In the storage industry, we hear the term "migration" all the time - almost
every day. One of the first visuals that comes to my mind whenever I hear
that word is a neatly formed "V"-formation of geese or ducks flying south for
the winter. The "V" formation is a very efficient way to fly long distances.
One bird's wing-flapping causing a vortex, giving the bird directly behind
effortless lift. The group works together in this way to migrate vast
distances in a short amount of time while expending as little effort
Just as bird migration is inevitable, so to is data migration - no matter
what form it's in. In the storage world, this might mean you need to migrate
older tape formats to a more current one to support the new tape drive you've
just bought, or migrate data from an older storage array to a new one.
Too often, storage strategies are developed wi... (more)
If you happen to be managing a virtual server environment, such as VMware or
Hyper-V, you are probably aware of the importance of backup software to
protect your valuable applications and data in case of disaster. You may also
be keenly conscious of the unique needs that virtual server environments
pose, such as virtual machine sprawl, contention for server resources and
spiraling data growth (often duplicate data), in which case there is probably
no need to spend a lot of time touting the benefits of Veeam Backup &
Over the past few years, Veeam has become the lead... (more)
Return on investment (ROI) of using the cloud has recently become a popular
topic of discussion, though not in a way you might expect. An interesting
article by JP Morgenthal entitled There is no ROI in cloud computing presents
the opinion that cloud services simply have no ROI. A second article by Joe
Onisick entitled Private Cloud: It’s Not About ROI effectively repeats a
similar message in the context of private clouds.
While both pieces appear controversial on the surface, they accurately
portray that cloud infrastructure is not an investment – rather, cloud
offers a way to ... (more)
Anyone who purchases storage arrays is familiar with the many advantages of
modular storage systems and storage area networks. However, they may also be
familiar with one of the less desirable attributes of storage arrays: the
typical three- to five-year lifecycle that forces decommissions and mandates
upgrades on a regular basis. With many organizations expanding their need for
storage by 20-60% on an annual basis , outgrowing capacity of existing
storage arrays is a regular occurrence, effectively rendering upgrade cycles
to be a fact of life.
Although decommissioning and u... (more)
Storage area networks (SANs) have become the ubiquitous deployment model for
block data storage systems, interconnecting formerly siloed storage arrays
with a common high-speed network running standardized protocols such as Fibre
Channel or iSCSI. It was over a decade ago that the ability to connect
multi-vendor storage arrays into a common network proved revolutionary and
changed the way storage arrays were configured and consumed by businesses.
However, with continuing advancements in cloud storage solutions, IT
administrators are now rethinking the traditional SAN.
As with ma... (more)