Building IT Flexibility Right for Industry 4.0

Posted by Andy Chan on Thu, Oct 19, 2017 @ 03:18 PM

Industry 4.0 might not be a household name today but it is already having an impact in manufacturing. It is where manufacturing becomes a confluence of Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and big data analytics managed by Artificial intelligence (AI). In addition to quality control and production monitoring, it can dictate simple decisions as autonomously as possible.

Adopting this shift can be both rewarding and challenging. In this blog post, I will look at its upside and how Avere can help overcome some of those challenges.

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Topics: Data Center Management, Hybrid Cloud NAS, Technology Community

File System Mirroring with Both NAS and Cloud

Posted by Christine Tompkins on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Data mirroring is a common practice for organizations looking to increase data availability and reduce user disruptions if a primary storage filer goes offline for any reasons. As a form of disaster recovery, file system mirroring is used not to just keep a static backup of data, but to maintain a continuously updating "mirror" of the data. Both traditional network-attached storage (NAS) and cloud can be used to mirror a file system. Regardless of what type of storage you use, however, traditional full data replication can be costly and difficult to manage, especially as you start to scale your infrastructure.

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Topics: Data Center Management, Ask Avere Anything

Increasing Cloud File Accessibility in DevOps Environments

Posted by Andy Chan on Wed, Oct 04, 2017 @ 01:15 PM

DevOps environments can overcome cloud limitations by bridging on-premises resources with the public cloud using its high-performance file system technologies. In our last post (Part one of this two-part series) on using the cloud in DevOps environments, we discussed why it is beneficial to teams, but also reviewed the limitations that must be addressed. In this article, we'll discuss how to do that with Avere FXT technology.

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Topics: Hybrid Cloud NAS, Technology Community, Cloud Compute

Why Cloud for DevOps

Posted by Andy Chan on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 @ 09:57 AM

DevOps is a software development framework pairing development and operations together to enable a speedy and agile workflow. The goal is to address critical business needs by combining traditionally separate business units together into a single working team. It’s designed to break down interdepartmental barriers through collaborations and communications. Public cloud, with its subscription based pricing model and unlimited resources (compute, network, and storage) can complement an existing DevOps framework by allowing agile deployment of additional resources to both development and IT whenever it is needed.

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Topics: Hybrid Cloud NAS, Technology Community, Cloud Compute

Hedge Firms: Here’s How to Keep Your Backtesting Capacity Options Open

Posted by Scott Jeschonek on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 @ 09:25 AM

Backtesting is more important today than ever before. A hedge firm’s competitive advantage lies in the quality of its investment ideas. And the quality of its investment ideas relies on comprehensive and fast simulations of trade scenarios. So, what do you do when you run out of backtesting capacity?

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Topics: Data Center Management, Cloud Compute, Financial Analysis

What's the Difference Between Caching vs Tiering?

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 @ 04:05 PM

Caching and tiering are common terms when talking about flash storage. Simply put, caching is when data is stored so future requests for that data can be served more quickly. The data stored in a cache might be the result of an earlier computation, or a copy of data stored is slower storage media. Tiering is used to find more permanent locations for data, moving less active data to lower performance but more cost-effective storage and vice versa.

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Topics: Enterprise Storage, Data Center Management, Ask Avere Anything

For Hedge Fund Backtesting, Timing is Everything

Posted by Greg Ulepic on Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

You’ve got a talented quant team that devises sophisticated strategies out of signals they locate in troves of data. They are looking at everything from shipping data to the shadows of Shanghai office buildings as seen from a satellite. And they’ve just found a new signal, potentially a great one.

There’s just one problem. You don’t have the capacity to backtest it quickly enough to trade on it by the time the markets open the next morning, thus losing a possibly golden opportunity for alpha.

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Topics: Data Center Management, Cloud Compute, Financial Analysis

Object Interface vs File System Interface: Is It Just Semantics?

Posted by Christine Tompkins on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 @ 01:52 PM

One of the most talked about subjects are the differences between file system and object interfaces. As cloud grows in popularity, it's important to consider how existing NAS storage can integrate with new object storage, and how to make existing applications work on both types of storage. This quickly becomes a difficult task due to the differences in storage protocols.

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Topics: Enterprise Storage, Ask Avere Anything

Eight Reasons to Use Avere with Dell EMC ECS for Private Cloud

Posted by Mark Eastman on Fri, Aug 25, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

When used together, Avere FXT Edge Series filers with Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) can deliver high performance and massively scalable storage. The combined solution enables enterprises to scale their performance and storage requirements separately with the flexibility to run their applications on premises and burst onto the public cloud, meeting short-term or unanticipated demand.

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Topics: Enterprise Storage, Hybrid Cloud NAS, Cloud Storage

Hybrid Struts in at AWS Summit New York

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 @ 10:24 AM

What was once a small regional show has grown to be so much more. On Monday of this week, the AWS Summit took place at the Javits Center in New York City. With somewhere between 7,000 and 9,000 attendees, it felt more like a national event than a Summit and drew attendees from not only the Northeast Corridor, but around the globe.

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Topics: Cloud Storage, Technology Community, Cloud Compute