15 Sep HCS Weekly Wrap Up 09/15/2017
Our first two stories this week highlight the importance of All-Flash Arrays (AFAs) as part of a hybrid cloud strategy. Choose your AFAs wisely to deliver maximum performance, availability, and cloud integration.
It appears that this week’s massive Equifax breach resulted from a known security hole left unpatched by EquiFax for at least two months. Stay current with your security patches! Unfortunately, what to do about the fact that your personal data was likely part of the leak is much less clear. (But read to the end for one option.)
Five stories we’re reading this week.
One. The Less-Hidden Benefits of Modern Flash. Done properly, All-Flash Arrays (AFAs) are a lot more than just extra-fast storage. A recent survey in The Register found three “waves” of AFA evolution for the enterprise:
1. Faster and better performance for applications from SSDs, which were expensive at first, but eventually more cost-effective.
2. Software written specifically for flash delivered new features like low latency, self-tuning, and scale-up/scale-out for AFAs.
3. AFAs are now the foundation of private and hybrid cloud infrastructure, IaaS, and SDDC with storage automation, mixed workloads, and data reduction at the forefront of transformative features.
Two. Top 10 All-Flash Storage Vendors. Aided by a 40% drop in prices, the market for AFAs grew by 72% in 2016 with revenues of $4.6 billion, according to a recently released Gartner Magic Quadrant (MQ). If you haven’t already transitioned your traditional storage to flash, MQ cites the top 10 vendors: Pure Storage, Dell EMC, HPE, NetApp, IBM Storage, HDS, Kaminario, Tegile, Fujitsu, and Tintri.
Three. VMware Gets Closer to the Cloud at VMworld 2017. Catch up on what’s new in the world of virtualization and cloud computing. The recent conference in Las Vegas (and this week’s conference in Barcelona) focus on cybersecurity, edge computing and IoT, private cloud, HCI and hybrid cloud solutions, and the announcement of VMware cloud availability on AWS.
Four. Microsoft Azure Stack vs. VMware Cloud on AWS—Customers, Start Your Pencil Sharpeners. As enterprises look more and more to hybrid cloud adoption, the biggest vendors are stepping in with as-a-service offerings. How do they compare on cost and features? In many ways, they are appealing to different customer bases, and yet, if their offerings are flexible and affordable enough, many enterprises will likely sign on for both.
Five. Software Defined Storage vs. Hyper-convergence. Software-defined storage (SDS) as a whole is designed to support storage from multiple vendors outside of virtual machines. Software-controlled hyper-convergence seeks to simplify architecture by combining compute, storage, and networking in a turnkey solution per VM. But not all SDS actually achieves hyper-convergence. How do you evaluate what will work for your business?
And on a lighter note…(well, maybe not so light considering the Equifax breach)
- We’re doing passwords all wrong! It turns out that capitalizing your cat’s name and adding 1, 2, or ! to the beginning or end for passwords that are easy to crack. Scientists have figured out that the best passwords are easier for you to remember and harder for hacking programs to figure out. Take this quiz to see how password-savvy you are. (Your intrepid blogger only scored 3 of 7—Yikes.)
- Speaking of Equifax, a chatbot lets you sue Equifax for up to $25,000 without a lawyer. Finally, a good use for a chatbot.