SSG Now Product Reviews

Below is a list of our current Product Reviews

  • The Cisco MDS 9718 Director: A beast in a box

    The Cisco Multilayer Director 9718 switch is the very definition of data center big iron -- a director-class, ‘Data center in a Chassis’. The MDS 9718 is a switch that is 26 rack units (more than half a full-height rack) and supports up to 768 2/4/8/16Gb Fibre Channel or 10G Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) ports, or up to 384 40Gb FCoE ports. Each of the 16 slots can handle 1.5Tbps, for a total non-blocking capacity of 24Tbps. The MDS 9718 is also the industry’s first SAN director to support REST API calls directly to the switch and is also the industry’s first 32G ready director. Published on Thursday, February 4th, 2016 | Deni Connor
  • Delphix DaaS Product Validation

    The explosion of data in corporations of all sizes is not a new phenomenon, and the growth of stored data shows no signs of abating. Companies are struggling to keep their heads above water as a flood of data engulfs organizations that increasingly rely on IT applications to support their businesses. More specifically, the inability to effectively manage data growth threatens to prevent firms from building and maintaining the applications that, now more than ever, determine how they compete and succeed in their industry. With this in mind, the time has come for all companies to explore Data as a Service (DaaS) as an option for improving agility and increasing infrastructure utilization. DaaS is a fairly new concept to IT professionals, many of whom are accustomed to storing application data on expensive and redundant infrastructure, and leveraging complicated administrative processes to deliver that data. Published on Friday, December 18th, 2015 | Deni Connor
  • ExaGrid Appliances: Backup targets for every need

    Backups are a necessity, and as mixed media, data mining and the Internet of Things drive data usage ever higher, the need to fit more data into small backup windows is becoming more critical for many organizations. One simple solution to this issue is to improve the performance of the backup targets, with systems such as the ExaGrid’s EX series of appliances, which can scale out to as many as 25 EX32000E appliances in a scale-out grid, for a combined usable capacity of 1575TB, a total ingest rate of 187.5 TB/hr., and single-pane administration of the whole grid through a console that supports virtually all the major backup software packages. Published on Friday, December 18th, 2015 | Deni Connor

    There are many options in storage these days, with so many different interconnects, speeds, types of drives and potential bottlenecks, that it can be very difficult to find bottlenecks and resolve them, or to identify which applications or times of day that the storage network is affected. While there are network and storage monitoring tools that can deliver reports on these areas, most are relatively expensive. Enter StorTrends iDATA (Intelligent Data Analysis Tracking Application) by American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI). StorTrends iDATA is a free tool an IT administrator can download and run on any Windows system to monitor as many Windows 2003, 2008 and 2012 and VMware servers as desired. The program runs for seven days by default, though a shorter period can be specified. Published on Thursday, December 17th, 2015 | Deni Connor
  • Actiance Alcatraz: Archivable compliance and eDiscovery for Social Media

    Complying with federal corporate financial regulations is no longer an optional exercise for publicly-traded companies. The proliferation of governmental regulatory requirements in the U.S. (SOX, FINRA, SEC, HIPAA, et al), the U.K. (FSA SYSC, COBS, NMC, et al), and similar requirements in other countries, shifts governance and compliance from being a great idea to being a mandatory requirement for responsible corporate management. The solution for corporations looking to ensure compliance with these myriad regulations is to maintain long-term archives of all pertinent electronic records, while also monitoring employee social media communications for topics or activities that might violate the law. The ramifications of failing to maintain regulatory compliance are now quite serious, with hefty penalties and even criminal charges possible for senior management of publicly-traded companies, boards of directors and public accounting firms. Published on Thursday, December 17th, 2015 | Deni Connor
  • StorageX 7.5: Software-Based Cloud Storage Management

    n a world of converging data centers and the continuing trend of both infrastructure and applications migrating to the cloud, Data Dynamic’s StorageX 7.5 offers storage admins a comprehensive, policy-based, out-of-band storage management solution for multi-vendor storage systems. StorageX offers intrinsic support for CIFS, NFS and DFS file systems and can automagically manage namespace, qtrees and other data-specific options. StorageX 7.5 represents a quantum leap in storage management technology that will certainly be of interest to enterprise IT shops, managed service providers and converged data center operators everywhere. Heterogeneous support for all of the major storage hardware vendors, as well as intrinsic support for CIFS, NFS and DFS namespaces makes StorageX a compelling contributor and facilitator of the converged data center. Published on Friday, May 15th, 2015 | Deni Connor
  • Axcient’s Data Protection Appliance and Service

    […] Published on Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 | Deni Connor
  • GridStore NASg: First Look

    Typically network attached storage (NAS) consists a group of drives in a large enclosure, and expanding that system involves another drive-filled enclosure connected to the first. GridStore uses an entirely different model – a number of low-cost small boxes, based on the Intel Atom 330 processor, each containing 1GB RAM and a single hard drive, set up in a many-to-many grid, with unlimited storage and client nodes. Published on Friday, July 16th, 2010 | Deni Connor