In the cover story this month,
Lee Cleveland, Distinguished Engineer, Power Systems direct attach
storage, and Andy Walls, Distinguished Engineer, chief hardware
architect for DS8000 and solid-state drives (SSDs), sat down to talk
about all of the new storage technologies IBM has been releasing lately.
What I didn’t have room for in the article was a nice summary of the
technologies that can help you improve access, manage growth, protect
data, reduce costs or reduce complexity. Whatever your goals, IBM has an
integrated storage option for every organization.
Here are the quick highlights of the latest storage announcements:
IBM Storwize V7000
New advanced software functions
New easy-to-use, Web-based GUI
RAID and enclosure RAS services and diagnostics
Additional host, controller and ISV interoperability
Integration with IBM Systems Director
Enhancements to Tivoli Storage Productivity Center (TPC), FlashCopy Manager (FCM) and Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) support
Proven IBM software functionalities
Easy Tier (dynamic HDD/SSD management)
RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10
Storage virtualization (local and external disks)
Non-disruptive data migration
Global and Metro Mirror
FlashCopy up to 256 copies of each volume
IBM Storwize Rapid Application Storage Solution
Runs on: AIX 7.1-5.3, IBM i 7.1-6.1 (with VIOS), Red Hat and SUSE Linux, z/VSE, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X
ProtecTier deduplication offers 25-to-1 reduction and online backup
In June, IBM debuted ProtecTIER* deduplication solutions
for AIX* and IBM i. ProtecTIER offers solutions to those who can’t
complete backup operations in a given window, have difficulty protecting
rapidly growing amounts of data or find their current backup
With data amounts growing, deduplication is becoming a vital part of
data management, backup and recovery. “One of the reasons ProtecTIER is
so crucial is because of the crazy growth the world is experiencing as
it moves to an all-digital environment,” says Victor Nemechek,
ProtecTIER deduplication offering manager at IBM. “Customers are finding
their data often doubles or more every year and their current backup
systems make it difficult to capture that data, protect it and restore
it when they need to.”
For backups many companies use tapes that load data quickly, but
present retrieval problems. These challenges—along with reliability
problems—sent customers to disk where data was more accessible, but also
expensive. Companies used disk for small portions of their most
critical data, and kept their other data on tape. “Even with disk for
critical data, backup is still an issue because you have a primary disk
that you store your data on and you have to have that much disk to back
up to, basically doubling your disk needs, and that can be very
expensive,” Nemechek says.
“Deduplication can squeeze 25 terabytes of data down to only
1 terabyte of physical disk, so customers can have the speed and
reliability of disk but without that one-to-one cost.” —Victor Nemechek,
ProtecTIER deduplication offering manager, IBM
Systems combining block and file storage maximize benefits of server
The data center of the future
looks an awful lot like data centers of the past in one important respect:
storage demands. While the trend toward server virtualization and consolidation
is transforming the way data centers are being designed, built and managed,
rampant data growth continues to be a limiting factor.
In its annual “Digital
Universe” study, EMC projects a nearly 45-fold annual data growth by 2020. Data
growth was cited as the No. 1 data center hardware infrastructure challenge in a
recent Gartner survey of representatives from 1,004 large enterprises in eight
“While all the top data center
hardware infrastructure challenges impact cost to some degree, data growth is
particularly associated with increased costs relative to hardware, software,
associated maintenance, administration and services,” said April Adams, research
director at Gartner. “Given that cost containment remains a key focus for most
organizations, positioning technologies to show that they are tightly linked to
cost containment, in addition to their other benefits, is a promising
In order to drive down costs
and reduce operational complexity, organizations virtualizing their data centers
and beginning the journey to the cloud require a storage infrastructure that is
both simple and efficient. Unified storage delivers on both counts.
Unified storage is the
combination of block- and file-based storage in the same system with common
management. These multiprotocol systems can be attached to servers via IP and/or
The Road to
Unified storage is an evolving
technology, but not a new technology. A variety of vendors have taken stabs at
providing block- and file-oriented storage in a single box since the late 1990s.
Some of the earliest attempts involved simply putting two machines together in a
single enclosure and then creating a GUI to handle management of both.
Next came NAS gateways, which
used a NAS box as an entry to SAN storage. In this setup, a NAS box provides
file-based access to applications via a LAN port, and then stores the data on a
block-oriented storage array that can be accessed across the SAN. While this
approach accommodates both block and file protocols, it has some disadvantages.
One of the major problems is that data must be transferred twice — once across
the NAS Ethernet connection and again across the Fibre Channel or IP SAN — which
adds to I/O latency. Another issue is that the management of NAS gateways
continues to be separate from the management of SAN arrays.
More recent unified storage
platforms leverage virtualization technology to offer a much deeper integration
of file- and block-based storage. A file system performs I/O to disk blocks
using a common virtualized disk-volume engine. Virtualization allows
administrators to create a seamless pool of unified storage and enables
transparent data movement for tiered storage.
While NetApp introduced unified
storage to the market several years ago, it is now available from most storage
vendors. Many of these solutions include features such as data replication,
incremental snapshots and remote mirroring that contribute to robust business
Aligning Storage with
IT organizations face growing
pressure to transform the data center to meet increasing demands for wider
access to information, transactions and services. To a great degree, this means
creating a technology infrastructure composed of virtualized computing and
networking. By breaking the relationship between applications and the IT systems
on which they run, virtualization frees system administrators from providing
specific hardware with static configurations.
However, many organizations
have found that the benefits of virtualization are offset by increased storage
complexity and expense. For example, the creation of hundreds or even thousands
of virtual server image files often leads to massive storage waste. Because each
of these images is typically many gigabytes in size, the total storage required
in virtual environments can be 30 percent more than in an equivalent physical
environment. As a result, virtual machine sprawl increases operational overhead
and compromises storage utilization efficiency and overall business agility.
Unified storage improves
utilization by allowing organizations to consolidate and virtualize storage
across storage protocols, environments and mixed storage platforms. Combinations
of block storage (Fibre Channel or iSCSI) and file storage (NAS systems with
CIFS or NFS) can be managed via a common set of features such as snapshots, thin
provisioning, tiered provisioning, replication, synchronous mirroring and data
migration — all from a single user interface. This shift toward a shared
infrastructure enables organizations to achieve storage utilization rates of 85
percent or more, compared to the sub-50-percent rates in standalone storage
“IT managers are looking for
storage solutions that not only deliver immediate value, but also enable
flexibility and growth over time, so that storage can adapt to changes in an
organization's applications, user needs or business demands,” said Mark Peters,
senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. “Storage solutions that are both
virtualized and unified are ideal to address the needs for both storage
flexibility and data growth.”
by Steve Kenniston Alright, landed safe in Prague and was picked up by one of my
colleagues and whisked away to the IBM office. There we did an
interview with Czech writer Martin Noska from Computerworld for IDG in
Czech Republic. The first Noska informed me was that IBM is the number
one in storage sales in Czech Republic (just like Poland!). He also had
some very good questions and he with “What are IBM’s biggest challenges
in the storage business”? I had thought about this for a while and I
would have to say it is really about marketing our storage “solutions”
to the customer base. IBM is a double edge sword. IBM is so big and
has so many products it becomes difficult to market or message all of
our products without inundating all of our customers and confusing
them. If you think about it, IBM has hundreds of thousands of customers
and business partners, if not more. This is one of our strengths.
When customers have needs or requirements we have very good input into
our product portfolio, perhaps the best in the business. Combine this
with the fact that IBM has not only storage solutions but technology
across the entire stack from servers to networking. So when it comes to
developing the right technology, that solves real customer problems, I
would argue that IBM’s portfolio is the best in the business. IBM takes
an extreme amount of care when developing a solution to ensure that it
matches the customer requirements based on the changing needs of IT.
Having an integrated portfolio that works well with our ISV partners,
VMware for example, allows us to help customers speed their time to ROI
and be very competitive in the market place. The challenge is, how do
we properly message our new solutions to our customers, in a timely
manner so that they are well aware of new products without giving them
too much information such that it just becomes noise? It is difficult
to say the least.
The interview went very well. There were questions about tape, where
we discussed the advantages of IBM’s LFTS technology for more advanced
tape usage, we discussed the direction data deduplication will go as
well. Noska’s view was that there hadn’t been any advancement in data
deduplication in the last 5 years. I told him that for secondary
storage, backup, that he is right, I also told him that the real
advancement to deduplication will come when it is ready for primary
storage. Today deduplication isn’t ready for primary, but it will be
On Monday the 13th we traveled to visit Avnet. They are a
great IBM partner. Like most partners they have a very large SMB
install base and also like a lot of SMB feedback I have been getting,
they are looking for a building block solution that has all of the
software features implemented as a part of the stack. SMB and
Enterprise alike are starting to realize that the value in any array is
becoming the software stack that makes the hardware, efficient,
optimized, flexible, and dynamic. IT’s job continues to get more and
more challenging with developing strategic initiatives for the business
to make them more competitive and it is the job of the vendor to make
sure these solutions are as optimized and cost effective as possible.
We also visited DHL. These guys have one of the greatest datacenters
I have ever visited. They are very advanced and push a lot of data.
The do some very strategic logistics for a number of companies in Europe
and Asia. They, like many others have a number of challenges. Since
my blog post about “The 5 Most Interesting things at VMworld”
(#4) I heard something very interesting today. I asked “What is your
most challenging storage issue”? He told me that storage was not is
“most difficult” challenge. Storage efficiency was important to him in
order to keep driving down costs for his organization as they deliver a
service to the different groups that make up DHL, but his most difficult
challenge was with server I/O in his VMware environment. If you read
#4 in my post, regarding Proximal Data, this is exactly the issue the
address. As VM instances grow on the physical servers, the I/O starts
to become the big problem. DHL runs over 4000 instances of VMware and
as the business demands more applications and application resources,
they are bound by the I/O of the server, which also causes them to WAY
over provision their storage for performance reasons. This is very time
consuming, management intensive and expensive. The combination of a
solution like Proximal Data as well as compression can help them
optimize their infrastructure to save money and deliver better, more
cost effective services to their lines of business.
On the lighter side, I spend the weekend in Prague. What an amazing
city. The weather was fantastic and I was able to take a lot of great
photos. I walked around Prague Castle, ate some authentic Czech food,
visited the memorial for the Czech hockey players that passed in the
Russian plane crash and met some pretty interesting people. You can
check out some of my photos of Prague at www.facebook.com/skenniston.
Coincidentally the photo above shows the "Golden Lane" where the
Alchemists worked to turn anything they could find into gold in the city
"There’s a battle going on between CEOs and their IT organizations. The CEO is saying “hey
– I go home on the weekends, my kids are on Facebook storing pictures
and videos for free, Gmail is always on, this new Web stuff is cheap and
simple, I can get to these services from any device, Amazon is selling
compute and storage for peanuts – why am I spending so much on
IT?—Outsource the lot to the cloud!”
IT’s response? “Uh oh – we’re gonna get squeezed. We need to: Virtualize. Simplify. Do more with less. Cut the fat. Increase responsiveness.”
Technology companies, seeing the pickle their best customers are in,
the threat to their business and a way to compete, are responding with
VMware and Hyper-V integration, thin provisioning, automated tiering,
compression, data deduplication; plenty of marketing too – “to the cloud.”
And the last year or so has brought lots of high profile M&A, aimed
directly at filling portfolio gaps for areas like unstructured data and
simplifying IT (Data Domain, 3PAR, Compellent, Isilon, Storwize,
Ocarina, etc). It kind of reminds me of the Three Stooges a little bit –
“to the hunt” –
lots of action but I can’t help wonder if the big IT vendors really
know where they’re going with this over the long haul.
What I mean is that business is good right now. The market’s up;
demand looks solid; everyone seems happy. But there’s a big change
coming. We’ll look back five years from now and the gains being made in
the data center will be ancient history. CEOs will be happy for a while
that CIOs are reducing costs. They’ll keep taking down IT as a
percentage of revenue. But CEOs are greedy and we all know they’ll want
more; much more. It’s why smart people like Paul Maritz say that VMware
needs to move beyond cost cutting into delivering deeper business
integration and more substantial value. "
IBM System Storage TS7610 ProtecTIER Deduplication Appliance Express
The TS7610 is a powerful new addition to the IBM ProtecTIER
solution set, which brings the benefits of the reliability and
performance of disk-based data protection to mid-sized businesses who
need to ensure their backups are successfully completed in a timely
manner. The TS7610 brings the added benefit of inline data deduplication
which can squeeze up to 25TB or more into a single terabyte of storage.
The TS7610 also reduces costs (such as reducing downtime and time spent
managing and supporting systems) up to 45% over standard
non-deduplicated virtual tape library systems.
bySteve Kenniston History truly does repeat itself. We are talking about the history of
data storage. Every once and a while a new technology comes along that
requires a new way to think about infrastructure. Notice I said
“infrastructure”. I’d like to paint two analogies:
1: RAID – Prior to RAID users stored their data on disk and if they
could afford it, they backed that data up to have a protected copy of
their data. When RAID came out, users were able to store their data on
multiple disks appearing as one device. The benefits to this were,
increased data reliability, better performance. This new technology
however, fundamentally changed how disk was sold, but the questions were
How much capacity do you need?
What type of performance does your application require?
sales reps point of view changed. There were a number of new
considerations that needed to be taken into account. First, the age old
question, “Will I sell less storage “stuff?” Remember the person, at
the time, selling the disk was probably also selling the backup tape and
software to protect that information. If the disks are more reliable,
maybe the customer won’t need as much tape? Second, when the capacity
question came up, the seller also needed to know what type of RAID the
customer wanted to ensure they sold them enough drives. It was no
longer as simple as asking the capacity requirements and dividing it by
the drive capacity at the time. Now depending upon RAID levels there
was a new set of math that needed to be done. Third was the notion of
performance and more spindles meant more performance so now that the
capacity equation was solved for, you also needed to know the I/O
requirements in order to make sure the right number of drives were sold
to solve for the capacity as well as the performance.
what, we figured it out and the industry never looked back. RAID is a
defacto standard in all storage subsystems today, I even run RAID in my
home. The business benefits of having RAID far outweighed the costs.
In fact, it is probably one of the first times in storage history that
the question of, “how can you afford not to have it”, came up.
2: Virtual Machines – When VMware came out the value proposition was,
do more work, with less physical infrastructure. And again, the
business benefits far outweighed the technology hurdle of implementing
the new solution.
in mind that it is much harder to change process in IT than it is to
change technology, IT decided that this new way of serving up processing
power to applications was well worth all of the process changes that it
would require. One example, backup would need to change when
implementing virtual server technology. The data would grow 4x and the
processing of that information for backup would take longer, in a world
where time was all to valuable. However the business benefit justified
Again, the sellers questions were consistent:
How many virtual servers do you need? (Capacity)
What type of performance do you need for each virtual server?
answers to these questions allowed a sales rep to configure the right
number of physical systems to handle the right number of systems to make
the line of business successful. Additionally, some of the same
considerations came up. “Will I sell less server and make less money?”
Now that there was new server technology (more processors, the ability
to handle more memory) systems could be bigger, and more expensive.
Sellers also needed to know a bit more about “capacity”, how many
virtual systems could a physical system run successfully? They also
needed to have an understanding of performance. Now sellers were
configuring systems to run the equivalent of 20 to 100 servers on one
Today I would suggest that we are at a cross roads in history. New technology has come along that will have asignificantimpact
on the storage world. First, research from IBM reflects the fact that
disk drives can no longer keep getting two times as dense for half the
cost as they had been throughout the late 90’s and early 2000’s. The
technology doesn’t exist today to make the drives spin faster, stay cool
and not loose data. Until now. Real-time compressionis
a game changing technology that will add significant value to the
storage industry without having to change the way IT thinks about the
deployment of their storage.
is growing at such a significant pace today and with the latest IBM
research about disk capacities, something needs to change. Data centers
are just running out of space and more customers want to keep more data
on line for reasons such as competitive edge or compliance, but no
matter the reason, they want access to their information. Enter
real-time compression. Now there is a fundamental difference between
real-time compression and other compression technologies and compression
implementations but I am not going get into it here, but it is safe to
say that post process and in-line compression are very different than
real-time compression and users can’t get the benefits of improved
primary storage capacity, transparently, with no performance impact with
anything but real-time compression technology.
real-time compression, like other game changing technology, doesn’t
require any new questions; there are just simply a new set of math
How much capacity is required?
What is the performance requirement?
time, real-time compression will be as ubiquitous as RAID, and just
like users don’t think that much about RAID, users won’t need to think
about compression. Compression will become an expected feature of the
array. It doesn’t matter that it now takes fewer drives to satisfy the
original question around capacity and performance. With data growing as
fast as it is and with disks not being able to keep up their growth
pace, something needs to change and that something is real-time
compression. Soon, it won’t matter what the physical disk capacity is
of a disk drive, it will be about a disks virtual disk capacity, what it
has the capability of storing that matters. It is time we all started
thinking this way.
Manage storage more effectively with virtualizationcapabilities from IBM As the need for data storage continues to spiral upward, tradi-tional physical approaches to storage management becomeincreasingly problematic. Physically expanding the storage environment can be costly, time-consuming and disruptive—especially when it has to be done again and again in responseto ever-growing storage demands. Yet manually improving stor-age utilization to control growth can be challenging. Physicalinfrastructures can also be inflexible at a time when businessesneed to be able to make ever-more rapid changes in order tostay competitive.The alternative is a virtualized approach in which storage virtualization software presents a “view” of storage resources toservers that is different from the actual physical hardware inuse. This logical view can hide undesirable characteristics ofstorage while presenting storage in a more convenient mannerfor applications. For example, storage virtualization may presentstorage capacity as a consolidated whole, hiding the actualphysical boxes that contain the storage. In this way storagebecomes a logical pool of resources that exists virtually, regard-less of where the actual physical storage resources are locatedin the larger information infrastructure. These software-definedvirtual resources are easier and less disruptive to change andmanage than hardware-based physical storage devices, sincethey don’t involve moving equipment or making physical con-nections. As a result, they can respond more flexibly anddynamically to changing business needs. Similarly, the flexibilityafforded by virtual resources makes it easier to match storageto business requirements.Learn More>
Brocade Unlocks the Power of the Cloud Through Open, Multi-Vendor Virtual Compute Blocks
Brocade and Its Partners Help Customers Build the Next Generation of Distributed and Virtualized Data Centers in a Simple, Evolutionary Way
LAS VEGAS, NV-- (MARKET WIRE) --08/30/11--(VMworld 2011) --Today at VMworld,Brocade(NASDAQ: BRCD), the leader infabric-baseddata center architectures, today announced significant advancements to the Brocade®CloudPlex™ architecturewith new Brocade Virtual Compute Blocks. These bundled solutions consist of integrated, tested and validated multi-vendor server, virtualization, networking and storage resources. Demonstrating substantial partner traction, the new solutions are available today, delivered and supported in collaboration with a wide range of alliance partners, includingDell, EMC, Fujitsu,Hitachi Data Systemsand VMware.
This open approach is an underlying tenet of the Brocade CloudPlex architecture, which was announced inMay 2011. The open, extensible framework is designed to help customers build the next generation of distributed and virtualized data centers in a simple, evolutionary way that preserves their ability to dictate all aspects of the migration. It is the foundation for integrated compute blocks and it supports existing multi-vendor infrastructure to unify customers' assets into a single compute and storage domain.
"Organizations are seeking to maximize the benefits of cloud computing through more efficient infrastructure procurement, pre-integrated components, faster support response, and greater choice in best-in-class products to meet specific business needs," saidJohn McHugh, CMO of Brocade. "Brocade Virtual Compute Blocks leverage our Ethernet fabrics and industry-leading Fibre Channel SAN fabrics to allow our partners to create integrated stacks that optimize cost effectiveness, flexibility and performance. Because these solutions are open, they allow our customers to scale components independently and better utilize legacy infrastructures."
According to IDC research, "As organizations move to create a dynamic data center enabled by virtualization, they are moving to architectures where server, storage, and network assets are in tighter alignment into converged infrastructures. IDC defines a converged infrastructure as one in which the server, storage, and network infrastructure resources are treated as pools to be assigned as needed to business services... The top benefits organizations achieve by implementing a converged infrastructure are cost savings, simplified management, better availability, increased flexibility, and higher utilization."(1)
Brocade Virtual Compute Block Partner Solutions Brocade Virtual Compute Block solutions include hypervisor software integrated with servers, storage and Brocade fabric networking products in bundled, pre-racked and pre-tested configurations enriched by technology from Dell, EMC, Fujitsu,Hitachi Data Systemsand VMware.
Dell Brocade and Dell have partnered to develop a reference architecture that includes Dell Compellent Fibre Channel storage, Dell PowerEdge servers, Brocade data center and SAN switches and the VMware hypervisor, which is being shown at the Brocade VMworld booth.
"Our reference architecture developed with Brocade demonstrates Dell Compellent's commitment to provide open, cloud-optimized solutions for our customers' increasingly dynamic requirements in Fibre Channel environments," saidPhil Soran, president of Dell Compellent. "Enterprises that deploy this reference architecture benefit from the ability to scale virtualization with their business requirements while deploying industry-leading storage from Dell Compellent and Fibre Channel networking solutions from Brocade."
EMC EMC and Brocade have joined forces with several partners to deliver Virtual Compute Blocks, which combine VMware virtualization software and management tools, EMC® VNXe™ unified storage, servers and integrated Brocade Fibre Channel and Ethernet fabric networking technologies. EMC and Brocade are now working with Arrow, Tech Data, First Distribution and Acao to deliver Virtual Compute Blocks in the U.S., and in parts ofEurope,Africa, andSouth America. These integrated, easy-to-install solutions enable EMC customers to quickly deploy private and hybrid cloud infrastructures, which provide data center consolidation, availability, scalability and automation.
"Our integration work with Brocade is a key enabler for our resellers in providing simplified deployment of Virtual Compute Blocks and further demonstrates our commitment to delivering cloud infrastructure solutions for our mutual customers that help transform data centers into highly efficient and agile environments," saidJosh Kahn, vice president of Solutions Marketing at EMC.
Fujitsu Fujitsu and Brocade have partnered to create solutions supporting Fujitsu's Dynamic Infrastructures architecture, which will help enterprises boost business agility, efficiency and IT economics. These are designed for data centers of the future, delivering powerful automated pools of computing resources made up of server, storage, network and virtualization technology.
"Fabric-based networks are an important requirement to successful deployments of solutions that will enable our customers to accelerate their cloud-based IT initiatives," saidJens-Peter Seick, senior vice president of theProduct Development GroupatFujitsu Technology Solutions. "We are pleased to add Brocade Ethernet fabric technologies to our portfolio, which enhances the long-term partnership we have had in deploying SANs for our customers' virtualized environments."
Hitachi Data Systems Hitachiconverged data center solutionscombine storage, compute and networking, with software management, automation and optimization to automate, accelerate and simplify cloud adoption. As a key networking partner, Brocade provides networking solutions for Hitachi converged data center solutions, including Ethernet switch, Fibre Channel fabric data center switches, and Fibre Channel switch modules for the Hitachi Compute Blade family. Solutions include:
Hitachi solutions built on Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track: A combination of Hitachi storage and compute, with Brocade networking and Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V andSystem Centerfor high-performance private cloud infrastructures and an avenue for further automation and orchestration.
Hitachi Unified Compute Platform: An open and converged platform that provides orchestration and management within the portfolio of Hitachi converged solutions for automated dynamic management of servers, storage and networking to create business resource pools from a simple, yet comprehensive interface.
Hitachi Converged Platform for Microsoft Exchange 2010: The first in a portfolio of pre-tested application-specific converged solutions, engineered for rapid deployment and tightly integrated with Exchange 2010's powerful new features for resilience, predictable performance and seamless scalability.
"HDS and Brocade have partnered to deliver tested and proven solutions with tightly integrated storage, compute and networking products that allow our mutual customers to benefit from Ethernet switch and Fibre Channel fabric technologies to create flexible cloud-based infrastructures," saidAsim Zaheer, vice president of Corporate and Product Marketing atHitachi Data Systems. "Through quicker deployment, automation and scalability, Hitachi converged data center solutions help organizations adopt cloud at their own pace and see predictable results and faster time to value."
VMware VMware and Brocade have developed a reference architecture solution that enables organizations to create a scalable virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment.
The VMware/Brocade VDI reference architecture,VMware View™, combines Brocade VDX data center switches and converged network adapters, Intel x-86-based rack servers, iSCSI-based storage and TrendMicro security software.
Benefits of the VMware/Brocade VDI solution include best-in-class performance and scalability, enhanced security, ease-of-migration and lower total cost of ownership.
"VMware and Brocade have collaborated on a joint VDI solution that addresses our customers' needs to improve business productivity though increased performance, secured client access and elimination of business disruptions," saidVittorio Viarengo, vice president of End-User Computing at VMware. "IT organizations can utilize our reference architecture to deploy a quick-start configuration within their data center or at remote locations. In addition, it can be used as a test or development platform for businesses eager to gain the benefits and advantages of virtualizing user desktops."
Avnet Virtual Compute Block Solutions Separately today at VMworld, Brocade and Avnet announced the joint development of marketing and enablement support for a new set of multi-vendor, pre-tested and configured virtualization solutions. The first of these is a reference architecture and validated solution designed to cost effectively scale virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments to support thousands of clients (or desktops) per solution bundle. The VDI bundle will help Avnet reseller partners design and deploy open, efficient and scalable virtualization solutions for their end customers by incorporating Brocade and VMware networking and hypervisor technologies in conjunction with a variety of compute and storage platforms.
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"The contest between man and machine on Jeopardy! was decided when IBM’s
Watson computer landed on the second Daily Double on day three. The
clue was: “This two-word phrase means the power to take private property
for public use as long as there is just compensation.” Watson’s
response: “What is eminent domain?”" http://asmarterplanet.com/blog/2011/02/watson-on-jeopardy-day-three-what-we-learned-about-how-watson-thinks.html
IBM's Ed Walsh, Director of Storage Efficiency sits down with Steve Duplessie, Founder of ESG to talk about how IBM Real-time Compression sets the bar for doing storage optimization in NAS. At the end of the day, if you can do compression in real time, without sacrificing performance and the transparency of the implementation, then why wouldn't you - given the savings you can get over traditional compression.
We all know compression is not new and it is coming as a standard feature in a number of storage systems. The issue is, each of these technologies has a significant impact on performance - both primary storage performance as well as the performance on all of the back end operations such as backups, replication etc...
IBM's Real-time Compression doesn't have any of these limitations - listen to Ed to hear more.
IBM has announced a new model in its 8000 Tier 1 series of storage
arrays, to be generally available November 19, 2010. The key differences
between the previous 8700 model and the new 8800 model is the use of
2.5 inch 6Gb/sec SAS-2 drives for the back end, and up to 8Gb/sec FC
It uses the same packaging as the new Storwize V7000 with 24 SAS drives in a 2U space.
The total number of drives is 1056 taking three frames.
The 8800 storage array is a welcome addition to the IBM 8000 series,
providing additional power and reducing the footprint and power
consumption significantly compared with earlier models. The 8800 comes
with all the tier 1 functionality that is expected, and is an excellent
tier 1 performance array. The Easy Tier software is best of breed for
tier 1 storage arrays, and Wikibon believes that it will be extensively
The IBM 8800 does not have the drive and capacity options of EMC
or Hitachi. IBM outperforms the EMC VMAX on environmentals for
performance-focused arrays but needs significant work to compete with
Hitachi’s VSP environmentals.
Action Item: Organizations that have IBM 8000 series installed
will be very pleased to have the performance and environmentals of the
8800 storage array, and will usually be best served by continuing to use
the well established 8000 software, processes, and procedures for true
tier 1 applications rather than converting to other vendors. IBM 8000
users should put Easy Tier on a fast track for adoption. However, IBM
will need to do more to attract new users to the IBM’s tier 1 offering.
United States Army Advances Ethernet Infrastructure to Optimize Applications and Deliver Mission-Critical Military Information
Brocade Improves Business Continuity With Non-Stop Networking and Maximum Performance
SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 06/01/11 --
Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) today announced it is working with the United States Army as part of the Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP) at Fort Carson
to create a highly resilient network to support advanced voice, video
and critical military applications in an effort to modernize the base's
core enterprise information infrastructure. This installation represents
one of the largest core-to-edge deployments of 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE)-ready routers and 10 GbE aggregation and LAN switches.
Fort Carson, winner of the Network Enterprise Center (NEC) of the Year award, is a United States Army installation located in Colorado. Its 137,000-acre facility is home to critical members of the military, including the 4th Infantry Division, the 10th Special Forces Group, the 71st Ordnance Group (EOD), the 4th Engineer Battalion, the 759th Military Police Battalion, the 10th Combat Support Hospital, the 43rd Sustainment Brigade and the 13th Air Support Operations
Squadron of the United States Air Force. Due to the
sheer number of users requiring more bandwidth to support emerging forms
of external and inter-base network communication, Fort Carson
required an infrastructure refresh that would provide scalability for
growth while simplifying the delivery of latency-sensitive voice, video
This mission-critical imperative was successfully solved by deploying 100 GbE-ready Brocade® NetIron® XMR
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) IPv6-ready core routers as the
backbone of the network. The MPLS capabilities provide superior
efficiency, Quality of Service (QoS) and reduced latency times for
critical online applications and services. As a result, Fort Carson's
personnel can minimize network bottlenecks by prioritizing their
delay-sensitive traffic over a path with minimal hops and lower
congestion -- helping boost overall productivity and expedite response
to urgent situations.
In the federal government, network manageability is a top priority for
IT managers. A challenge has been deploying scalable solutions that are
cost-effective and do not degrade or impair network performance. Through
the use of Brocade IronView® Network Manager,
customers can leverage the power of sFlow scalability and wire-speed
operation to deliver a network-wide solution for detecting and
monitoring network traffic without impacting application performance.
This is a significant advantage over alternative network management
solutions that are limited in their scope and that can impact
performance when implemented as inline appliances.
The entire Brocade network solution meets the stringent Defense Information Systems Agency
(DISA) Joint Interoperability and Test Center (JITC) requirements. DISA
JITC's mission is to support the war-fighter with direct technical
assistance and to conduct performance and interoperability testing and
certification for net-centric strategic voice, video and data networking
systems integral to the Department of Defense (DoD) Global Information Grid.
"The selection of Brocade by the United States Army's I3MP
program is a significant win for Brocade, highlighting our proven
expertise in providing high-performance, non-stop networking solutions
to government organizations worldwide," said John McHugh,
chief marketing officer, Brocade. "By meeting the I3MP network and
service requirements, Brocade is well-positioned to further extend its
market presence within the government sector as a leading networking
provider to support and optimize mission-critical applications."
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leading organizations transition smoothly to a world where applications
and information reside anywhere. (www.brocade.com)
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IBM's Watson debuted for a national prime time TV audience last night on CBS'Jeopardy. Well, to be accurate, his avatar glowed behind his center-stage podium. He did however have a real button to push when he was ready to tee up a Jeopardy-formatted question-as-answer. The button was activated by a specially designed application running within his offstage IBMPOWER7 server cluster, complete with IBM Scale-Out NAS (SONAS) storage.