Yesterday Silverstring hosted their first customer event of the year at Red Bull Racing in Milton Keynes. Why there I hear you ask?
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It’s been a few weeks since we’ve dug around storage technologies on this blog, so it seems a reasonable point to discuss two of the strangest terms bandied about in the storage world over the past year, or so.
In our last few blog posts we’ve covered a number of different, key subjects that really outline the interesting state of the current market. It’s said that the only consistent thing about the IT marketplace is that it is always changing. For the first time in a few years, in our specialist sector, this is currently more true than ever before.
Recently I outlined five key questions that line of business execs should be asking IT staff about Flash storage and why they should be asking those questions. Now it’s the turn of the IT staff to ask the questions. Unfortunately many line of business people just see IT as a money pit and they don’t understand the business you deliver. Silverstring are here to help you get into their good books this year and help you to get your hands on the hot techology that can make your users happy (OK, happier) too. What’s not to like?
It’s been hard to miss the almighty shouting across the industry about flash and SSD storage over the past 18 months. We’ve seen it starting to proliferate in some of our early adopting customers. Obviously, it promises speed, but that’s what the IT industry has promised us all since about forever, but what are the questions you should really be asking your IT department, to understand whether you should be introducing flash storage into your estate, or not?
The cloud can be used for multiple products across the spectrum range including Spectrum Protect, Spectrum Virtualise, Spectrum Accelerate, Spectrum Scale and Spectrum Control. This article concentrates on uses of Spectrum Protect in a Hybrid Cloud solution
At the IBM Technical University in Prague, there were many fascinating presentations. Being a technical storage and data protection kind of guy with an aversion to jargon (leveraging synergies etc.), I tried to stay clear of the more ‘salesy’ ones. I did, with heavy heart, attend a lecture entitled “Spectrum Virtualize Infrastructures & Turbo Compression: technology, use cases, financial savings & client studies” by the excellent Pierre Sabloniere. It was a lecture on how to sell IBM storage, but the story he told was so compelling that the technology sells itself.
As more and more data accumulates in datacentres, it is paramount that storage administrators look to maintain performance whilst simultaneously keeping costs down and the business running.
It's this focus on performance that the new FlashSystem products from IBM aim to cater for.
The modern datacentre faces an ever-increasing requirement to meet the needs of the evolving applications that it hosts. We have discussed seeing a 6x growth in data being stored, but that doesn't come with a requisite increase in datacentre capacity or performance (that is, unless intervening action is taken to provide it).