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Software defined storage vendors – a non-comprehensive overview

All software defined storage (SDS) is definitely not created equal; vendors have released a variety of software to create very different solutions with very different aims. This article will provide a short overview of some popular, established and new software companies. Nexenta (www.nexenta.com) is at one side of the spectrum with their flagship product NexentaStor, which allows customers to build their own array. NexentaStor will utilise commodity hardware such as 2 servers and disk shelves to provide the storage operati...

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Software defined storage (SDS), storage virtualisation & storage federation

One of the recent buzzword is "software defined". When it comes to storage what does it actually mean? In a similar way, while there is a clear benefit and a clear understanding of server virtualisation, what is actually "storage virtualisation"? To complicate things further, some vendors are now offering storage federation. This article will look beyond the marketing hype and will show some of the available options. The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) has tried to define the attributes of software defined storage in April 2014 in their paper at the URL below and offers the m...

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Storage Gateways

Storage Gateways are physical or virtual devices that provide connectivity to cloud-based storage. While storage gateways are not essential for connection to the cloud, they can improve performance to cloud storage, increase reliability and resilience, reduce the bandwidth requirement by incorporating data reduction techniques like compression or deduplication and can add additional security features for cloud connectivity. Physical storage gateways contain internal storage capacity, which acts as another storage tier/cache, i.e. data that is more frequently accessed can be accessed locally o...

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IT Strategy – Governance

With the many compliance initiatives and increasing factual and anecdotal stories of technology projects spinning out of control, IT can no longer be a ‘black-box’ where all decision making is referred to, and the sole property of the IT specialists. All company stakeholders, including the board, C-level executives and relevant departments, must be involved in the decision making process to minimise risk and advance surety and security across their IT infrastructure. Therefore having a clear and concise understanding of the necessary internal controls and governance is a must. Diaxion u...

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Microsoft Infrastructure

Diaxion’s Microsoft Infrastructure service is dedicated to help enterprises increase their revenue, reduce costs, and utilise technology innovation in order to obtain a competitive advantage in the market. Regardless of the size of your business we will tailor an individual solution to suit your needs. Maintaining the reliability, security, scalability and availability of your Microsoft Infrastructure is key to running your business–critical Microsoft applications. Diaxion’s Microsoft Infrastructure services enable you to fully capitalise and maximise the value of your Microsoft envir...

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Understanding IT Governance – Part One

In this two part series, I will provide an insight into the ten key principles of IT Governance. Part one will cover the first five principles and part two will cover the remaining five. Let’s get started! It seems there are many definitions for IT Governance. I would like to start by describing the definition as I understand it from my experience. Definition A framework for the leadership, organisational structures and business processes, standards and compliance to these standards, which ensure that the organisation’s IT supports and enables the achievement of its stra...

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Understanding IT Governance – Part Two

This is the final part of a two part series discussing the ten key principles of IT Governance. Part two will cover the last five principles of ten in total. Key Principles 6-10 6. Provide the right incentives One of the most common problems with incentives and reward systems is the misalignment with the behaviours the IT governance arrangements were designed to encourage. The most prevalent matter is around how the organisation can expect governance to work when the incentive and reward systems are driving a different behaviour. We believe this is bigger than IT governance...

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Check out our IT Governance Practice’s services

vCIO The vCIO program is a residency-based engagement that provides the Client with a skilled resource positioned on-site, on either a permanent basis or a part-time basis in order to manage the daily operation or execute the transformation of a roadmap developed by the organisation/Diaxion. • Short / Medium term • Part time / Full time • Transformation leadership / Execution of Roadmap IT OPERATIONS ASSESSMENT The IT Operations Assessment is a pragmatic review/improvement exercise of IT operations at a company and/or technical silo level. Each of the following assessment are...

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Data-Driven Approaches to Performance Management

Does your organisation have a true performance management methodology? For the majority of organisations the answer is simply “no” – performance management amounts to a variety of disparate, ad hoc and predominantly reactive processes. Examples of such approaches may include: Server utilisation monitoring – perfmon statistics – CPU/memory/disk utilisation etc. CMDB User-feedback – “It seems slow” Transaction response time monitoring (“stopwatch testing”) Common limitations of these legacy approaches include: No...

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