Our 2009 Look Ahead at IT Trends

January 14, 2009 Leave a reply

Our focus revolves around storage trends in the multi-terabyte range.  i.e. Challenges with explosive data growth, how to implement D2D based archival at affordable prices, and ways to scale up and out without being locked into primary vendor choke holds. Tiered Storage was our 2008 theme and we architected and implemented a great deal of it. Email archival also took off, while dedup and compliance issues just seemed to be alot of noise. iSCSI and NAS options are what we were asked most to configure and quote.  Our theme for 2009 is “Front Ending Open Storage”. We already have our favored 24/7 raid array suppliers in place and factoring in cost per GB. at all time lows with green power and equal or superior support/service-we can take on bigger brand names and come out way ahead on cost containment w/o  sacrificing features. What clients still worry about most, is the fact that they have been single vendor biased for so long that if they stray, their jobs could be on the line. We are now talking to former “all EMC” or “All IBM” shops who see the need to tier.  If you could implement a backup copy of all critical files to be failed over to, in event of a data center disaster, why wouldn’t you do that? Cost is the only answer. These purebred shops are now looking at becoming hybrid shops. We can help and that’s what Condor Storage does a great job at.

You must know the game you are in, esp. in today’s “economy”. We are on direct with emerging storage vendors and offer unique front end ways to scale commodity disk to petabytes. We’ve added HPC servers and clustered solutions this year. A carry over from 2008 are value deals for SMB’s. 24 slot tape loaders are a steal right now, as well as turnkey NAS appliances and D2D backup solutions. You won’t find our specials and incentives on this blog very often, you’ll need to get on our mail list this year by visiting our “Contact Us” page. We are happy to impart our knowledge via a one-to-one phone call or site meeting. I hope to hear from more of you with unique IT issues to solve. Bring it on for 2009 and bring me your brand name snobs too! We’ll be gentle in our sales approach, aggessive with our price quotes and will focus 100% on “your unique” data storage questions. To quote a client of mine managing a PB., it’s the not asking that can get you in trouble! Call me directly at 888-472-8028.

Happy 2009. -Jeanne


Condor’s 2008 Theme-Intelligently Tiering Storage

March 13, 2008 Leave a reply

IDC just completed a study of the Digital Universe and if you are a corporate entity with all your data in one tier, it’s time to think a new game plan.  By 2011, there will be 1,800 exabytes of electronic data in existence, or 1.8 zettabytes (an exabyte is equal to 1 billion gigabytes). In fact, the number of bits stored already exceeds the estimated number of stars in the universe, IDC stated.

Start Tiering Now! I have personally been architecting open storage disk “vaults” [meaning 40+ drives in one 4U shelf] just about ’since they were invented.  Condor has seen a subtle shift from user requests for D2D backup projects into smartly bundled solutions for vast network shares, long term archival and secondary and third tier storage, that is truly cost contained. After all, if you know today’s price for a 42TB. vault with all the fixin’s you desire, and your storage needs grow by 200% over three years, you can plan on how much to allocate for your storage budget as the prices seldom ever go up.

Read the study highlights below and you will see that tiered storage may become as commonly accepted as raid technology is now. Green powered vaults with extreme density designs will come from a few select manufacturers, but be OEMed by hundreds of firms hoping to sell you their name on the sheet metal. I have an ROI showing how major manufacturers marketing 14 drive arrays make more revenue from SLA’s. They probably should have all OEMed a 4U 40x drive vault by now, but are holding off at your expense.

 What can be done immediately to help save power and cooling costs?
Kenneth G. Brill, executive director of the Uptime Institute recently told eWEEK: “Applications need to be sorted into mission critical, business critical, business operational and business administrative reliability categories. Each application then needs to be assigned to the lowest appropriate data center tier level.” We have the software to do this now, despite whether you have budget to buy storage to park it on. Utilize your older, disparate arrays with ILM software at $4K/per license and start setting policies to tier that data.

The main findings of the “Digital Universe” study:

  • The digital universe is bigger than we thought: 281 exabytes in 2007.
  • The digital universe will grow tenfold in five years.
  • In 2007, the digital universe contained more bits (computer I’s and 0′s) than there are stars in the physical universe.
  • There is now more information created in a year than there is capacity to store it.
  • Responsibility for the information in the digital universe by industry does NOT match IT spend or GDP distribution by industry.
  • A single e-mail with a 1MB attachment sent to four colleagues can generate 50MB of information in the digital universe (based on an IDC-like architecture).

Don’t ask Jeeves, he won’t know your rate of growth! Ask Condor for a common sense tiered storage plan.


Hello World, Webinars Upcoming

September 6, 2007 Leave a reply

Webinars and white papers are something I enjoy [love my secluded coffee breaks]. Condor’s webinars only feature “move over…we do more things, better, for less $” type products.  Topics cover easy email archival, data migration and replication tools, data optimization, VMWare topics, Wizard Driven SAN and NAS, Backup and VTL’s that De-Dup files, and Green Power.  We select webinars that won’t snooze anyone. Our storage planning and assessment is always free of charge to our clients.  Best part, you’ll only end up on one mail list, ours. PS Our vendors sell only through the reseller channel and we discount aggressively off MSRP and are your long term advocate.

Ongoing Featured Webinars: Going Green in the Data Center, Business Continuity with D2D Backup and De-Duplication,  NAS and VMWare and  SAN Optimal Storage Virtualization. Please book here: http://www.condorstorage.com/contact_info.htm

Informative Links to our Products:

Hardware DeDup 101 – REO 9500 VTL http://www.overlandstorage.com/dedupe/index_4.html

NAS/SAN at 1000GB/sec. (next generation unified NAS/SAN provides throughput over 1 Gigabyte per second across both file and block level data and offers iSCSI benefits without SAN complexity with industry leading virtualization features that can support up to 256 iSCSI targets and 1024 volumes per AIS 6000 system. Check it Out! Demos available. http://www.agami.com/site/ais-6000-series

Best Selling 42TB Disk Vault-Flexible and 4U Design make this unique with enterprise SAN features and Green Power built in for free. http://www.nexsan.com/satabeast.php

New SATAbeastXi for the MAC Pro platform with GUI for the new Leopard OS. 42TB. per array. (how about 5 million emails in 6 hrs.) (how about 5 million emails in 6 hrs.) SataBeast Xi Specifications


Fire Sale Nexsan SATABeasts

August 13, 2007 Leave a reply

Sadly, an industry colleague is closing their doors. They have asked us to find new homes for several Nexsan SATABeasts that still have 2 full years remaining on warranty. We picked up the lot. Some are earmarked for existing customers. We’ve got a couple extra, but they are going pretty quickly as all are priced at under $20,000.  (note: these sold out quickly, we’ll post next time we have more)

Here are some details ~ 14 – 21 TB per box, fibre channel and iSCSI enabled, dual controllers, 2 years remaining on warranty.

Contact us at: 888-472-8028 or email sales@condorstorage.com


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