Storage UPDATE--Grid Computing Impacts Storage--January 5, 2004

Storage UPDATE--Grid Computing Impacts Storage--January 5, 2004

This Issue Sponsored By

Microsoft(r) and Quest Software(r)

http://www.quest.com/landing/winnet_storage010504.asp

Windows & .NET Magazine VIP Web Site/Super CD

http://www.winnetmag.com/rd.cfm?code=edep273lup

===============

1. Commentary

- The Grid Heats Up

2. News and Views

- VERITAS Improves EMC Support

3. Announcements

- Register for Windows & .NET Magazine Connections!

- The Windows & .NET Magazine Network VIP Web Site/Super CD Has It All!

4. Resource

- A Description of the Functions of the Single Instance Storage Filter and the Groveler Service

5. Event

- New--Microsoft Security Strategies Roadshow!

6. New and Improved

- NAS Gateways Built on Windows Storage Server 2003

- Tell Us About a Hot Product and Get a T-Shirt!

7. Contact Us

- See this section for a list of ways to contact us.

==== Sponsor: Microsoft(r) and Quest Software(r) ====

Get hard data for your storage consolidation project

Disk space is cheap, but managing storage isn't. How are you planning to tackle this growing concern? Learn how to plan the business case for your consolidation project. Get the hard data about consolidation projects from Microsoft(r) and Quest Software's white paper. Get on the road to storage fitness- download this complimentary white paper today!

http://www.quest.com/landing/winnet_storage010504.asp

==========

==== 1. Commentary: The Grid Heats Up ====

by Elliot King, [email protected]

Grid computing has been on the IT hype agenda for a while, with IBM, HP, and Oracle, among others, pushing the concept hard. The idea, for readers who might have missed the release of Oracle Database 10g, is to harness the unused processing cycles of thousands of inexpensive computers to deliver the computational power of large SMP servers or mainframe computers at a fraction of the cost. The long-term vision of grid computing is to use a utility model to deliver computing power. Under this vision, users can turn on and pay for exactly the amount of computer processing they need at exactly the moment they need it, much like people can turn on and off water or electricity.

The ideas behind grid computing have been put to work in some scientific computing settings. Perhaps the most high-profile example is the [email protected] project, which analyzes radio waves to search for intelligent extraterrestrial life. [email protected]'s global network of 3 million computers averaged about 14 trillion floating point operations per second (FLOPS) and generated more than 500,000 years of processing time in a year and a half. Despite success in the scientific arena, many observers believe that grid computing won't have widespread commercial application for years to come.

Nevertheless, as is often the case with IT, where there is smoke, there is often a little fire as well. Two deals announced in fourth quarter 2003 have signaled that grid computing won't be just about roping together thousands of servers but will have a significant impact on storage.

In November, Network Appliance (NetApp) snapped up Spinnaker Networks for $300 million in what NetApp executives described as a "software technology acquisition." As Dave Hitz, cofounder and executive vice president of NetApp, put it, "Behind every computer grid is the need for a storage grid." NetApp was particularly interested in Spinnaker's global DFS technology, SpinFS, which enables sharing files across storage servers, the key technology for a storage grid.

And in December, Red Hat announced that it would purchase Sistina Software, which offers a global DFS technology that's geared to the Linux marketplace. Many observers believe that Linux servers will be the workhorses of most grid infrastructures. Interestingly, just weeks before the Red Hat acquisition, SAP Ventures (SAP's venture-capital arm) had invested in Sistina, indicating its interest in developing enterprise Linux applications.

The move toward grid computing is likely to pressure the storage infrastructure to develop along three different--and not necessarily compatible--trajectories simultaneously. First, building a grid might mean that storage subsystems will be smaller, simpler, and closely tied to specific computing resources. If that's the case, however, the storage infrastructure will still need to be managed as a single image. In other words, many small, far-flung storage devices will have to be coordinated centrally.

Second, some industry observers suggest that storage subsystems will become larger and function as peer servers in the grid, potentially simplifying storage management. And third, the concepts that underlie grid computing might also be applied to storage. Instead of investing in large central storage hardware or even costly Storage Area Networks (SANs), companies could figure out a way use all those half-full 80GB hard drives sitting on people's desktops. Of course, managing the interactions between two separate grids would raise the level of complexity another notch.

The Spinnaker and Sistina deals are a sign that the industry is beginning to address these issues. In fact, Joaquin Ruiz, vice president of marketing and product management at Sistina, has argued that the basic building blocks for grid computing and the storage infrastructure to support it already are in place. The key requirements, he said, are sufficient network bandwidth, low-cost hardware and software, and good interconnect technology. According to Ruiz, those already exist, but still lacking is sufficient planning and good understanding of data flows. A grid won't fulfill its potential if it's riddled with bottlenecks.

Although years might pass before grid computing is common in most enterprises, cutting-edge companies are starting to move forward with impressive results. For example, last summer Acxiom, a company that manages and enhances customer data for enterprises, deployed a grid that Company Leader Charles Morgan claimed increased data processing throughput by a factor of 40 while cutting capital equipment expenditures by 70 percent. And Yahoo!, NetApp's Hitz pointed out, uses grid technology to run its email service for 150 million users.

Although small, the grid-computing fire is starting to burn hotter. Grid computing isn't just about increased, low-cost processing power. It will also have a significant impact on the storage infrastructure.

==== Sponsor: Windows & .NET Magazine VIP Web Site/Super CD ====

The Windows & .NET Magazine Network VIP Web Site/Super CD Has It All!

If you want to be sure you're getting everything the Windows & .NET Magazine Network has to offer, then you need a subscription to the VIP Web site/Super CD. You'll get online access to all of our publications, a print subscription to Windows & .NET Magazine, and a subscription to our VIP Web site, a banner-free resource loaded with articles you can't find anywhere else. Click here to find out how you can get it all at 25% off!

http://www.winnetmag.com/rd.cfm?code=edep273lup

==== 2. News and Views ====

by Keith Furman, [email protected]

VERITAS Improves EMC Support

VERITAS Software has launched a new product called VERITAS Storage Extension that monitors and increases database performance on EMC platforms. VERITAS Storage Extension uses EMC's open API to link VERITAS's Indepth application performance management software with EMC arrays. VERITAS Indepth lets IT administrators optimize the performance of database software such as Oracle Database, Microsoft SQL Server, and IBM's DB2 Universal Database (UDB) that run storage arrays from EMC, HP, Hitachi, and IBM. The new product lets customers tune and customize applications and databases for optimal performance in an EMC environment.

VERITAS is targeting the solution at replacing EMC's DB Tuner software. The extensions display performance metrics from EMC Symmetrix storage products for Oracle, SQL Server, and DB2 UDB software and from EMC CLARiiON storage arrays for Oracle and SQL Server. "With VERITAS Storage Extension and other components of the VERITAS i3TM APM software, IT managers will be able to optimize applications by rapidly detecting, diagnosing, and enabling correction of performance problems by monitoring every transaction in real time, from the end-user through the storage array," said Robert Maness, VERITAS senior director of product marketing.

http://www.veritas.com

==== 3. Announcements ====

(from Windows & .NET Magazine and its partners)

Register for Windows & .NET Magazine Connections!

Windows & .NET Magazine Connections will be held April 4-7, 2004, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Complete details about workshops, breakout sessions, and speakers are now online. Save $200 if you hurry and register before the early bird discount expires. Register now on the Web or by calling 203-268-3204 or 800-505-1201.

http://www.winconnections.com

The Windows & .NET Magazine Network VIP Web Site/Super CD Has It All!

With a VIP Web site/Super CD subscription, you'll get online access to all of our publications, a print subscription to Windows & .NET Magazine, and a subscription to our VIP Web site, a banner-free resource loaded with articles you can't find anywhere else. Click here to find out how you can get it all at 25% off!

http://www.winnetmag.com/rd.cfm?code=edep273lup

==== 4. Resource ====

A Description of the Functions of the Single Instance Storage Filter and the Groveler Service

The Single Instance Store (SIS) and Groveler services reduce the overhead of maintaining multiple images on a Remote Installation Services (RIS) server. To learn more about these services, practices you should avoid if you use the services, and the backup and restore procedures that Microsoft recommends, click the link below.

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=299726

==== 5. Event ====

(brought to you by Windows & .NET Magazine)

New--Microsoft Security Strategies Roadshow!

We've teamed with Microsoft, Avanade, and Network Associates to bring you a full day of training to help you get your organization secure and keep it secure. You'll learn how to implement a patch-management strategy; lock down servers, workstations, and network infrastructure; and implement security policy management. Register now for this free, 20-city tour.

http://www.winnetmag.com/roadshows/computersecurity2004

==== 6. New and Improved ====

by Renee Munshi, [email protected]

NAS Gateways Built on Windows Storage Server 2003

MaXXan Systems announced enterprise-class Network Attached Storage (NAS) gateway solutions built on Windows Storage Server 2003, Enterprise Edition. The company's SG210m application card can integrate into MaXXan's MXV320 intelligent application switch. Customers can deploy MaXXan's SG110m standalone NAS gateway into their existing Storage Area Network (SAN) infrastructure. Both the SG110m and SG210m combine file-serving software for the Windows environment, an optimized I/O engine architecture, the MaXXan Operating Shell (MOS), and its centralized network management software. Pricing starts at $19,250 for the SG210m and at $23,000 for the SG110m. For more information, visit the MaXXan Systems Web site.

http://www.maxxan.com

Tell Us About a Hot Product and Get a T-Shirt!

Have you used a product that changed your IT experience by saving you time or easing your daily burden? Tell us about the product, and we'll send you a Windows & .NET Magazine T-shirt if we write about the product in a future Windows & .NET Magazine What's Hot column. Send your product suggestions with information about how the product has helped you to [email protected]

==== Sponsored Links ====

Microsoft(R) Security Readiness Kit

Get your free kit for creating an enhanced risk-management plan.

http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;6600432;8214395;e?http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;6576037;8608804;t?http://www.microsoftsecuritysolutions.com/Default.asp?id=ros

=========

==== 7. Contact Us ====

About the commentary -- [email protected]

About the newsletter -- [email protected]

About technical questions -- http://www.winnetmag.com/forums

About product news -- [email protected]

About your subscription -- [email protected]

About sponsoring UPDATE -- [email protected]

==========

Copyright 2004, Penton Media, Inc.

Storage UPDATE--Grid Computing Impacts Storage--January 5, 2004

==== This Issue Sponsored By ====

Microsoft(r) and Quest Software(r)

http://www.quest.com/landing/winnet_storage010504.asp

Windows & .NET Magazine VIP Web Site/Super CD

http://www.winnetmag.com/rd.cfm?code=edep273lup

==========

1. Commentary

- The Grid Heats Up

2. News and Views

- VERITAS Improves EMC Support

3. Announcements

- Register for Windows & .NET Magazine Connections!

- The Windows & .NET Magazine Network VIP Web Site/Super CD Has It All!

4. Resource

- A Description of the Functions of the Single Instance Storage Filter and the Groveler Service

5. Event

- New--Microsoft Security Strategies Roadshow!

6. New and Improved

- NAS Gateways Built on Windows Storage Server 2003

- Tell Us About a Hot Product and Get a T-Shirt!

7. Contact Us

- See this section for a list of ways to contact us.

==== Sponsor: Microsoft(r) and Quest Software(r) ====

Get hard data for your storage consolidation project

Disk space is cheap, but managing storage isn't. How are you planning to tackle this growing concern? Learn how to plan the business case for your consolidation project. Get the hard data about consolidation projects from Microsoft(r) and Quest Software's white paper. Get on the road to storage fitness- download this complimentary white paper today!

http://www.quest.com/landing/winnet_storage010504.asp

==========

==== 1. Commentary: The Grid Heats Up ====

by Elliot King, [email protected]

Grid computing has been on the IT hype agenda for a while, with IBM, HP, and Oracle, among others, pushing the concept hard. The idea, for readers who might have missed the release of Oracle Database 10g, is to harness the unused processing cycles of thousands of inexpensive computers to deliver the computational power of large SMP servers or mainframe computers at a fraction of the cost. The long-term vision of grid computing is to use a utility model to deliver computing power. Under this vision, users can turn on and pay for exactly the amount of computer processing they need at exactly the moment they need it, much like people can turn on and off water or electricity.

The ideas behind grid computing have been put to work in some scientific computing settings. Perhaps the most high-profile example is the [email protected] project, which analyzes radio waves to search for intelligent extraterrestrial life. [email protected]'s global network of 3 million computers averaged about 14 trillion floating point operations per second (FLOPS) and generated more than 500,000 years of processing time in a year and a half. Despite success in the scientific arena, many observers believe that grid computing won't have widespread commercial application for years to come.

Nevertheless, as is often the case with IT, where there is smoke, there is often a little fire as well. Two deals announced in fourth quarter 2003 have signaled that grid computing won't be just about roping together thousands of servers but will have a significant impact on storage.

In November, Network Appliance (NetApp) snapped up Spinnaker Networks for $300 million in what NetApp executives described as a "software technology acquisition." As Dave Hitz, cofounder and executive vice president of NetApp, put it, "Behind every computer grid is the need for a storage grid." NetApp was particularly interested in Spinnaker's global DFS technology, SpinFS, which enables sharing files across storage servers, the key technology for a storage grid.

And in December, Red Hat announced that it would purchase Sistina Software, which offers a global DFS technology that's geared to the Linux marketplace. Many observers believe that Linux servers will be the workhorses of most grid infrastructures. Interestingly, just weeks before the Red Hat acquisition, SAP Ventures (SAP's venture-capital arm) had invested in Sistina, indicating its interest in developing enterprise Linux applications.

The move toward grid computing is likely to pressure the storage infrastructure to develop along three different--and not necessarily compatible--trajectories simultaneously. First, building a grid might mean that storage subsystems will be smaller, simpler, and closely tied to specific computing resources. If that's the case, however, the storage infrastructure will still need to be managed as a single image. In other words, many small, far-flung storage devices will have to be coordinated centrally.

Second, some industry observers suggest that storage subsystems will become larger and function as peer servers in the grid, potentially simplifying storage management. And third, the concepts that underlie grid computing might also be applied to storage. Instead of investing in large central storage hardware or even costly Storage Area Networks (SANs), companies could figure out a way use all those half-full 80GB hard drives sitting on people's desktops. Of course, managing the interactions between two separate grids would raise the level of complexity another notch.

The Spinnaker and Sistina deals are a sign that the industry is beginning to address these issues. In fact, Joaquin Ruiz, vice president of marketing and product management at Sistina, has argued that the basic building blocks for grid computing and the storage infrastructure to support it already are in place. The key requirements, he said, are sufficient network bandwidth, low-cost hardware and software, and good interconnect technology. According to Ruiz, those already exist, but still lacking is sufficient planning and good understanding of data flows. A grid won't fulfill its potential if it's riddled with bottlenecks.

Although years might pass before grid computing is common in most enterprises, cutting-edge companies are starting to move forward with impressive results. For example, last summer Acxiom, a company that manages and enhances customer data for enterprises, deployed a grid that Company Leader Charles Morgan claimed increased data processing throughput by a factor of 40 while cutting capital equipment expenditures by 70 percent. And Yahoo!, NetApp's Hitz pointed out, uses grid technology to run its email service for 150 million users.

Although small, the grid-computing fire is starting to burn hotter. Grid computing isn't just about increased, low-cost processing power. It will also have a significant impact on the storage infrastructure.

==== Sponsor: Windows & .NET Magazine VIP Web Site/Super CD ====

The Windows & .NET Magazine Network VIP Web Site/Super CD Has It All!

If you want to be sure you're getting everything the Windows & .NET Magazine Network has to offer, then you need a subscription to the VIP Web site/Super CD. You'll get online access to all of our publications, a print subscription to Windows & .NET Magazine, and a subscription to our VIP Web site, a banner-free resource loaded with articles you can't find anywhere else. Click here to find out how you can get it all at 25% off!

http://www.winnetmag.com/rd.cfm?code=edep273lup

==== 2. News and Views ====

by Keith Furman, [email protected]

VERITAS Improves EMC Support

VERITAS Software has launched a new product called VERITAS Storage Extension that monitors and increases database performance on EMC platforms. VERITAS Storage Extension uses EMC's open API to link VERITAS's Indepth application performance management software with EMC arrays. VERITAS Indepth lets IT administrators optimize the performance of database software such as Oracle Database, Microsoft SQL Server, and IBM's DB2 Universal Database (UDB) that run storage arrays from EMC, HP, Hitachi, and IBM. The new product lets customers tune and customize applications and databases for optimal performance in an EMC environment.

VERITAS is targeting the solution at replacing EMC's DB Tuner software. The extensions display performance metrics from EMC Symmetrix storage products for Oracle, SQL Server, and DB2 UDB software and from EMC CLARiiON storage arrays for Oracle and SQL Server. "With VERITAS Storage Extension and other components of the VERITAS i3TM APM software, IT managers will be able to optimize applications by rapidly detecting, diagnosing, and enabling correction of performance problems by monitoring every transaction in real time, from the end-user through the storage array," said Robert Maness, VERITAS senior director of product marketing.

http://www.veritas.com

==== 3. Announcements ====

(from Windows & .NET Magazine and its partners)

Register for Windows & .NET Magazine Connections!

Windows & .NET Magazine Connections will be held April 4-7, 2004, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Complete details about workshops, breakout sessions, and speakers are now online. Save $200 if you hurry and register before the early bird discount expires. Register now on the Web or by calling 203-268-3204 or 800-505-1201.

http://www.winconnections.com

The Windows & .NET Magazine Network VIP Web Site/Super CD Has It All!

With a VIP Web site/Super CD subscription, you'll get online access to all of our publications, a print subscription to Windows & .NET Magazine, and a subscription to our VIP Web site, a banner-free resource loaded with articles you can't find anywhere else. Click here to find out how you can get it all at 25% off!

http://www.winnetmag.com/rd.cfm?code=edep273lup

==== 4. Resource ====

A Description of the Functions of the Single Instance Storage Filter and the Groveler Service

The Single Instance Store (SIS) and Groveler services reduce the overhead of maintaining multiple images on a Remote Installation Services (RIS) server. To learn more about these services, practices you should avoid if you use the services, and the backup and restore procedures that Microsoft recommends, click the link below.

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=299726

==== 5. Event ====

(brought to you by Windows & .NET Magazine)

New--Microsoft Security Strategies Roadshow!

We've teamed with Microsoft, Avanade, and Network Associates to bring you a full day of training to help you get your organization secure and keep it secure. You'll learn how to implement a patch-management strategy; lock down servers, workstations, and network infrastructure; and implement security policy management. Register now for this free, 20-city tour.

http://www.winnetmag.com/roadshows/computersecurity2004

==== 6. New and Improved ====

by Renee Munshi, [email protected]

NAS Gateways Built on Windows Storage Server 2003

MaXXan Systems announced enterprise-class Network Attached Storage (NAS) gateway solutions built on Windows Storage Server 2003, Enterprise Edition. The company's SG210m application card can integrate into MaXXan's MXV320 intelligent application switch. Customers can deploy MaXXan's SG110m standalone NAS gateway into their existing Storage Area Network (SAN) infrastructure. Both the SG110m and SG210m combine file-serving software for the Windows environment, an optimized I/O engine architecture, the MaXXan Operating Shell (MOS), and its centralized network management software. Pricing starts at $19,250 for the SG210m and at $23,000 for the SG110m. For more information, visit the MaXXan Systems Web site.

http://www.maxxan.com

Tell Us About a Hot Product and Get a T-Shirt!

Have you used a product that changed your IT experience by saving you time or easing your daily burden? Tell us about the product, and we'll send you a Windows & .NET Magazine T-shirt if we write about the product in a future Windows & .NET Magazine What's Hot column. Send your product suggestions with information about how the product has helped you to [email protected]

==== Sponsored Links ====

Microsoft(R) Security Readiness Kit

Get your free kit for creating an enhanced risk-management plan.

http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;6600432;8214395;e?http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;6576037;8608804;t?http://www.microsoftsecuritysolutions.com/Default.asp?id=ros

=========

==== 7. Contact Us ====

About the commentary -- [email protected]

About the newsletter -- [email protected]

About technical questions -- http://www.winnetmag.com/forums

About product news -- [email protected]

About your subscription -- [email protected]

About sponsoring UPDATE -- [email protected]

===============

Copyright 2004, Penton Media, Inc.

Hide comments

Comments

  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Publish