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Server StorageIO White Papers and Reports
Updated 9/1/14


Storage I/O Seagate Enterprise Turbo White Paper
July 2014 - Seagate 1200 12Gbps Enterprise SAS SSDs
Enterprise 12Gbps SAS and SSDs – Better Together - Part of an Enterprise Tiered Storage StrategyThe question to ask yourself is not if flash Solid State Device (SSD) technologies are in your future. Instead the questions are when, where, using what, how to configure and related themes. SSD including traditional DRAM and NAND flash-based technologies are like real estate where location matters; however, there are different types of properties to meet various needs. This means leveraging different types of NAND flash SSD technologies in different locations in a complementary and cooperative aka hybrid manner. In this StorageIO Industry Trends Perspective thought leadership white paper we look at how enterprise class SSDs and 12Gbps SAS address current and next generation tiered storage for virtual, cloud, traditional Little and Big Data infrastructure environments. This includes providing proof points running various workloads including Database TPC-B, TPC-E and Microsoft Exchange in the StorageIO Labs along with cache software comparing SSD, SSHD and different HDDs. Read more in this StorageIO Industry Trends and Perspective (ITP) white paper compliments of Seagate 1200 12Gbs SAS SSDs.
storage I/O StarWind VMware VSAN White Paper
August 2014 - StarWind Virtual SAN - Hardware Agnostic Hyper-Convergence for vSphere
Cutting down SMB and ROBO cost by using less hardware with software defined storage management This StorageIO Industry Trends Perspective thought leadership white paper looks at addressing the shared storage and business resiliency needs of small medium business (SMB), remote office branch office (ROBO) and service providers using VMware vSphere Hypervisor. The focus is on how software defined storage management solutions unlock the full value of server based storage for VMware server virtualization environments. Hyper-Convergence enables software defined storage management technology to be deployed with flexibility including in guest virtual machines (VMs) as a virtual storage appliance (VSA). VMware has demonstrated the viability of running storage in a VM as being good enough with their own VSA prior to the release of Virtual SAN in 2014. Read more in this StorageIO Industry Trends and Perspective (ITP) white paper compliments of StarWind Software Virtual SAN (VSAN) for VMware vSphere.
storage I/O StarWind Hyper-V VSAN White Paper
June 2014 - StarWind Virtual SAN: Hardware Agnostic Hyper-Convergence for Microsoft Hyper-V
Using less hardware with software defined storage management There is no such thing as an information recession with more data being generated, processed, moved, stored and retained longer. In addition, people and data are living longer as well as getting larger. There are economic challenges requiring new outside of the box thinking boosting your return on innovation (the new ROI) and return on investment (traditional ROI). Key to support various types of business environments and their information technology (IT) / ITC applications are cost effective, flexible and resilient data infrastructures that support virtual machine (VM) centric solutions. This StorageIO Industry Trends Perspective thought leadership white paper looks at addressing the needs of Microsoft Hyper-V environments to address economic, service, growth, flexibility and technology challenges. The focus is on how software defined storage management solutions unlock the full value of server based storage for Hyper-V environments. Benefits include removing complexity to reduce cost while enhancing flexibility, service and business systems resiliency along with disaster recovery without compromise. Primary audiences include Small Medium Business (SMB), Remote Office Branch Office (ROBO) of larger organizations along with managed service providers (Cloud, Internet and Web) that are using Hyper-V as part of their solutions. Read more in this StorageIO Industry Trends and Perspective (ITP) white paper compliments of StarWind Software Virtual SAN (VSAN) for Microsoft Hyper-V.
Storage I/O Seagate Enterprise Turbo White Paper
April 2014 (Updated July 2014) - Solid State Hybrid Drives Enterprise Turbo Drive
Enterprise SSHD and Flash SSD – Better Together - Part of an Enterprise Tiered Storage StrategyThe question to ask yourself is not if flash Solid State Device (SSD) technologies are in your future. Instead the questions are when, where, using what, how to configure and related themes. SSD including traditional DRAM and NAND flash-based technologies are like real estate where location matters; however, there are different types of properties to meet various needs. This means leveraging different types of NAND flash SSD technologies in different locations in a complementary and cooperative aka hybrid manner. In this StorageIO Industry Trends Perspective thought leadership white paper we look at how enterprise class Solid State Hybrid Drives (SSHD) and how they address current and next generation tiered storage for virtual, cloud, traditional Little and Big Data infrastructure environments. This includes providing proof points running various workloads including Database TPC-B, TPC-E and Microsoft Exchange in the StorageIO Labs comparing SSHD, SSD and different HDDs. Read more in this StorageIO Industry Trends and Perspective (ITP) white paper compliments of Seagate Enterprise Turbo SSHD.
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February 2011 - Tape's evolving data storage role
Balancing Performance, Availability, Capacity, Energy for long-term data protection and retention
There is no such thing as a data recession and no end in sight for the amount of data that will need to be stored and protected for longer periods of time. Organizations of all sizes are faced with a growing data footprint that results in more data to manage, protect and preserve for longer periods of time. Magnetic tape media (tape) is a data storage technology that has been routinely declared dead over the past couple of decades. With recently released tape roadmap's along with product enhancements, it is safe to say there is plenty of life left in this important data storage medium that enables more inactive data to be stored in a cost effective manner. Read more in this StorageIO Industry Trends and Perspective (ITP) white paper compliments of Quantum.
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January 2011 - Making the Switch to Shared 6Gbs SAS Storage
Balancing Performance, Availability, Capacity, Energy (PACE) and Economic Effectiveness
Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) is known as an interface for connecting hard disk drives (HDD) to servers and storage systems; it is also widely used for attaching storage systems to servers. This industry trends and perspective white paper describes how SAS is being used by small medium businesses (SMB) and by data centers for high performance enterprise storage connectivity. SAS has become a viable interconnect along side of Fibre Channel (FC), iSCSI, and InfiniBand (IB) for consolidating multiple servers to access and share storage. With the introduction of SAS switch products, SAS enables the connectivity scaling, functionality and performance expected of higher priced Storage Area Network (SAN) options. Read more about the business benefits of shared SAS storage for SMB, cloud, Big data and big bandwidth video and virtual environments in this StorageIO Industry Trends and Perspective (ITP) white paper compliments of LSI.
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October 2010 - End to End Systems Resource Analysis for Virtual, Cloud and Abstracted Environments
Importance of Situational Awareness for Virtual and Abstracted Environments
Many organizations are in the planning phase or already executing initiatives moving their IT applications and data to abstracted, cloud (public or private) virtualized or other forms of efficient, effective dynamic operating environments. Others are in the process of exploring where, when, why and how to use various forms of abstraction techniques and technologies to address various issues. Issues include opportunities to leverage virtualization and abstraction techniques that enable IT agility, flexibility, resiliency and salability in a cost effective yet productive manner.

An important need when moving to a cloud or virtualized dynamic environment is to have situational awareness of IT resources. This means having insight into how IT resources are being deployed to support business applications and to meet service objectives in a cost effective manner. Awareness of IT resource usage provides insight necessary for both tactical and strategic planning as well as decision making. Effective management requires insight into not only what resources are at hand but also how they are being used to decide where different applications and data should be placed to effectively meet business requirements. Learn more about the importance and opportunities associated with gaining situational awareness using E2E SRA for virtual, cloud and abstracted environments in this StorageIO Industry Trends and Perspective (ITP) white paper compliments of SANpulse.
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November 2010 - Driving IT Storage Effectiveness with Real-time Compression
Leveraging Data Footprint Reduction (DFR) and Storage Services Innovation
Storage services continue to evolve from RAID, to virtualization, thin or dynamic provisioning, local and remote data replication, space saving snapshots, access (block, file, object and cloud) along with tiering and data footprint reduction (DFR). A focus on storage services is enabling efficient and effective storage optimization, boosting both performance and productivity across all applications and tiers of storage while supporting more data in a denser footprint. Read more about how real-time compression enables these and other benefits in this StorageIO Industry Trends and Perspective (ITP) white paper compliments of IBM Real-time compression.
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July 2010 - Data De-dupe: It's not a question of if, rather where and when!
What to look for and what to avoid.
IT Organizations are faced with the constant demand to store more data, including multiple copies of the same or similar data, for longer periods of time. The result is an expanding data footprint resulting in increased IT expenses, both capital and operational, due to additional Infrastructure Resource Management activities to support and sustain given levels of application Quality of Service (QoS) delivery. Data de-duplication is a techniques that recognizes redundant data and uses reference pointers to eliminate the need to store the same data multiple times. It reduces the impact of expanding data footprints by optimizing disk storage requirements, and it reduces network bandwidth capacity needed to transmit data sets. The result for data sets like back-up, with high levels of redundancy, is that less space and bandwidth are needed to store or transmit a given amount of information. An important attribute of some de-dupe solutions is the ability to coexist with existing environments, leveraging installed technologies and maximizing investment protection while minimizing IT operations disruptions. Read more in this StorageIO Industry Trends and Perspective (ITP) white paper compliments of Quantum
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April 2010 - LTO and Magnetic Tapes Lively Roadmap
With a roadmap like this, how can tape be dead?
There is no such thing as a data recession and no end in sight for the amount of data that will need to be stored and protected for longer periods of time. IT organizations of all sizes contend with a growing data footprint with more data to manage, protect and preserve for longer periods of time. Tape is a technology that has been routinely declared dead over the past couple of decades. With the recently released LTO (Linear Tape Open) roadmap, it is safe to say there is plenty of life left in this data storage medium. The LTO roadmap shows a continuing trend of enabling more data to be safely protected and stored on an individual tape cartridge, helping to support continued data growth.

As is often the case with time proven technologies, magnetic tape has been declared dead at the hands of other emerging technologies and startup vendors – largely as a result of more marketing resources being applied. The reality is that more data is being stored on magnetic tape today than in the past in a denser, more efficient footprint. Click here to read more in this StorageIO Industry Trends and Perspective (ITP) white paper compliments of FujiFilm TapePower.com.

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November 2009 - Tape in the cloud
Magnetic Tapes Changing Role in support of Public and Private Clouds
Not to worry, it is not storm clouds in store for magnetic tape, or at least in the foreseeable future Despite continued hype about tapes demise, the venerable data storage medium is finding new roles as an ultra low-cost long term medium for data preservation and retention. Where and how tape is used or located can expect to continue to change along with being paired with complementary technology including disk to disk (D2D) backup, VTLs with replication and dedupe. Click here to read more in this StorageIO Industry Trends and Perspective (ITP) white paper compliments of FujiFilm TapePower.com.

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August 2009 - (Updated) Data Protection Options for Virtualizes Servers
Demystifying Virtual Server Data Protection (Enhanced version of 2008 white paper)
There is no such thing as a data or data protection recession, however, organizations of all size need to balance the need to support and protect an increasing amount of data in the same or smaller footprint. This has led to a focus around data center optimization and efficiency, including server virtualization. Server vitalization continues to be a popular industry focus, particularly to address IT data center power, cooling, floor space and environmental (PCFE) issues (commonly referred to as green IT computing) along with supporting next generation virtualizes data center environments. There are many challenges and options related to protecting data and applications in a virtual server environment. This in-depth report explains what your organization needs to know as it moves into a virtual realm.
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March 2009 - Long-Term Data Protection and Retention - Finding The Correct Balance
The Changing and Evolving Role of Magnetic Tape
IT organizations of all sizes contend with a growing data footprint with more data to manage, protect and preserve for longer periods of time. Online primary storage, has focus a on fast low-latency, reliable access to data while near-line secondary storage has a focus on low cost and high capacity. Long term data retention requires a combination of ultra-low cost, good performance during storage and retrieval, and reduced footprint in terms of power, cooling, floor-space and economics (PCFE) - also known as a small green data footprint - for inactive data. This white paper looks at the evolving role of magnetic tape in a tiered data infrastructure.
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January 2009 - The Green and Virtual Data Center (CRC)
ISBN-10: 1420086669 and ISBN-13: 978-1420086669
Hardcover • Approximately 376 pages • Over 100 Illustrations, Figures and Tables

The Green and Virtual Data Center examines issues and opportunities for enabling efficient, effective, optimized, economical and productive IT data centers for business sustainability with a by product of helping the environment. Addressing multiple technology domains and disciplines, this book looks at design and implementation tradeoffs using various best practices and technologies to sustain application and business growth while maximizing IT resources, such as power, cooling, floor space, storage, server performance, and network capacity along with management software tools.
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October 2008 - Business Benefits of Policy Based Data De-Duplication
Data Footprint Reduction with Quality of Service (QoS) for Data Protection
Organizations of all sizes are faced with the demands of storing more data, including multiple copies of the same or similar data, for longer periods of time. The result is an expanding data footprint that results in increased IT resource management costs to support and sustain given levels of application and information Quality of Service (QoS) delivery. An approach to providing relief from the pressures, costs and complexities associated with managing data protection for an expanding data footprint including reducing the amount of data transmitted over wide area network (WAN) links is data de-duplication (de-dupe). Data de-dupe reduces the impact of expanding data footprints by optimizing storage and network bandwidth capacity used to store protected data, enabling improved utilization and more information to be processed in a given time frame.
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July 2008 - Data Protection Options for Virtualizes Servers
Demystifying Virtual Server Data Protection - Best Practices and Tips
Server vitalization continues to be a popular industry focus, particularly to address IT data center power, cooling, floor space and environmental (PCFE) issues (commonly referred to as green IT computing) along with supporting next generation virtualizes data center environments. There are many challenges and options related to protecting data and applications in a virtual server environment. This in-depth report explains what your organization needs to know as it moves into a virtual realm.
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January 2008 - Scalable Storage for Unstructured Data
Clustered and Grid Bulk Storage and File Serving for scaling performance, availability and capacity.
Enabling Scalable Storage Performance, Availability and Capacity for unstructured data and Web 2.0 applications. The growth of structured and unstructured data continues at an explosive rate in most environments resulting in a constantly expanding data footprint requiring data and storage management resources. Similarly, the relative ease of use of NFS and Windows CIFS file sharing based storage, also known as Network Attached Storage (NAS), has led to a proliferation of NAS and Windows file servers (similar to how the ease of use of personal computers (PCs) has resulted in desktop and server sprawl) and a resulting urgency to consolidate to maximize resource usage and IT management tasks.
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January 2008 - MAID 2.0: Energy Savings without Performance Compromises
Intelligent Power Management (IPM) Energy Savings for Secondary and Near-line Storage
Not all Green Storage is created equal. There are business benefits to aligning the most energy efficient storage to meet different data and application requirements. All storage vendors are claiming some form of green or some power, cooling and floor space savings. This industry trends and perspectives brief looks at a category of storage using intelligent power management (IPM) to support secondary and near-line or off-line data needs, comparing performance with energy savings, to enable you to be the judge of who is the greenest of them all.
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December 2007 - Achieving Energy Efficiency using FLASH SSD
Leveraging SSD as part of tiered storage for server and storage consolidation and energy efficiency
Reducing energy consumption is an important topic for many IT data centers. While there is a lot of discussion about reducing energy by doing less, another form of energy efficiency is doing more with less power for green storage. This paper looks at how solid state disk (SSD) and, in particular, FLASH based SSD can be incorporated into an energy-efficiency or green storage strategy as part of a tiered storage architecture to address power and environmental concerns while reducing server and storage I/O performance bottlenecks.
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December 2007 - The Many Faces of MAID Storage Technology
How Massive Array of Idle Disks (MAID) is evolving and being implemented in various storage solutions
This paper looks at MAID technology in general along with some current implementations along with benefits, caveats and what to look for and consider when evaluating MAID enabled technology to support primary, secondary and off-line data storage requirements to address energy efficiency and green storage needs.

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October 2007 - Enabling comprehensive data protection for VMware
Issues and solutions for complete data protection and application availability for virtual environments
Server and storage vitalization are complementary technologies that support day-to-day business along with high-availability, business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) needs in a virtual data center environment. This paper looks at the issues and requirements for comprehensive data protection beyond simple server crash consistent restart in a VMware environment and addresses the importance of application-aware enabling data protection technologies.
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August 2007 - Analysis of EPA Report to Congress (Law 109-431)
StorageIO perspective on the EPA Report to Congress addressing public law 109-431 pertaining to IT data center electrical power consumption - On August 1, 2007 the United States environmental protection agency (EPA) responding to public law 109-431 presented a 130 page report (plus 14 pages of executive summary and 67 pages of appendices and other supporting documents) to the U.S. congress addressing IT data center electrical energy consumption and associated issue. The EPA conducted a series of web casts on August 9th 2007 covering the report, its findings, recommendations and plans for moving forward. This is a synopsis of the EPA report to congress with comments by the StorageIO group as to what the EPA report means for green storage.
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July 2007 - Business Benefits of Data Footprint Impact Reduction
A look at why and how reducing your data footprint provides a positive benefit to your business
The information necessary to support your business in timely and effective decision making and in maintaining a competitive advantage has an impact on your data footprint. This paper looks at various techniques, and, in particular, how data compaction compression technologies can be applied to various types of data and IT functions to help reduce your data foot print to improve energy consumption and green storage and, enhance existing storage resource utilization while addressing other IT Infrastructure Resource Management (IRM) inefficiencies as well as enhancing overall application service levels.
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May 2007 - Business and Application Aware DPM
A look at data protection management (DPM and Infrastructure Resource Management (IRM)
Data protection management (DPM) provides timely insight and analysis of data protection activities, including cross domain event correlation and analysis for problem resolution and planning purposes to optimize IT resource management. This paper looks at the expanded focus and shifting landscape of DPM and its role in enabling cost effective IT Infrastructure Resource Management (IRM) and service enhancement.
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September 2006 - Data Protection Management (DPM)
A look at the benefits of DPM for timely and effective data protection management
Backup reporting, cross domain event correlation, root cause analysis, modeling, performance and capacity planning, configuration and policy validation, data protection management (DPM), storage management software tools.
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August 2006 - Data Center I/O Performance Issues and Impacts
A look at I/O performance bottlenecks and their impact on time sensitive applications
Data center and I/O performance bottlenecks, storage and performance management, consolidation, improving time sensitive applications, I/O acceleration vs. bandwidth acceleration, SAN and NAS.
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Resilient Storage Networks - Designing Flexible Scalable Data Infrastructure (Elsevier)
ISBN 1-55558-311-3 * Paperback * 443 pages * Approximately 150 Illustrations
Resilient Storage Networks looks at storage and storage networking from a technology, and vendor neutral standpoint including coverage or performance, capacity planning, security, design, topologies and scaling, local and wide area, lifecycle management and data access among other topics.

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