Dec. 2010 was one of the strangest year ends I have seen in 25 years. Everyone popped up needing budget numbers in a sure fire hurry, and we had to churn out quotes 24/7 to appease. ‘Since we custom architect for each client, this is alot of note taking…but that’s why Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing! Business ended on the plus side, PO’s were actually cut instead of a holiday dead zone. Thank you to all those clients whom trust in our services.
Now, 2011 is alive and vibrant. Renewed spending is being seen or planned in Q1, and the doom and gloom uttered by many about their budgets and freezes in 2010, is not being talked about yet. EMC is bringing out a well priced line of unified storage arrays which we will be featuring in the months ahead. I know a good allegiance when I see one, and we already have a local reference using the product. There are many manufacturers we represent with gusto and we are adding EMC’s new VNXe and VNX to our list. Look for a new website we are launching before the end of this month profiling our top storage vendors and their strongest product offerings, including why we think they rule and edited [but beefy] technical specifications. Please be sure to watch for our launch and/or visit our newletter signup page for upcoming promotions, white papers, and technical data we send bi-monthly. Our newsletter is designed for informing our IT clients, based on seasoned industry experience. We network with hundreds of mass storage storage professionals and 50% of our time is spent on vendor selection. Here’s to a pleasant year ahead for all. If you care to email us, you can use the form below or visit our Contact US page. http://www.condorstorage.com/contact_info.htm[contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"]
Abstract: If all storage array vendors buy disk drives from the same small set of disk manufacturers then why is there such a big reliability gap between storage vendors? While excellent work has revealed the reality of failure rates and types, the focus has merely been on ”what” happens when components fail. There is very little to describe “why” subsystems fail and “why” some vendors produce exceedingly reliable subsystems while others fall drastically short. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org and request a .pdf copy of the “If Disk” WP. We think you will find this has solid technology pointers you should be aware of.
Condor Storage selects De-Dup/NAS/Vault Solution as a must see new product ! Please contact us for a powerpoint and price quote. This is exactly what our clients have needed with one source of support! Vs. Data Domain: 35% greater raw capacity, 60% more power efficient, 66% faster performance,50% more cost efficient. Now that’s mind bending.
Nexsan has announced the DATAbeast storage solution thru it’s reseller partners, now available as a toally integrated SAN solution. It has alot to offer our clients who cannot afford a three lettter SAN but it really fits best for clients looking at 70+ TB. of storage. With 4GB. fibre connections and redundancy back to the switch, this promises to offer a swiss army knife of SAN features all under one part number vs. the “that’s extra but available” answer that many SAN vendors will answer back with. The array features 4GB Fibre Channel interfaces for access to block-level data and NAS interfaces for access to file-level information. With the DATABeast, all components are pre-installed, preconfigured and ready for operations in a 42U or 25U rack mount configurations.
The DATABeast also includes management tools that allow thin provisioning, VMWare support, storage pooling, tiering and virtualization, as well as mirroring, snapshots and replication.
Please contact us for a webinar on this product and get a free Nexsan T-Shirt sent to you upon completion. (black shirt, purple logo, nice quality)
List Price: The DATABeast prices between $1,800 and $2,700 per terabyte MSRP and we offer significant discounts as part of our value add plus competitive matrixes so you can easily compare it to the other brands you may be investigating. Condor Storage is superb at brokering significant discounts for our clients. Please call us if you are obtaining price quotes for a SAN or hybrid SAN/NAS planned purchase. 888-472-8028 or 928-284-2535.
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.
We have a promotion ongoing and for larger storage needs, it’s a great value. We were asked to help on an overstock situation. The offer is a 4U, 48 bay disk array with snapshots built in. Raw storage is 36TB. (48 750GB SATA drives), dual controller and MSRP is $62,000. Promotional Price to Condor clients: $31,995. This carries a full three year factory warranty and is brand new hardware. Please contact us: 888-472-8028.