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Social Innovation with Public Safety Solutions

by Hu Yoshida on Nov 5, 2014

On Monday, April 15th of last year, two bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon, killing 3 people and injuring hundreds. The FBI immediately set up a command center and began scanning every available video of the target area. They located two suspects in the videos, but could not get a clear, frontal picture that they could match to their terrorist databases. The decision was made on Wednesday to release the video clips on television and enlist the public’s help in identifying the suspects. The public responded and the suspects were identified immediately. Unfortunately the suspects also knew they were identified and they hijacked a car and were planning to go to New York City to plant more bombs. There was a shoot out Thursday night and one suspect was killed after killing a police officer and severely wounding another.

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High Speed Backup and Restore for Databases

by Hu Yoshida on Oct 24, 2014

Surveys show that backup and restore remain at the top of the list of concerns for data centers. Each year as volumes increase, the struggle to meet SLAs and manage backup windows increases. Many enterprises with very large databases have come to rely on techniques such as simultaneously backing up data through multiple backup streams (multi-streaming) and backing up multiple sources to a single backup device (multiplexing). While these techniques can speed up backup dramatically, it makes it difficult to dedupe using traditional hashing techniques, which results in increased storage costs for backup.

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by Hu Yoshida on Oct 17, 2014

At VMworld Europe 2014 in Barcelona, VMware executives announced that Hitachi Data Systems has joined the EVO:RAIL partnership.

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VSAN for Direct Attach Storage and VVOL for Enterprise Storage

by Hu Yoshida on Oct 9, 2014

In June of last year 2013, VMware announced VSAN. VMware Virtual SAN is embedded in the VMware vSphere kernel and enables clusters of servers with direct attached hard disk drives and solid state drives (HDD and SSD) to create a shared datastore. The management architecture of VSAN enables administrators to specify storage attributes, such as capacity, performance, and availability, in the form of policies on a per VM basis. VSAN brings the benefits of software-defined storage to direct attached storage. Since it eliminates the need for a storage controller, it requires SSDs for read and write caching and the support of the hypervisor for other storage controller functions like provisioning, snap shots, clones, data replication, and data protection. Does this mean that storage arrays will go away to be replaced by commodity HDDs and SSDs?

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Signatures, PINs and Finger Veins

by Hu Yoshida on Oct 3, 2014

According to the Business Insider “The cost of global payment card fraud grew by 19% last year to reach $14 billion. The cost of U.S. payment card fraud grew by 29% to $7.1 billion.”

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Hitachi LPARs Provide Safe Multi-Tenant Cloud With Intel E5v3

by Hu Yoshida on Sep 16, 2014

Hitachi’s Intel Xeon based Compute Blade servers (CB 2000 and CB 500) feature an embedded logical partitioning (LPAR) capability implemented in the blade server firmware, based on technology originally developed for Hitachi mainframe and Unix systems to provide platform partitioning for reliability and quality of service for mission critical workloads.

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If You Think Your Enterprise is not Using Public Cloud Services? Check Again!

by Hu Yoshida on Sep 15, 2014

Recently I was reviewing a slide deck that marketing had put together and I was struck by a statistic, which I thought was dubious. The claim was that there were 545 cloud services that were in use in the average enterprise. I thought this was way out of line as I looked at my own use of public cloud services like Twitter and LinkedIn. I thought the number must be less by an order of magnitude, so I went to research this on the web and I verified that the 545 number was wrong.

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VMworld – Exciting New and Expanded Capabilities from Hitachi and VMware

by Hu Yoshida on Aug 22, 2014

VMworld 2014 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, August 24 to 28, has many new products and capabilities to help our customers achieve greater efficiency and availability with infrastructure virtualization.  Some solutions that HDS will highlight in our booth include the following:

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Global Storage Virtualization with GAD is GA!

by Hu Yoshida on Aug 19, 2014

The global active device (GAD) feature that we announced with our VSP G1000 storage array on April 23 of this year has been released for General Availability after extensive testing of its use for both block and file storage by several key customer accounts.

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Enterprise Mobility Management with – Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere

by Hu Yoshida on Aug 13, 2014

Data mobility, the ability to access, sync, and share data on mobile devices as well as your desktop, enables your enterprise workforce to be more productive with the agility to create and respond to new business opportunities.  However, mobility presents new challenges for IT professionals who are responsible for the protection and governance of enterprise data. Industry surveys show that 28% of corporate data resides on laptops and mobile devices outside the control and supervision of corporate IT.

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