Company's 97th Patent Describes Improvements to Snapshot Performance for Faster System Recovery
LONGMONT, Colo. – Dot Hill Systems Corp. (Nasdaq:HILL), a trusted supplier of innovative enterprise-class storage systems, today announced innovative technology described in its latest addition to its patent portfolio - a new innovation that improves snapshot performance in storage arrays.
Generated by Dot Hill's AssuredSnap™ snapshot software, which is part of the company's Data Management Services (DMS) suite, snapshots are versatile and extremely useful tools for backup and data recovery operations. By reducing the number of operations required to access snapshot metadata, the invention disclosed in Dot Hill's 97th US patent, numbered 8,751,467, improves storage controller performance when using data snapshots, which can result in faster system recovery.
Traditionally, when an application on a storage controller wants to access snapshot data from a storage system, the application first needs to retrieve the storage device's snapshot metadata. The status quo approach of accessing metadata is inefficient since it involves multiple steps of copying cache pages. Using Dot Hill's patented approach the application can use the cache page address to access the metadata. A second application is allowed to access the cache page and can also update the metadata in this approach. After the application finishes its update, cache pages are mirrored to the remote system and written back to the appropriate storage devices. This patented approach streamlines the data recovery process.
"Our customers run demanding applications that require high-performance storage with rock-solid reliability," said Ken Day, chief technology officer, Dot Hill. "Besides providing 99.999 percent data availability in all our AssuredSAN storage systems, we never stop innovating to set ourselves apart from the competition. Dot Hill's growing patent portfolio is a reflection of a world-class engineering team that develops highly differentiated storage solutions."
Dot Hill's patent portfolio builds on the extensive intellectual property behind Dot Hill AssuredSAN and AssuredSAN Pro solutions, which deliver rock-solid, wicked-fast solutions to customers and OEM partners. Dot Hill's continuous innovation benefits the company's key vertical market customers in the Media & Entertainment, Telecommunications, Oil & Gas, Big Data & Analytics and Digital Imaging sectors, that require high-performing storage to support demanding applications.
About Dot Hill
Leveraging its proprietary Assured family of storage solutions, Dot Hill solves many of today's most challenging storage problems - helping IT to improve performance, increase availability, simplify operations, and reduce costs. Dot Hill's solutions combine breakthrough software with the industry's most flexible and extensive hardware platform and automated management to deliver best-in-class solutions. Headquartered in Longmont, Colo., Dot Hill has offices and/or representatives in China, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
For more information, visit us at www.dothill.com.
Over a series of articles, Hilary Estall, Director of Perpetual Solutions, will be discussing subject areas aimed at those managing a business continuity management system (BCMS) and in particular, those systems certified to ISO 22301. With her pragmatic approach to management systems and auditing in particular, Hilary will offer an insight into areas not widely discussed but still important for the ongoing success of a BCMS.
In the second article of the series, Hilary Estall looks at what’s involved when a certified BCMS reaches its recertification point. What does this mean and what’s involved?
In this article I demystify the process of recertification; the procedure undertaken by certification bodies every third year in the cycle of management system certification. I identify how an organization should prepare and the process of recertification itself. Is it just another audit or is there more to it?
If your organization has a certified business continuity management system (BCMS) you will know that in order to retain it, your certification body will carry out periodical audits. You will also know that when you first achieved certification and were issued with your certificate, it had an expiry date on it, three years hence*. What are the implications of this expiry date and how should you prepare for ‘renewal’?
When it comes to data restoration, addressing deleted mailboxes or emails is the most common request of IT administrators, according to new survey data from Kroll Ontrack.
When asked how often they receive requests for data restoration, 61 percent of the nearly 200 Ontrack PowerControls customers surveyed across EMEA, North America and APAC report they receive up to five email related restoration requests a month, with an additional 11 percent claiming up to 10 times a month.
In Europe, the second most common data restoration need was disaster recovery (16 percent), followed by missing data (12 percent). In the US, the second most common data restoration need was collection of electronic data for ediscovery (21 percent), followed by consolidating data from older to new applications to eliminate legacy servers (15 percent).
Requests for data restoration came from all departments across an organization, with 24 percent stemming from the internal legal department, 22 percent coming from IT security and 15 percent originating from sales and marketing. Why do these people need their email and documents back? 45 percent of IT administrator respondents note that employees request their email and documents back because they were accidentally deleted. Internal investigations (17 percent) ranked as the second most common source of restoration requests.
Historically, vendor solutions for disaster recovery have been created for on-site use for individual enterprises. The client company concerned was the sole owner of the user data involved, and disaster recovery could be implemented without having to worry about anybody else. The cloud computing model changes that situation. It’s possible to use cloud services to have your own dedicated servers and instances of applications, or to share physical space but still have your own application (as in multi-instance setups). However, multi-tenancy (perhaps the defining feature of cloud architectures) makes the application of disaster recovery solutions rather more delicate.
We talk about Big Data and, now, Small Data as if it’s always clear with which you’re dealing. Big Data means volume, variety or velocity (or all three) and small data is structured and everything else.
Of course, the reality isn’t always so binary, according to a panel of medical and pharmaceutical experts at the recent MIT Chief Data Officer and Information Quality Symposium.
SearchCIO.com covered the event, and, in a recent article, shared a few lessons from the panel’s trial-and-error approach to dealing with data variety. Mark Schreiber’s experience is a perfect example.
Codenomicon's discovery of OpenSSL's "Heartbleed" flaw this past spring highlighted the increasing importance of source code assurance and quality control as software grows in prominence in daily life. The Heartbleed memory leak opened the door for infiltrators to obtain passwords and security keys to decode encrypted data — a vulnerability that allegedly still threatens enterprise systems months after its discovery, according to a recent report.
(MCT) — Karen Windon still gets chills when she thinks back on Hurricane Charley.
"We were right in the cross-hairs for a long time as Charley barreled up the Gulf of Mexico," Windon recalled Tuesday.
Windon, now a deputy administrator for Manatee County, Fla., was the county's public safety director in 2004.
"For me, it was a mixture of tense moments, and swelling pride, knowing we had such a committed team at the emergency operations center at that time," Windon said.
Although Manatee County escaped much of Charley's fury, with a historic right turn that directed it northeast through Punta Gorda and Arcadia on Aug. 13, 2004, it proved to be a game changer.
It changed the local public perception of hurricanes from something to ride out to knowing there could be a dangerous killer on the loose. And Charley put emergency managers on notice that they needed to step up their games.
Manatee County officials got serious about building a stand-alone, hardened emergency operations center that could withstand such natural disaster as a hurricane. Officials moved ahead with plans for a new Public Safety Center that might otherwise have languished on a wish list for years.
LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Power management company Eaton today announced that its Cooper Notification business has expanded its Wheelock Exceder LED Series to include ceiling models for horns, horn strobes, strobes, speakers and speaker strobes. The Wheelock Exceder Series is the industry’s first line of notification appliances to utilize high-efficiency light emitting diodes (LEDs) as the strobe light source to help reduce overall costs in fire alarm and emergency communication systems.
“The addition of new ceiling appliances completes our low candela line of Wheelock Exceder LED products,” said Huyenchau Villas, product manager, Eaton’s Cooper Notification business. “Our break-through optical design and energy-efficient LED technology leads the industry in low current draw, which equates to lower installation costs, reduction in materials and overall system savings for customers.”
Exceder LED ceiling appliances offer one of the industry’s smallest footprints in a sleek, modern design. For faster and easier installation, the series includes dual voltage (25/70 Voltage Root Mean Square), five field-selectable tap settings (1/8 to 2 watts) for speaker models and multiple audible settings for horn models, field-selectable candela (cd) settings (15, 30, 75, 95 cd), and convenient mounting options for both new and retrofit construction.
The Exceder LED speaker and speaker strobe models feature the widest frequency response range in the industry spanning 300 to 8,000 Hertz. Ideal for mass notification applications, the wider frequency response range allows the speaker to reproduce frequencies closer to the original sound, improving the clarity and comprehension of the intended message for intelligible communications.
Eaton’s Cooper Notification business offers the Exceder LED ceiling speaker data files for the EASE Evac software design tool from AFMG technologies to help system designers meet intelligibility code requirements,. To import the files, visit www.coopernotification.com.
To learn more about this solution or others from Eaton’s Cooper Notification business, visitwww.coopernotification.com.
Eaton’s Cooper Notification business is a leader in developing integrated, advanced technology and code-compliant solutions for life safety and mass notification, providing critical, emergency communications for higher education, industrial, commercial, government and military markets.
Eaton’s Electrical Sector is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.
Eaton is a power management company with 2013 sales of $22.0 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 103,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.
Partnership Enables Smaller Companies to Leverage Advanced BI Solutions Without Necessitating the Involvement of IT
NEW YORK – Information Builders, a leader in business intelligence (BI) and analytics, information integrity and integration solutions, today announced its partnership with Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions, a global provider of business computing solutions. The company will distribute Information Builders’ WebFOCUS Express offering, a solution designed to deliver the advanced BI benefits enjoyed by large enterprises to smaller organisations.
Information Builders’ WebFOCUS Express offering helps business users transform data into knowledge without the need for IT. By putting the power in the hands of a broader user group, WebFOCUS Express allows smaller organisations – or specific departments within larger organisations – to obtain the far-reaching BI functionality traditionally limited to large enterprises or advanced analyst roles. The solution equips Arrow customers with the ability to integrate all information sources, improve business insight, facilitate faster responses, and enhance productivity.
“Robust BI and analytics solutions are tools that organisations of all types and sizes must actively use to achieve success in today’s business environment,” said Gerald Cohen, president and CEO of Information Builders. “All companies, regardless of size, should have access to the BI tools they need to understand and make positive use of the information generated by their organisations. Information Builders is thrilled to be partnering with Arrow to extend the power of BI to a greater pool of potential users and ensure that more companies have the tools needed to make informed decisions, improve business processes, and boost revenue.”
“The addition of Information Builders’ WebFOCUS to the Arrow portfolio is key to building out our Analytics Solution Practice,” said Mark Taylor, vice president of enterprise servers, systems, and software, Arrow ECS. “This product set will complement our current offerings with its proven performance, ease of use, and self-service abilities of WebFOCUS Express to organisations across the globe.”
Arrow will distribute two versions of WebFOCUS Express via its solution provider network, a software-only version for IBM Power Systems running Linux and an Intel version running both Linux and Windows. As part of the partnership, Arrow will also manufacture and distribute an IBM Power Systems Linux Appliance version of WebFOCUS Express in both North America and EMEA.
About Information Builders
Information Builders helps organisations transform data into business value. Our software solutions for business intelligence and analytics, integration, and data integrity empower people to make smarter decisions, strengthen customer relationships, and drive growth. Our dedication to customer success is unmatched in the industry. That’s why tens of thousands of leading organisations rely on Information Builders to be their trusted partner. Founded in 1975, Information Builders is headquartered in New York, NY, with offices around the world, and remains one of the largest independent, privately held companies in the industry. Visit us at informationbuilders.co.uk, follow us on Twitter at @infobldrsINTL, like us on Facebook, and visit our LinkedIn page.
About Arrow Electronics
Arrow Electronics (www.arrow.com) is a global provider of products, services, and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for more than 100,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers, and commercial customers through a global network of more than 460 locations in 58 countries.