VMware and EMC Predict the Future and It Looks Just Like Catalogic Software

use cases we’ve described for Catalogic ECX in-place copy data management software. Let’s look at each in turn.

Hybrid Cloud

Everyone wants to get there, most haven’t yet. According to the report, “Most companies are not where they want to be in having a well-engineered hybrid cloud architecture. Over ninety percent reported they are currently only in the evaluation or proof of concept stage.”

One of the biggest inhibitors of hybrid cloud adoption is the corporate data problem: how do I get my system-of-record data, currently trapped in my data center, into the cloud so I can leverage the power of limitless cloud compute resources?

At Catalogic, we have a great methodology for getting system-of-record data into the cloud. Rather than belabor it here, I’ll point you to a white paper we’ve created that explains just how we did it with a combination of NetApp storage and IBM SoftLayer cloud compute.

User Self-Service

The report is very clear here: “IT organizations are experiencing a cultural revolution. They want to run IT like a customer-focused business. They want to empower users with self-service.”

Self-service is one of those things that simultaneously makes the IT person’s heart go squishy with happiness –“No more pesky users pestering me!”– and icy cold with fear –“What untold havoc will users wreak if I let them touch my stuff?”

Unfortunately, the report warns that “with respect to IT skills, eighty-eight percent of companies have not begun, or are only in the preliminary stages of developing skills in both business-facing service definition and cloud technology.” There’s a massive skills gap out there, and no wonder. Technology vendors in general build tools for IT, not tools designed for IT to share with end users. Yet this is precisely what Catalogic has built: a tool that lets users request their own resources – either data storage via snapshots, or full systems via spinning up VMs – while allowing IT to remain firmly in control of who gets what, how much, for how long, and so on.  And it’s all governed by roles-based access controls (RBAC) so nobody messes with your stuff.

Automation

As the report notes, “When it comes to automation, the most basic service, and the foundation for many other more complex or business-focused services, is infrastructure provisioning.” But in the present world, infrastructure provisioning is anything BUT automated: it’s clunky, funky and smells like a monkey, with over half of the survey respondents saying it takes between a week and month to provision resources. This jibes precisely with what Catalogic folks in the field hear from customers, and what analyst organizations say. And this waiting around gets end users miffed, especially if you are doing things like DevOps development. Nobody wants to wait a week for resources. Heck, they don’t even want to wait an hour. (More on development in the next section.)

Fortunately, Catalogic has seen the future and our ECX product is precisely an infrastructure provisioning automation machine (henceforth known by everyone as an IPAM – you heard it here first!).  We can schedule the provisioning of infrastructure resources to happen when needed and where needed. For example, if a business analytics team needs fresh copies of data, ECX can mount the latest snapshot (local or remote copy) up to an analytics server and refresh it every day (or more frequently if you want) so the numbers crunchers are always crunching fresh numbers (and everyone knows fresh numbers have more crunch).

Application Development

Application development is really a use case built on top of the other three items we’ve been discussing.  If you bring together hybrid cloud, user self-service and automation – which is what Catalogic does – then you can build out a very robust application development environment, whether you are using classic waterfall techniques or the latest DevOps methodology, or something in between. As the report says, “One of the most significant gaps in application transformation is in participants’ application infrastructure.”

It always comes back to infrastructure. You gotta have it, and ideally it will be automated and/or offerable via self-service. We did precisely this recently at a customer and the results were beyond even our best expectations. For their application development organization, their infrastructure management time dropped from about 60 hours a month to three hours a month – a 95% decrease in time spent, or correspondingly a 95% improvement in productivity. THAT’s the efficiency you gain from automation and self-service. No wonder they call it the future.

The remainder of the report breaks things down by industry so you can see how you stand relative to your peers. If you’re like most organizations surveyed, you can’t wait for the future to arrive but you don’t know how to get there. At Catalogic, we’re all about bringing to future to you today, with push-button ease.  And it’s easy, too. Want to try it yourself? You can download the software and try it out. Or contact us for a personalized demonstration and walk-through.

Don’t let the future stay in the future. Grab hold of it now, with Catalogic.

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04/26/2016 0 Comments

It Ain’t Just IOPS: Why All-Flash Alone Isn’t Enough

Nobody disputes the IOPs power of all flash storage arrays compared to hard disk drives. This interesting comparison showed that across multiple configurations, IOPS on flash was as much as 80 times greater.

EIGHTY times! Imagine if you could drive your car 80 times faster than the speed limit: you’d be doing about 4,500 m.p.h.  That’s pretty crazy (and the sonic boom that would result would annoy the neighbors). With such performance, it’s no wonder flash is rolling into data centers at ever increasing rates.

And while flash arrays can be costly on a per-GB basis, the actual cost of use can be a lot lower. One reason goes back to IOPS: you can do more with less. In the hard disk drive world, performance constraints mean that organizations can’t drive a lot of workloads off of a single snapshot. You just don’t have the IOPS. So you end up cloning volumes to put workloads on fresh spindles, and that means you make copies, and that means you suddenly have 3x, 5x, 10x or more copies of your data floating around. Very messy. And this is why the copy data management space was born.

And it’s no different with flash. Copy data management (CDM) is about creating, using, updating and deleting copies in ways that are automated, programmable, template-based and access controlled. Creating the copy is just the first step, and that’s much easier with a CDM solution like Catalogic ECX because it’s just a few clicks to set up local and remote copies (snaps and replicas). From there, we let you make use of the data, and this is what drives key use cases like disaster recovery (which we automate), simpler Test/Dev provisioning (which we automate), and integrated DevOps provisioning (which we automate). You may have noticed I used the word “automate” a few times there. It’s where all things IT are going.

If you’d like to know more about how copy data management can drive your all-flash systems, and learn about a great all-flash array at the same time – I’m talking about the IBM FlashSystem® V9000– then view our webinar replay.  We were joined by Philip Clark of the IBM FlashSystem team who gave a great overview of the V9000 array, as well as our own demo master Elias Pinto at the ECX controls. Yours truly spoke about use cases and somehow brought in the Makin’ Copies guy from Saturday Night Live!

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04/19/2016 0 Comments

Your Chance to Learn All About IBM Redbooks and How Catalogic Adds Value to IBM Storage

Did you know that over 500,000 IBM Redbooks are downloaded every month?  That’s a lot of IBM Redbooks! You can learn more about IBM Redbooks in general and the Catalogic volume in particular by watching IBM Redbook: Software Defined Agility for IBM Storage with Catalogic

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04/04/2016 0 Comments

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