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For Sale – G Raid Thunderbolt 8 TB drive & mac accessories

A bit of a NY clear out… offers welcome.

G-Technology 8 TB Hard Drive Storage

I am selling my G-Technology 8TB G-Tech G-Raid with Thunderbolt Array Hard Drive

  • Ultra-fast,high-performance Thunderbolt interface technology
  • Double the data transfer rates of USB 3.0 and over 12 times faster than Firewire 800
  • RAID 0 designed specifically for professional content creation applications
  • Supports multi-stream HDV,DVCPro HD,XDCAM HD,ProRes 422 and uncompressed SD workflows
  • Dual Thunderbolt ports for easy access and daisy-chaining up to 6 Thunderbolt compatible peripherals
  • Great for media, photoshop and cad users

Box Contains
1x Hitachi G-Tech G-Raid with Thunderbolt Hard Drive Array – 8TB (2 x 7200 rpm disks)
Original power cables, will include an apple thunderbolt genuine cable (not part of box contents)
Looking at £210 inc P&P
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2 x Apple Thunderbolt to Ethernet adaptor
Genuine White Apple Thunderbolt to Ethernet adaptor, used only a few times. Unboxed in excellent condition. £18 each inc p&p.
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1 x Apple magic Trackpad (1st gen)
Genuine Silver apple trackpad, hardly used. Boxed in excellent condition. £25 inc p&p.
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2 x Mobee Magic Bar (New sealed and used)

Silver works with Apple keyboard, charges. Both Boxed.
Used £29 inc p&p
New £35 inc p&p

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1 x Apple HDMI to DVI cable (used)
£20 inc p&p
——————————————————————————————-
1 x Cablesson Display port to HDMI cable (used)
£12 inc p&p
——————————————————————————————-
1 x Apple 30 pin to HDMI cable (used)
£12 inc p&p

Price and currency: 200
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT
Location: London or Kent
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Potential NVMe benefits spark enterprise IT interest

IT pros accustomed to SAS- and SATA-based flash storage performance are eagerly anticipating the latest NVMe technologies. Some are already using nonvolatile memory express for demanding applications, while others wait for vendor support.

NVMe-based solid-state drives (SSDs) can lower latency and boost performance, compared with the standard SAS- and SATA-based SSDs that are the norm in most IT organizations. NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) can extend the NVMe benefits across a network, between application servers and storage arrays.

Although these are early days for NVMe, some enterprises already made the jump for select application workloads that have especially high I/O requirements. Market statistics indicate those users are in the distinct minority, but adoption should start to increase as storage vendors ramp up support and enterprise NVMe-based PCI Express SSDs drop in price.

NVMe benefits for database response time

Baystate Health took the leap to NVMe-based SSDs last year to try to boost database response time. The healthcare provider, based in Springfield, Mass., uses VMware’s vSAN hyper-converged infrastructure on Cisco Unified Computing System server hardware across three data centers in about a 10-mile radius.

“It’s not like we want to do cool, fancy things,” said Raj Subramanian, director of IT infrastructure and technology at Baystate Health. He said NVMe had become “necessary for the response time.”

Subramanian said Baystate’s InterSystems Caché database, in particular, requires low response time to prevent corruption and performance issues.

“Overall, NVMe improved the cache performance,” Subramanian said, “but it still hasn’t been determined if the performance is good enough for Caché’s IOPS requirements.”

Financial institutions tend to be early adopters of any new technologies that can boost performance. One technical director in infrastructure architecture said his financial services firm used Fusion-io’s PCIe-based SSDs before shifting to standard NVMe-based PCIe SSDs as soon as the drives became available.

“It’s definitely significantly faster. And the pricing has come down on the NVMe drives, so it’s actually pretty competitive, especially in comparison to a SAS flash drive,” said the technical director, who asked that neither his name nor company be identified.

The financial services firm bought Samsung NVMe-based PCIe SSDs for its Aerospike in-memory NoSQL database running on Dell servers, with plans to explore storage-class memory for its trading systems and in-memory databases. The technical director said the firm’s other databases use conventional disk- and flash-based SAN storage, and the company’s virtual servers connect to Pure Storage and Dell EMC XtremIO all-flash arrays.

Flash users anticipate NVMe benefits

For many enterprise users, the performance that all-flash arrays equipped with conventional SAS- or SATA-based SSDs offer has been good enough to meet their application needs. But now that they’ve gotten a sense of the benefits that ordinary flash can bring, some are starting to envision use cases for NVMe-based technologies.

“I wouldn’t rule it out,” said Alton Levesque, IT strategic director of enterprise platform engineering at LabCorp in Burlington, N.C. “The medical and science communities are always doing interesting things. Right now, the [conventional] SSDs are doing very well, but we’re keeping our eye on NVMe and seeing where that’s going.”

Chad Brannan, an infrastructure architect at Patterson Companies, a Minnesota-based distributor of dental and veterinary supplies, is considering the potential upsides of a shift to “ridiculously fast” NVMe technologies with its e-commerce and customer service databases.

“Anytime we can drive down the I/O latency, it’s going to drive up our ability to deliver faster to the customers what they want,” Brannan said. “We have a large competitor. We both carry the same product lines. We just want to make sure we get that sale, and we keep them happy.”

Brannan said Patterson’s internal employees could potentially reduce the response times for customer-assistance calls. He said extra seconds add up over time, and “next thing you know, you’ve got to hire another FTE [full-time equivalent] because your back-end storage isn’t fast enough to be able to handle what one person can do in an average day.”

San Antonio-based Frost Bank is a large Pure Storage customer, with seven Pure FlashArrays and three FlashBlades equipped with conventional SSDs. Daniel King, senior vice president of IT operations, predicted the bank will use NVMe by early 2019. That transition should be easy, because Pure promises nondisruptive upgrades to NVMe-based SSDs in its FlashArrays in 2018.

“Honestly, it’s about the load of the Pures. Our load is running about 60%, 70%. And as you grow, once you get hooked, you see very quickly how much you can put on it,” King said.

King cited the example of the bank’s VMware server farm with about 150 TB of data. He said that data reduces to about 12 TB after deduplication and compression, and he balances the load equally across three Pure Storage arrays. He said faster NVMe could offer benefits in balancing the controller load.

Potential NVMe benefits in power reduction

Central New Mexico Community College is also a Pure Storage customer. Bill Halverson, a senior adviser to the CIO at the college, based in Albuquerque, N.M., sees NVMe as a possible way to reduce power and cooling requirements and overall storage costs.

Beatriz DeStefano, a system administration manager at Nemours Children’s Hospital, said her organization might not currently have a need for NVMe. But she recognizes requirements could change as the healthcare provider grows and adds more clinics and patients. Nemours, which has hospitals and clinics in Florida and Delaware, currently uses a mix of all-flash and hybrid storage.

“NVMe is the future,” said DeStefano, who is keeping tabs on vendors’ NVMe support plans.

NVMe use cases

Uses cases that Gartner research vice president Joseph Unsworth sees for NVMe include hyperscale, analytics and high-performance computing workloads that require massive data ingestion, high-performance database management systems and consolidation.

Unsworth recalled the introduction of PCIe cards enabling massive server consolidation, translating to a lower server count and fewer database licenses. Unsworth said NVMe-based technologies could play out in a similar way.

“If you want to drive mass adoption, you have to give them a way to go to the CFO and say, ‘We’re going to go to this high-end technology that’s going to cost more, and we’re going to be able to pay for it by some other cost savings,'” Unsworth said. “That seems the lowest-hanging fruit, but that’s going to take time to drive the education and the adoption.”

Gartner statistics projected a 17% attach rate for PCIe SSDs in servers and 5% in storage arrays in 2017. By 2020, the rate will be 69% for servers and 26% in storage arrays, according to Gartner projections.

Unsworth said single-ported, NVMe-based PCIe SSDs are 45% faster than SATA SSDs and approaching price parity with them, opening the door for hyperscale users to shift to them on the server side. But he said storage arrays with dual-ported enterprise NVMe-based PCIe SSDs currently command a 15% to 40% price premium over traditional arrays, and they’re not especially plentiful.

“Once we see more competition, the premiums are going to get beaten down. It’s going to take some time. We think probably the second half of [2018],” Unsworth predicted.

True NVMe benefits with end-to-end use

Unsworth also noted that IT users won’t be able to fully exploit the performance capabilities of NVMe until they can use the technology end to end through NVMe over Fabrics. He said NVMe-oF is immature and probably won’t become a factor until 2019, when more vendors offer true end-to-end options. NVMe-oF-based products might not get into users’ hands until 2020, he added.

For Sale – 2x 3TB WD reds

Selling these as I just don’t need the storage space. They are nas drives but work in a desktop pc without issue. Details of the drives here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/WD-RED-NAS-Hard-Drive/dp/B008JJLW4M

Asking £60 each or take both for £110 inc.

Price and currency: £110
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Paypal, bacs
Location: Durham
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For Sale – G Raid Thunderbolt 8 TB drive & mac accessories

A bit of a NY clear out… offers welcome.

G-Technology 8 TB Hard Drive Storage

I am selling my G-Technology 8TB G-Tech G-Raid with Thunderbolt Array Hard Drive

  • Ultra-fast,high-performance Thunderbolt interface technology
  • Double the data transfer rates of USB 3.0 and over 12 times faster than Firewire 800
  • RAID 0 designed specifically for professional content creation applications
  • Supports multi-stream HDV,DVCPro HD,XDCAM HD,ProRes 422 and uncompressed SD workflows
  • Dual Thunderbolt ports for easy access and daisy-chaining up to 6 Thunderbolt compatible peripherals
  • Great for media, photoshop and cad users

Box Contains
1x Hitachi G-Tech G-Raid with Thunderbolt Hard Drive Array – 8TB (2 x 7200 rpm disks)
Original power cables, will include an apple thunderbolt genuine cable (not part of box contents)
Looking at £210 inc P&P
——————————————————————————————
2 x Apple Thunderbolt to Ethernet adaptor
Genuine White Apple Thunderbolt to Ethernet adaptor, used only a few times. Unboxed in excellent condition. £18 each inc p&p.
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1 x Apple magic Trackpad (1st gen)
Genuine Silver apple trackpad, hardly used. Boxed in excellent condition. £25 inc p&p.
——————————————————————————————-
2 x Mobee Magic Bar (New sealed and used)

Silver works with Apple keyboard, charges. Both Boxed.
Used £29 inc p&p
New £35 inc p&p

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1 x Apple HDMI to DVI cable (used)
£20 inc p&p
——————————————————————————————-
1 x Cablesson Display port to HDMI cable (used)
£12 inc p&p
——————————————————————————————-
1 x Apple 30 pin to HDMI cable (used)
£12 inc p&p

Price and currency: 200
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT
Location: London or Kent
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How does Data Protection Manager 2016 save and restore data?

on the DPM server. But administrators have flexibility to put those backups on storage that is located — and partitioned — elsewhere.

To get started, IT administrators install a DPM agent on every computer to protect, then add that machine to a protection group in DPM. A protection group is a collection of computers that all share the same protection settings or configurations, such as the group name, protection policy, disk target and replica method.

After the agent installation and configuration process, DPM produces a replica for every protection group member, which can include volumes, shares, folders, Exchange storage groups and SQL Server databases. System Center Data Protection Manager 2016 builds replicas in a provisioned storage pool.

After DPM generates the initial replicas, its agents track changes to the protected data and send that information to the DPM server. DPM will then use the change journal to update the file data replicas at the intervals specified by the configuration. During synchronization, any changes are sent to the DPM server, which applies them to the replica.

DPM also periodically checks the replica for consistency with block-level verification and corrects any problems in the replica. Administrators can set recovery points for a protection group member to create multiple recoverable versions for each backup.

Application data backups require additional planning

Application data protection can vary based on the application and the selected backup type. Administrators need to be aware that certain applications do not support every DPM backup type. For example, Microsoft Virtual Server and some SQL Server databases do not support incremental backups.

Administrators need to be aware that certain applications do not support every DPM backup type.

For a synchronization job, System Center Data Protection Manager 2016 tracks application data changes and moves them to the DPM server, similar to an incremental backup. Updates are combined with the base replica to form the complete backup.

For an express full backup job, System Center Data Protection Manager 2016 uses a complete Volume Shadow Copy Service snapshot, but transfers only changed blocks to the DPM server. Each full backup creates a recovery point for the application’s data.

Generally, incremental synchronizations are faster to backup but can take longer to restore. To balance the time needed to restore content, DPM will periodically create full backups to integrate any collected changes, which speeds up a recovery. DPM can support up to 64 recovery points for each member of a protection group. However, DPM can also support up to 448 full backups and 96 incremental backups for each full backup.

The DPM recovery process is straightforward regardless of the backup type or target. Administrators select the desired recovery point with the Recovery Wizard in the DPM Administrator Console. DPM will restore the data from that point to the desired target or destination. The Recovery Wizard will denote the location and availability of the backup media. If the backup media — such as tape — is not available, the restoration process will fail.

For Sale – G Raid Thunderbolt 8 TB drive & mac accessories

A bit of a NY clear out… offers welcome.

G-Technology 8 TB Hard Drive Storage

I am selling my G-Technology 8TB G-Tech G-Raid with Thunderbolt Array Hard Drive

  • Ultra-fast,high-performance Thunderbolt interface technology
  • Double the data transfer rates of USB 3.0 and over 12 times faster than Firewire 800
  • RAID 0 designed specifically for professional content creation applications
  • Supports multi-stream HDV,DVCPro HD,XDCAM HD,ProRes 422 and uncompressed SD workflows
  • Dual Thunderbolt ports for easy access and daisy-chaining up to 6 Thunderbolt compatible peripherals
  • Great for media, photoshop and cad users

Box Contains
1x Hitachi G-Tech G-Raid with Thunderbolt Hard Drive Array – 8TB (2 x 7200 rpm disks)
Original power cables, will include an apple thunderbolt genuine cable (not part of box contents)
Looking at £210 inc P&P
——————————————————————————————
2 x Apple Thunderbolt to Ethernet adaptor
Genuine White Apple Thunderbolt to Ethernet adaptor, used only a few times. Unboxed in excellent condition. £18 each inc p&p.
——————————————————————————————-
1 x Apple magic Trackpad (1st gen)
Genuine Silver apple trackpad, hardly used. Boxed in excellent condition. £25 inc p&p.
——————————————————————————————-
2 x Mobee Magic Bar (New sealed and used)

Silver works with Apple keyboard, charges. Both Boxed.
Used £29 inc p&p
New £35 inc p&p

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1 x Apple HDMI to DVI cable (used)
£20 inc p&p
——————————————————————————————-
1 x Cablesson Display port to HDMI cable (used)
£12 inc p&p
——————————————————————————————-
1 x Apple 30 pin to HDMI cable (used)
£12 inc p&p

Price and currency: 200
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT
Location: London or Kent
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – G Raid Thunderbolt 8 TB drive & mac accessories

A bit of a NY clear out… offers welcome.

G-Technology 8 TB Hard Drive Storage

I am selling my G-Technology 8TB G-Tech G-Raid with Thunderbolt Array Hard Drive

  • Ultra-fast,high-performance Thunderbolt interface technology
  • Double the data transfer rates of USB 3.0 and over 12 times faster than Firewire 800
  • RAID 0 designed specifically for professional content creation applications
  • Supports multi-stream HDV,DVCPro HD,XDCAM HD,ProRes 422 and uncompressed SD workflows
  • Dual Thunderbolt ports for easy access and daisy-chaining up to 6 Thunderbolt compatible peripherals
  • Great for media, photoshop and cad users

Box Contains
1x Hitachi G-Tech G-Raid with Thunderbolt Hard Drive Array – 8TB (2 x 7200 rpm disks)
Original power cables, will include an apple thunderbolt genuine cable (not part of box contents)
Looking at £210 inc P&P
——————————————————————————————
2 x Apple Thunderbolt to Ethernet adaptor
Genuine White Apple Thunderbolt to Ethernet adaptor, used only a few times. Unboxed in excellent condition. £18 each inc p&p.
——————————————————————————————-
1 x Apple magic Trackpad (1st gen)
Genuine Silver apple trackpad, hardly used. Boxed in excellent condition. £25 inc p&p.
——————————————————————————————-
2 x Mobee Magic Bar (New sealed and used)

Silver works with Apple keyboard, charges. Both Boxed.
Used £29 inc p&p
New £35 inc p&p

——————————————————————————————-
1 x Apple HDMI to DVI cable (used)
£20 inc p&p
——————————————————————————————-
1 x Cablesson Display port to HDMI cable (used)
£12 inc p&p
——————————————————————————————-
1 x Apple 30 pin to HDMI cable (used)
£12 inc p&p

Price and currency: 200
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT
Location: London or Kent
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – G Raid Thunderbolt 8 TB drive & mac accessories

A bit of a NY clear out… offers welcome.

G-Technology 8 TB Hard Drive Storage

I am selling my G-Technology 8TB G-Tech G-Raid with Thunderbolt Array Hard Drive

  • Ultra-fast,high-performance Thunderbolt interface technology
  • Double the data transfer rates of USB 3.0 and over 12 times faster than Firewire 800
  • RAID 0 designed specifically for professional content creation applications
  • Supports multi-stream HDV,DVCPro HD,XDCAM HD,ProRes 422 and uncompressed SD workflows
  • Dual Thunderbolt ports for easy access and daisy-chaining up to 6 Thunderbolt compatible peripherals
  • Great for media, photoshop and cad users

Box Contains
1x Hitachi G-Tech G-Raid with Thunderbolt Hard Drive Array – 8TB (2 x 7200 rpm disks)
Original power cables, will include an apple thunderbolt genuine cable (not part of box contents)
Looking at £210 inc P&P
——————————————————————————————
2 x Apple Thunderbolt to Ethernet adaptor
Genuine White Apple Thunderbolt to Ethernet adaptor, used only a few times. Unboxed in excellent condition. £18 each inc p&p.
——————————————————————————————-
1 x Apple magic Trackpad (1st gen)
Genuine Silver apple trackpad, hardly used. Boxed in excellent condition. £25 inc p&p.
——————————————————————————————-
2 x Mobee Magic Bar (New sealed and used)

Silver works with Apple keyboard, charges. Both Boxed.
Used £29 inc p&p
New £35 inc p&p

——————————————————————————————-
1 x Apple HDMI to DVI cable (used)
£20 inc p&p
——————————————————————————————-
1 x Cablesson Display port to HDMI cable (used)
£12 inc p&p
——————————————————————————————-
1 x Apple 30 pin to HDMI cable (used)
£12 inc p&p

Price and currency: 200
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT
Location: London or Kent
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Microsoft scoops up NAS vendor Avere for hybrid cloud services

Microsoft moved to bolster its cloud storage capabilities with the acquisition of NAS vendor Avere Systems, giving it a high-performance file system to manage unstructured data in hybrid clouds.

The Pittsburgh-based NAS vendor Avere’s OS file system is incorporated in FXT Edge filers in all-flash or spinning disk versions for on-premises or hybrid cloud configurations. Avere also provides a virtual appliance, the Virtual FXT Edge filers, which are available for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the Google Cloud Platform. 

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Microsoft disclosed the acquisition in a blog post on its website but declined an interview request to provide more details about its plans for the cloud NAS vendor. Microsoft acquired early cloud NAS vendor StorSimple in 2012, and gives that technology to Azure subscribers to tier data into the cloud.

However, Avere CEO Ron Bianchini wrote in a company blog post that the two companies’ “shared vision” is to use Avere technology “in the data center, in the cloud and in hybrid cloud storage …” while tightly integrating it with Azure.

“Avere and Microsoft recognize that there are many ways for enterprises to leverage data center resources and the cloud,” Bianchini wrote. “Our shared vision is to continue our focus on all of Avere’s use cases — in the data center, in the cloud and in hybrid cloud storage and cloud bursting environments. Tighter integration with Azure will result in a much more seamless experience for our customers.”

Avere was founded in 2008 as a company that focused on the data center with its FXT Core Filers that used flash to accelerate network-attached storage (NAS) performance on disk systems. The company later transitioned to the cloud with its Avere FXT Edge Filers that served as NAS public clouds, allowing customers to connect on-premises storage to AWS, Google Cloud and Azure services.

In addition to NFS and SMB protocols, the Avere Cloud NAS appliance supports object storage from IBM Cleversafe, Western Digital, SwiftStack and others through its C2N Cloud-Core NAS platform.

The only other vendor that offers end-to-end is Oracle. But Oracle does not have a global namespace. Avere has a global namespace.
Marc Staimerfounder, Dragon Slayer Consulting

The NAS vendor also sells FlashCloud, which runs on FXT Edge Filers with object APIs to connect to public and private clouds. The systems can be clustered so that cloud-based NAS can scale on premises while also providing high-availability access to data in the cloud. Customers can use FlashCloud software as a file system for object storage and move data to the cloud without requiring a gateway.

“They provide a true NAS filer,” said Marc Staimer, founder of Dragon Slayer Consulting. “They provide a complete, end-to-end package. The only other vendor that offers end-to-end is Oracle. But Oracle does not have a global namespace. Avere has a global namespace.”

Avere founders Bianchini, CTO Michael Kazar and technical director Daniel Nydick came from NetApp, which acquired their previous company Spinnaker Networks in 2004 for its clustered NAS technology.

Some of Avere’s customers include Sony Pictures’ Imageworks, animation studio Illumination Mac Guff, the Library of Congress, Johns Hopkins University and Teradyne Inc. The company is private so it does not disclose revenue, but a source close to the vendor put its bookings at $7 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and $22 million for the year. Those bookings were up from $4.8 million in the fourth quarter and $14.5 million in 2015.

In March of 2017, Google became an Avere investor during the company’s $14 million Series E funding round. Avere raised about $100 million in total funding. Previous investors include Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Tenaya Capital and Western Digital Technologies.

The Avere team will continue to work out of its Pittsburgh office for Microsoft.

Reduxio Systems’ storage wows human resources specialist

Reduxio Systems’ storage has gone from curiosity to mainstay at human resources software firm CPP Inc.

The maker of personality-assessment software initially installed Reduxio HX550 hybrid arrays to support standard systems for development, quality assurance and testing. Impressed by the performance, CPP has promoted the Reduxio SAN to handle mission-critical applications and a select number of primary workloads.

The plan is to eventually move most tier-one storage from existing SAN environments to Reduxio to take advantage of its capacity, native data protection and performance scaling, said Mike Johnson, director of global infrastructure and desktop support at CPP, based in Sunnyvale, Calif.

“I’ve always figured there isn’t one storage device that gives you all three of those things, but it’s looking like Reduxio Systems has the potential,” Johnson said.

CPP has two Reduxio HX550 hybrid arrays at its main data center in Sunnyvale and two others at a newly opened facility in the U.K.

Reduxio hybrid flash augments all-flash IBM V9000 primary SAN

The Reduxio HX550 Enterprise Flash Storage hybrid flagship is a dual-controller system housed in a 2U Seagate server chassis. The system accommodates 24 disk drives or SAS-connected SSDs, with enterprise multi-level cell NAND flash SSDs for 40 TB of raw block storage. Effective capacity scales to 150 TB of usable storage with Reduxio NoDup global inline data deduplication.

Reduxio Systems deduplicates data in 8K blocks in a pre-memory buffer. A unique timestamp is applied to each block in the databases. A separate database for metadata includes log data on which blocks received writes and when.

Until 2002, CPP was known as Corporate Psychologists Press Inc. The firm sells human resources software to corporations and career-minded individuals, and it’s best known for its flagship Myers-Briggs Type Indicator-certified assessment.

Over the years, CPP has used storage appliances from Dell EMC, NetApp, Hitachi Vantara and other vendors. CPP still uses an all-flash IBM V9000 SAN to support a Microsoft Dynamics AX enterprise resource planning system and related production systems, as well as a scale-out Coho Data DataStream SAN to increase capacity or performance on the fly.

Although the IBM V9000 is “one of the highest-performing SANs I’ve ever seen,” Johnson said it has limited capacity for all of CPP’s primary storage. The Coho Data storage is “plug-and-play,” but requires the upfront expense of customized Arista network switches.

Compounding the challenge is the demise of Coho Data, which went out of business in September.

Johnson credited a reseller with introducing him to Reduxio Systems. CPP had already purchased the IBM and Coho Data gear by that time, but Johnson was intrigued enough by Reduxio to give it a test run.

“I was willing to put it in as our tier-three storage device, but I didn’t know how it would perform,” he said. “Once we saw the performance was pretty good, we promoted it to our mission-critical workloads.”

Reduxio BackDating aids faster disaster recovery

Johnson’s IT team did further testing and research designed to answer a key question: Could Reduxio storage reliably support CPP’s moneymaking activities? Johnson said he was pleased at Reduxio’s ability to deliver primary storage performance without relying exclusively on flash.

Johnson said he also likes the native data protection in Reduxio’s TimeOS operating system, especially the BackDating that allows recovery to any-point-in-time snapshot. Reduxio Systems recently added NoMigrate replication and NoRestore copy data management.

“We decided our revenue-generating systems could reside on the Reduxio storage device,” Johnson said. “Our plan going forward is to put all our revenue-generating systems on Reduxio and reduce our recovery point objectives and recovery time objectives from hours to days to seconds to minutes.”