ESG Validation

ESG Lab Spotlight: NetBackup Copilot for Oracle: Powered by the NetBackup Appliance

The Challenges

Creating an effective and complete data protection solution can be a daunting undertaking for many organizations. The number one priority should be obvious: the successful and timely recovery of business-critical application and platform data. However, achieving efficient data protection storage management to meet various internal and external mandates is also important. Because of the many moving parts, seamless integration of multiple disciplines is critical in creating a data protection environment. In fact, according to the ESG research report, Data Protection Personas and Methods, more than half of the organizations surveyed report that they now utilize workload owners such as database administrators for daily data protection activities for their respective resources.[1]

Topics: IT Infrastructure Data Protection

ESG Lab Spotlight: Reduxio HX550: Simple, Efficient, Hybrid Flash Storage

Author(s): Kerry Dolan, Aviv Kaufmann

Published: February 12, 2016

The Challenges

There is no room for compromise when you’re talking about data storage, protection, and access. Data drives every business process, from R&D through production applications to analytics that help design your future. Unfortunately, many storage solutions force a tradeoff: performance vs. cost savings; protection vs. capacity; features vs. simplicity. Flash technology can dramatically improve performance, but the cost of all-flash arrays can be prohibitive. Snapshots can provide recovery points, but cannot be taken often enough to ensure a full recovery; they also take up growing amounts of storage space and management effort. New storage features can be helpful, but many organizations fail to take advantage of them because they add complexity.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure Data Protection

ESG Lab First Look: Simple, Scale-out Block Storage with Ceph Technology Using OSNEXUS QuantaStor

According to ESG Research:

83%

The percentage of organizations that are interested in leveraging software-defined storage (SDS) as a long-term storage strategy.

13%

The percentage of organizations that consider themselves prepared to implement SDS solutions using open sourced software and commodity hardware as a do-it-yourself (DIY) deployment. [1] 

OSNEXUS: Simplified Scale-out SDS for Block, File, and Object

OSNEXUS QuantaStor is an SDS solution that allows organizations to turn commodity hardware into a globally scalable, software-defined storage solution with block, file, and object protocol access. OSNEXUS leverages the scale-out capabilities of proven open source solutions from Ceph, GlusterFS, and ZFS in conjunction with its own proprietary storage hardware virtualization capabilities. This enables OSNEXUS to offer organizations storage deployment flexibility from the open source technologies, while also removing many of the complexities related to configuration, management, and growth. And because QuantaStor supports simultaneous deployments of high-performance file, block, and object storage via Ceph, GlusterFS, and ZFS, organizations gain agility to dynamically allocate storage resources to applications with different storage requirements whenever they are needed.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure

ESG Lab Validation: DataCore SANsymphony and DataCore Hyper-converged Virtual SAN

Author(s): Tony Palmer, Jack Poller

Background

ESG recently conducted a survey of 373 IT professionals and respondents were asked to identify what they would consider to be their biggest challenges with respect to their storage environment. As one might expect from a captive audience of server virtualization users, there was significant focus on data growth (cited by 26% of respondents), data protection (26%), staff costs (23%), and data migration (23%). Perhaps of greatest interest and significance, however, is that hardware costs (27%) was the most-cited storage challenge, as seen in Figure 1.[1]

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure Data Protection Networking Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Lab Validation: Lenovo Storage S3200

Author(s): Brian Garrett

Background  

Organizations today must get used to the fact that most of their information—from e-mail, financial records, and employee data to sales orders, video surveillance files, and shipping/tracking details—has gone digital. This is not only true for back-end processes; on the front-end, databases are used to drive web-based operations while file sharing and collaboration are improving productivity, and mobile apps are enabling businesses to easily connect with customers and stay competitive.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure Networking Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

ESG Lab Validation: Lenovo Storage S2200

Author(s): Brian Garrett

Background

Organizations today must get used to the fact that most of their information—from e-mail, financial records, and employee data to sales orders, video surveillance files, and shipping/tracking details—has gone digital. This is not only true for back-end processes; on the front-end, databases are used to drive web-based operations while file sharing and collaboration are improving productivity, and mobile apps are enabling businesses to easily connect with customers and stay competitive.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure Networking Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI