Storage Intensity

Storage Intensity

Each week George Crump, Founder, and Lead Analyst at Storage Switzerland sits down with a guest from within the storage industry to dive deep on various storage topics.... Show More

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In this episode of Storage Intensity, Barbara Murphy, VP of Marketing at WekaIO, joins George Crump to discuss how to design storage infrastructures for artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and deep learning (DL) workloads. All these environments depend on rapid access to a large amount of unstructured data, and WekaIO is delivering a high-performance file system solution designed specifically for them. Listen in as... Read more

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Panzura's CEO Patrick Harr joins George Crump on this episode of Storage Intensity to discuss how to design storage infrastructures for the global collaborative economy so organizations can tap into the best talent. IT needs to bring the data to those workers. At the same time, IT needs to supply distributed applications with the most up to date data instances. In the past, organizations used to replicate data between locatio... Read more

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In this episode Storage Intensity, Angela Magill, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Hitachi Vantara Ops Center Administrator joins George Crump. Listen in as we discuss how Hitachi’s solution provides centralized management across the Hitachi Vantara VSP family. Ops Center Administrator reduces the numbers of steps to properly configure, optimize and deploy new storage resources all while eliminating the chance for human error. ... Read more

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Managing data and all the copies of data that an organization requires is a complicated process because most organizations manually create copies. The difficulty in managing copy data is only getting worse as organizations continue their transition to the cloud and start to leverage containers. Organizations need solutions to address today's copy data management challenges and to automate the creation and positioning of it. In ... Read more

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Software-Defined Storage (SDS) is a concept whose time may have finally come, not only because the software itself is getting better but also because the hardware is much more capable. Modern solid-state drives (SSD) can generate hundreds of thousands of IOPS per drive, so storage systems no longer need proprietary hardware to meet performance expectations. The SDS software developers can focus their efforts on improving the effici... Read more

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It will come as no surprise to any IT professional that unstructured data is growing out of control. The problem is finding the right tool to protect, archive, and gain insight into this data. Most organizations find protecting unstructured data to be uniquely challenging, and most have no idea what their organization is storing within its vast sea of files. In this episode of Storage Intensity George Crump, Lead Analyst at Stora... Read more

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January 15, 2020 22 min

For many data centers, the performance capabilities of the current generation of all-flash arrays have reached the "good enough" stage, which means that the array will meet the performance demands for the majority of the organization's applications. That said, the number of data centers that have workloads where the performance of today's all-flash arrays is NOT good enough is increasing. These organizations have wo... Read more

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The first generation of Scale-out Software-Defined Storage (SDS) typically requires that every node in the cluster uses the same hardware and often even the same physical media. The next generation SDS solutions need to be asymmetrical so that the customer can integrate different node types into the cluster as it scales. An asymmetrical design makes sense since hardware and media change over time. The asymmetrical approach enables ... Read more

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In this episode of Storage Intensity, George Crump - Lead Analyst of Storage Switzerland sits down with W. Curtis Preston, a.k.a Mr. Backup to discuss the state of the backup market and why Backup as a Service (BaaS) might be the most logical way forward for most organizations. Listen in as two backup industry veterans, with more than 50 years of data protection experience, discuss the pros and cons of the newest way to solve backu... Read more

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January 3, 2020 42 min

IT is under immense pressure to make sure that the organization's workloads are performing at their best and that there are no interruptions to the services they provide. Workloads, though, count on numerous data center resources to achieve this goal. Because of budget realities, IT also needs to make sure the workloads are using these resources efficiently. To deliver the highest possible, interruption-free services, while als... Read more

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Software-Defined Storage (SDS) was supposed to enable freedom of choice, allowing them to mix and match storage hardware to meet the demands of specific workloads while still keeping their sanity when trying to manage the environment. The reality is turnkey storage vendors continue to thrive. These vendors provide both the software and the hardware, but they also lock-in the customer. Given the variability of today's workloads,... Read more

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Most applications respond to users' requests to sift through a mountain of data to find a smaller subset of that data, which the application processes to give the users an answer to their request. The result is a lot of data is transferred from the storage media to the storage system and then from the storage system to the application, most of which is irrelevant to the user’s request. What if the storage media was able to deci... Read more

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In this episode of Storage Intensity, we sit down with Wally MacDermid, Vice President Cloud with Scality. He speaks with customers every day about leveraging and using cloud services. During the podcast, we discuss where organizations are on their journey and the role of hybrid cloud and multi-cloud. We also discuss how Scality has moved beyond just providing an object storage solution and now have several cloud software solutions... Read more

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Joining George Crump on this episode of Storage Intensity is Arthur Scrimo, Product Manager at Cisco, focusing on Cisco’s Storage Networking solutions. In this episode, George and Art discuss how analytics and visualizing storage networking telemetry data is critical for IT to continue to meet the demands of the organization. Read more about the importance of adequately leveraging telemetry data to manage storage infrastructure b... Read more

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Data centers today can start a virtual machine within minutes, and applications can be deployed right after the virtual machine boots. The problem is that the time it takes IT to provision storage to the new workload can grind the well-oiled data center to a halt. Most data centers take hours to respond to storage provisioning requests. Hitachi Ops Center promises to reduce the time it takes IT to react and complete demands for res... Read more

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In this episode of Storage Intensity, we dive deep into object storage and how mainstream data centers can take advantage of the technology. One of the primary uses cases is using object storage for backup and archive. All of the leading backup solutions can write to S3-based object stores, and it makes an ideal scalable backup repository. Another use case is an archive, which leverages object storage’s scale and immutability as we... Read more

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NVMe, as an internal network, is well entrenched in the data center. Many vendors offer an all-flash array that has NVMe SSDs communicating to a CPU using the protocol. There is another aspect of NVMe that most vendors have yet to exploit fully... NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) This extension of NVMe brings the benefits of high performance and massive parallelism of local storage to shared storage networking. In this episode, we discu... Read more

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In this episode of Storage Intensity, Joel Dedrick, VP and GM of Networked Storage Solutions at KIOXIA (formerly Toshiba Memory)joins us as we talk about merging the worlds of containers and legacy applications, from a storage perspective. Most container-focused storage solutions are not just container-focused; they are container only. The problem is that most organizations are not 100% containers, especially in production. These o... Read more

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In this episode of Storage Intensity we sit down with Panasas' Curtis Anderson to discuss how to design storage infrastructure for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). Panasas a standout in HPC storage infrastructure believes it is well-positioned to meet the performance demands of AI and ML workloads. Listen in as we discuss what storage requirements are similar between AI/ML and HPC workloads and how thos... Read more

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Disaster recovery as a Service (DRaaS) seems like the perfect solution to an organization's DR challenges. However, when you peel the onion back, most DRaaS solutions don’t come close to meeting the organization's recovery point and recovery time objectives. Datrium’s CTO and Founder Sazzala Reddy joins us in this episode of Storage Intensity to discuss how a data services platform prepares an organization to meet not onl... Read more

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