Fall 2018 Dutch Data Infrastructure Industry Trends Decision Making Seminars

November 5, 2018 – 1:39 pm
Fall 2018 Dutch Data Infrastructure Industry Trends Decision Making Seminars Fall 2018 Dutch Data Infrastructure Industry Trends Decision Making Seminars. There is still time to register for the fall 2018 Dutch data infrastructure industry trends decision-making seminars November 27th and 28th. The workshops are being organized by Brouwer Storage Consultancy of Holland and will be held in Nijkerk. On Tuesday, November 27th, there will be an advanced education workshop seminar covering data infrastructure industry trends and technology update presented by myself. On Wednesday, November 28th, there will be a deeper dive workgroup seminar session addressing data infrastructure related strategy, planning, and decision-making. Data Infrastructures Industry Trends November 27 Whats New, Whats the buzz, what you need to know about, From Speeds and Feeds, Slots and Watts to Whos doing what, from interesting to What's relevant for your environment. This one-day seminar is a new and improved version of the popular speeds ...

Microsoft Azure Data Box Disk Impressions #blogtobertech

October 31, 2018 – 6:53 pm
Microsoft Azure Data Box Disk Test Drive Impressions #blogtobertech Data Box Disk Test Drive Impressions is the last of a four-post series looking at Microsoft Azure Data Box. View Part 1 Microsoft announced Azure Data Box updates, Part 2 Microsoft Azure Data Box Family, and Part 3 Microsoft Azure Data Box Disk Test Drive Review. Overall, I liked the Azure Data Box experience along with a range of options to select the best fit solution for my needs. A common trend among the major cloud service providers such as AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google is that one size fits all approach solution does not meet different customer needs. The only things that I did not like about and would like to see improved with Azure Data Box are two items one at the beginning, the other at the end of the process. Granted with Data Box Disks still in preview, there is time ...

Microsoft Azure Data Box Disk Test Drive Review #blogtobertech

October 31, 2018 – 6:53 pm
Microsoft Azure Data Box Test Drive #blogtobertech Microsoft Azure Data Box Test Drive is part three of four series looking at Data Box. View Part 1 Microsoft announced Azure Data Box updates,  Part 2 Microsoft Azure Data Box Family, and Part 4 Microsoft Azure Data Box Disk Impressions. Getting Started The workflow for using Data Box involves selecting with the type of Data Box to use via the Microsoft Azure portal (here), or Data Box Family page (here). Getting Started via the Microsoft Azure Data Box Family Page image via Microsoft.com First step of ordering a Data Box is to specify your Azure subscription, type of operation (e.g., import data into Azure, or export out), source country/region and destination Azure region. Selecting Data Box from Azure Portal The next step is to determine what type of Data Box, in this test I choose 40 TB Data Box Disks. Make a note of fees to avoid any ...

Microsoft Azure Data Box Family #blogtobertech

October 31, 2018 – 6:52 pm
Microsoft Azure Data Box Family #blogtobertech Microsoft Azure Data Box Family is part two of a four-part series looking at Data Box. View Part 1 Microsoft announced Azure Data Box updates, Part 3 Microsoft Azure Data Box Disk Test Drive Review, Part 4 Microsoft Azure Data Box Disk Impressions. Microsoft Azure Data Box Overview Microsoft has several Data Box solutions available or in the preview to meet various customer needs. These include both online as well as offline solutions that include hardware (except Data Box Gateway), software tools and cloud services. Data Box Online Microsoft has two online Data Box offerings that provide real-time access of Azure cloud storage resources from on-prem including remote, edge locations. The online Data Box solutions include Edge and Gateway both with local on-prem storage. Data Box Edge image via Microsoft.com Data Box Edge (Preview) Currently, in preview, Data Box Edge is a 1U appliance that combines hardware along with software resources for ...

Microsoft announced Azure Data Box updates #blogtobertech

October 31, 2018 – 6:48 pm
Microsoft announced Azure Data Box updates - #blogtobertech Microsoft announced Azure Data Box is the first in a series of four posts looking at Data Box including a test drive experience. View Part 2 Microsoft Azure Data Box Family, Part 3 Microsoft Azure Data Box Disk Test Drive Review, Part 4 Microsoft Azure Data Box Disk Impressions. Microsoft Azure Data Box Family Page image via Microsoft.com At Ignite in Microsoft announced Azure Data Box updates, which means its time for a test drive and review. Microsoft has several Data Box solutions available or in the preview to meet various customer needs. These include both online as well as offline solutions that include hardware (except Data Box Gateway), software tools and cloud services. In general, Data Box enables bulk movement and migration of data from on-prem environments to Azure cloud storage including blobs (e.g., objects) and files (e.g., NAS accessible) resources. Whats The Need for ...

Cloud File Data Storage Consolidation and Economic Comparison Model #blogtobertech

October 17, 2018 – 3:20 pm
Cloud File Data Storage Consolidation and Economic Comparison Model #blogtobertech The following is a new Industry Trends Perspective White Paper Report titled Cloud File Data Storage Consolidation and Economic Comparison Model. This new report looks at Distributed File Server and Consolidated Cloud Storage Economic Comparison with a fundamental economic comparison model for remote (on-prem) distributed file-servers and cloud storage consolidation decision-making. IT data infrastructure resource (servers, storage, I/O network, hardware, software, services) decision-making involves evaluating and comparing technical attributes (speeds, feeds, features) of a solution or service. Another aspect of data infrastructure resource decision-making involves assessing how a solution or service will support and enable a given application workload from a Performance, Availability, Capacity, and Economic (PACE) perspective. Keep in mind that all application workloads have some amount of PACE resource requirements that may be high, low or various permutations. Performance, Availability (including data protection along with security) as well as Capacity ...

Not Dead Yet Zombie Technology (Declared Dead yet still alive) October 2018 Update #blogtobertech

October 17, 2018 – 3:20 pm
Not Dead Yet Zombie Technology (Declared Dead yet still alive) October 2018 Update #blogtobertech Not Dead Yet Zombie Technology (Declared Dead yet still alive) October 2018 Update. Musician Phil Collins has an excellent name for his current tour Not Dead Yet which is a reminder that he is still alive and performing, at least one more time. With Halloween just around the corner, it is that time of the year to revisit zombie technology, those technologies, tools, techniques, trends that are declared dead yet still alive. IT Zombie Technology Declared Dead Not Dead Yet With a concert tour named Not Dead Yet, that sets the stage for this post which is about IT Zombie Technology and in particular data infrastructure related technology, tools, trends and related topics that have been declared dead by some people, yet are still alive. Not only are these tools and techniques being used, but they are also being ...

Ten tips to reduce your cloud compute storage costs #blogtobertech

October 9, 2018 – 10:13 pm
Ten tips to reduce your cloud compute storage costs #blogtobertech The following are Ten tips to reduce your cloud compute storage costs. In some cases, reducing your cloud costs means spending the same yet getting more value and resources that provide a business benefit. For example, paying the same yet upgrading to fewer, faster servers, storage, I/O network resources to support growth while boosting productivity. In other words, when measured on a cost per unit of work done or service enabled, there should be an improvement. On the other hand, cost cutting can be measured by an actual reduction in spending, for example, consolidating multiple applications to a lower cost compute instance running at higher utilization. The caveat is that while the spend may be reduced, is the corresponding level of service or application and user productivity negatively impacted? Other examples are a hybrid of removing complexity and cost, as well as ...

How I saved money storing more data on aws s3 simple storage service #blogtobertech

October 9, 2018 – 10:11 pm
How I saved money storing more data on aws s3 simple storage service #blogtobertech How I saved money storing more data on aws s3 simple storage service is an example of reducing cloud costs as opposed to merely cutting cloud costs. What this means is that instead of just cutting my cloud storage costs with a focus on how much I could save, I wanted to remove some costs while also storing more data without compromise. For example, since making the changes, storage capacity usage has almost doubled, yet prices are remaining 37% lower from two years ago before the changes were made. How I saved money storing more data on aws s3? Without adding any context, the typical reaction might be that I saved money storing more data on (or in) AWS S3 as opposed to locally on-site (on-prem). Another typical response would be that I moved all ...

Dont Stop Learning Expand Your Skills Experiences Everyday #blogtobertech

October 5, 2018 – 3:59 pm
Dont Stop Learning Expand Your Skills Experiences Everyday #blogtobertech Dont Stop Learning Expand Your Skills Experiences Everyday including moving beyond or outside our current tradecraft focus area. If you are an expert in a field or given focus area, learn something new about an area outside your expertise or comfort zone. Now if you are of the mind-set that there is nothing new to learn about, it's all old, boring, perhaps its time to step back, look around, explore other areas. Doing something new can be in an adjacent technology area, or something completely unrelated. For example, in a recent VMUG keynote presentation and blog post I discussed how Next Generation Hybrid Software Defined Data Infrastructures Are In Your Future. Next Generation Data Infrastructures are in your future (if not already) What tradecraft skills and experience do you need to have, expand or refresh to support next-generation hybrid software-defined data infrastructures? If you ...

Next Generation Hybrid Software Defined Data Infrastructures Are In Your Future #blogtobertech

October 1, 2018 – 1:10 pm
Next Generation Hybrid Software Defined Data Infrastructures Are In Your Future #blogtobertech A few weeks ago I was invited to present a keynote at the 1st annual Minnesota VMware User Group (VMUG) Super VMUG mega event in Minneapolis titled Next Generation Hybrid Software Defined Data Infrastructures Are In Your Future (download PDF presentation here). Key themes of the presentation focused around data infrastructures (e.g. what's inside physical data centers including server, storage, I/O networking, hardware, software, policies, procedures) along with industry trends including hybrid software defined clouds (and containers). Anther aspect of the presentation focused around building, refreshing and expanding our fundamental data infrasture tradecraft skills. Also keep in mind that everything is not the same across different environments, granted there are similarities that can be leveraged. Data Infrasture's are defined to support business applications information service delivery Data Infrastructures The fundamental role of data infrastructures is to provide a platform environment ...

Server StorageIO 2018 VMworld Data Infrastructure Buzzword Bingo Puzzle

August 23, 2018 – 2:50 pm
Server StorageIO 2018 VMworld Data Infrastructure Buzzword Bingo Puzzle Following up from last years 2017 crossword puzzle for travel fun, here is the Server StorageIO 2018 VMworld Data Infrastructure Buzzword Bingo Puzzle (click on the below image for PDF version that includes answers). The Server StorageIO 2018 VMworld Data Infrastructure Buzzword Bingo Puzzle can be something to do while traveling, taking a break between (or during) sessions as well as keynotes. I wonder which buzzword term will get used the most, as well as new ones to be added to an updated version of this? Where to learn more Learn more about VMworld and data infrastructures related topics via the following links: Travel Fun Crossword Puzzle For VMworld 2017 Las Vegas Dell EMC PowerEdge MX 7000 Kinetic Based Data Infrastructure Architecture Catching Up With Summer 2018 IBM Cloudy Software Defined Storage Announcements Server, Storage and I/O Virtualizaiton - What's Next? ...

Dell EMC PowerEdge MX 7000 Kinetic Based Data Infrastructure Architecture

August 21, 2018 – 4:19 pm
Dell EMC PowerEdge MX 7000 Kinetic Based Data Infrastructure Architecture Dell EMC today announced with a tag line IT Unbound their new PowerEdge MX 7000 Kinetic Based Data Infrastructure Architecture slated for general availability September 21, 2018. Previewed earlier this year at Dell Technology World in Las Vegas, PowerEdge MX 7000 is a new family of modular, scalable servers for various data infrastructure roles. What is different with PowerEdge MX 7000 compared to other new 14th generation (Gen 14) Dell servers is the finer granularity of resource allocation based around the new Kinetic composable infrastructure. Also previewed at Dell Technology World earlier this year in Las Vegas, Kinetic (not to be confused the Seagate Kinetic object storage key value drive initiative) is a new composable architecture. Dell EMC PowerEdge MX 7000 Kinetic What Was Announced First instantiation of Kinetic composable based data infrastructure resources OpenManage Enterprise Modular Edition PowerEdge MX 7000 ...

Catching Up With Summer 2018 IBM Cloudy Software Defined Storage Announcements

August 17, 2018 – 8:42 am
Summer 2018 IBM Cloudy Software Defined Storage Announcements Time for some catching up with summer 2018 IBM cloudy software defined storage announcements that were made earlier this week. The Share Event (Mainframe centric) is occurring this week in St. Louis. Thus, it is no surprise that it is time for catching up with summer 2018 IBM cloudy software-defined storage announcements that are geared to mainframe Z environments. These cloud and software-defined storage for the mainframe environment announcements follow those from a few weeks ago including new Power9 based servers and IBM FlashSystem 9100 flash SSD. What was announced What IBM announced this week were a mix of mainframe Z server storage with software-defined storage and cloud (e.g. cloudy) support including: IBM Spectrum Protect 8.1.6 multi-cloud updates with tiered backup across on-site and cloud. For example, active data remains on-site (or on-prem), inactive data protection copies get moved (tiered) to cloud storage. Other ...