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When good enough isn't good enough: all-flash architecture matters

It has been an eventful week in the storage industry with lots of all-flash array (AFA) news - and it hasn't been good for several big vendors.  Over the last couple of years as I've been working with our HP 3PAR team to get my head around AFA, the thing I've heard repeatedly and consistently is that architecture matters. 

 

So I want to do a couple of things in our 3PAR Thursday blog post today - share some of that news that makes it clear that architecture does matter and I have a video from our lead HP 3PAR Software Product Manager Ivan Iannaccone talking about why flash architecture matters with lead analyst from Storage Switzerland George Crump.

 

First, the news

It really is hard to believe some of the news.  First, Cisco announced that they stopped Invicta shipments due to a "scalability issue". Invicta is their all-flash acquisition of Whiptail.  And just yesterday, NetApp announced that they'll start shipping their long awaited AFA, FlashRay, with a single controller.  Chris Mellor from the Register said it best, "It's not ready for prime time, strangely". It's designed from the ground up but is being released with limited scale and one controller.  Architecture matters!

 

Then earlier this week, news broke in a blog by Andrew Dauncey that EMC XtremIO upgrades from 2.4 to 3.0 would be a distruptive software upgrade.  Basically, customers will have to backup their data, the array will be wiped during the upgrade and you'll need to rebuild your array. Wow!  The question customers should be asking EMC is why would you design a product for mission-critical applications that can't support non-disruptive upgrades (NDU). 

Customers Share Their Secrets: Helsingør Kommune

I've had a pretty amazing year with incredible trips to South Africa and Europe. My management has been very accommodating to me traveling as long as I can combine activities. So when the chance to speak at the Denmark VMUG over the summer came up, my manager said yes but combine some other things with the trip.  

 

The city of Helsingør, known as Helsingør Kommune, is an HP 3PAR StoreServ customer and they were willing to do a video with me - so check box for my manager.  We spent a great day in Helsingør and I really enjoyed meeting Brian Hansen and talking to him about his environment.  They are a VMware environment and had recently replaced an HP EVA. As you'll hear Brian talk about, they have a second site for disaster recovery that is still an EVA and will be updated with a 3PAR some time soon.  Brian also discusses their backup environment that is based on Veeam. Here's the video with Brian.

Spotlight on tape storage: LTO with LTFS takes centre stage at IBC2014

By Simon Watkins, WW StoreEver Tape Product Marketing Manager, HP Storage

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The International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) – one of the world’s premier tradeshows for over 50,000 electronic media and entertainment (M&E) professionals – took place in Amsterdam over the last few days. I attended the show and more than ever much of the buzz was about how best to protect and archive digital content, the lifeblood of the media and entertainment industry. Here are some more insights on the opportunity for tape.

 

Labels: LTO| tape

What every cloud service provider needs to know about BaaS

By Srikanth Venkata Seshu, Worldwide Solutions Marketing Manager, BURA, HP Storage

 

 

Cloud.jpgBackup-as-a-Service, sometimes referred to as Backup and Recovery-as-a-Service or simply BaaS, is an emerging business opportunity that appeals to service providers everywhere. And with good reason: analysts cite the global BaaS market as having exceeded half a billion dollars in 2013 and forecast a 21 percent CAGR through 2016. That equates to billions of dollars awaiting service providers who can deliver.

 

 

 

It’s easy to see why: organizations everywhere are struggling with data protection in the face of increased data volume, the growing cost and complexity of the IT infrastructure, and new and changing compliance mandates. They are choosing to move to BaaS because it allows them to head toward an OPEX-based data protection model. It’s no surprise, then, that there is so much competition between cloud service providers over BaaS.

 

 

This BURA Sunday, I want to start a discussion on BaaS, ask some key questions, and then follow up next week with some answers. But first let’s address the basics.

Labels: BaaS| BURA Sunday

Focusing on Backup - with a podcast and video interview

I've had a busy week but want to cap it off by giving you a really good podcast and video that I've done over the last few weeks. And while it's not BURA Sunday, I am on the topic of backup and recovery with the podcast and video.  The podcast is with Rick Vanover from Veeam, so go to the full blog post to get that. 

 

While at Nth Symposium, there was a really good keynote from Richard Tengdin from Nth where he gave some great advice about keeping your backup modernized.  Nth was kind enough to give me a booth in the expo area and I did an interview with Richard there.  Here's the interview.

 

The BURA team here has been doing a great job with their BURA Sunday blog posts so be sure to check out their blogs.  It really is great having a team of people helping with great information on the blog.

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