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XtremeIO/ScaleIO

If there’s one thing that is certain in IT, it’s change. A quick review of this industry’s history shows consistent improvements in capability, capacity, and power requirements for a given workload. The sub-area of storage is no exception to this rule; the introduction of flash storage in the late 1980s heralded such an improvement that has become of increasing importance to the data centre over the past five to ten years, culminating in the release of multiple flash storage arrays from a large swathe of vendors. In order to understand the potential significance of flash storage in gener...

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VNX2 SNAPSHOTS

EMC have recently launched a refresh of the VNX called VNX2. It has been interesting exploring the new features from memory enhancements to improved snapshots. I was very excited reading about all the new features. However, what I found more interesting was that the new updates which include most of the features with the exception of snapshot enhancements cannot be loaded on current gen boxes even with plenty of CPU and Memory resources.. Nevertheless apart from many other enhancements such as space efficiency, LUNs load balancing, improved auto tiering and easier management of pools, there ar...

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Flexpod Datacentre with Citrix Xendesktop7.1 and VMware vSphere 5.1

Cisco have recently released a Cisco Validated Design (CVD) for XenDesktop 7.1. If your organisation is looking to implement a virtual desktop solution, FlexPod infrastructure creates a compact, powerful, and reliable solution for XenDesktop 7.1. Find the full report published by Cisco here. Since the launch of XenDesktop 7 last year in May, 7.1 release follows a new unified FlexCast Management Architecture for provisioning all Windows apps and desktops either on hosted-shared RDS servers or VDI-based virtual machines. The new architecture combines simplified and integrated provisioning wit...

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EMC’s XtremIO all-flash storage array

Last year EMC announced its new product line XtremIO all flash array as a result of a startup acquisition. Flash arrays are becoming widely popular and are usually considered the best option for workloads with high IO and where performance is critical, such as databases and VDI. Arrays based on solid-state storage are not new. Most vendors have a product offering of arrays based on solid-state drives. However products like EMC’s purpose-built XtremIO all-flash array can provide the real technology performance edge compared to arrays with a combination of spindles and flash. EMC has cr...

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Dark Data

What is dark data? Gartner defines dark data “as the information assets organizations collect, process and store during regular business activities, but generally fail to use for other purposes (for example, analytics, business relationships and direct monetizing). Similar to dark matter in physics, dark data often comprises most organizations’ universe of information assets. Thus, organizations often retain dark data for compliance purposes only. Storing and securing data typically incurs more expense (and sometimes greater risk) than value.” The outlook of this defi...

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AGILE!!!!

So what is agile? That seems to depend on your perspective! For CIO’s generally it seems to be about making sure IT can respond to the business (not that they have not been trying to do this before) and how to become an efficient service driven organisation. For the architecture community it is about trying to do even more with less, a new urgency on transforming business and application silos, modularisation and compatibility across people, process and technology and a focus on business understanding. For development and testing it is about new or enhanced ways of delivering, deve...

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Diaxion’s Rules of Engagement

It’s been proven time and time again that in order to successfully deliver a project there must be a clear and defined engagement process which is followed throughout the lifecycle of the project. The engagement process must be communicated to all stakeholders involved in the project, with roles and responsibilities clearly defined thus to enable complete ownership of deliverables. There is a multitude of ways to approach delivering a project from inception through to final completion, however following the below 8 rules will ensure success each and every time: Maintaining ...

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Clouds, Big Data, Dark Data and the next big thing

In a recent blog post we wrote about Gartner’s definition of “dark data”. The definition includes that dark data is generally unused, often kept for compliance reasons and ultimately costs more in keeping than it is worth. A typical example mentioned is the sprawl of PST files in corporate environments and on people’s laptops. I can confirm from own experience that even in corporations that discouraged (or I could say prohibited) the use of PST files for email archival, this did not stop people from creating them – as it is just more convenient to have your old emails accessible a...

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Redefine EMC Forum – a review

This year’s EMC Forum was under the banner of “Redefine” with four separate streams of - Redefine Cloud - Redefine Storage - Redefine Applications - Redefine Business On a personal note it probably was not the best situation that I had returned from a France holiday barely 36 hours earlier; however even if fully alert I think I would have judged this year’s EMC Forum to be one of the weaker ones. For me the main problem was that EMC really did not have anything new to present. ViPR – EMC’s software defined storage solution – i...

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IT Strategy & Optimisation – Diaxion specialise in IT strategies

IT Strategy & Optimisation Diaxion specialise in IT strategies to address individual business goals and to then integrate them with an IT solution that is optimised to achieve those goals. IT performance is becoming increasingly critical across all aspects of business. One of the clear challenges facing IT Executives is ensuring their IT systems are aligned to their business strategies and vision, whilst taking advantage of relevant and available technologies to ensure competitive advantage. Additional to this is their management imperative to ensure IT performance and costs are compl...

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