VMworld goes way beyond virtualization – becoming next big storage expo

Wow, just when you think that VMworld couldn’t get any bigger and more impressive—it did! This truly is the “show-of-all-shows” for the IT industry and has even morphed into “the defacto” storage convention as well. I don’t believe that there wasn’t a single storage vendor (big or small) that wasn’t somehow present at the show. And, as usual, this is the show to make your company’s big announcements—probably the most interesting was Pure Storage’s $150M E-Round and an announcement that they will be pursuing an IPO strategy.

How to Beat Backup Déjà vu with a Protected Active Archive

Week after week, file after file, IT administrators have a never-ending list of data protection challenges: ever-shrinking backup windows, ensuring DR resiliency, and meeting important service-level agreements (SLAs), to name a few. In fact, the explosion of data across the digital universe causes 93 percent of IT pros to struggle with corporate data control. And the amount of business data requiring long-term protection is not slowing down anytime soon. While businesses can benefit from new insights based on big data analysis, the massive data volumes created by advanced technology and applications put significant strain on backup and storage resources.

Save 90% on Storage Acquisition Costs by Archiving

There are a number of significant advantages of using an active archive, but without a cost advantage an active archive might not be considered. The status quo is difficult to change. A number of active archive companies and analysts (such as Clipper Group) have recently analyzed the cost savings associated with implementing an active archive, and the savings are considerable.

What is ENTERPRISE for Active Archiving?

The term “enterprise” has a variety of meanings in the business world.  In IT, enterprise products often   include a comprehensive solution that is depended on across all business operations and used by a large number of people. Why would a company need an enterprise solution? Here are a few reasons:

-          Different organizational units working on projects for a common business goal

-          Various departments need access to the same business data

-          The business and IT strategies encompass multiple geographic locations

-          The organization’s business offering is used by a wide variety of clients

PACS VNA or Storage VNA?

Healthcare organizations are often encouraged to implement a VNA (Vendor Neutral Archive) as an enterprise repository for their medical imaging data. The idea is simple; migrate DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) imaging data archived in departmental PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications System) applications into a PACS VNA. The belief is that a VNA will greatly reduce data migration efforts when a PACS solution is refreshed while providing a single point of DICOM access to consolidated data.

Beat the Heat!

As summer approaches with temperatures already reaching into the 90s here in the Northeast, I wonder what the forecast holds for the summer of 2013. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the summer of 2012 was exceptionally hot in many regions and 2013 is expected to be just as bad with hotter than expected temperatures. I guess we will have to deal with higher electric bills to run the AC in our homes; that will hurt! Not to mention our data centers, we will no doubt be straining the electrical grid and our IT budgets keeping all that spinning disk from overheating.

Introducing ForeverNAS

It is no secret that NAS solutions dominate the unified attached storage market (Gartner estimates they account for 66% of attached storage sales) and the future looks bright. Much of the success can be attributed to three key features:  1) NAS provides a simple CIFS/NFS interface, 2) it uses a scale out architecture and 3) it is easy to network.

Active Archiving Scales to Meet the Needs of HPC

High Performance Computing (HPC) is the use of parallel processing to run high performance applications. Historically, in the domain of large academic labs and government agencies, there is a commercial trend toward HPC applications that is fueling growth into businesses of all sizes. Traditional storage solutions are becoming too costly for today’s exploding data volumes and they do not scale to meet the demands of HPC. Today’s HPC systems and applications require high I/O bandwidth, high capacity, low latency, shared access and data protection while containing storage costs.

Quantum, Active Archive Alliance and YouTube?


Earlier this month, I was at the NAB show in Las Vegas listening to all the stories of how the folks store their content. I was at the show both as a representative of Quantum and as a member of the Active Archive Alliance, and both roles help me stay current with how companies are addressing their archive storage needs, including some surprising tidbits.

Business Performance Metrics for Active Archive


I like your Active Archive – Can I have one?

You know you’ve started a good technology trend when every department in your company wants to hop on board. Over the past two years, active archiving has become an essential concept for the fast-paced enterprises of today. For example, a major government organization recently deployed an active archive solution in its central data center. Three months later, they’re deploying the same solution across datacenters in the U.S. Why? Because accessible, protected archives are in high-demand for today’s rapidly growing data volumes. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at system performance metrics to keep in mind when evaluating active archives, because once you’ve deployed an active archive solution, you’ll find it may be used in more ways and by more people than you had originally planned.