What is Software-Defined Storage?

first_imgThe Times They Are a-Changin’The speed at which our data is growing doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. We’ve seen the predictions – a digital universe of 40 ZB by 2020 (according to IDC), the prevalence of cloud, and our industry moving to a data centric world. The dynamic nature of our industry requires our data centers to be extremely flexible or “software-defined” so that we can easily program compute, network and storage resources to meet the needs of each tenant application. But to truly build this type of agile and adaptive data center, it requires a software solution that can virtualize each component of the data center from its underlying hardware.It is the value of virtualization —from ease of management to the efficient use of resources. When it comes to compute, virtualization is well understood and it is already transforming the industry landscape. With the recent advancements by the network community, virtualization of network is already underway. Unfortunately, virtualization of storage continues to lag – because storage is heavy – and it’s hard to virtualize.As storage has evolved through the past few decades, it has adequately met the requirements of new application workloads by providing arrays with distinctive characteristics. This approach has led to the development of a diverse set of powerful storage arrays, each with its own unique value. While needs have been met, it has created massive complexity for storage administrators – turning them into storage managers who spend most of their time simply managing the storage arrays instead of optimizing information storage for their business.To meet these challenges, the storage industry has to fundamentally rethink how storage is managed and delivered. The industry needs to develop a true Software-Defined Storage (SDS) solution that addresses storage challenges in the same way that we address compute and network challenges.Enter Software-Defined StorageSDS is a term that’s used a lot these days – and people sometimes define it the way they like. Is it about delivering a storage solution on commodity hardware? New appliances? Or is it about lightweight, extensible, open software that’s easy to implement and easy to use – that delivers higher value to the business?When “defining” SDS, we need to take a holistic view of storage – across all vendor arrays and across all commodity hardware – to provide a complete solution that meets the requirements of the Software-Defined Data Center. SDS separates the storage management services (or control plane) from the storage infrastructure (or data plane) while still retaining and extending the unique value, characteristics, and intelligence of each vendor array(s). This approach provides choice and flexibility to enterprises – so they can run their business with the necessary speed and agility required to be successful in today’s world.In our view, SDS has the following characteristics:Simple: Policy-driven AutomationSDS creates a single pool of storage from a heterogeneous set of storage arrays (commodity hardware and multi-vendor) and allows storage administrators to construct virtual storage arrays via policy. A virtual storage array can span multiple physical arrays and may be more powerful than the underlying physical arrays as new software capabilities can be added to the virtual array. Once storage is extracted into a pool of virtual storage arrays, storage administrators can then manage at the virtual layer according to automated policies. Storage administrators define various Virtual Storage Pools that represent storage performance characteristics and capabilities suited for particular workloads. With SDS, storage administrators can also provide users with instant, self-service access to storage. This gives users immediate access to storage instead of waiting days (or even weeks). It also frees up the administrators time to focus on the business.Extensible:  Adding new array capabilities in softwareAdding new capabilities (i.e., a data service such as object on file) to each multi-vendor storage array is a time consuming, tedious and costly process (as only the array vendor can add new capabilities to their array). Instead, SDS provides a platform on which new data service capabilities can be built once and used by all arrays under its management. SDS also provides access to resources through a uniform set of APIs that can be used for the development of new data services.Open Environment: Building a CommunitySDS is designed as an open platform where it is easy to add support for new arrays or add new capabilities to the storage infrastructure through data services built in software. Therefore, all management functions are exposed through APIs enabling SDS to integrate with any management stack, VMware, OpenStack, Microsoft, etc. Similarly, SDS exposes APIs so any storage array can be added to SDS by its vendor or 3rd party, and also provides APIs so any data service can easily build in software by anyone.SummaryWith the rate of data growth in the data-centric world of today, it requires a new holistic approach to storage. One that allows customers to leverage and extend existing investments while applying the advancements of cloud technology and the many years of R&D that both EMC and VMware have together invested. Software-Defined Storage is about choice, business agility, and valuable communities – all delivered and accessed in a very simple, extensible and open way!last_img read more

The 6th Forum of the Croatian Congress of Industry has been announced

first_img11:00 – 12:30Topic: COOPERATION BETWEEN MEDICAL AND CONGRESS INDUSTRIES IN THE ORGANIZATION OF SCIENTIFIC AND PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS· Croatian Medical Association (HLZ)· Association of Employers in Healthcare (UPUZ)· Health Tourism Community at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce· Innovative pharmaceutical industry (IFI)· Medical equipment (CROMED in the establishment) 10:30 – 11:00Annual awards ceremony AMBASSADOR OF CROATIAN CONGRESS TOURISM 09:50 – 10:00Review of the Ambassador Program 09.00-09.30Registration The Croatian Association of Congress Tourism Professionals (HUPKT) is organizing the sixth in a row CROATIAN CONGRESS INDUSTRY FORUM 2017 – annual gathering of the profession of business (congress-incentive-event) tourism, which will be held on Tuesday, 5. December 2017. in Hotel DUBROVNIK, in Zagreb. The forum will also be an opportunity to award the prize AMBASSADOR OF CROATIAN CONGRESS TOURISM.The forum is open to all colleagues from business (congress-incentive-event) tourism and participation is free with mandatory registration via link. More information at [email protected] 12:45 – 13:30Review of the Minister of Tourism on the Forum 13:30Closing and socializing with a reception 10:00 – 10:30Refreshment breakcenter_img CROATIAN CONGRESS INDUSTRY FORUMHotel Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Tuesday, December 5, 2017 XOpening of the Forum 12:30 – 12:45Presentation of a new project for 2018 PRELIMINARY PROGRAM 09:35 – 09:50Review of HUPKT activities in 2017 and Work Plan for 2018 CERTIFICATION OF PROFESSIONALS IN BUSINESS TOURISMCertification programs for professionals in the convention industry are nothing new. The most famous in the world – CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) and CMM (Certified Meeting Manager) – are very demanding and can bring you certain advantages if you are oriented to the international market. There are no individuals holding these certificates in Croatia yet, so it is Croatian Association of Congress Tourism Professionalsa (HUPKT) since 2015 has developed its own certification program called CCMEP (Certified Croatian Meetings and Events Professional). Already two generations of professionals have successfully completed the certification program, so 58 colleagues received the certificate. The list of certified colleagues has been published on numerous foreign and domestic professional portals and is also available on the website http://www.hupkt.hr/clanstvo/.Only natural persons, participants from the congress-incentive-event industry, with a minimum of two years of experience in the MICE sector can apply for certification. The certificate is valid for five years, after which recertification is done based on the collected educational points, by participating in educational events organized by HUPKT. Certification brings additional competitiveness and a certain guarantee to customers that their service provider is a professional, who approaches each project according to the rules of the profession. It was recognized and accepted and supported by the Faculty of Economics Zagreb – Department of Tourism, Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Sector for Tourism and the European Federation of Congress Organizers – EFAPCO. HUPKT is also Preferred Provider za Events Industry Council (EIC) who recognized the value of the program and awarded it certification points, and collecting points is one of the steps towards CMP certification.HUPKT will organize certification for the third time this winter: first round 5-6. December 2017 and the second round in late January 2018.Related news: The Croatian Medical Association and the Croatian Association of Congress Tourism Professionals have signed a cooperation agreementlast_img read more

Hong Kongers rush to secure limited British passports

first_imgHONG KONG – Shortly before Hong Kong was handed back to China, Simon Ng applied for a British National (Overseas) passport, a document he never thought he’d need. Now he is considering whether to use it to emigrate. China’s plan to impose a sweeping national security law on the city in response to huge pro-democracy protests has Ng mulling the prospect of leaving, the first time he has contemplated such action since Britain returned the former colony in 1997. (AFP) China’s plan to impose a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong has many in the city considering whether to use their British National (Overseas) passports to emigrate. AFPlast_img

Broward to be sprayed for Zika bearing mosquitoes

first_imgZika carry mosquito being targetedThe mosquito being targeted is the Aedes Aegypti, the mosquito known to carry and transmit the Zika virus.The Mosquito Control Section will spray by ground between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. between September 20 and September 29, weather permitting.Sections of Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Tamarac and Wilton Manors will be targeted. Worker fogging residential area with insecticides to kill aedes mosquito breeding ground carrier of dengue virus A portion of Broward County will be sprayed for mosquito larvae later next week following the impact of Hurricane Irma, county officials have announced.Recent heavy rains associated with the hurricane prompted the need to spray some areas of the county to reduce the mosquito larvae population. No active Zika transmissions detectedOfficials said there are no active transmissions of the Zika virus at this time in Broward County.The areas chosen for the spraying were based on requests from the Florida Department of Health, population density and the number of women of childbearing age in the community.The county also treats areas based on requests from residents.Requests to spray for mosquito larvae can also be made by calling 954-765-4062.last_img read more