Data protection strategies have been in a state of accelerated evolution over the last five years. I hear this confirmed regularly by customers describing their implementation stories with Quantum, as well as by the industry analysts that we meet with to discuss our latest product innovations. ESG’s Jason Buffington is one of those analysts that we talk with often, and it’s always interesting to see how ESG’s research squares against what we’re seeing in data centers. Jason’s latest video blog about modernizing data protection – 8 Suggestions for Every Data Protection Strategy – highlights ESG research that resonated with me in a number of respects.
“Data protection is more than backup.” We’ve been saying this for a long time, particularly as VMs have proliferated and Quantum’s DXi-Series and vmPRO products combine to provide the kind of backup + snapshot + replication environment that ESG’s research describes as the dominant trend.
“If you can store your protected data smarter, you can significantly reduce your storage spending.” One way to get deduplication as close to production workloads as possible is via DXi Accent software, which allows the backup server to collaborate in the deduplication process,…
|by Casey Burns|
In Newtonian mechanics, momentum has a direction as a well as magnitude. If Newton was correct, and I am going to go out on a limb here and assume that to be the case, then the Powered by Quantum MSP Program has momentum, with positive direction and high magnitude. Over the past couple of weeks, Quantum has successfully created partnerships with a number of MSPs that deliver their own cloud backup service powered by Quantum technology. Just this month we added two new MSPs to the roster, Elanity Network Partner and Interconnekt. These partners, scattered across the globe, have recognized the benefits that Quantum solutions can bring to not only their customers but also to their bottom line.
Cloud is certainly front and center for a lot of the industry. Not an earth shattering statement, I know. There are a lot of technology providers offering cloud based services and what I find really exciting, and quite frankly, what is driving a lot of interest in the Powered by Quantum MSP program, is our ability to help customers knock down the barriers to utilizing the cloud. Most IT pros understand the benefits that the cloud can provide them and their organization but what is…
|by Janae Lee|
As a member of the enterprise backup/archive industry for almost 18 years now, I feel like I have the right to consider myself a member of the backup community. So I have to ask the question: “Why are we so SLOW to adopt the new technologies that can most help us?”
If you’ve done the math, it was almost 8 years from the initial shipment of the first deduplication appliances in 2003 before this key technology began to really gain adoption. An InfoWeek survey showed that as late as 2011, only 32% of surveyed users were utilizing the technology. That’s a long time to wait to get what we all now know is incredible value.
Now granted, when we first started selling deduplication, the technology did seem a bit like magic. I remember when I was first approached by a headhunter asking me to come to Southern California to take a job with a startup company whose product value was described as “protecting data without needing to store any.” I thought the headhunter (apologies, Kris) was either stupid or crazy. But it only took a short while for the “aha” light to go on. So why did it take storage management buyers 8 years to see the…
|by Mark Pastor|
Contrary to popular belief, how you archive matters more than what or why you archive. For the broad market, the notion of non-archived data has become antiquated. Getting rid of old data means taking the time or investing in resources required to decide what data can be deleted, and most data managers do not feel comfortable making those decisions. So today virtually everything is being stored forever, generating huge repositories of data and content, and creating a great urgency to establish a data storage architecture that will thrive in this new “store everything forever” era.
Disk and Tape Uses Now Overlap – Providing More Choices
Questions of what and why to archive mattered a lot more when content owners and data managers had to make substantial trade-offs between primary storage and archive storage. Disk was used for primary storage and tape was used for archive. Primary disk was very expensive and tape archive imposed a significant management burden and limited access to data. Recent technology developments have changed this equation. Disk storage is no longer cost prohibitive for long-term storage. Tape solutions are no longer management-intensive, nor do they limit data access. However, it has to be the right…
While I have learned quite a number of lessons over the years, probably one of the greatest is from Albert Einstein when he said: “Strive to make things as simple as possible, but not simpler.”
Why should we make things overly complex and harder than they need to be when it is so much easier and efficient to just keep it simple?
With the introduction of our new DXi4701 dedupe appliance, we’ve done just that. The DXi4701 is our new extensible deduplication platform that scales with simplicity.
When I say it “scales with simplicity”, what does that mean?
Well, the DXi4701 provides:
- Highest Efficiency | Single platform that enables significant power and footprint savings
- Pay-as-You-Grow Scalability | Simple, predictable & easy-to-install storage capacity
- Broadest Capacity Range | One platform supports all entry to midrange configurations
- Ease-of-Use | Single platform that enables significant time and money savings
Furthermore, all Quantum DXi appliances offer all-inclusive software licensing, support for both physical and virtual dedupe appliances, ability to backup to another DXi or to the cloud, and the peace of mind from managing your DXi appliance through your Smartphone…
|by Janae Lee|
This article originally appeared on Wired Magazine’s Innovation Insights.
With the start of the new year, it’s time once again for those of us in enterprise storage to look ahead and offer our predictions for what the industry will see in 2014. So without further ado, here are ten trends that will have a big impact in the coming year:
1) Time to Retire the “Primary” from Primary Storage – With the continued growth of data and increased strategic value of connecting historical data with new data, primary storage is no longer the main game in town. Getting data off expensive primary storage, while keeping it readily accessible, will take on greater importance. As a result, there will be increased focus on tiered storage, with new technologies such as next generation object storage and LTFS being widely adopted.
2) VM Data: “Just Let Me Be Me” – Look for a greater emphasis on simplifying backup and archive for VMs, particularly keeping the data in its native format. With virtual environments continuing to proliferate, there will be even greater need for virtual deduplication appliances and backup software to protect data in native format as IT managers demand faster, easier…
I know a lot of folks think the big contest this time of year is the Super Bowl playoffs. In Quantum’s Denver, Bay Area and Seattle offices we’re sporting the colors of the Broncos, 49ers and Seahawks, with just a bit of friendly trash talk to kick off conference calls. Perhaps you know someone rooting for New England – I don’t. But if you care about data storage, the other big contest is Storage Magazine’s Product of the Year Awards. The award serves as an annual reminder of what the storage community found important, promising, and profitable.
This year’s award finalists include a cross-section of Quantum products spanning scale-out shared storage and the data center, highlighting the breadth of innovation from the company over the last year. For 2013, four Quantum products – more than any other vendor among the finalists – have been selected in three award categories.
* Lattus in the Enterprise Storage category: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com/feature/Enterprise-storage-systems-2013-Products-of-the-Year-finalists
* DXi V4000 in the Backup and Disaster Recovery Software category: http://searchdatabackup.techtarget.com/feature/Backup-and-disaster-recovery-software-2013-Products-of-the-Year-finalists
* Both the DXi6800 deduplication appliance and Scalar i6000 HD tape library are finalists in the Data Backup Hardware category: http://searchdatabackup.techtarget.com/feature/Data-backup-hardware-2013-Products-of-the-Year-finalists
|by Mark Pastor|
This article originally appeared in Data Center Post.
Let’s face it: primary storage vendors love anyone who will keep infrequently accessed data on primary storage. These customers are like money in the bank, and the last thing a primary storage vendor wants is for those customers to wise up and break the chains that bind enterprises to their current storage investment model.
New or Modified Data Needs to be Protected Quickly
When data is created or modified by some business process or production workflow, it is an IT manager’s imperative to ensure that work is not lost. Today’s common practice is to design data flows to include processes that back up this new data as quickly as possible. It’s typical to back up the data locally to enable a quick restore and create an off-site copy to protect the data in the event of a site disaster such as a flood, tornado, earthquake or fire. This practice requires that there be enough secondary storage to back up the original work.
Backup Storage and Other Cost Burdens Accompany Primary Storage
Primary storage carries the associated burden of additional investments in backup storage, off-site storage, software licenses for all that…
The season of parties is upon us, and there was a little extra celebrating going on in Quantum’s UK office after Quantum took home “Vendor’s Reseller Channel Program of the Year” at the 2013 Storage Virtualisation Cloud (SVC) Awards. Chris Bowring, Channel Sales Director for Northern Europe, was there to accept the award from SVC award manager Carly Stephens at the gala in London.
Quantum has been a regular at the SVC Awards – last year the DXi V1000 virtual deduplication appliance won “Virtualization Product of the Year”, which was won the year prior by vmPRO 4000. This year, in addition to the channel program award, Quantum received honorable mentions for Lattus Object Storage in the Tiered Storage Product of the Year category, as well as Private Sector Storage Project of the Year for work with post-production studio Framestore.
It’s great to see the value of the Quantum Alliance global reseller program get the acknowledgement it deserves. It’s exciting to see our object storage solutions receiving accolades so soon after their introduction. And hats off to Framestore – they’ve actually got an Oscar-winning history, but a little extra recognition for…
|by Jon Gacek|
Anybody who’s read Moneyball or seen the movie knows that succeeding in sports today involves winning the analytics contest just as much as competing on the field, court or ice. This is a trend that’s changed the way video is used in both professional and collegiate athletics, and we’re seeing the effects everywhere: basketball, football, baseball, hockey, even motor sports and martial arts.
Video has long been a staple of sports—it’s used for scouting, game prep, recruiting and promotion, as well as broadcasting—but two factors are making it different now. One is the technology for analyzing what’s on video. One of the biggest trends in sports is motion analysis, which combines special analytics applications and video to help players improve their performance by breaking down and evaluating their movements. In addition to motion analysis technology, there are also now programs that can comb through years of footage to find trends based on very sophisticated variables—specific players, coaches, and situations—and extract clips to let coaches and players analyze tendencies and put together a game plan.
The other factor that makes sports video different is a huge increase in the number of ways that content can be used and re-used to…
This is a good time of the year to both reflect and look forward. Quantum’s Senior Vice President of Cloud Solutions Henrik Rosendahl has been busy doing a bit of both lately.
Henrik recently joined his friend Doug Brown with DABCC Radio for a podcast conversation covering a range of topics. The two discuss Object Storage and its potential to provide relief to data growth and explore the need for tiered storage. Henrik reacts to the failure of Nirvanix, and notes how the conversation about cloud has shifted in its wake, particularly as companies weigh public vs. private cloud options. In addition, Henrik discusses how MSPs and VARs are adding BaaS to their portfolios and emerging as players in the cloud space.
Then, in Virtual Strategy Magazine, Henrik offers his forecast for 2014. Among his predictions, Henrik touches on object storage as an alternative to primary storage, the challenges of converged infrastructure, and how protecting VMs in native format may become more important.
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Astronomers searching for life outside of our solar system speak of The Goldilocks Zone – the region around a star where conditions are suitable for sustaining life: not too close and hot, and not too distant and cold. Initially these “just right” conditions appeared to be almost impossibly rare, but researchers over the years have found organisms that can exist in more conditions than previously imagined. It turns out that the Goldilocks Zone is wider than we thought, increasing the possibility of finding other planets capable of sustaining life.
Today a similar recognition is happening in data centers. While IT has long thought of data storage as “hot” and requiring immediate access in flash memory or primary disk, or “cold” and suitable for backup and archive to tape, there weren’t many choices for a “warm” tier of data that required a more nuanced cost/latency balance. The expanding range of choices such as public and private cloud, object storage and LTFS tape has in effect created a wider Goldilocks Zone for data centers. The refreshed thinking about the capabilities of both established and emerging technologies for these different tiers of storage has been getting a lot of attention lately.…
|by Jordan Woods|
Few things come along that alter the world of filesystems and make them exciting, especially for folks in the Media and Entertainment industry. Especially with the multitude of distractions, tight turn-around schedules, and little budget. That’s why Quantum dove deep into their treasured StorNext product to revolutionize and re-invent what can be considered the most modern and developed shared filesystem to date: StorNext 5.
The vast majority of the enhancements were down on the very low level of the metadata and journaling section, but this is not to be overlooked as trivial or a “nice to have.” The effects made to this layer have profound consequences to the overall system performance and scalability on a massive level. Looking at this holistically we can see a handful of the most major changes: The ability for multithreaded metadata operations, new layering of extents on a contiguous range of blocks, online metadata copy, and what I like to call “intelligent” affinities. These select few updates are just some of the more major changes that will have great affect on media and entertainment workflows.
So, what makes this exciting?
We have now opened the door to new possibilities in workflow optimization. The…
Great time in NY at our first stop on the StorNext 5 Next Generation Tour! Special thanks to everyone who came out and asked so many great questions about how StorNext 5 is different and exactly what problems StorNext 5 Appliances can help you solve. From End-to-End Workflows to Object Storage to how Quantum’s Data Center offerings can even help solve rich content and big data problems for Media and Entertainment environments, we had too much to talk about.
We’ll see you there.
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|by Dan Duperron|
Technology is a moving target. That’s part of the fun of being in this business, but for a technology company – like Quantum – it can present some challenges. Sure, there are technological challenges but I’m not talking about those. Quantum has been around for decades and has a strong brand. We’re constantly evolving and changing and we strive to understand and anticipate the changes happening in the data center to best meet the challenges our customers face now. It’s okay with me if someone has fond memories of a Quantum disk drive from 20 years ago, but I want our partners and customers to understand what Quantum does today, and how we can help them save money and better leverage their data to make money.
And that, my friends, is how I ended up at Lincoln Financial Field in Philly last week hanging out with some of the Eagles cheerleaders. Sometimes this job is tough, but I love it anyway.
We held a series of events at the stadium as part of our “reTHINK Backup and Archive” roadshow, now touring the US. New tools are available that can be valuable for anyone looking to keep more data, more accessible,…