Saturday, December 18, 2010

New way of designing storage – Tier Less, Cache More!

The traditional way of designing storage was to create ‘tiers’ with high performance, expensive disks for critical, frequently used data and low cost , large capacity disks for less critical data.  However, over the time , data becomes more or less critical and then it has to be moved from one tier to another , which is time consuming, costly and requires change in processes.  This traditional way cannot deliver the speed of response and diverse service levels required by the business.
Flexible IT services are enabled by ‘Intelligent caching’, which enables people to better manage data with improved price/performance.
Intelligent caching lets you create a large pool of shared storage divided into virtual classes of service rather than create many hard-to-manage tiers. The cache inside the large pool of storage is dynamic, so the most important data remains in cache automatically. The cache can be set as big or small as required.
With intelligent caching, flash memory can be used intelligently to optimize performance as needed. IF flash memory is coupled with cost effective high capacity SATA drives to manage capacity requirements, then lesser number of high performance expensive disks will be required.  Moreover different levels of service can be managed virtually, which increases flexibility and  speed of response.
NEtapp is driving this initiative of Flash Cache + Sata drives.  Their finding indicate that the cost of storage capacity with Flash cache and SATA Drive configuration was lower by 56% per Terabyte than that of the baseline configuration. The performance of this combination was comparable to that provided with a  configuration  with Fiber channel disk drives.
Also the Flash + SATA combination uses 2/3 less power and 59% less rack space.

HP Integrity Server Blades – The New Generation

HP’s new integrity server blades BL860c i2, BL870c i2 and BL890c i2 offer 2.5 times the compute density of traditional rack mount servers.  The ability to mix and match HP integrity, HP Proliant and HP Storageworks blades within the same HP bladesystem C class enclosure , increases IT effectiveness, gives a better ROI and provides flexibility to grow as per business demands.
The basic building block is the BL860c i2 which is a 2 socket server.  The blade link technology combines 2 such server blades to offer a 4 socket BL870c i2 server and four blades together to give a 8 socket BL890c i2 server.   The integrity blade link ties together all the associated blades by providing a physical inter-blade path for the QPI fabric. The blade link also provides a path for the auxiliary signals.
 QPI is a low latency high bandwidth fabric which is used to tie together each of the nodes within the server.  The Integrity server architecture also provides memory, storage and I/O that scales linearly with the compute power.
For more information visit :  Why scalable blades - White Paper
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Monday, November 29, 2010

Cisco Borderless Network Architecture

As Cisco puts it – This is a next generation architecture that connects anyone, anywhere, on any device – securely, reliably and seamlessly.
There is a huge influx of consumer mobile devices in the business world. Cisco borderless network architecture helps IT evolve its infrastructure to deliver seamless, secure access to these mobile devices.
Traditionally, data and applications were housed on premises and the users also were generally on premises. In todays world the workforce is spread all across the globe and many workers are full time remote employees.  The applications also may be hosted off site or in the cloud.
Cisco’s Borderless Network architecture helps IT to unify its wired and wireless networks and securely deliver applications to users in a highly distributed environment.
To know more please visit :
Borderless Networks at a glance

HP P4000G2 SAN – Affordable with Enterprise level features

HP P4000G2 SAN – Affordable with Enterprise level features
HP StorageWorks P4000 G2 SANs, representing a virtualized pool of storage resources, deliver enterprise SAN functionality that enhances virtual environments, simplifies management, and reduces costs. Easy to deploy, to increase and to maintain, HP P4000 G2 SANs ensure that critical business data remain available.
They are proven for virtual servers, client virtualization, database, email and business applications. P4000 G2 SANs scale capacity and performance linearly without incurring downtime or performance bottlenecks.
The P4000 SAN/iQ Software delivers following features that makes the P4000 an affordable SAN storage with Enterprise level features .
Storage clustering for disruption free growth
Network Raid stripes and protects multiple copies of data across a cluster of storage nodes.
Thin provisioning allocates space only, reducing actual capacity requirement.
Snapshots provide instant point in time copies of data.
Remote copy replicates snapshots between  P4000G2 SANs at primary/remote locations.
Online volume migration and automated software updates.
Self healing storage - Proactive disk/volume scrubbing with automatic bad block repair.
To know more about P4000G2 SAN please visit :

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Single Mailbox Recovery Software from Netapp

Netapps single mailbox recovery software is a unique solution, which, when integrated with the storage system, enables you to retrieve individual messages, mailboxes and attachments without disrupting other users.
For an Exchange administrator, recovering a single message or a mailbox from the Microsoft Exchange messaging system, is a dreaded and time consuming job.  The use of SMBR software with Netapp storage eliminates the extra steps and time required to mount each backup of your exchange data for searching specific e-mails. The data can now be recovered literally in minutes, as against hours or days earlier.
With SMBR, time consuming brick level backups can be eliminated. Multiple exchange backups can be kept online with minimal disk requirement for each incremental backup. Maintaining a separate recovery server and storage to retrieve single mail box is not required. Individual Exchange items can be recovered directly to a Production Exchange server or a Outlook .PST file.
SMBR can be used to establish and verify e-mail evidence for compliance and legal requests.
To know more about Netapp Single Mail Box Recovery Software , visit :

HP DL980G7 Server - Latest Entry in the HP Proliant Range of Servers

HP designed the DL980G7 server to take full advantage of Intel’s most powerful Xeon® processor 7500 series with Quick Path Interconnect (QPI). The HP DL980 G7 delivers an enhanced level of scale-up x86 performance, availability, and reliability. The HP DL980 G7 is the first server to use the HP PREMA Architecture, incorporating a node controller design with smart CPU caching and redundant system fabric.
With PREMA Architecture HP addresses customer requirements that have exceeded the performance and capacities offered by 4-socket x86 systems. The architecture supports a balanced system with more processors, more memory, and more I/O than previous generation x86 systems have provided.
The HP PREMA Architecture groups the processor sockets into multiple “QPI islands” of two directly connected sockets. This direct connection provides the lowest latencies. Each QPI island connects to two node controllers. The system contains a total of four node controllers. Each node controller stores information about all data located in the processor caches. This functionality is called “smart CPU caching.” Smart CPU caching provides significant benefits for system performance.
By reducing processor overhead, The ProLiant DL980 G7 server delivers better system performance for a diverse set of workloads than competitive 8-socket  and even larger systems. VMs, SAP, Microsoft SQL Server, and High Performance Computing applications will experience performance gains on this server.
The performance gains enabled by HP PREMA Architecture make it possible for a single ProLiant DL980 G7 server to support workloads previously running on many legacy servers. As a result you lower the space, power and cooling requirements needed to run those workloads.
To watch a video on HP PREMA Architecture and DL980G7 server , visit :

Monday, September 20, 2010

HP Data Protector Notebook Extension

DPNE is a new solution under HP Data Protector suite which extends backup policies to the client environment to reduce the risk of data loss due to lack of effective client backup procedures and increase in mobile users.

In each client an agent is installed. It establishes a local storage area to hold active files until the connection to the network is established.  When the connection is detected, files are then automatically transferred to a dedicated repository (Data vault) that is specific to individual clients. The overall management is done by a Central server.  Every client is continuously backed up to provide information integrity. The users can recover their files rapidly without requiring IT assistance.

Backup of selected files happens as soon as they are modified, created or downloaded. The user is completely unaware of the solution and there is no disruption to client performance.

For more information please visit :

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Microsoft Sharepoint 2010 - Business Collaboration Platform for Enterprise and Internet

Microsoft has developed Sharepoint as a platform for collaboration, web publishing and file sharing.  It includes developing web sites, portals, content management systems, intranet, search engines and other tools for business intelligence.

Companies using Share Point can quickly respond to changing business needs. People can set up websites to share information with others, manage documents and publish reports which helps everybody to take better decisions.

Sharepoint gives you deeper insight into business operations and with centralised administration and management features, maintaining control over this scalable system is easy.

 The family of products include : Microsoft Sharepoint Server, Sharepoint Foundation, Microsoft search server, Sharepoint Designer and Sharepoint Workspace.

For more information please visit :

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Tipping Point, now from HP Networking

TippingPoint, a leading name in comprehensive newtork security solutions, now comes as an offering from HP Networking , after the recent acquisition of 3Com by HP.

With the TippingPoint IPS-secured network, which includes the Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) and Network Access Control (NAC) solution, network infrastructure, applications and critical data are protected from malicious cyber attacks.

The TippingPoint IPS is an in-line device that is inserted seamlessly and transparently into the network. As packets pass through the IPS, they are fully inspected to determine whether they are legitimate or malicious.

TippingPoint DVLabs is a premier research organisation for vulnerability analysis and discovery, ensuring that the customers have the best preemptive protection for vulnerabilities and zero day issues.

DVLabs is supplemented by more than 1000 external Zero Day researchers. Zero Day Initiative, founded by TippingPoint is a program for rewarding security researchers for responsibly disclosing vulnerabilities.

To know more , visit

Zimbra from Vmware, next generation email and collaboration

Zimbra Collaboration Suite or ZCS is a groupware product from Zimbra Inc, Palo Alto, California, USA. The company was purchased by Yahoo in 2007 and subsequently by Vmware in January, 2010.

ZCS is much more than just a email and calendar server. It provides document storage and editing, instant messaging and simplified administrative controls in a webmail user interface built with the latest Ajax web technology.

ZCS offers more options than any other platform to meet various application deployment strategies, including on premises or hosted email, which can be cloud and virtualization infrastructure.

To know more about the products please visit  or 

Saturday, August 21, 2010

4 simple ways to extend your notebook's life.

Your notebook is your trusted companion. But most of us only think how to utilise the notebook to the fullest. We do not think what we can do for the notebook.  With proper care and 4 simple steps we can extend the life of the notebook and the extract the most from it.

The four simple steps are :
1. Take care of the battery
2. Avoid excessive heat
3. Let the air vents breath
4. Proper handling of the LCD screen.

To know more on this visit  :
4 simple ways to extend your notebook's life.

Secure multi-tenancy solution from Cisco, Netapp, Vmware

The traditional way of designing IT infrastructure has created silos of servers and storage, leading to low resource utilization, inefficiency and inability to change as per business requirements.

The solution to this is Cloud computing where resources could be pooled and IT can be delivered as a service, which can lead to huge savings in IT spendings.

Even then, Cloud computing has still not been accepted by the majority of the IT community. The main impediment being the lack of confidence that data and applications will be securely isolated in a pooled environment.

As an answer to this, Cisco, Netapp and Vmware have come together to create a multi-tenant environment, in which, separate applications or customers can share the same server, storage and networking infrastructure with complete isolation, so that sensitive information is never compromised.

This has been showcased at

You can also visit  for more technical details.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

New in HP - Intelligent power discovery

HP Intelligent Power Discovery creates an energy aware network between IT and facilities.

It is a first of it’s kind technology to create an automated, energy aware network between the IT systems and the data centre facilities. This results in huge savings in wasted power capacity and downtime cost.

Intelligent power discovery combines HP intelligent PDU (iPDU), HP Platinum power supplies, and HP insight control software.

When a new server Proliant server is deployed, the Intelligent Power Discuovery discovers the servers and maps them to the power source. It also verifies the redundancy and makes sure that the connections are correct.

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VMmark world record with DL385G7 server

HP continues to invest in AMD based servers and with it's latest DL385G7 server with 12 core AMD Opteron processor, creates a world on the 24 core VMmark benchmark.  It has got a score of 30.96@22 tiles which means the 2 processor server can run 132 virtual machines.   This is about 48 more virtual machines than the 4 processor competitors.

To know more about this visit

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