Get your IDC XIV Tier 1 paper here - http://tinyurl.com/6mkmxrr
Data Center 7.0
Keith Thuerk 110000F2GW email@example.com Tags:  tier ibm xiv 3 idc gen3 storage 1 gen 1,359 Visits
A freshly printed IDC White Paper shows how the recent XIV Gen 3 changes have pushed it from Tier 1.5 into the Full Tier 1 space.
Prior to now XIV was a disruptive technology.... well yet another Storage Inflection point has been breached.
Hang onto your legacy vendors no more... prepare for XIV Gen 3 (GA March '12)
Get your IDC XIV Tier 1 paper here - http://tinyurl.com/6mkmxrr
Let's talk @ your IBM Storage today!
Keith Thuerk 110000F2GW firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  ibm storwize v7000 announcement storage 1 Comment 1,437 Visits
IBM has shipped 1000 Storwize V7000 units since the Oct announcement.
Talk about a fast start.
Don't take my word for it check it out.
Keith Thuerk 110000F2GW email@example.com Tags:  discovery monitoring storwize smi-s ds5000 san ds6000 director svc storage ibm alerting systems ds4000 ds8000 ds3000 control v7000 1,298 Visits
IBM Systems Director Storage Control a plug-in for IBM Systems Director was announced on Nov 7th, 2010.
IBM Systems Director Storage Control has been designed & optimized for mid-range storage offerings to increase IT productivity, typically these tool sets are lacking in mid-range space.
The Director plug-in provides support for DS3/4/5/6/8K disk subsystems, as well as Storage virtualization engines Storwize V7000, SVC, to round out the portfolio support we include N series, Fibre Channel Switches, IBM Servers (x, p & z) and SMI-S providers (proxy).
IBM Systems Director Storage Control also extends VMcontrol support (another IBM Systems Director Plug-in) to broaden storage systems support from this perspective too.
A few more features of the IBM Systems Director Storage Control are its Integrated support for Discovery, Inventory, Alerts, Monitoring, Configuration, Provisioning of storage offerings. In addition to automated monitoring and event notification thresholds. Sound like a tool that can enhance your storage environment?
IBM Systems Director Storage Control is available for 60-day free trial. Try it now http://tinyurl.com/24ocuel
Keith Thuerk 110000F2GW firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  flashcopy storage ssd v7000 enterprise mid-range storwize 1,010 Visits
Tired of looking everywhere of URLs associated w/ the IBM Storwize V7000?
Look no further....
Main IBM Storwize V7000 URL:
Storwize V7000 GUI Video
Storwize V7000 Flashcopy Video
Keith Thuerk 110000F2GW email@example.com Tags:  cloud center computing virtualization data storage 739 Visits
I seem to be stuck in the clouds lately, I am serious I have spent a great deal of time thinking about Cloud Computing.
For instance, with the in-depth push into virtualization across all layers in the Data Center (Storage, Networking, Servers etc….) I have gotten hung up on, at what point in the virtualization process does an enterprise cross over from a virtualized Data Center to having a Private Cloud? Do we have metrics to let us know and are there points of diminishing returns?
Another sticking point is Cloud management tools…. Where are we in the development and roll-out of these tools?
Anyone else stuck on these issues?
Today IBM took the covers off a revolutionary way to not only deploy but to run mid-range storage.
The new offering is called IBM Storwize V7000
Some of the features:
Revolutionize your enterprise storage solution, start by registering for the Oct 7th IBM storage announcement.
When Cloud Computing is mentioned does that thought conjure up?
As you are aware there are 3 current offerings:
What is your enterprises driving factor?
Is it Business Productivity?
Is it ease of use?
Is it more virtualization?
Is it to drive more service management into the Enterprise?
Is it to drive more methodology use into the Enterprise?
How do the offerings fit into your existing enterprise?
How much of what is in your data center is cloud ready?
What type of impact do you project for your LAN/WAN?
How much has to be re-architected?
How will it impact your provisioning?
How will it impact your change management structure?
How will it impact your in-house ITIL standards? Will you require more?
How do you seeing it impact your workload & workload patterns?
How will it impact your VPNs?
How will it impact your DR/BC plans?
How does moving to a Cloud Computing model impact your compliance gear?
How will it impact your existing skill base?
How much of your data will ever be in the cloud?
What will have to change to support such an offering (in-house)?
What are the security ramifications?
How will you manage your data in the Cloud?
Will you allow your data in a multi-tenancy offering?
Do you have a multi-year plan to get to Cloud Computing (I.E. Start small and get there over time)?
Don’t you think it’s time to start
the Cloud discussion so you can lay down the proper foundation?
Keith Thuerk 110000F2GW firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  i/o security disks flexible storage lan fcoe man vdi 1 Comment 1,627 Visits
What does it take for a successful VDI implementation?
Let’s think about a few integral steps in getting your VDI project from the whiteboard into production (we don’t have enough space to cover all aspects such as project management, change management, Thin Client selection, etc.)
VDI aka Virtual Desktop Infrastructure relies on your disk subsystem being a stable foundation
in which you can build and grow your VDI environment.
Yet it needs to be flexible enough that it can meet the demands of this environment moving forward too.
Properly sized: How did you size your subsystem prior to rollout?
How many I/O’s did you allocate for each thin client?
How many more I/O’s did you allocate for each application?
How will you handle the ‘exception application’ which is not supported by VDI today?
Do not overlook some applications which require higher uptime than others.
What type of disk drive did you select to achieve this performance metric?
How large are the disk pools you are going to utilize to keep your performance consistent (Proof of Concept, Pilot, Initial rollout, full rollout)?
Did your sizing meet your performance expectorations in your lab?
Protocol selection: What protocol did you select for the backend connectivity (Fibre Channel, FCoE, iSCSI, NFS)?
What protocol does it use to the desktop (I.E. PCoIP or RDP)?
How agile is the protocol you selected? Was it designed for WAN use?
What are the cost implications if other network gear must be ordered?
Are you working w/ the Network team to ensure all aspects of the project are getting the proper attention?
For instance, How did VDI impact your LAN traffic (if applicable)?
How did VDI impact your WAN traffic (if applicable)?
Management: How are you going to keep control over your VDI environment (Roles/Responsibilities)?
Can you quickly integrate management into a directory structure and push out policies to manage all these new devices?
How flexible is your storage offering in assisting with desktop provisioning / creation?
How many golden images will you create & maintain (these might be worlds apart by the time you complete your pilot)?
How will you maintain these images? How much time has been allocated to maintain these images?
Security: Sure, you have locked down the selected OS but what about security at the physical layer have you disabled the USB ports too?
How are your existing security practices today going to be impacted? Will your VDI selection work across a VPN tunnel?
These questions might help get you on your way to VDI success!
Keith Thuerk 110000F2GW email@example.com Tags:  security compliance enterprise storage data center 847 Visits
The new data everywhere enterprise is about flexibility, which enables task savings freeing up resources to focus other critical enterprise events such as Risk, Security & Compliance.
What type of disk subsystem are we referring to that is flexible allow one to accomplish more?
Are you wondering how can it impact your enterprise?
Keith Thuerk 110000F2GW firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  data unstructured structured storage 867 Visits
Everyone in IT is familiar w/ the 80 / 20 “rule”.
For networking it used for be 80% of traffic would remain local and then 20% would / could go offsite. Then the Internet Age came about and flipped that paradigm.
The data everywhere revolution is flipping the data storage model from an 80 / 20 rule. Where 80% WAS structured data and 20% was unstructured data. In the past few years, the rule has been creeping toward an equilibrium and it seems w/ the requirement to store video in-house the paradigm has shifted where 80% of the data is now unstructured (email, digital media, medical imaging, digital surveillance video, engineering / scientific data, etc) and 20% of data is structured. Are you locked into a storage offering which is built for the old paradigm? How is this going to benefit your enterprise moving forward?
How flexible is your new storage offering?