for people managing data protection, VSS is probably one of the best features Microsoft have released inthe last 10 years. Since its launch this feature of the operating system have helped a lot in doing applications’ consistent backups, but most of all helped to dismiss all those dedicated agents for every application: with VSS what’s needed is only the VSS support from the application you need to protect, so a backup program only needs to connect to the OS’s VSS libraries, that will in turn manage applications’ VSS.
Nowadays there are several softwares supporting VSS, obviously all the Microsoft ones (Exchange, More >
In a previous article, I wrote about the acquisition of NexGen made by Fusion-IO, what were the technological and business reasons behind this acquisition, and how Fusion-IO wants to change and increase the NexGen business. In this article instead I’m going to describe you in more details how a NexGen storage works.A quick view on the hardware
First of all, the NexGen storage is a midrange system designed to manage several workloads, mainly virtualized. The team who developed it (John Spiers as CEO and Kelly Long as CTO) is the same who created LeftHand many years ago, and this heritage is clear for More >
This is a story of a disadventure I had that made me cold sweat for several days, but finally ended well…
Usually, I shut down my MacBook only when I need to install or update a software that specifically requires a reboot. Standby mode never gave me any problem, and allows me to start using my computer few seconds after I pull it out of my bag, so is common for me to have more than a month of uptime. Last week, one of those frequent Flash Player update required me a reboot, so I did it, right after checking as More >
Right the day before the meeting with NexGen Storage, it came the news the were just bought by Fusion-io. So, it became impossible to talk about NexGen without thinking about their technology as a part of the overall Fusion-io strategy; so I decided to wrote two different articles, this one about Fusion-IO and the future of Nexgen, and a second one deep-diving the NexGen Storage solution.
The acqusition brought even two CEO at the meeting with me and other Tech Field Day delegates. It’s not so common to be able to listen from these two main people of the two companies their thoughts and reasons More >
I recently met Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) for a quick introduction to their object storage solution. Historically known for their midrange and hi-end storage solutions (for example VSP), Hitachi has instead a catalog full of products and applications.
The topic of our meeting has been as I said an overview on their object storage solution. Object storage is one of the “hot topic” right now, and all major vendors like Hitachi and others have worked to offer these kind of technologies, usually integrated with their own block or file storage devices.