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Author: Ben Maas

What Public Cloud Storage Looks Like to the Average Enterprise User

Public cloud storage adoption is accelerating but enterprises are for the most part just starting to dip their toes into the cloud storage waters – primarily storing their archival and backup data with cloud storage providers. However when enterprises small or large store their data with a public cloud storage provider, they may not even know who their public cloud storage provider is or where their data physically resides. All they know is that their portal to the cloud is almost indistinguishable from their network file server.

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ZL Technologies Brings Virtual Scale-out to Enterprise Archiving and eDiscovery

One of the most exciting and terrifying times in the lifecycle of a company is transitioning from a small to mid-range or mid-range to enterprise sized company. Well led companies that survive those transitions have often been planning for the occasion for some time. The longer they have been planning the more likely they’ve become aware of the need for long term archiving. Of everything.

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An In-Depth Look of How Virsto Overcomes the VM I/O Blender Stumbling Block – Part III Interview with Virsto CEO Mark Davis

One of the major problems facing enterprises interested in adopting server virtualization is the heavy throughput created by their virtual machines (VMs). Beyond that, if companies look to also virtualize their desktops and create a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), they also face provisioning problems when attempting to provision and manage new workstations. These I/O intensive applications of virtualization technologies present a major stumbling block to VM technology adoption.

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The Virtual Machine I/O Blender Problem – What It Is and How to Fix It – Virsto CEO Mark Davis Interview Part II

Companies are adopting server virtualization at an accelerating rate each year and, as they do, the need for performance on the back end hardware is growing right along with it. To accommodate this, enterprises need a way to increase the I/O throughput of their virtual machines (VMs). Today, I continue my blog series talking with Virsto Software CEO Mark Davis where we discuss the VM I/O blender problem, what it is and how Virsto boosts VM performance using a hypervisor plug-in that is up to ten times faster than what VM hypervisors natively provide.

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Virsto Creates VMware Storage Hypervisor to Boost VM Density and Performance, Interview with Virsto CEO Davis Part I

We have seen a lot of focus in the past twelve to 24 months on enterprise virtualization, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and technology investments in storage. All of this emphasis on moving away from the traditional server-based deployments in the data center is putting a major emphasis on virtual server performance and, more specifically, on enterprise storage performance. Today, I begin an interview series with Virsto Software CEO Mark Davis, where we look at how Virsto creates a VMware storage hypervisor in VMware vSphere to give incredible boosts in performance using even traditional hardware.

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WhipTail Gives Software RAID the Nod on Its SSD Appliance; WhipTail Interview Series Part IV

Today, I am continuing my discussion with WhipTail Technologies Chief Technology Officer, James Candelaria, whose company specializes in Solid State Drive (SSD) storage solutions. In Part III of this interview series, we looked at how WhipTail deals with the variances between solid state drive manufacturer’s hardware and firmware and how this emerging technology deals with those differences. In this installment, we’ll look at how and why WhipTail implements software RAID in its appliance.

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How WhipTail Handles OEM Variances in SSD Hardware; Interview Part III with WhipTail CTO Candelaria

Today I continue in my interview series with WhipTail Technologies CTO, James Candelaria, whose company specializes in Solid State Drive (SSD) storage solutions. Last time, we discussed how WhipTail is optimizing SSD performance while minimizing the deficiencies of Multi-Level Cell flash. Today, we look at the variances between SSD manufacturer’s hardware and firmware and how WhipTail deals with those differences.

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SSD Optimization Techniques that Minimize MLC Flash Deficiencies – Interview Series Part II with WhipTail CTO Candelaria

Today is part 2 of an interview I recently did with WhipTail Technologies Chief Technology Officer, James Candelaria, an emerging provider of SSD storage solutions. In my last entry, he and I discussed one major roadblock to widespread enterprise SSD adoption: the performance penalty incurred by garbage collection. This time, we’ll look at how WhipTail optimizes SSD performance while minimizing the deficiencies of MLC flash.

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The SSD Garbage Collection Problem Explained In Depth by WhipTail CTO James Candelaria – Part 1

A component of DCIG’s blog that has been absent for the last year or so are blog entries that are interviews with executives of data storage companies that DCIG considers thought leaders in their respective spaces. Today DCIG begins to rectify that by publishing the first part of an interview that I recently did with WhipTail Technologies Chief Technology Officer, James Candelaria, an emerging provider of SSD storage solutions.

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Blackridge Authenticates the Environment of Today’s Cloud-enabled Offices

The ubiquitous username and password authentication scheme has been with us since the early days of the Internet. Since then, the Internet has grown tremendously in terms of both size and complexity with the threats faced by network devices and applications growing right along with them even though the means used to authenticate users and devices have stayed pretty much the same. To address these shortcomings, BlackRidge Technology introduced a new transparent means of authentication that adds a more robust layer of security while maintaining usability.

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