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July 2014 Server and StorageIO Update newsletter

July 2014 Server and StorageIO Update newsletter

By Greg Schulz

Server and StorageIO Update newsletter - July 2014

Welcome to the July 2014 edition of the StorageIO Update (newsletter) containing trends perspectives on cloud, virtualization and data infrastructure topics. For some of you it is mid summer (e.g. in the northern hemisphere) while for others it mid-winter (southern hemisphere). Here in the Stillwater MN area it is mid-summer which means enjoying the warm outdoor weather as well as getting ready for the busy late summer and early fall 2014 schedule of events including VMworld among others. Starting in this edition there are a couple of new and expanded sections including Social Media Shout Out, Server and StorageIO Recommended Reading list, Technology tips and tools and the return of Just For Fun.

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Lets jump into this mid-summer, or for some of you mid-winter edition of the StorageIO Update newsletter.

Industry and Technology Updates

StorageIO Industry Trends and Perspectives

Following up from our June 2014 Newsletter that included coverage of NetApp and Avago selling its newly acquired (via LSI acquisition) flash storage division to Seagate, along with other activity, here are some current industry activities. From a flash memory and solid state device (SSD) perspective, the flash memory summit (FMS) is occurring in Santa Clara the week of August 5, 2014. Having insight under NDA into some of the many announcements as well as other things occurring, keep an eye out for various news from the FMS event.

EMC MegaLaunch and MegaActivist Investor

In addition to their recent MegaLaunch series of product announcements and updates, EMC is also in the news as it comes under pressure from activist investor Hedge fund Elliot Management Corp to spin-off VMware to increase shareholder value. What would a spin-off of VMware mean for customers of the EMC federation of EMC core technologies, VMware and Pivotal labs if the activists get their way? Here are some additional comments and perspectives via CruxialCIO. Click here to view the recent (July 23, 2014) earnings announcement for a summary of how EMC is doing in the market and financially.

Speaking of EMC MegaLaunch on July 8, 2014, EMC also announced enhancements and new models of their Isilon scale out storage, new VMAX3 models with embedded virtualization and other enhancements, XtremeIO 3.0 and new models among other enhancements. EMC also announced the general availability of some previously announced at EMCworld (May 2014) solutions including Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) and VIPR 2.0 along with SRM 2.0 among other items. For those not familiar with EMC ViPR Software Defined Storage Management you can read more here, here, here and here.

What's in the works?

Several projects and things are in the works that will show themselves in the coming weeks or months if not sooner. Some of which are more proof points coming out of the StorageIO labs involving software defined, converged, cloud, virtual, SSD, cache software, data protection and more.

Speaking of Software Defined, join me for a free Webinar on August 7 Hardware agnostic Virtual SAN for VMware ESXi Free (sponsored by Starwind Software). Other upcoming webinars include BackupU Summer Semester series (Sponsored by Dell Software) where we continue Exploring the Data Protection Toolbox. August also means VMworld in San Francisco so see you there. Check out the activities calendar below and at our main website to learn about these and other events.

Watch for more StorageIO posts, commentary, perspectives, presentations, webinars, tips and events on information and data infrastructure topics, themes and trends. Data Infrastructure topics include among others cloud, virtual, legacy server, storage I/O networking, data protection, hardware and software.

Enjoy this edition of the StorageIO Update newsletter and look forward to catching up with you live or online while out and about this summer.

StorageIO comments and perspectives in the news

StorageIO in the news

The following is a synopsis of some StorageIOblog posts, articles and comments in different venues on various industry trends, perspectives and related themes about clouds, virtualization, data and storage infrastructure topics among related themes.

NetworkComputing: Comments on Data Backup: Beyond Band-Aids
StorageNewsletter: Comments on Unified Storage Appliance Buying Guide
Forbes: Comments on Big Data and Enterprise Information Management
Toms Hardware: Comments on Server SAN: Demystifying Today's Newest Storage Buzzword
CruxialCIO: Comments on EMC Bridges Cloud, On-Premise Storage With TwinStrata Buy
ComputerWeekly: Comments on Backup vs archive: Can they be merged?
CruxialCIO: Comments on EMC under pressure to spin-off VMware
EnterpriseStorageForum: Comments on Unified Storage and buyers guide tips

StorageIO video and audio pod casts

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StorageIO audio pod casts are also available via Gregs StorageIO Podcast on Apple iTunes and at StorageIO.tv

StorageIOblog posts and perspectives

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  • AWS adds Zocalo Enterprise File Sync Share and Collaboration
  • June 2014 Server and StorageIO Update newsletter
  • Remember to check out our objectstoragecenter.com page where you will find a growing collection of information and links on cloud and object storage themes, technologies and trends from various sources.

    If you are interested in data protection including Backup/Restore, BC, DR, BR and Archiving along with associated technologies, tools, techniques and trends visit our dataprotectiondiaries.com page.

    StorageIO events and activities

    Server and StorageIO seminars, conferences, web cats, events, activities

    The StorageIO calendar continues to evolve including several new events being added for August and well into the fall with more in the works. Here are some recent and upcoming activities including live in-person seminars, conferences, keynote and speaking activities as well as on-line webinars, twitter chats, Google+ hangouts among others.

    October 10, 2014 Seminar: Server, Storage and IO Data Center Virtualization Jumpstart Nijkerk Holland
    Netherlands
    October 9, 2014 Seminar: Data Infrastructure Industry Trends and Perspectives - What's The Buzz Nijkerk Holland
    Netherlands
    October 8, 2014 Private Seminar - Contact Brouwer Storage Consultancy Nijkerk Holland
    Netherlands
    Sep. 2, 2014
    Dell BackupU
    Exploring the Data Protection Toolbox - Data and Application Replication Online Webinar
    11AM PT
    August 25-28, 2014 VMworld Various Activities San Francisco
    Aug. 21, 2014
    BrightTalk
    SAN, LAN, MAN, WAN, POTS & PANs - How you CAN network your servers & storage beyond the cable? Webinar
    11AM PT
    Aug. 20, 2014 TBA Software Defined Data Centers TBA
    1:30PM CT
    Aug. 19, 2014
    Dell BackupU
    Exploring the Data Protection Toolbox - The ABCDs of DFR (Data Footprint Reduction), part II Google+ Hangout
    9AM PT
    Aug. 13, 2014
    BrightTalk
    What is Your Virtualization Optimization Objective? Webinar
    1PM PT
    Aug. 7, 2014 Starwind Software Live webinar: Hardware agnostic Virtual SAN for VMware ESXi Free Webinar
    1PM CT
    Aug. 5, 2014
    Dell BackupU
    Exploring the Data Protection Toolbox - The ABCDs of DFR (Data Footprint Reduction), part II Online Webinar
    11AM PT

    Click here to view other upcoming along with earlier event activities. Watch for more 2014 events to be added soon to the StorageIO events calendar page. Topics include data protection modernization (backup/restore, HA, BC, DR, archive), data footprint reduction (archive, compression, dedupe), storage optimization, SSD, object storage, server and storage virtualization, big data, little data, cloud and object storage, performance and management trends among others.

    Vendors, VAR's and event organizers, give us a call or send an email to discuss having us involved in your upcoming pod cast, web cast, virtual seminar, conference or other events.

    Server and StorageIO Technology Tips and Tools

    Server and StorageIO seminars, conferences, web cats, events, activities

    FedTech:  Use a VPN for More than Remote Access
    InfoStor:  Data Archiving: Life Beyond Compliance

    Just for fun and on a lighter note

    Wrapping up this edition of the StorageIO Update newsletter is the return of the Just for fun and on a lighter note section where we share something non IT related. In this edition how about summertime backyard home video taken a few weeks ago? Check out this video of a black bear and her two cubs walking in, well, my backyard. First you will see Big Mama Bear, then Yogi Jr. that appear from the left, followed by baby Boo Boo also from the left.

    Backyard Black Bears
    Video courtesy of KarenofArcola - Click on image to view

    StorageIO Update Newsletter Archives

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    Greg Schulz is founder of the Server and StorageIO (StorageIO) Group, an IT industry analyst and consultancy firm. Greg has worked with various server operating systems along with storage and networking software tools, hardware and services. Greg has worked as a programmer, systems administrator, disaster recovery consultant, and storage and capacity planner for various IT organizations. He has worked for various vendors before joining an industry analyst firm and later forming StorageIO.

    In addition to his analyst and consulting research duties, Schulz has published over a thousand articles, tips, reports and white papers and is a sought after popular speaker at events around the world. Greg is also author of the books Resilient Storage Network (Elsevier) and The Green and Virtual Data Center (CRC). His blog is at www.storageioblog.com and he can also be found on twitter @storageio.

    @ThingsExpo Stories

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    SYS-CON Events announced today that Matrix.org has been named “Silver Sponsor” of Internet of @ThingsExpo, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Matrix is an ambitious new open standard for open, distributed, real-time communication over IP. It defines a new approach for interoperable Instant Messaging and VoIP based on pragmatic HTTP APIs and WebRTC, and provides open source reference implementations to showcase and bootstrap the new standard. Our focus is on simplicity, security, and supporting the fullest feature set.
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    The Transparent Cloud-computing Consortium (abbreviation: T-Cloud Consortium) will conduct research activities into changes in the computing model as a result of collaboration between "device" and "cloud" and the creation of new value and markets through organic data processing High speed and high quality networks, and dramatic improvements in computer processing capabilities, have greatly changed the nature of applications and made the storing and processing of data on the network commonplace.
    Be Among the First 100 to Attend & Receive a Smart Beacon. The Physical Web is an open web project within the Chrome team at Google. Scott Jenson leads a team that is working to leverage the scalability and openness of the web to talk to smart devices. The Physical Web uses bluetooth low energy beacons to broadcast an URL wirelessly using an open protocol. Nearby devices can find all URLs in the room, rank them and let the user pick one from a list. Each device is, in effect, a gateway to a web page. This unlocks entirely new use cases so devices can offer tiny bits of information or simple i...
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    TechCrunch reported that "Berlin-based relayr, maker of the WunderBar, an Internet of Things (IoT) hardware dev kit which resembles a chunky chocolate bar, has closed a $2.3 million seed round, from unnamed U.S. and Switzerland-based investors. The startup had previously raised a €250,000 friend and family round, and had been on track to close a €500,000 seed earlier this year — but received a higher funding offer from a different set of investors, which is the $2.3M round it’s reporting."
    The Industrial Internet revolution is now underway, enabled by connected machines and billions of devices that communicate and collaborate. The massive amounts of Big Data requiring real-time analysis is flooding legacy IT systems and giving way to cloud environments that can handle the unpredictable workloads. Yet many barriers remain until we can fully realize the opportunities and benefits from the convergence of machines and devices with Big Data and the cloud, including interoperability, data security and privacy.
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