Software-Defined Questions

Hardware is solid. We can see it and touch it and feel comfortable knowing what it does, how it works and where it is. Software, not so much. Software lives someplace but we don’t necessarily know where. Unlike hardware we may not even know it’s present – or missing. So, the idea of software defining data centers, networks and storage may be a bit unsettling. Marc Andreessen’s comment that “software is eating the world” might call up images of Godzilla and T Rex. Nicholas Carr asserts, “automation can erode… expertise”. It separates us from fully understanding how things work. He argues that, with all its benefits, software and automation can also bring essential dangers that fewer of us will know how the world really works. Sounds frightening. But isn’t it already true?

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Getting to Flash Faster

This is the third and final post in a series on Flash Storage and our thoughts on the intersection of this technology and data virtualization. To start at the beginning, read the first post “More Flash From Flash.”

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Flash Time

Customers tell us that flash storage gives them time. Apparently lots of it. In some ways that’s predictable. And when they take a systems view, combining a broad view of multiple technologies including data virtualization and flash, it gets really interesting.

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Simplicity is Power – Actifio and the FDCCI

By Andrew Gilman – Sr. Dir. of Corporate and Channel Marketing – We’ve been fortunate enough to collaborate with public agencies over the past several years – extending the unique cost/time/efficiency benefits of our copy data virtualization platform to organizations with unique mandates and specifications around security.  Some of these opportunities were highlighted by Meritalk this summer, where they found that Actifio’s copy data platform could help agencies satisfy their Federal Data Center Consolidation (FDCCI) requirements AND save over $16B.

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More Flash from Flash

Meeting with customers is always enjoyable and it’s often enlightening in unexpected ways. It’s even better when we can do it over dinner and a glass of excellent Chianti. That’s what we did a couple of weeks ago for a meeting with some senior executives who have been working through a pretty big plan for their IT transformation. It includes what they see as a strategic marriage of flash storage and virtualized data. We were fascinated by their insight. It confirmed our own thinking that data copy reduction could lead to a more economically attractive use of flash.Of course we’re always ready to promote the benefits of virtualized data. And we understand the buzz around the advancement of flash, probably the biggest storage innovation since spinning disk. And we had the working theory of how cool it could be when you put the two technologies together. That’s what these guys were doing and they were getting more flash from flash. No theory anymore.

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The Evolution of Virtualization in the Data Center

By Michael Troiano, Chief Marketing Officer  –  Ten years ago, our industry was dealing with an unprecedented level of server sprawl.  Costs spiraled up, approaching unsustainable levels. Massive amounts of resources were diverted from more productive uses, and the agility of our IT organizations and the businesses they supported was limited.

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What is Copy Data Management? – Trouble With Tribbles

By John Gilroy, Director, BLT - In 1967 Captain James Kirk was perplexed with rapidly multiplying bundles of fur called “Tribbles.”  Here in 2014, our “Trouble with Tribbles,” involves copies of data. In most environments, you may keep a production copy of your data and then make a few copies for data protection, information sharing, analysis, or perhaps compliance. Hard drives have gotten cheap, virtualization has made them larger and the net effect is that copying data had gotten out of control.

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