In a move that could shake up the backup market down the road, StorageCraft announced the acquisition of the storage appliance company Exablox. Exablox is no stranger to Gestalt IT or Tech Field Day, and has been around for more than a little while. The combination of the two could make a compelling combined solution. The companies aren’t exactly strangers, they’ve had an OEM agreement in place since last October.
What if you took cloud storage management and brought it on-prem? At Tech Field Day, I saw a presentations proposing just that. But these solution required a pretty large upfront block buy-in. This takes away management headaches, but doesn’t give you the dynamic provisioning the cloud allows. What you would need is on-prem storage as a service. Zadara Storage is offering just that, and more.
How do you plan for large scale disaster recovery? Not like a whole site, building, or even a city, but all of civilization as we know it? All of the sudden you’re less worried about IOPS. The issue with a lot of digital archival techniques is that they generally assume some sort of regular human maintenance, and a continuing basic infrastructure. These archives are almost never human readable, and require systems in themselves to recover data.
My life has been a lie. Up until reading this article, I thought my RAID setup was providing a backup of my data. I’ve longed idolized ZFS for its robust snapshotting capabilities, thinking that was a formidable backup as well. My walls of perception have been torn asunder by the fundamental question of what actually is a backup. This Socratic examination goes to the root of the question.
Eric Shanks came away impressed by the feature support offered by StorageOS. This is made all the more impressive given that they’re really just entering into offering a commercially available product. I’m used to seeing products roll out with the idea and slowly gain practicality as a solution in subsequent releases.
At Gestalt IT, we’ve already covered that the IT infrastructure used by the Empire in Rogue One would be a personal hellscape. But it seems like it stood out to a lot of people. W. Curtis Preston took a more positive approach in this writeup, using it as a jumping off point for how to improve your archiving policies.
Do you need a script to let you replicate ZFS snapshots for use as backups? Of course you do. Luckily Larry Smith Jr. is on the job. Take a look at what he’s put together. Looks like a good implementation to me. Larry Smith Jr. comments: ZFS – Replication Backups I recently rebuilt my lab NAS […]
Quorum is making an argument that creating a secure private cloud for disaster recovery is the way forward for a lot of organizations. They come at this from an interesting background. The company originally built for use on ships for the U.S. Navy, which by necessity by their isolation, cannot exactly afford a lot of downtime for disaster recovery. Since 2010, they’ve offered a commercial product. They recently released version 4.0 of onQ, their backup solution and sole product focus.
Just ahead of CES, Lenovo announced that they are refreshing their Thinkpad line. Ordinarily, a common refresh with slightly faster processors or a little more RAM isn’t much to get excited or upset about. But in the press release, Lenovo let slip a major announcement. These machines will be based on Intel’s Kaby Lake platform, but much more importantly, will use Intel’s Optane, which is their 3D XPoint NVRAM implementation.