02 Sep

Riding the wave of Game Changing Technology

Being a technology integrator comes with a lot of perks, one of which is being able to play with all the cool new technologies on the market before many have even realized a shifting in the industry. As an integrator that has always leaned toward best-of-breed emerging technologies, we tend to discover new solutions long before they become mainstream.

Some of the technologies that we now take for granted were at one point drastically different from anything on the market. Before most people knew what block level storage virtualization was, we had already established a relationship with Compellent Technologies (Purchased By Dell Inc. ). When people first heard the concept of data deduplication, we already had hands on experience with Data Domain (Purchased by EMC Inc.) and had implemented their solution into a variety of environments. And when the concept of hybrid storage first came to fruition, vendors like Nimble Storage approached Storcom because they knew we understood emerging technologies, and more importantly how to get them into the market.

All three of these technology vendors changed the face of the storage industry. Looking back, I believe this is now an undisputed reality. Now the next question is what will be the new paradigm shift? I have recently been talking about Hyper-Converged storage and virtualization solutions, and they are certainly the closest thing to game changers on the storage side of the market. At the same time, it’s become a greater challenge for new vendors to innovate and make a mark on infrastructure side of IT because so much has already been done. Where do you go at this point?

As I have previously alluded to, the public cloud is a force to be reckoned with. Over time, the public cloud as we know it today will continue to displace on-premise storage. While I believe this movement is a train that won’t be stopped, it’s not going to happen overnight. CIO’s and IT Managers alike are all trying to figure out how to best leverage the cloud and new technologies, and in a lot of cases the big storage providers are coming up short. They either cannot provide the performance that specific applications need, or the transfer costs for big data are not affecting an organization’s bottom line.

In an attempt to improve performance, a number of storage vendors have tried to use front-end caching devices and then leverage the public cloud to archive data, but in many cases, the cost savings haven’t met expectations.
What if you could do the exact opposite? What if you could keep your existing storage infrastructure, keep your existing server infrastructure, and as you need new resources from a compute standpoint you could borrow resources from the big cloud providers and use them in-house? Many of the problems that come with leveraging the public cloud for storage would go away, and a lot of the benefits of using a cloud provider for compute could be realized.

A new startup, Velostrata, is fresh out of Stealth mode and could potentially deliver this capability. In my discussions with Velostrata CEO/Founder, Issy Ben-Shaul, he describes the product like this, “Velostrata is the only software solution that streams production workloads to and from the cloud in minutes while keeping the storage and boot images on-premise. Velostrata’s unique technology decouples compute from storage – providing the first real-time hybrid cloud solution that streams production workloads to and from the cloud in minutes, leaves the storage on-premise, and optimizes performance end-to-end. With Velostrata, enabling on-demand hybrid cloud for production workloads is finally low-risk, cost-effective, fast, and simple.”

From our initial conversations, demos and evaluations, this technology looks very promising. Over the next few months we are extensively testing of this technology in real world scenarios, and as an MSP we see huge potential benefits to our DR-as-a-Service offering to keep costs down and also provide the needed performance in the event of a crisis. We will continue to keep everyone posted on testing the solution and look forward to the continued conversation on this topic. To learn more about velostrata.com go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-snL5CJuuk

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28 Jul

VMUG Indianapolis 2015

Storcom was happy to sponsor VMUG Indianapolis 2015. We got to meet some new people, see some old friends and get out and see what is going on from a user perspective in the VMWare community.  Being a VMware certified partner we believe we are certainly up on the technical aspects of the product but what is also interesting about events like this is talking with end users in a forum where we can understand some of the real world challenges users are having and learn about creative ways IT professionals are solving common problems.

Obviously the other cool part of VMUG is seeing some of the new technology vendors and what they are offering. It seemed like there was a good representation of most of the new technology vendors, although there are a few that we did not see that I think are worth mentioning.

Storcom over the years has worked with many emerging technology companies, it’s a long list of vendors that have been very successful and moved onwards and upwards to be part of some of the largest companies in the Storage, Data Protection and Disaster Recovery industry.

But to be an emerging technology company you have to start somewhere, and all of these type technology companies- whether it be Compellent, NetApp, Data Domain to Nimble Storage, someone purchased system number 1.

So it takes a certain type of person & company who sees the value of these technologies and is willing to put their job on the line for the benefits they believe that specific technology will bring to their organization.

So with that said, there are a few technologies I think that are worth mentioning that did not make it to the show or if they did they are definitely the new kid on the block that anyone who likes to track emerging technology companies should keep an eye on.

I am not listing these in any order of preference, nor am I endorsing these technology companies specifically- but for now I think they are certainly noteworthy enough for what they are doing and potential value they may bring to the technology landscape:






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30 Jun

How Do I Choose The Right Provider for DRaaS?

A recent post from Brian Posey over at Searchdisasterrecovery “How do I choose the right cloud services provider for DRaaS?” points out some of the pros and cons of using the big cloud providers like AWS and Azure over a smaller managed service provider like Storcom to provide DR-as-a-service.

He does a good job of pointing out the fact that it all depends on an organization’s needs, which is absolutely true. However at Storcom, we think that in most cases when looking at companies in the Mid-enterprise space, the need for directed consulting on the entire DR process is way more valuable than the benefits of scalability that the large cloud providers bring to the table.

He points out that large cloud providers can provide rock solid SLA’s, unlimited resources, and multi-site data centers which all make sense when looking at running production workloads.  At Storcom, we believe that the benefits of having a custom tailored solution that is designed to meet your needs, as well as providing the consulting expertise and services to extend your IT workforce, outweigh any of the large cloud provider benefits.

The Recover by Storcom managed DR-as-a-service solution provides organizations with the ability to turn on and turn off consulting services as needed, eg. helping design a DR/BC runbook with the process and tasks needed to bring critical systems back online and provide proper connectivity.

A smaller managed services solution provider also brings to the table other services such as helping make sure all data is protected on a day to day basis or an on-demand basis. This is something that is not available from the large Cloud providers.  If you do not have the in-house expertise, then you simply can rely on a managed services provider that has a staff of IT professionals that can aid in these gaps that your staff may have.

All-in-All, Brian Posey did a good job of pointing out the benefits and drawbacks of the solutions from a pure technical standpoint, but missed a few key points from a services standpoint. Storcom can provide the benefits of managed data protection as a service that much of the industry is still not seeing today.

Full Article from searchdisasterrecovery.com

-Dave Kluger

Principal Technology Architect

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