Manage the Database Madness with Pure Storage and Catalogic

Are your databases driving you crazy? You’re not alone. Many IT organizations are suffering the same pains around creating and distributing copies of databases to data-hungry consumers. If you’re involved with your organization’s IT infrastructure, you probably know the people I’m talking about:

  • The Impatient Developer, always demanding another copy of Oracle and saying there’s no way to finish the project without proper data.
  • The Testy QA Tester (yes, the Testy Tester), who complains – not unfairly – that you can’t properly test a system using fake data, so gimme some real data!
  • The Angry Analyst, who constantly reminds you that old data yields old results and old results mean we’re losing to our competitors.

This is just a sampling. But they all have very valid points. These are people working to move the business or organization forward, and soon is never soon enough in today’s mobile, Internety world, so they are constantly demanding access to fresh copies of data. But IT wasn’t designed to give you things NOW. It was designed to give you things that were reliable, secure, and scalable.

What to do?

Well, this is precisely the challenge that Catalogic set out to solve, by providing cloud-like ease to your data center infrastructure. Need to get the Angry Analyst a copy of Oracle or SQL data? How about by just pushing a button? Or how about scheduling it to happen every day, so a nice juicy pile of current data is ready to analyze each morning, without you doing a thing?  Or how about giving the Analyst a self-service portal to go get data copies whenever needed?

Yes, this is all possible. Now combine this with the power of Pure Storage, which gives you super-high performance, zero-footprint data clones, and suddenly the Angry Analyst is the Excited Explicator, firing off new insights left and right and making the suits happy.

Interested in learning more? Glad you asked! We recently participated in a webinar featuring Alex Infanzon, Applications Solution Manager at Pure Storage and major application guru, and our own Prashant Jagannathan, Technical Manager at Catalogic, who knows all there is to know about managing your Pure Storage snapshot environment (and replication too, while we’re at it).

Join us and learn how you can stop the database madness and make the Impatient Developer, the Testy Tester, and the Angry Analyst happy as can be.

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01/20/2017 0 Comments

Storage Product of the Year Finalist

We’re pleased as punch to announce that our ground breaking copy data management software, Catalogic ECX, has been selected as a finalist in the Storage magazine/ 2016 Products of the Year awards. A lot of people at Catalogic are responsible for making this honor happen, and I’m proud to be working with this incredible group!

ECX was nominated in the category of Data Backup and Recovery Software, and it’s interesting to look at the list of nominees. What you mostly don’t see are the legacy data protection products that still dominate the market. What you do see are companies that are part of what we might call Backup 2.0. This is a field where Catalogic was an early pioneer with its DPX backup software, one of the very first products to employ block level incremental backups (years before VMware added it) and allow for spinning up VMs from a backup copy. As a certain Nobel Prize-winning singer once put it, the times they are a-changing, and IT organizations are changing with them. Incumbent backup software is being re-evaluated like never before, and organizations are more willing than ever to suffer the admitted pain of replacing the old, because the new is fundamentally better.

Our product nominee ECX is all about new. In fact, it features our industry-first approach of taking over the management of existing storage array copy, replication, and clone processes, and providing easy, push-button ways of doing things that normally take a lot of custom work (application integration, automation, user self-service, and so on). Why use the array copy process instead of replacing it? Because it works better. You are never going to make an external snapshot engine perform as well as an array-based snapshot built into firmware. It just won’t happen. External snaps and backups are fine for a lot of workloads, but when it comes to high I/O, mission-critical workloads like databases, you’re much better off using the array. That’s more true than ever now with all-flash systems and the kinds of superb snapshot capabilities you get in some of the arrays we support, like Pure Storage, IBM Spectrum family and EMC Unity.

If you’d like to know more about how our in-place copy data management just makes more sense, you can review our new solution sheet on the subject. Design matters!

In general, the copy data management (CDM) space is getting a lot of attention from industry watchers and analysts. They are recognizing that it makes a heck of a lot of sense for certain use cases, and with Catalogic you get the added benefit of using your storage snapshots to drive tremendous business value by leveraging them for dev-test, DevOps, reporting and so on. I like to refer to ECX CDM as a “copy delivery mechanism,” because in effect what you have is a simple, automated, and efficient way to put copies into the hands of those that need them.

In closing, we’d like to thank the folks at Storage magazine and for giving us this honor. It’s a great start to 2017, the year that Copy Data Management becomes must-have technology.

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01/17/2017 0 Comments

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