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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:
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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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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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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:
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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
Storage Efficiency through Real-time Data Compression for the Entire Data Lifecycle
Agnostic to Applications and Storage
IBM Real-time Compression appliances reduce storage capacity utilization by up to 80% without performance degradation. IBM Real-time Compression appliances increase the capacity of existing storage infrastructure helping organizations meet the demands of rapid data growth while also enhancing storage performance and utilization. The result is unprecedented cost savings, ROI, operational and environmental efficiencies.
The IBM Real-time Compression appliances address data optimization on primary storage so your capacity is optimized across all tiers of storage. The IBM Real-time Compression Appliance STN6500 and STN6800 align to your existing storage networking configuration for easy installation. The appliances install transparently in front of your existing NAS storage and thru patented real-time compression reduces the size of every file created. Read more>
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See how Language Weaver has utilized IBM Real-time Compression and are getting 3 to 1 compression and the solution was totally transparent to their infrastructure.
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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
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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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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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>
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"Since October 2010 IBM Corp. announced workload-optimized systems to help companies manage a range of more demanding workloads that are placing new stresses on already over-taxed data centers.
The offerings, which span IBM's systems portfolio, represent IBM's investment in systems integrated and optimized across chips, hardware and software, for a range of work at a time when companies face amounts of data and are under pressure to become more efficient in managing and drawing timely insights from the information.
The new systems include: A new offering for the zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX), IBM's systems design that allows workloads on mainframe servers and other select systems to share resources and be managed as a single, virtualized system; and key new Storage and System x products, which can bring new levels of efficiency to the data center."