July 16, 2013
CEO Insight: Contending with the New Normal in Public Sector premium
We’ve reached the halfway point of 2013, which also signals the beginning of the federal fiscal year end (FFYE). This is a good time to take a second and survey what we’ve seen so far and what we can expect over the next six months.
June 18, 2013
An Interview with the Storage-as-a-Service Program Executive premium
DLT Solutions’ Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS) is a NetApp hardware, software and services solution that combines secure, available, and dedicated on-premise infrastructure with a variable, pay-as-you-go model that requires zero capital investment. We recently sat down with JC Collier, STaaS Program Executive, and asked him about the new offering.
May 20, 2013
Technically News – 5/20 premium
In this week's Technically News: NetApp Promise BYOD Security Without Using the Cloud; Survey Highlights FDCCI Uncertainty; To Tap Big Data, Federal IT Must Partner with Tech Industry; Government to Share Cybersecurity Information with Private Sector; A Successful Private Cloud Migration Starts with Data and Apps.
February 25, 2013
Technically News – 2/25 premium
In this edition: Red Hat’s Big Data Strategy; NetApp’s FlashRay to Disrupt Enterprise Storage; Federal IT at “High Risk”; Open Data Success Requires Streamlining and Standardization; The Case for Paying for Open Source.
January 28, 2013
Technically News – 1/28 premium
In this edition: Symantec to Rely on Partners After Restructuring; Touchdown! NetApp & The Super Bowl Partner; Autodesk and NASA Developing New Technology; Red Hat Uses ManageIQ Acquisition to Further Cloud Offerings
December 3, 2012
Technically News – 12/3 premium
Technically News: Government Closes More Data Centers, NetApp Links to Amazon’s Cloud, Cybersecurity Needs of the Borderless Enterprise, Agency Saves $500 Million Through Technology, and More
November 28, 2011
ONTAP 8 Cluster-mode: NetApp’s Dash of Special Sauce premium
Way back in 2003, an eternity in tech years, Network Appliance purchased Spinnaker Networks an appliance maker that utilized SpinFS. Since the acquisition NetApp , as it is now called, has developed two different operating system offerings a.k.a. their “special sauce.” The original ONTAP “flavor” (ONTAP 8 7-mode) and the ONTAP 8 Cluster-mode, a reincarnate of technology acquired from Spinnaker and previously known as ONTAP GX.
September 28, 2011
Getting Started with NetApp Storage Efficiency premium
This is my advice for customers who want to get started with storage efficiency: • Consider SATA drives instead of Fiber Channel • Enable Dedupe • (Use Flash Cache as insurance against bad performance) NetApp has other efficiency features too (thin provisioning, cloning, compression, and so on), but I’ve found that customers often start with SATA and dedupe. SATA because it saves so much money, and dedupe because it’s so easy to turn on and comes free with ONTAP. When I talk with customers who are using SATA and dedupe, they are usually happy with NetApp, and pleased with their storage costs. When customers are haggling over price but haven’t at least considered these features, I wonder what they are thinking. SATA with Flash Cache doesn’t always match the performance of Fiber Channel, but when it does, it can cut your costs in half. It’s definitely worth considering! We have many happy customers using it for production data. Home directories are a good place to start. Email, especially with the most recent versions of Exchange. Some customers use it for database, depending on the workload.
September 7, 2011
Symantec and NetApp…more than the sum of the parts premium
Data protection is an essential part of every IT strategy. A good data protection plan minimizes the risk of downtime and data loss as well as the risk of a compliance incident. Most enterprise level data protection implementations are complex, costly and require thoughtful planning to ensure that the risk of data loss is reduced to an acceptable level. As with any technology there is no shortage of catch phrases to distract the overburdened administrator as well as the budget conscious executive. Phrases like “Integrated Data Protection”, “Industry Leading”, “End to End” and yes, even “cloud”. Let’s face it. The only reason you spend a dime on this stuff is to reduce risk because risk adds cost to your operation. The cost of data re-entry, the cost of down time or the cost of compliance fines. How simple or complex the system that you create to deal with risk is not the issue. The issue is whether the cost of the system is less than the risk of doing nothing.