Are your databases driving you crazy? You’re not alone. Many IT organizations are suffering the same pains around creating and distributing copies of databases to data-hungry consumers. If you’re involved with your organization’s IT infrastructure, you probably know the people I’m talking about...
The Copy Data Management (CDM) space has gotten quite a bit of attention this year. Storage industry leaders Dell EMC and IBM both announced CDM offerings. A number of start-up players are growing rapidly, Catalogic Software among them! But there remains a fundamental difference in approach among the up-and-comers: should you use in-place CDM or go with an out-of-band, appliance-based model? Let’s look at the differences, but first let’s agree on what CDM means in the first place.
--Commander John Crichton, Farscape
One thing holds true in tech: when a company is growing, demand for resources grows with it. Managing a SAN is not that hard. Managing a LUN or a VM is not that hard. Manually managing hundreds or thousands of VMs and LUNs across a half dozen SANs gets to be burdensome; a storage admin can easily start to drown in change requests. At some point scaling up becomes very real challenge for organizations of any size.
If you want to succeed as a modern IT department you need to automate. You know you need to automate. But what exactly does automating mean? Read any of hundreds of books on the topic and the very first suggestion will be to tally up the number of things you do over the course of X period of time. Anything that occurs Y times in X timeframe should be automated.
Copy data management, as you might expect, concerns itself with creating and managing copies of data. What's important to bear in mind is that this isn't all there is to copy data management. The critical piece that is often overlooked is that more than creating and managing copies of data, copy data management is about making that data useful.
About the Author: Phil Goodwin is a Research Director within IDC’s Storage Systems and Software research practice. He provides detailed insight and analysis on evolving industry trends, vendor performance, and the impact of new technology adoption. Mr. Goodwin is responsible for producing and delivering timely, in-depth market research with a specific focus on Data Protection, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, and Data Availability. Mr. Goodwin takes a holistic view of these markets, and covers risk analysis, service level requirements and cost/benefit calculations in his research.
Consider the role of copy data today. Companies make copies of data for disaster recovery, backup, archiving and compliance, development and testing, analytics, reporting, DevOps, and more. Interestingly, despite the similarities in the processes for creating and using these data copies, many different roles in the organization are making copies: database administrators (DBAs), quality assurance (QA) teams, virtual machine (VM) administrators, business analysts, and of course, storage and backup administrators.
Since I can see colored lights blinking outside my window, it must be that time of year. No, not time for presents and holiday cheer. I mean it’s time for predictions!
The folks at SearchStorage beat me to the punch and put out their own prognostications on storage trends in 2016. Theirs is a sensible list of technologies that have a good shot at seeing wider implementation. And more props to them for also putting up their predictions from last year and grading their own guesses. You have to like that honesty – and they did a good job!
Welcome to the final part of Catalogic’s blog series on copy data solutions. In the previous two articles, we discussed the issues of excessive copy data, how much of that data stays idle, and why copy data management solutions are so important to businesses.
Here, we’ll talk about what you should look for in a copy data solution, and why.
Welcome to Part 2 of our blog series, “Not All Copy Solutions are Created Equal.” Last time, we discussed the ways in which organizations deal with copy data.
Here, we’ll discuss some of the reasons why copy data management is such a big issue for companies all over the world.
Copy data management (CDM) is a fairly new term in the IT community that is rapidly gaining a significant foothold because CDM solution providers address two significant and rapidly growing problems specific to copies of production data:
Not very long ago, Catalogic and International Data Corporation (IDC) co-hosted a webinar about the importance of copy data management (CDM). Topics of the webinar on CDM included:
Hey fellow NetApp Admin, see that? That's the cDOT party!
Jump in! The water is just fine... or is it?
NetApp's Clustered Data ONTAP (cDOT) is the place to be from a technology and performance point of view. As NetApp administrators quickly become aware, the transition away from 7-mode is not as simple as flip of a switch. NetApp’s CEO Thomas Georgens understands this, “The complexity and duration of clustered ONTAP transitions have implications on several dimensions.”
Let’s say you’re driving down the street and you hear a noise coming from underneath the car that ‘sounds like’ you may have some issues w/ your muffler. As you’re driving, you see two muffler stores, each across the street from one another. One shop uses the term “radical” on their marquis and the other “analyze”– which shop do you chose?
The ‘radical’ shop will have you drive in and in a matter of moments, you are convinced that you need a new car, and by doing so, you get a new muffler to boot.
It was a big day at Catalogic Software as we just announced the worldwide general availability of ECX 2.0, our software only intelligent copy management platform. We publicly introduced ECX 2.0 during our beta program, which coincided with NetApp’s Insight conferences in both Las Vegas and Berlin late last year. This gave us the opportunity to demonstrate ECX to over 1,000 people between the two conferences.
I hate messes. I hate all kinds of messes. There is the kind of mess that requires cleaning, like anytime anyone in my family makes a sandwich. I guarantee there will be a mess. Then there is the kind of mess that stems from disorganization. A picture of a hoarder comes to mind. It is really hard to find what you are looking for in that type of mess.