The Four Challenges To Backing Up The Virtualized SMB
Virtualization has made its way into the small to medium sized business (SMB). In fact many SMBs have a higher percentage of virtualization than do larger enterprises. But like the larger enterprise they face four challenges when it comes to protecting these environments.
•First, because of their high percentage of virtualization, the shortcomings of legacy data protection applications are harder to overlook.
•Second, the typically thin SMB IT staff needs a product that is easy to learn and operate but also can take care of itself.
•Third, the SMB IT staff can't afford an elaborate disk backup target to deliver disaster recovery capabilities. The SMB virtualized backup product must leverage simple cost effective methods to both curtail on-premise data storage growth and establish an off-site repository.
•Finally the SMB Virtualized Backup solution needs to be within the reach of the typically modest SMB budget.
In this informative seminar Storage Switzerland's Lead Analyst, George Crump and NAKIVO's CEO Bruce Talley will lead an interactive discussion that covers these four data protection challenges facing the virtualized SMB and how to overcome them.
Thursday December 6th at 1PM ET / Noon Central / 10AM PT
RecordedDec 12 201245 mins
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Splunk does an excellent job of managing data, moving data between tiers which it calls buckets. But assigning Splunk to data management tasks takes compute power away from the primary objective — rapid data analysis. In this live webinar Storage Switzerland and Tegile will discuss how the default Splunk architecture works today, what the challenges with that architecture are and how to design a storage architecture for Splunk that is both high performance and cost effective.
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.
Storage Switzerland and HyperGrid recently held a webinar entitled "How and Why to Containerize Your Legacy Applications.”. It is one of our highest attended webinars this year. The number one request from that webinar? "I want to see this thing work!" To answer that request Storage Switzerland and HyperGrid are conducting another webinar where we will review how to containerize legacy applications, provide a couple of specific examples of how customers are using and benefiting from containerized legacy applications and, most importantly, have a live demo showing a legacy application’s transformation into a modern, containerized application.
The key to ending NAS Sprawl is to fix the file system so it can offer cost effective, scalable, high performance storage. In this live webinar Storage Switzerland Lead Analyst George Crump, Quantum VP of Global Marketing Molly Rector, and the Quantum StorNext Solution Marketing Senior Director Dave Frederick discuss the challenges facing the typical scale-out storage environment and what IT professionals should be looking for in solutions to eliminate NAS Sprawl once and for all.
In this webinar learn:
1. What's Causing NAS Sprawl
2. How Vendors are putting bandaids on the problem
3. What to look for in a unifying file system
Google has recently announced expansion of their cloud storage service. It offers similar service levels as Amazon S-3 and Glacier, but with simplified pricing. How viable is their cloud storage product for the average customer? How do their service levels compare to Amazon and Azure service levels? What about pricing? Is it really that different? And what are some example use cases?
Other questions center around applications that support these offerings. If an application supports Amazon, will it be easy for them to support Google? Is there anything about Google cloud storage that makes it easier or harder for service providers to work with them?
In this webinar Storage Switzerland and Caringo, providers of cloud and object storage, will discuss why preservation, distribution and delivery is so critical for M&E IT and also why it is so challenging to deliver. More importantly, we will discuss practical solutions to these challenges so IT departments can lead their organizations to more monetization opportunities.
High Performance or Capacity - Making the Right Choice
The flash market started out monolithically. Flash was a single media type (high performance, high endurance SLC flash). Flash systems also had a single purpose of accelerating the response time of high-end databases. But now there are several flash options. Users can choose between high performance flash or highly dense, medium performance flash systems. At the same time, high capacity hard disk drives are making a case to be the archival storage medium of choice. How does an IT professional choose?
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.
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
Everyone understands disk has become the primary target for backups in the last several years. It’s also safe to say that the main type of disk storage used as a target for backups would be a purpose-built backup appliance that presents itself to the backup application as an NFS or SMB server and then deduplicates any backups stored on it.
But what about object storage? Object storage vendors tout that their systems are less expensive to buy and less expensive to operate than traditional disk arrays and NAS appliances. So, does it make sense to use them for backups? How much is deduplication a factor and is deduplication even available with object storage? What else can object storage bring to the table that traditional disk backup appliances can’t?
The cloud is not a magical place where unicorns and leprechauns live. They are well run data centers that most organizations can leverage is some form or fashion. One of the most appealing use cases for the cloud is as a storage location. There are options available for primary, secondary, archive and backup storage. Cloud storage can also be combined with cloud compute to deliver disaster recovery.
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.
Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) products have significantly grown in popularity in the last few years, leading many vendors to adopt a hyperconverged approach. VMware is adding to its portfolio a series of products that make its product more suitable to hyperconverged environments.
One concern is hyperconverged infrastructures often leave out one of the core services that many IT environments have come to rely on: Shared file services. Since shared file services is not built into most HCI products, it leaves customers with a few choices, each of which come with advantages and disadvantages. Specifically, the customer can choose to provide file services from a VM or purchase a dedicated NAS product to run separate from the HCI environment. There is also the opportunity to integrate the cloud as part of the file services option. There may also be the opportunity to improve or offload the challenges associated with data protection.
Storage Switzerland will host a live webinar featuring lead analyst George Crump and Tegile Systems' VP of Marketing Rob Commins. They will define IOPS, bandwidth and latency and explain how to best develop an end-to-end architecture that delivers the maximum performance possible.
Cloudian CEO, Michael Tso is our guest on this LIVE MeetTheCEO with Storage Switzerland’s George Crump and Charlie Hodges. The team discusses Mr. Tso's background, introduces listeners to Object Storage as the next stage in unstructured data storage and what makes Cloudian's solution different. We will also ask him about his goals for Cloudian and get his predictions for the future of IT. No Registration Required!
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.
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