With trade show season in full flight, an IT person’s fancy turns to… swag! You know, all that free giveaway stuff from tech vendors. Stuff with logos on it. Squeeze balls, pens, water bottles, and countless other tchotchkes. Who doesn’t love swag?
Categories: Pure Storage
Learn how Catalogic ECX can help you to protect your Microsoft SQL Server™ databases with ease and follow along as we walk you through a step-by-step procedure for restoring Microsoft SQL Server databases in a different location using ECX.
Recovering lost files in a NetApp file environment. Sounds easy enough, but for IT Admins, this common request could lead to major headaches and hours of lost time. The struggle is over. This blog will explain how you can use RestoreManager to easily locate and recover files on NetApp storage copies.
IT automation is increasingly adopted as a means of rapidly scaling IT operations. This blog discusses in detail how Catalogic ECX is helping organizations drive automation of platform delivery. One example is ECX automated deployment of Oracle databases on Pure Storage via help desk ticketing. The other shows how an organization is using ECX and vRealize Orchestrator to deploy and manage over 14,000 VMs on NetApp storage.
Learn how a major technology company moved away from VMware to oVirt to reduce costs, and then switched from Bacula to vProtect for a better data protection solution. vProtect cut backup times in half and offered a much easier to use interface.
Planning your next trip? Don't overlook data security. Credit cards, trade secrets, and other valuable data pass through hotels everyday making them prime targets for hackers!
Categories: Data Security
The latest update of vProtect brings new features to the Nebula release, first announced in April of this year. The new code drop, v 3.8.1, is available immediately and has a lot of nice additions including support for OpenStack, updates for RHV/oVirt and Oracle VMs, and more.
Another day, another ransomware attack. It was recently reported that the city council in Riviera Beach, Florida, “voted to pay nearly $600,000 to hackers who crippled the city’s computer systems with a ransomware attack.” This sets a new record for publicly revealed payments by a government organization. And it does seem that government organizations get hit a lot, or maybe it’s just that they’re required by law to reveal it.
For the oldsters like me who’ve been around the backup world for a long time, we remember when tape was the only game in town. I even remember flash-in-the-pan technologies like tape RAID, which was an attempt to get backups going faster. There were a lot of good reasons to move backups to disk instead of tape: faster backup and restore, direct access vs. linear access to files, and you can do fancy stuff like spin up full system recoveries right from the backup repository (Catalogic invented that, by the way!). The move to disk was so strong that many organizations ended up getting rid of tape altogether. But have we gone too far in the disk direction?
The developers at Storware never rest on their laurels. The latest release of vProtect – v 3.8, code named Nebula -- comes chock-full of cool new features and updates...
Today Catalogic announced that we’ve entered a strategic partnership with ProLion, an Austrian software company specializing in tools for NetApp environments. This is a perfect fit for us, considering Catalogic’s long (over 20 year) history of working with NetApp technology and NetApp partners.
It was only three months ago that I blogged about the new vProtect release. And now it’s time for another one! Hot from the developers’ keyboards comes vProtect v 3.7, the Multiverse release. Why Multiverse? Because it’s opening up new worlds.
One of the things we really liked about Storware, when we chose to partner with them, was their aggressive, agile development style. They put out a steady pulse of new releases, adding valuable new features on a (roughly) quarterly basis. And now, only a couple of months after we announced the partnership, we've got a new vProtect release!
Today Catalogic announced that we’ve entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Storware, Inc., a Polish software company that creates some really impressive data protection products. We think this is a great fit for our two organizations, and we’re looking forward to doing some really cool things together.
Last week was a good one in the annals of tech events. Pure //Accelerate set the bar for events that are high-impact and high-value, yet of a manageable size that wasn’t overwhelming. It was that rare event where you actually could get around to everything. And it was done with class and style.
Categories: Pure Storage
Catalogic is excited about showcasing our application-aware snapshot and replication solutions at the upcoming Pure //Accelerate 2017 show next week. Join us at Booth #2 and meet our technical team to discuss how we can add value to your environments or your customers.
Categories: Pure Storage
Our new Catalogic ECX release 2.6 expanded the application support matrix considerably by adding SQL physical hosts, Epic EHR with InterSystems Cache environments, physical server basic file systems (Windows, Linux, AIX) and VMware pRDMs. On top of all these enhancements, we were also tremendously excited to add support for SAP HANA environments.
Catalogic ECX, with its latest version 2.6, has added support for Caché database instances with native integration on top of the support it already offered for SQL Server and Oracle. Unlike several established vendors such as EMC, NetApp and Commvault, we have integrated specifically with the Caché APIs, subsequently avoiding the need for pre-scripts/post-scripts for snapshotting as well as for recovery mounts. Coupling this with the “in-place” copy data management benefits of Catalogic across multiple storage platforms, this is now truly an industry leading feature set for protecting and recovering Epic and Caché environments.
Every primary storage vendor offers the ability to snapshot, replicate and/or vault datasets. But when it comes to end users, snapshots are like gym memberships: everyone’s got them, but very few use them. At Catalogic, our software is uniquely designed and developed to take advantage of these native capabilities of your storage arrays, but we are aware that (like body types and skill levels) not all snapshots are the same. The technology needs good genes, just as much as good form and the ability to perform and persevere.
Your storage, application and data infrastructures already exist; what’s needed is the ability to deliver copy services on top of the infrastructure. And this is precisely what Catalogic’s in-place approach to copy data management delivers.
Copy Data Management (CDM) is a relatively new IT category of solutions designed to manage the creation, use, distribution, retention, and clean-up of copies of production data or “copy data.” “Copy data” is all data not currently being used in production. This can be a snapshot, backup, or replica of a version made for various IT or business functions—data recovery, Dev-Test, analytics, and so on.
Catalogic has worked together with Pure on several strategic accounts where our software stack added application consistency and application awareness to their snapshot and replication technology known as FlashRecover. It helps them compete effectively against the AppSyncs and SnapManagers, but also avoids losing secondary footprint to companies that sell data protection appliances, whether they call them modern or bricked or hyper-converged or next gen or whatever.
Categories: Pure Storage
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...
We’re pleased as punch to announce that our ground breaking copy data management software, Catalogic ECX, has been selected as a finalist in the Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com 2016 Products of the Year awards. A lot of people at Catalogic are responsible for making this honor happen, and I’m proud to be working with this incredible group!
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.
Categories: Data Center
The days when an enterprise application can only be used from its user interface are over. These days, any application worth its salt needs to play well with other applications. This is especially true in the world of DevOps where your application is routinely expected to be able to be driven by APIs and other means.
Categories: Pure Storage
Jenkins is a continuous integration solution used by many development organizations to automate software building, testing and deployment. Copy Data Management (CDM) is a term used to describe software solutions that manage the proliferation of storage, virtualization and application snapshots within an operations context. Solutions in this category make it easy to re-use production copies of systems-of-record for development and testing purposes.
Categories: IBM Edge
We’ve been bursting to announce this for a while, and finally we can: Catalogic is releasing in-place copy data management support for the Pure Storage FlashArray family! We couldn’t be more excited. You can read the news here.
--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.
In technology, we’re always trying to predict the future, and the future is always now. One of the best ways to guess the future of IT is to ask those for whom it matters most: people in IT departments. VMware and EMC did just that and released a very informative study called “The State of IT Transformation.” As they described the “current state and… biggest gaps” in organizations, it struck me that for all of these operational gaps Catalogic provided a great solution.
Nobody disputes the IOPs power of all flash storage arrays compared to hard disk drives. This interesting comparison showed that across multiple configurations, IOPS on flash was as much as 80 times greater.
Did you know that over 500,000 IBM Redbooks are downloaded every month? That’s a lot of IBM Redbooks! You can learn more about IBM Redbooks in general and the Catalogic volume in particular by watching IBM Redbook: Software Defined Agility for IBM Storage with Catalogic
The best way to validate the value of a technology solution is to speak to the people using it. We’d like to highlight an example of this by looking at Hendrick Medical Center, a vital part of the health care system in Abilene, Texas. They were kind enough to talk to us, and you can hear the full story in the interview video.
For those who missed it, we recently had a great webinar on “IT Modernization with IBM FlashSystem V9000 and Catalogic Software,” which featured Patty Crowell of IBM plus our own Christian Burns presenting and Sathya Sankaran driving the live demo. You can catch the video replay on our webinar page (scroll down to the Previous Webinars section).
This was a wide ranging webinar with content suitable for end-users as well as IBM resellers and IBM field personnel.
Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) spent last October gathering data from IT professionals with the goal of tracking how agile development, continuous delivery and DevOps as a whole has integrated into IT teams around the world; and posted their findings in their whitepaper sponsored by IBM.
If you happen to be an IT infrastructure person, left behind in all the DevOps buzz are your good old trusty enterprise storage arrays. You paid good budget for those arrays, and you picked them for good reasons (performance, reliability, capacity, etc.), but your dev teams ignore them more often than not and go spend money on cloud resources. Then they ask you for copies of data!
DevOps is the buzzword of 2016. Everyone reading this probably already knows that, but did you know that DevOps is something you might already be doing? The ins and outs are worth some discussion and so Catalogic is putting on a webinar for exactly that purpose.
For a lot of folks, the entire idea of DevOps is off-putting primarily because individuals and organizations that talk about DevOps absolutely adore talking about dramatically changing a company's entire culture in order to become one with the ooga-booga of DevOps.
InterConnect 2016 is upon us. The conference, billed by host IBM as "the premier cloud and mobile conference," runs from Feb 21-25 at the MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. In addition to IBM, numerous IBM partners will have booths and be doing presentations at the conference. Among those partners will be Catalogic, and we'll be talking about the unofficial topic of InterConnect: DevOps.
We’re very excited to let people know that our new IBM Redbook was just published: IT Modernization using Catalogic ECX Copy Data Management and IBM Spectrum Storage.
This detailed technical document gives you the complete low-down on how Catalogic ECX can help you drive new and exciting use cases on top of IBM storage infrastructure, as well as into the IBM SoftLayer cloud.
It is available right now from the IBM Redbooks site.
IBM white paper explains the “leading-edge suite of storage services” that Catalogic ECX brings to the FlashSystem V9000.
A freak lightning bolt struck forensic scientist Barry Allen, turning him into the world’s fastest human: The Flash! That very same lightning bolt is hitting your data center, turning your storage into flash storage. Or at least it should be. If not, you might just find yourself with a data center where nothing goes quite as fast as it needs to. With flash storage the future is now, but to get the most value out of it you’re going to need the right tools.
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.
The combination of Catalogic ECX and the IBM FlashSystem V9000 drives exciting new use cases.
It’s a flashy world out there and it’s getting flashier all the time. No, I don’t mean flashy as in Taylor Swift’s Girl Squad, but flashy as in all-flash storage.
Who would have thought even a few years ago that all-flash storage systems would be well on their way to being the de facto choice for enterprise storage? Spinning disk has a long life ahead of it, no doubt, and like tape storage, it will hang around longer than an ardent flash advocate might think. After all, we’re still waiting for the last mainframe to be unplugged—a common prediction in the 1990s which now seems ridiculous.
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.
Today at #NTAPInsightUS NTAP announced their new Hybrid Cloud utilizing Cloud ONTAP. This announcement is a very strong move for NTAP. Today cloud isn't as much about technology as it is about business agility. The ability to keep IT cost low, the stuff that doesn't make businesses money, and build agility and flexibility into the data center helps business drive new revenue models which is really important in today's competitive world.
A data catalog is an invaluable asset to any organization. Let’s take a look at what an effective data catalog achieves before identifying the top 5 reasons to implement a data catalog.
A foodservice industry company was facing the challenge, just as many growing companies do, of having to continually expand its IT infrastructure to meet data growth requirements. Starting with 100 TB of primary capacity supporting critical applications such as SQL databases, email, financials, and payroll applications, the company recently added 120 TB of new primary storage and 220 TB specifically for data protection. The company had already made a significant commitment to NetApp for its storage needs and most recently purchased a NetApp Cluster Data ONTAP (cDOT) primary storage system and a secondary ONTAP system for data protection.