Showing posts with label SAN. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SAN. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Brocade Expands Analytics Monitoring for SANs

Brocade introduced new capabilities in its Analytics Monitoring Platform for providing end-to-end visibility and greater insight into application performance.

The Brocade Analytics Monitoring Platform is a purpose-built SAN appliance that measures application- and device-level I/O performance and analyzes traffic behavior within Brocade Gen 6 and Gen 5 Fibre Channel networks. The solution delivers actionable intelligence to administrators enabling them to optimize application performance.

New features include:

  • Greater flexibility of monitoring and alerting with Flow Collections. This capability allows users to customize monitoring levels per device, application or other uniquely defined logical groups of data flows. The ability to create logical groups of highly granular flow information simplifies troubleshooting, speeds up the planning process and provides simple yet flexible monitoring options for users.
  • Optimized user workflows in Brocade Network Advisor for the Analytics Monitoring Platform allow users to quickly identify problem behaviors and rapidly perform root cause analysis. A new Investigation Mode feature provides intuitive views to instantly drill into the details required for understanding complex behaviors and correlating events.
  • A Flow Filtering capability allows users to pinpoint critical information of interest even in the most complex, virtualized environments with thousands of devices and tens of thousands of flows.
  • Customizable reporting capabilities correlate metrics and events, summarize trends for behavior analysis and demonstrate compliance with performance SLAs.
  • A new database architecture in Brocade Network Advisor provides a highly responsive user experience and increased scalability for large environments.
  • A new user-friendly dashboard interface and modern hardware design.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Infonetics: 16G Fibre Channel Takes Over

Sales of 16G Fibre Channel are quickly taking over the market from earlier 4G and 8G implementations, according to a new study published by Infonetics.

“With 16G Fibre Channel ramping fast, 8G is making a quick exit,” says Cliff Grossner, Ph.D., directing analyst for data center and cloud at Infonetics Research. “16G Fibre Channel solutions now make up 42% of storage area network (SAN) revenue, and we expect to see the continued acceleration of 16G at the expense of 8G and 4G, especially with 32G still two years out.”

“Most of the 16G market is inter-switch, or switch-to-storage array, and not server connections,” adds Grossner.

Some highlights:

  • Globally, the SAN market (Fibre Channel switches and host bus adapters) totaled $592 million in 1Q14, down 9% from 4Q13, and down 3% from a year ago
  • Brocade continues to dominate the SAN switch and adapter market, gaining 3 market share points in 1Q14
  • Worldwide converged data center network adapter revenue (Ethernet switch ports-in-use for storage and converged network adapters, or CNAs), declined 4% sequentially in 1Q14, to $549 million
  • CNAs continue to account for the majority of revenue, followed by iSCSI adapters and universal adapters
  • Thanks to its recent acquisitions, QLogic is expected to move into the #2 spot in the converged data center network adapter market in 2Q14
  • In an effort to grab market share, converged data center network adapter vendors are reaching for the cloud, software-defined networking (SDN), and network functions virtualization (NVF)
  • The shift to cloud-architected data centers with automated deployment of virtual workloads is driving a long-term trend toward a converged network with storage and application traffic on Ethernet in the data center.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Thailand's Stock Exchange Deploys ADVA FSP 3000

The Stock Exchange of Thailand has deployed the ADVA FSP 3000 for mission-critical storage area network (SAN) connectivity.

The network enables the Thailand Stock Exchange to transport information between data centers with low latency, high availability and robust security. The ADVA FSP 3000 was installed and will be maintained by Stream I.T. Consulting.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Infonetics: 16G Fibre Channel Passing 8G This Year

The global SAN equipment market, including Fibre Channel switches and iSCSI and Fibre Channel host bus adapters, totaled $631 million in 2Q13, an increase of 4% from 1Q13, but a decline of 8% from the year-ago quarter (2Q12), according to a new report from Infonetics. One of the biggest trends is the ramp in 16 Fibre Channel.

"Cisco's 16G Fibre Channel ports are finally hitting the market, and we believe its customers' pent-up demand for Fibre Channel inter-switch connection will help push 16G revenue past 8G by the end of 2013," predicts Michael Howard, Infonetics Research's co-founder and principal analyst for carrier networks. "Meanwhile, Brocade, which enjoyed a similar jump start when it came to market with 16G Fibre Channel in 2011, is settling in for the longer-term 16G replacement of 8G as the speed of choice."

Cliff Grossner, directing analyst for data center and cloud at Infonetics, adds: "We're forecasting 16G Fibre Channel switch revenue to grow at a 46% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2013 to 2017."

Additional highlights:

  • In the adapter segment, combined Fibre Channel and iSCSI revenue fell 5% in 2Q13 from the previous quarter
  • Thanks to its introduction of 16G Fibre Channel, Cisco was able to buck a down quarter that plagued many of the other leading vendors in the SAN space
  • In 2Q13, the worldwide high-performance interconnect equipment (HPI) market, including converged FCoE/Ethernet switches and converged network adapters, grew 26% sequentially, and is up 43% year-over-year
  • Growth in the HPI market continues to reflect operators' ongoing investments in data center infrastructure and interest in LAN/SAN convergence
  • Sales of converged FCoE/Ethernet switches are up 26% in 2Q13 from 1Q13

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

LSI Debuts Syncro Storage Architecture

LSI introduced Syncro, a new storage architecture that enhances direct-attached storage (DAS) with advanced sharing capabilities in multi-server data center applications.

The first member of the Syncro product family, the Syncro MX-B Boot Appliance, is a standalone, pre-configured, 1U form factor rack boot device for as many as 48 servers.  It eliminates boot drives, helping to reduce the overall system and maintenance costs for the largest cloud and mega-datacenter environments.

“The Syncro architecture is the result of customer requests to increase data protection across multiple server and storage systems by enabling levels of enterprise-class availability and flexibility never before offered for DAS,” said Bill Wuertz, senior vice president and general manager, RAID Storage Division, LSI. “The new Syncro architecture and product family demonstrate LSI’s long, proven commitment to delivering the most innovative and productive solutions for next-generation server and storage systems.”

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Amazon Web Services Raises the Roof on Storage I/O Performance

Amazon is now allowing customers of its Elastic Beanstalk Service (EBS) to provision up to 2,000 IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per second) per EBS volume, double the previous performance limit.  The company notes this is an order of magnitude more IOPS than a high-end 15,000 RPM disk drive.

It is also possible to achieve higher performance by striping multiple Provisioned IOPS volumes together, yielding thousands of IOPS per logical volume to an EC2-powered application.

AWS Elastic Beanstalk is a quick way to deploy and manage applications in the AWS cloud.  The service automatically handles the deployment details of capacity provisioning, load balancing, auto-scaling, and application health monitoring.  EBS leverages AWS services such as Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS), Elastic Load Balancing, and Auto Scaling.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Nasuni Raises $20 Million for Enterprise Cloud Gateway

Nasuni, a start-up based in Natick, Mass., raised  $20 million in Series C funding for its enterprise cloud gateway. Nasuni provides a consolidated storage-as-a-service solution for distributed enterprises.  The solution brings all primary storage (i.e. file and block) together with built-in backup, replication, and offsite protection using an on-site appliance connected to the cloud.

The funding came from a new key investor,.Previous investors Flybridge Capital Partners, North Bridge Venture Partners and Sigma Partners also participated in the financing.

  • Nasuni is headed by Andres Rodriguez, who previously was founder and CTO of Archivas, which developed an enterprise-class cloud storage system and was acquired by Hitachi Data Systems in 2006. Earlier, he was CTO of the New York Times, where he drove digital strategy at NYTimes and

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fusion-io Posts Growth for its Flash Storage

Fusion-io reported revenue of $118.1 million for its fiscal first quarter 2013, up 59% from $74.4 million for the same quarter of 2012 and up 11% from $106.6 million for the preceding quarter. Net income for the fiscal first quarter of 2013 was $3.9 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, compared to net income of $7.2 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, in the fiscal first quarter of 2012.

"We are pleased with our execution in the first quarter and our ability to continue to capture market share," said David Flynn, Fusion-io chairman and chief executive officer.  "Our innovative use of flash memory technology in our portfolio of software defined data acceleration solutions is yielding significant performance and efficiency improvements for our customers' data centers.  We believe the economic benefits enabled by flash technology and Fusion-io software become only more compelling over time."

Monday, October 22, 2012

Mellanox Creates Federal Sales Subsidiary

Mellanox Technologies has created a wholly owned subsidiary for driving business development for all federal government agencies and the federal integrator market.
The company has named Dale D’Alessio as CEO of Mellanox Federal Systems, which will be based in Vienna, Virginia. Mr. D’Alessio was previously co-founder and managing member of YottaStor, a professional service and product company specializing in big data storage solutions for the Intelligence and U.S. Department of Defense markets.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Microsoft to Acquire StorSimple for Hybrid Cloud Storage

Microsoft agreed to acquire StorSimple, a start-up developing Cloud-integrated Storage (CiS) solutions.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

StorSimple, which is based in Santa Clara, California, offers solutions that combine the data management functions of primary storage, backup, archive and disaster recovery with cloud integration. StorSimple said it can automatically protect and rapidly restore production data using public clouds.

Microsoft said the acquisition will advance Microsoft's Cloud OS vision and help customers more efficiently embrace hybrid cloud computing.

"Customers faced with explosive growth in data are looking to the cloud to help them store, manage and archive that data. But, to be effective, cloud storage needs to integrate with IT's current investments," said Michael Park, corporate vice president, Server and Tools Division for Microsoft. "StorSimple's approach helps customers seamlessly integrate on-premises storage with cloud storage through intelligent automation and management."

"Most StorSimple customers are mainstream IT organizations that have chosen Windows Azure as their primary cloud. We are excited to continue to work with Microsoft and bring the combined benefits of StorSimple and Windows Azure to customers around the world," said Ursheet Parikh, co-founder and CEO, StorSimple.

  • StorSimple is headed by Ursheet Parikh, who previously was the Director of product management for Cisco’s WAN optimization and application acceleration business unit.

Gridstore Raises $12.5 Million for Software-Defined Storage Control

Gridstore, a start-up based in Mountain View, CA, raised $12.5 million in Series A financing for its scale-out grid storage solutions.
Gridstore's  Virtual Controller Technology delivers scalable, software-defined storage via a Microsoft Managment Console (MMC) snap-in that integrates with Active Directory.
The funding round was led by GGV Capital and ONSET Ventures with participation from all existing investors bringing the Company's total venture funding to $15 million. 
“It’s the end of big storage. The dynamics of enterprise storage requirements are changing and 30-year-old legacy technology doesn’t cut it anymore,” said Kelly Murphy, CEO of Gridstore. “Web-scale giants such as Amazon and Google have proven that. Gridstore is delivering the next generation of scale-out storage for the software-defined data center that can deliver the same scalability, performance and affordability to the market. Businesses no longer have to accept monolithical systems that are expensive and can’t scale. We are excited for the support of our new investors and the continued commitment of our existing investors will be instrumental as we enter the next phase of rapid growth and continued product innovation that is changing the dynamics of scale-out storage.”

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Intel Atom Targets Network Attached Storage

Intel introduced its next-generation Intel Atom processor-based storage solution.

The Intel Atom processor D2550 and Intel Atom processor D2500 provide the power needed to deliver security, back-up and multimedia capabilities in networ-attached storage arrays for consumers and small businesses.

The first platforms based on this silicon are being introduced by Asustor, QNAP, and Thecus.