Scale-up vs Scale-out Architecture, How is Your Organization Currently Scaling It's Storage Needs?

Traditionally, organizations world-wide have utilized Scale-up architecture when it comes to storage. What does this mean? Traditional scale-up architecture utilizes a dual-controller set-up, and adds storage drives as needed to increase storage capacity and performance. Run of storage, add another shelf. Seems pretty straight forward right? Run out of performance, not so straight forward...

Technically News – 1/21

Technically News scans thousands of industry articles to present you with a weekly source of IT news, information, and ideas that impact the public sector. In this edition: Using GIS Technology to Develop Government Apps; 20 State and Local Government Technology Infographics; Big Data: What to Consider Before Releasing Information to the Public; Virtualization Will Drive the Storage Market; Cloud Computing Adoption Grows, Bandwidth Isn't

To Short Name or Not to Short Name

What do you do when you have a client that is not communicating with your master server? First, you should check the firewall rules and open port configurations to verify that everything looks right. You should then check the host file where you are likely to see line after line of names. If you’re anything like me, you probably find this very frustrating. Everyone wants to use a short name, bypass protocol, or short cuts via host files, but do they realize this can create confusion and issues?

Storage Consolidation with the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance

Datacenter growth is one of the larger challenges encountered by datacenter managers today. The key solutions to combat these challenges are consolidation and virtualization. There are many virtualization solutions available, such as Oracle VM, and all of them are effective for server consolidation. The Sun ZFS Storage Appliance can integrate and interoperate with any of these solutions but does best with Oracle VM and VMware.

Disaster Recovery Gets Some Fresh AIR

When it comes to disaster recovery, there has historically been a limitation on disk storage. While tapes can easily be sent offsite to be used for restores after a site outage, disks do not offer the same flexibility. Some OpenStorage technologies, support out-of-band replication in which the contents of the disk storage are replicated between devices. In these instances, NetBackup has no knowledge of the data, which complicates recovery in a NetBackup protected environment because the replicated data can only be accessed after recreating the NetBackup catalog. Replication is done by importing the entire contents of the disk storage at the remote site using the bpimport command. The nbcatsync utility, introduced in NetBackup 6.5.6 and 7.0.1, can address this challenge as well, but it relies on being able to restore the catalog from a catalog backup and then post-processing it to reconcile the disk device mappings, resulting in a very time consuming process.

ONTAP 8 Cluster-mode: NetApp’s Dash of Special Sauce

Way back in 2003, an eternity in tech years, Network Appliance purchased Spinnaker Networks an appliance maker that utilized SpinFS. Since the acquisition NetApp , as it is now called, has developed two different operating system offerings a.k.a. their “special sauce.” The original ONTAP “flavor” (ONTAP 8 7-mode) and the ONTAP 8 Cluster-mode, a reincarnate of technology acquired from Spinnaker and previously known as ONTAP GX.

Symantec to Offer End-to-End View and Manage Private Clouds

Symantec plans to release a full refresh of its Storage Foundation and Veritas Operations Manager software, which will include features allowing end-to-end management of private cloud infrastructures. Veritas Operations Manager (VOM) 4.0 is due out in May 2012. Storage Foundation 6.0 is planned for release in the second half of the year. One upcoming feature Symantec is planning is called Enterprise Object Store, which will use a global name space to offer a heterogeneous, enterprise-wide abstraction of all file data. According to Don Angspatt, vice president of product management for Symantec's storage and availability management group, the file system will be able to scale to petabytes in size and will be accessible through HTTP. "So this creates one common global repository. You can access data the same way you would [from a workstation] through your cell phone," he said.