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Shopzilla has been a customer of the IBM Real-time Compression technology for over 2 years. Here they describe the benefits of the technology.Shopzilla-IBM Real Time Compression is Transparent
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A quick summary of the latest announcements
April 2011 | by Nick Harris
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
Proven IBM software functionalities
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
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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 infrastructure unreliable.
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
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Smart storage solutions let you have it allSome items are just bound together: salt and pepper, a horse and carriage, or even smoke and fire. While some may argue it’s hard to grow a data center without adding cost and complexity, IBM begs to differ. Its smarter approach to data storage means increased capacity goes hand in hand with cost efficiency and ease of use.
Capacity and Simplicity
FleetCor Selects Brocade to Provide Cloud-Optimized Network Services for 500,000 Commercial Accounts
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Leading Fuel Card Provider Values Brocade Market Leadership, Reliability and Network Security
SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 07/19/11 -- Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) today announced that FleetCor, a leading independent global provider of specialized payment products and services to businesses, commercial fleets, major oil companies, petroleum marketers and government fleets, has selected Brocade as the vendor to build its cloud-optimized network. This new network enhances FleetCor's ability to securely process millions of transactions monthly and ultimately better serve its commercial accounts in 18 countries in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Millions of commercial payment cards are in the hands of FleetCor cardholders worldwide, and they are used to purchase billions of gallons of fuel per year. Given this volume of network-based transactions, network reliability, scalability and security were critical factors for FleetCor to consider in its selection process to maintain superior customer satisfaction.
In addition, FleetCor selected Brocade as its networking expert to help evolve its data center and IT operations into a more agile private cloud infrastructure. Brocade® cloud-optimized networks are designed to reduce network complexity while increasing performance and reliability. Brocade solutions for private cloud networking are purpose-built to support highly virtualized data centers.
"When we evaluated networking vendors to build our private cloud, we looked at market leadership and non-stop access to critical data," said Waddaah Keirbeck, senior vice president global IT, FleetCor. "Brocade cloud-optimized networking solutions are perfect for our data centers because they allow us to optimize applications faster, virtually eliminate downtime and help us meet service level agreements for our customers. Moving to a cloud-based model also provides us the flexibility to make adjustments on the fly and access secure information virtually anywhere and anytime."
FleetCor installed a Brocade MLXe router for each of its three data centers, citing scalability as a major driver for the purchase. This approach enables FleetCor to virtualize its geographically distributed data centers and leverage the equipment it already has, at the highest level, to achieve maximum return on investment. The Brocade MLXe provides additional benefits for FleetCor by using less power and has a smaller footprint than competitive routers; critical in power-and space-constrained locations in order to allow for growth. The Brocade MLXe also enables continuous business operation for FleetCor based on Multi-Chassis Trunking, massive scalability supporting highest 100 GbE density in the industry with no performance degradation for advanced features like IPv6 and flexible chassis options to meet network and business requirements.
The Brocade ServerIron ADX Series of high-performance application delivery switches provides FleetCor with a broad range of application optimization functions to help ensure the reliable delivery of critical applications. Purpose-built for large-scale, low-latency environments, these switches accelerate application performance, load-balance high volumes of data and improve application availability while making the most efficient use of the company's existing infrastructure. It also delivers dynamic application provisioning and de-provisioning for FleetCor's highly virtualized data center, enables seamless migration and translation to IPv6 with unmatched performance.
As an added benefit for its bottom line, through the use of Brocade ADX Series switches and Brocade MLX™ Series routers FleetCor has eliminated thousands of costly networking cables, saving it hundreds of thousands of dollars and allowing the company to segment, streamline and secure its network. FleetCor has also been able to easily integrate Brocade network technology with third-party offerings already installed in the network, for complete investment protection. FleetCor anticipates moving to 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) solutions for its backbone switch in the near future.
"We wanted a dependable, secure, redundant, 24 by 7 backbone switch in each of our data centers to help us leverage the benefits of cloud computing and the Brocade MLXe delivered on all fronts," said Keirbeck. "By virtualizing our data center, Brocade allows for non-stop access to the mission-critical data that FleetCor and its customers rely on every day. We chose the Brocade MLXe because of the tremendous results we already saw from our existing Brocade solutions and the exceptional support and service."
According to a report from analyst firm Gartner, "Although 'economic
affordability' is an immediate, attractive benefit, the biggest
advantages (of cloud services) result from characteristics such as
built-in elasticity and scalability, reduced barriers to entry,
flexibility in service provisioning and agility in contracting."(1)
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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.
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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 soon.
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 of Prague.
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Leading-edge Developments to the Data Center SAN Environment
Based on years of proven success, Brocade SAN fabrics provide the most reliable, scalable, high-performance foundation for private cloud architectures. Brocade continues that leadership with the industry's first 16 Gbps Fibre Channel SAN solutions:
Advancements to the NetIron® MLX Series
Brocade network solutions for service providers combine high scalability and performance to transform your customer's business with new revenue-generating cloud services—increasing their overall level of profitability. Key offerings include:
Systems combining block and file storage maximize benefits of server virtualization.
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 countries.
“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 approach.”
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 Fibre Channel.
The Road to Unification
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 continuity capabilities.
Aligning Storage with Virtualization
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 silos.
“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.”
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