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Posted by Oksana Zybinskaya on April 6, 2016
NetApp dropped the ball by letting EMC gobble Data Domain

According to IDC quarterly report, EMC’s Data Domain leads in the purpose-built backup appliance market.

Worldwide Quarterly Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Tracker for 2015’s fourth quarter shows the top five vendors’ revenue chart and puts EMC at the first line with about 68 percent share and $708m revenues.

The following positions are occupied by Symantec ($125.1m / 12%), IBM ($41.6m / 4%), HPE ($40.7m / 3.9%), Dell ($23.6m / 2.3%), and Others ($107m / 10%).

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Posted by Charbel Nemnom on March 28, 2016
Introduction to Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) – Part IV

In part three of this multi-part blog series, we covered how to configure OMS to collect data through integration with System Center Operations Manager (SCOM), and through direct connections to individual servers. We also covered how Microsoft Operations Management Suite uses Solutions to deliver insights into your log data by providing a cost-effective, all-in-one cloud management solution so you can better protect guest workloads in Azure, AWS, Windows Server, Linux, VMWare, and Open Stack.

In today’s post, Part 4: we will cover how to perform log analytics with OMS.

In the first section of this post, you will learn how to use the search feature of OMS to perform powerful queries against data being collected by OMS in support of your log analytic efforts for several different OMS Solutions.

In the second section, we will use OMS Search in conjunction with the Security and Audit Solution.

If you want to follow along, please ensure that Part I, Part II and Part III of this multi-part series has been successfully completed.

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Posted by Charbel Nemnom on March 24, 2016
Introduction to Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) – Part III

In part two of this multi part blog series, we covered how to configure OMS to collect data through integration with System Center Operations Manager (SCOM), and through direct connections to individual servers. We also covered how Microsoft Operations Management Suite uses Solutions to deliver insights into your log data by providing a cost-effective, all-in-one cloud management solution so you can better protect guest workloads in Azure, AWS, Windows Server, Linux, VMWare, and Open Stack.

In the third part, Part III: we will cover how to configure automation for OMS.

Runbooks are workflows that perform an administrative process. The good news is you do not have to create all runbooks from scratch. Workflows can be uploaded to Azure from the Azure Runbook Gallery, the Microsoft Script Center, Microsoft MSDN and TechNet libraries, and the Azure community forums. OMS leverages the runbook capabilities of Microsoft Azure.

If you want to follow along, please ensure that Part I and Part II of this multi part blog series has been successfully completed.

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Posted by Didier Van Hoye on March 22, 2016
Need Hard Processor affinity for Hyper-V?

Introduction

The need or perceived need for hard CPU processor affinity stems from a desire to offer the best possible guaranteed performance.  The use cases for this do exist but the problems they try to solve or the needs they try to meet might be better served by a different design or architecture such as dedicated hardware. This is especially true when this requirement is limited to a single or only a few virtual machines needing lots of resources and high performance that are mixed into an environment where maximum density is a requirement. In such cases, the loss of flexibility by the Hyper-V CPU scheduler in regards to selecting where to source the time slices of CPU cycles is detrimental. The high performance requirements of such VMs also means turning of NUMA spanning. Combining processor affinity and high performance with maximum virtual machine density is a complex order to fulfill, no matter what.

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Posted by Oksana Zybinskaya on March 18, 2016
Western Digital makes a $46, 314GB hard drive just for the Raspberry Pi

New, significantly improved Raspberry Pi 3 has been released this month. Improvements include a quad-core 64-bit ARM processor, an upgraded graphic processor, and a built-in wireless adapter. In order to meet the storage needs Western Digital has issued a new specialized low-profile hard drive called PiDrive.

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Posted by Charbel Nemnom on March 17, 2016
Introduction to Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) – Part II

Introduction

In part one of this multi-part blog series, we covered how to establish a Microsoft Operations Management Suite environment; in the second part, Part II, we will discuss how to get started with Microsoft Operations Management Suite and we will introduce OMS solutions. If you missed Part I, please make sure to check it here before you move on to Part II.

In this post, you will become familiar with the OMS console. You will learn how to configure OMS to collect data through integration with System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) and through direct connections to individual servers. In addition, you will learn how to customize your OMS dashboard.

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Posted by Jon Toigo on March 16, 2016
World Backup Day Is Coming

At the end of March, an event little known outside of a small community of vendors, will happen:  World Backup Day.  Expect a flurry of blogs and tweets and posts and all of the other stuff that goes along with such marketing events.  Then, expect the discussion to go silent for another year…unless a newsworthy data disaster occurs.

Truth be told, backup has never been front of mind for IT planners.  Most planners don’t even consider how they will back up the data they will be storing when then go out to purchase storage rigs.  And most have no clue regarding which data needs to be protected.  Backup is an afterthought.

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Posted by Charbel Nemnom on March 11, 2016
Introduction to Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) – Part I

Introduction

In this series of blog posts, we will show you how to get started with Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) so that you can protect your heterogeneous environments, respond proactively to changing business needs and simplify IT management – all from a single portal with no infrastructure to maintain. This post will also show you how Microsoft Operations Management Suite delivers immediate, actionable insights into your log data by providing a cost-effective, all-in-one cloud management solution so you can better protect guest workloads in Microsoft Azure, AWS, Windows Server, Linux, VMWare, and Open Stack.

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Posted by Oksana Zybinskaya on March 11, 2016
World’s fastest SSD

Seagate has announced the release of so-called “the world’s fastest SSD” with the significant  performance differential between it and the next closest competitive device. The new SSD is compatible with the Open Compute Project specification, employs NVMe protocol, and is capable of 10GB/sec of throughput when used in 16-lane PCIe slots, which is 4GB/sec faster than the next fast competing solution.

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Posted by Romain Serre on March 10, 2016
Manage Nano Servers from Server Management Tools in Microsoft Azure

Server Management Tools has been released last week in the preview build. This tool is available in Microsoft Azure to manage servers from a Web-Based GUI and command line. It is able to manage Windows Server 2016 Technical preview running on servers located On-Premises or in Azure as well.

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