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As more and more administrators make the switch from a legacy application model to running those very same applications within lightweight containers backed by Kubernetes clusters, disaster recovery and data protection is top of mind to guarantee business continuity and uninterrupted service delivery to end users. Hitachi has been continuously making the deployment, configuration, and management of persistent storage on Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) easier for administrators with products such as Hitachi Storage Plug-in for Containers and Hitachi Storage Plug-in for Prometheus. As of today Storage Plug-in for Containers provides automated creation ...
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Why distributed applications are difficult to build  Microservice architecture is one of the best solutions for realizing distributed application architecture.  However, despite doing microservices for the past eight years, it is still complex to build due to the following reasons:   Service invocation is still different for different platforms.   State management is still not mature and stateless services do not solve enterprise problems.     Service-to-service communication using messaging, which is much more ubiquitous, varies based on the message broker’s adoption.   Observability within the services is still subject to the ...
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In a fast-paced and unpredictable market, organizations need rapid access to reliable data to make informed business decisions. To improve business visibility and efficiency, Travis Perkins plc has embarked on a major business improvement programme that will transform their finance processes. The company is a leading partner to the construction industry, and the UK’s largest distributor of materials to the building industry, with 1400 branches across the country. We talked to Helen Taylor-Walsh, Finance Transformation Technology Director and Jane Morrison, Director of Finance Transformation, to find out how they are revamping finance operations with the help ...
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Introduction At Hitachi Vantara, we are always searching for ways to make sure that our storage products are fault tolerant and highly available. Although Amazon Web Services (AWS) availability zone outages are rare, every organization should be prepared in case an outage occurs. My team wondered what would happen to Global-Active-Device (GAD) Cloud Quorum if an availability zone went down. After running a few tests, we found that the quorum experienced a blockage on the Virtual Storage Platform (VSP), while the host I/O remained unaffected. Also, the blockage automatically resolved after the availability zone was restored. We then wondered ...
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In the Southern Apennine region, the District Basin Authority governs the physical environment and protects its water resources. It is responsible for monitoring the appropriate use of these resources, forecasting the region’s water supply, and preventing natural disasters and human-made hazards, such as illegal abstraction, discharges, and spills. With Hitachi Vantara, the Authority is developing a system for sampling data from the field through specific multiparametric sensors, including video, thermographic, lidar, and others. Integrated with a GIS system and meteorological forecasts, that data flows into a big data analytics and data science system that ...
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Introduction Recently, Malicious and Ransomware attacks have increased dramatically and are getting so complex that the threats are now multi-dimensional. These numerous attacks range from infrastructure disruption to data leakages. This means that every organization needs a strategy for threat detection and investigation to avoid disruptions. In this blog, we explore two features of Hitachi Ops Center Analyzer, that can assist you with threat investigation. Ops Center Analyzer provides an end-to-end intuitive UI for data performance monitoring, analysis, planning, management, operation, and troubleshooting. Ops Center Analyzer detail view collects data ...
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Overview The Kubernetes monitoring system helps administrators recognize the issues in a Kubernetes cluster and implement proactive cluster management strategies. It simplifies management of a containerized infrastructure by tracking cluster resource utilization as well as CPU, memory, and storage. In Kubernetes, cluster operators monitor the cluster and send an alarm if the necessary number of pods are not running, if resource usage is close a critical limit, or if there is a failure or configuration error that barricades a pod or node from joining the cluster. There are number of tool available to achieve this. Some of the common tools are Grafana and ...
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Data protection is top of mind for every application administrator to guarantee business continuity and zero down time for end users. For many legacy administrators, creating backups comes at a cost, whether offloading to another point of contact to create restore points with unsure turn around, or investing a magnitude of time in installing, deploying, and understanding a new interface to complete data copy operations. With Cisco ICO and Hitachi VSP, administrators now have the ability to take advantage of a single tool to manage, orchestrate, and restore data protection sets across the datacenter ecosystem managed by Cisco Intersight. Along with the ...
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Introduction What exactly does Global-active device (GAD) cloud quorum do, and who is it for? We will answer both questions by showing you a real-life customer use case where GAD cloud quorum is the perfect solution to address all the customer’s issues with their current environment. After providing an introduction to the standard GAD implementations and the issues that can arise, we’ll show you a side-by-side comparison of the customer’s implementation with and without GAD cloud quorum. If you use, or are interested in GAD, but are limited by a physical quorum disk, read about the progress of GAD quorum options and how the new options make GAD more flexible ...
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With more than 700 clients and activities spanning more than 140 countries, Nexway is a leading global vendor of e-commerce solutions. Nexway specializes in enabling software publishers and software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers to build and manage online stores where they can sell subscriptions and deliver software to consumers. By seamlessly handling all the complexities of online sales, invoicing, taxation, subscription management, and multicurrency global payments, Nexway empowers its clients to focus on developing and marketing their software products and services. Reporting to clients on sales performance has always been an important element of Nexway's ...
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Why persistent storage? As customers move to deliver new revenue-generating services to their end customers, we see IT development teams move aggressively to cloud-native techniques, including containers as the form factor to provide these application services. These containerized application services are hosted on Kubernetes clusters, that run across edge sites and private, hybrid, and service provider clouds.   As with any application service, data eventually needs to be persisted and stored reliably. This could be a customer’s grocery order placed from a mobile app or a data stream from a drone service that AI/ML models are analyzing. The data location ...
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Part of the BBVA financial services group, Garanti BBVA is Turkey’s second-largest private bank. Operating in a highly regulated market, Garanti BBVA puts huge emphasis on the reliability and availability of its services. From an IT perspective, this means that outages are not an option. Over several years, the bank has built an IT architecture designed to maximize availability and provide extremely high levels of resilience against disaster, but it was not always easy to manage. Today, the bank uses Hitachi Ops Center Administrator to unify the management of all its Virtual Storage Platform systems, including the VSP 5500, VSP 5100 and VSP E590 systems, and ...
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Hitachi’s all-new enterprise storage product, the Virtual Storage Platform ( VSP) 5600  series storage system, proves that it is best-in-class! Additionally, the VSP 5600 NVME storage system broke the record for low latency, achieving 39µs. Along with setting a record for low latency, the hardware design has eight 9’s of availability, which is 99.999999%. In an FC/SCSI environment, the VSP 5600 SAS SSD storage system also achieved a leading rate of  33 Million IOPS . When this latency is compared to competitive offerings, Hitachi reigns: IBM FlashSystem 9500 = Under 50 µ s latency Dell EMC PowerMax = Under 100 µ s latency NetApp AFF A900 ...
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Hitachi Vantara has been selected as one of BMW Group’s key strategic partners in enterprise cloud storage and data management for the next six years. Part of the EverFlex from Hitachi portfolio of XaaS offerings, the latest EverFlex Storage as a Service solutions will automate and simplify management of BMW Group’s IT infrastructure to further maintain reliability of their mission-critical operations. New data management capabilities will help advance BMW Group’s hybrid cloud journey and its role as a leader in innovation and sustainability. To learn more: https://www.hitachivantara.com/en-us/news/in-the-press/2022/gl220426.html   #EverFlex ...
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Introduction The recently upgraded Hitachi enterprise Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) 5000 series features industry-leading performance and availability. The VSP 5000 series scales up, scales out, and scales deep. It features a single, flash-optimized Storage Virtualization Operating System (SVOS) image running on as many as 240 processor cores, sharing a global cache of up to 6 TiB. The VSP 5000 controller blades are linked together by a highly reliable PCIe switched network, featuring interconnect engines with hardware-assisted Direct Memory Addressing (DMA). In addition, the VSP 5000 cache architecture has been streamlined, permitting read response times ...
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Hitachi’s all-new enterprise storage product, the Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) 5600 storage system,   out-performed the previous peak of 21M IOPS (which was achieved with the VSP 5500 storage system) and yet again logged best-in-class performance! Our lab tests confirm its superiority with peak performance hitting a massive 33 million IOPS. This measurement was achieved using a 100%   Random 8KB Read Cache Hit  workload generated by the industry-standard benchmarking tool, Vdbench. When this performance is compared to competitive offerings, Hitachi reigns more than 2x: IBM Flash System 9500R = Up to 16M IOPS (4K Block size) Dell EMC Power ...
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Contents Executive Summary Engineered for Performance The VSP E1090 Controllers Hardware Components Front End Configuration Back End Configuration Performance and Resiliency Enhancements Executive Summary The Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) E1090 storage system is Hitachi’s newest midsized enterprise platform, designed to utilize NVMe to deliver industry-leading performance and availability. The VSP E1090 features a single, flash-optimized Storage Virtualization Operating System (SVOS) image running on 64 processor cores, sharing a global cache of 1 TiB. Based primarily on SVOS optimizations, the VSP E1090 ...
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Nasuni integrates with HCP via the S3 API, here are quick steps to get HCP set up to integrate with Nasuni. For instructions to set up Nasuni for HCP, please refer to the document How do I configure Nasuni for HCP? System Administrator Configuration Log into the System Management Console (SMC). On the SMC => Tenants page Create a new tenant for Nasuni. Give the tenant enough Hard Quota and Namespace Quota for all the Nasuni filers you expect. Nasuni will create one namespace per volume. On the SMC => Configuration => Protocol Optimization page, set the default to "Default new namespaces to optimize for cloud protocols only." Click Update ...
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Introduction Logstash Configuration Input Section Filter Section Output Section Elasticsearch Indexes and Managing Indexes w/ Kibana Visualizing Elasticsearch Data w/ Kibana Monitoring HCP with ELK - Step by Step Step 1: Configure HCP for Monitoring Step 2: Logstash Configuration Step 3: Confirm Index Creation Step 4: Create Your Index Pattern Step 5: Import The Visualizations and the Dashboard Step 6: View The Dashboard Step 7: View and Edit Visualizations Step 8: Get to Know Kibana Tips and Tricks Elasticsearch Kibana Logstash Troubleshooting ...
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Introduction Installing ELK Step 1: Disable Firewall or Open Ports Step 2: Install Java Step 3: Install Elasticsearch Step 4: Install Kibana Step 5: Install Logstash Conclusion Introduction This guide is the first in a series explaining how to use open source ELK to visualize the performance of a system. This post includes instructions to install the ELK software. The second guide in the series, Performance Monitoring w/ ELK - Part II: Monitoring HCP Access Logs , gives instructions to configure HCP and your newly installed ELK software to visually monitor HCP. Following the instructions in these 2 posts, ...
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