Technology Focus for SNIA Europe
In this issue, I thought I would focus on the top four technology areas that are key to SNIA Europe today – Cloud Storage, Solid State Storage, Network Convergence and Data Deduplication. Because SNIA Europe is dedicated to educating the market on the evolution and application of storage infrastructure solutions for the data centre, I wanted to share with you our positioning, thoughts and recent education activities associated with these technologies. By Denise Ridolfo, SNIA Europe Executive Board of Directors & Marketing Chair, NetApp.
Latest developments for Fibre Channel standards + NAS Q and A
Two valuable updates from SNIA Europe. First up, a focus on recent Fibre Channel developments, followed by a fascinating focus on Network-Attached Storage (NAS). The need for faster speeds and the momentum of virtualisation are themes common to both technology areas.
Virtualization - Cloud Computing - Trends 2011
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Four pillars lead to storage wisdom
SNS Europe talks with Steve Murphy, Vice President, UK, Middle East, Turkey, Africa, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), about the specific technologies and thought processes that the company brings to the storage networking industry in the UK. Virtualisation, automation, cloud-readiness and sustainability are key as HDS introduces its Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) – said to be the industry’s first three dimensional scaling platform.
Meeting the demands of modern day data management
Like many midsized enterprises, both Glatfelter Insurance and the Monastery of Admont struggled with the data management and disaster recovery requirements of a large enterprise, but lacked the available resources. Meeting the challenge of lowering stretched IT management overhead while improving data protection and business continuity has been possible thanks to Dave Pittman and Hannes Brottrager of NetApp.
Centralised backup is a lesson learnt well
Teaching staff managing backups, maintenance staff loading tapes, hours wasted working on an unreliable system — all are things of the past at Melanchthon secondary school, as SNS discovers in talking to the college’s
IT Director, Martin Wiersma, and Bart Spel, CTO of Avantage, the reseller that helped source and implement the i365 solution.
Network Convergence: the holy grail or networking mythology?
What do CIOs and their teams want from the corporate networking technologies of the future? Lower latency, enhanced reliability and higher throughput are all high on the IT department’s wish-list but, above all, they say, what they’d really like to see is a single network infrastructure capable of handling all data, clustering and storage traffic. A SNIA Europe perspective on convergence.
Stop the blame game with I/O management
As data centers become increasingly complex and the volume of layers of virtualisation continues to grow, implementing IOM will become an increasingly critical step in ensuring the highest degree of utilisation, while simultaneously guaranteeing performance. By John Waszak, Vice President of Software Product Management, Emulex.
Deduplication: the pros and cons end users are not always told
Deduplication is one of the hottest technologies in the current market because of its ability to reduce costs. But it comes in many flavours and organisations need to understand each one of them if they are to choose the one that is best for them. By Adrian Moir, technical director EMEA, BakBone Software.
The importance of Ethernet Storage
Ethernet offers all the right technical features to become the only switching fabric needed in the data center for networking, storage and clustering, writes Charles Ferland, Vice President EMEA, BLADE Network Technologies. One trend in the data centre that has shown consistent progress is the convergence of switching fabrics. Servers in data centres are typically connected to three different network areas: Storage, TCP/IP and Cluster networking.
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