Accelerating the cloud with flash

The rapid increase in processor performance and the deployment of highly virtualized datacentres has placed increasing stress on conventional storage to the point that it is now often the main bottleneck to application performance, and just as importantly, to server utilisation. By Greg Huff, SVP, Corporate Strategy, LSI Corporation.

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Time for a data management revolution

There is no doubt that data management has gone through an evolutionary process, starting with a focus on straight forward backup and recovery in the 1990’s and then moving to integrated protection solutions in the 2000s. However the impact of Big Data and the move to adopt a more mobile way of working again requires a radical new approach. By Nigel Tozer, Business Development Director, EMEA, CommVault.

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Consider the value of implementing four essential tiers

Many financial institutions deal with the data deluge by buying increasing amounts of primary storage. While this approach keeps data close at hand, it is excessively expensive and makes it difficult to find specific data - similar to looking for a needle in a haystack. By Luc Gheysens, vice president and general manager, Imation, Europe.

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Cloud storage: A rosy future – once the thorns are removed

Cloud storage is starting to become accepted as a normal part of an enterprise IT architecture, according to research published by Avere Systems. By Rebecca Thompson, VP of Marketing, Avere Systems.

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Full spectrum solid state

In recent years, the solid state storage market is perhaps the most contested market. NAND flash solid state storage solutions are now pervasive from the server through the storage network into traditional storage systems. In this Neuraspective™, Neuralytix’s Benjamin Woo presents the most comprehensive examination and analysis of the solid state storage market to date. It looks at the six key integration points for flash technologies. This report also discusses the impact and necessity of software as it relates to the solid state storage market. Part2.

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The case for Scale Out Storage

Scale-out is a new category of storage architecture that challenges the limitations associated with traditional SAN and NAS systems. The aim of scale-out storage is to provide service predictability allowing the user to grow storage resources in-line with data center demands as business needs change over time. Scale-out storage systems must therefore be able to expand but still maintain functionality and performance as they grow. By Gurdip Kalley, Head of Business Development at Solid State Solutions (S3).

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Business outcomes - driving big data & analytics

At this year’s Powering the Cloud events: SNW Europe, Datacenter Technologies & Virtualization World, taking place on 29th and 30th October in Frankfurt, we will be addressing, through our Spotlight Sessions, five of the most important issues for CIOs over the next few years. In doing so we will attempt to address more than just the technology issues, rather the broader business opportunities and challenges.

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BYOD and photos of my cat

By Alex McDonald, SNIA’s Cloud Storage Initiative Chair, NetApp.

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Differentiation in a crowded cloud service provider market

Organisations are increasingly looking towards Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions to reduce costs and solve a number of business challenges. By Trevor Dearing, EMEA Marketing Director, Gigamon.

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The cloud models of the future

Matt Davies, director, Cordys, discusses the different approaches to cloud broking we will see develop as service providers look to new revenue streams.

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Securing your data: The role of security in a connected world

Data that companies acquire, manage and secure today is much different to what it was even a couple of years ago. The variety, volume and complexity of customer and internal data held is placing new demands on CIOs both from a pure manageability front but also from external compliance and regulatory requirements.

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Changing the way enterprises migrate and deploy cloud-based applications

The data centre can be fully virtualized; the future of software defined data centres is coming faster than you think. By Patrick Kerpan, CEO / CTO of CohesiveFT.

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Managing complexity and the importance of real-time monitoring

Why you should take a step back before going forward to virtual and cloud infrastructure. By Chris James, Marketing Director EMEA, Virtual Instruments.

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A very private affair?

Neil Barnett, Product Manager for Hosting & Cloud at Daisy Group plc, discusses private cloud and why it is more than just another type of cloud computing service.

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Videos

Andre Azevedo, CEO at Ancoris, explains how the company’s new GreenLab Google Cloud service helps organisations to understand the actions they can take around their IT infrastructure to achieve their sustainability goals, with cloud migration a high priority for many.
Rob Elder, Vice President Data Centers, Bulk Infrastructure AS, discusses the current energy price spike and the impact it is already having on the global data centre industry - with a particular focus on how location is becoming an increasingly important factor for end users.
The opening of Telehouse South at its London Docklands campus might represent something of a change for Telehouse, as it represents an ‘ambitious and aesthetic’ refurbishment of an existing data centre, as opposed to a new build, but it continues the company’s focus of providing high level colocation facilities, where latency, cloud, connectivity and sustainability all have key roles to play. Mark Pestridge, Senior Customer Experience Director, Telehouse Europe, explains all.
Mickey Bresman, Co-Founder and CEO and Ran Harel, Senior Security Product Manager, both at Semperis, discuss the findings of the company’s recent Microsoft Active Directory security survey, and also explain how the Semperis Purple Knight security assessment tool not only highlights AD security gaps, but also provides recommended fixes.

Expert Opinions

By Daniel Spicer, Chief Security Officer at Ivanti.
By AppDynamics EMEAR CTO, James Harvey,
Simon Spring, Operations Director of EMEA at WhereScape, discusses some of the common misconceptions surrounding data warehouses, data lakes, and data hubs, and why a proper understanding of each is key to building effective data infrastructure.
By David Watkins, solutions director for VIRTUS Data Centres.