ground up to provide enterprise-class endpoint data protection.
Join George Crump, Lead Analyst at Storage Switzerland, and W. Curtis Preston (a.k.a. Mr. Backup), Chief Technical Architect at Druva for a live webinar to learn the latest strategies for protecting your organization from a Ransomware Attack.
The number of applications in organization’s data centers is growing rapidly. No longer does IT need to worry about a few mission and business critical applications, it needs to worry about dozens. While all these applications are important to the organization, some are more critical than others.
Establishing service levels greatly improves the organization's ability to meet application recovery expectations. Selecting a service level driven backup application enables IT to manage to those service levels instead of managing jobs. The problem is most backup applications provide little help in enabling IT to maintain service level consistency.
By attending this webinar you’ll learn how to:
* Implement service levels like RPO and RTO throughout the data center
* Establish NEW service levels for copy management and recovered performance
* Fix the disconnect between service levels and data protection applications
Open networking offers the ability to break free of vendor lock-in and achieve white box economics. SDN promises automation, reduced OpEx and increased agility. However, the open networking and SDN landscape can be confusing, and migrating away from legacy infrastructure can seem fraught with peril. Is the journey worth it?
Join Storage Switzerland and Pluribus Networks where we will answer the following questions:
• What are the benefits of open networking and SDN in the data center?
• How can I safely migrate to a disaggregated white box architecture when I have incumbent vendors deployed throughout my network?
• How do I deploy SDN in my data center and do I need a full hardware refresh to do it?
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.
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