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you the Q1, 2010 edition of the PTS Quarterly Newsletter, a means
for our clients, our partners, and our vendors to get the latest
information on what's new and current at PTS, as well as the data
center industry in general.
In this quarter's issue, we tackle a major topic of conversation for
many Data Center Managers --- What can be done to improve utilization
of storage resources and increase data availability? Storage
continues to increase its footprint in the data center while many
companies have consolidated their server footprint through
virtualization. For many data centers the storage footprint continues
to grow exponentially. What technologies are available and
should be considered in making quality decisions around a storage
The topic of researching current and future requirements for storage
within your data center, assessing the current state of your storage
infrastructure and designing a solution capable of supporting the
organization for years to come is the focus of our latest PTS Data
Center Solutions Showcase.
In addition to the latest on storage management, the Newsletter also
showcases a revolutionary new locking RJ45 Boot and Locking Clip for
Fiber Optic LC, the Net-Lock, and provides summaries of several
recent and upcoming events as well as the latest public PTS news.
Please make sure to visit our updated website (PTS Home Page) to learn more about
new PTS IT services and solutions related to our previously announced
IT Services Group (ITSG). You can also download a new white paper
called The Infrastructure
Management Elephant which discusses the latest trends in Data
Center Maintenance Management.
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whether it is infrastructure, facility or IT related.
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for Storage Consolidation
Storage Consolidation as "the method of centralizing data
storage among multiple servers. The objective is to facilitate data
backup and archiving for all subscribers in an enterprise, while
minimizing the time required to access and store data."
The growth of company files, e-mail, databases, and application data
drives a constant need for more storage. But with many networks
architected with storage directly attached to servers, growth means
burdensome storage management and decreased asset utilization.
Storage resources remain trapped behind individual servers, impeding
Given this scenario, customers inevitably experience storage
infrastructures that are difficult to manage, ineffective at scaling,
costly, and most importantly, do not keep pace with the growing
quality of service (QoS) requirements posed by application servers.
QoS requirements for servers include capacity, performance, and
Storage Area Networks (SANs) enable enterprise storage
consolidation by providing high-speed connectivity between
heterogeneous servers and a storage subsystem. SAN connectivity
allows many servers to share capacity residing on a single storage
Other desirable features include simplification of the storage
infrastructure, centralized and efficient management, optimized
resource utilization, and low operating cost.
are three storage consolidation architectures in common use today:
direct-attached storage (DAS), network-attached storage (NAS), and
the storage area network (SAN). DAS structures are traditional in
which storage is tied directly to a server and only accessible at
that server. In NAS, the hard drive that stores the data has its own
network address. Files can be stored and retrieved rapidly because
they do not compete with other computers for processor resources. The
SAN is the most sophisticated architecture, and usually employs Fibre
Channel technology. SANs are noted for high throughput and ability to
provide centralized storage for numerous subscribers over a large
geographic area. SANs support data sharing and data migration among
how do you choose between NAS, RAID and SAN architectures for Storage
Consolidation? Once a particular approach has been decided how do you
decide which vendor solutions to consider? There are a number
of factors involved in making a qualified decision including near and
long term requirements, type of environment, data structures, budget,
to name a few. PTS approaches Storage Consolidation by leveraging our
proven consulting approach:
to gather information on client needs, survey the current
storage approach, and assess future requirements against their needs
and the current approach. Critical areas for review and analysis
of current data storage management
spent modifying disk space size at the server level
capacity requirements to meet long term needs
expectations in terms of Recovery Time Objectives and Recovery
structuring of near- and off-line storage for survivability and
ease of access to data
needed to maintain data storage integrity
storage complexity if current architecture is maintained
applications considered for deployment
to provide Windows clustering
in considering Thin Provisioning
spending as a percentage of total IT budget
reviews all of the items above, and more --- we then design the best
storage architecture for both near and long term requirements and are
able to source, install and manage leading edge storage solutions
from companies such as Dell and Hitachi.
Storage Consolidation positively impacts costs associated with
managing your IT network in terms of redundancy, disaster recovery,
and network management. It also allows for a more secure network,
free from wasted assets tied to particular servers or data center
components. Finally, the tasks of provisioning, monitoring,
reporting, and delivering the right storage services levels can be
time consuming and complex and storage Consolidation will enhance
your ability to manage your organization's data storage.
PTS Data Center Solutions Showcase -
This quarter PTS
provides our readers with two data storage solutions for
consideration. The Solutions Showcase includes overviews of the Dell
EqualLogic™ Family of iSCSI
Storage Area Networks and the Hitachi AMS and USP platforms.
EqualLogic PS Series
storage and reduce administrative overhead
The EqualLogic iSCSI SAN's unique peer storage architecture
consolidates all storage resources into an easy-to-manage tiered pool
of storage, securely accessed by servers across a standard Ethernet
network. The PS Group Manager provides a single, intuitive
administrative interface, accessible from anywhere on the network.
IT operations and reduce total IT expenditures
The all-inclusive feature set makes advanced virtualizaiton and data
protection features available to enterprises of all sizes, without
breaking the bank. Automatic system expansion, data protection, and
tiering functions minimize administrative tasks even as storage needs
grow over time.
storage capacity, performance, and network bandwidth without downtime
Bringing additional storage online is truly seamless; additional disk
and controller resources are automatically brought online without
disrupting applications accessing the storage pool. Performance
scales linearly as workloads are automatically load balanced,
spreading data across all active disks, arrays, and interface ports.
In addition, built-in thin-provisioning functionality improves
flexibility and scalability, reducing administrative costs and making
the "pay-as-you-grow" strategy seamless for applications.
Increase availability and protect
critical data sets
EqualLogic PS Series arrays are built for enterprise deployments,
providing 99.999% availability through a fully-redundant,
hot-pluggable system architecture that minimizes administrative tasks
even as storage needs grow over time. Volumes are RAID-protected, and
through advanced system and disk monitoring, faults can be quickly
recognized and addressed without downtime. Low overhead snapshots and
remote replication enable you to simply create a virtually unlimited
number of space-efficient point-in-time copies at primary and remote
sites for quick recovery from disk or backup to tape.
storage assets across multiple OS environments
Dell's EqualLogic PS Series supports initiators across all major
operating systems. Gigabit Ethernet NICs and HBAs provide high
performance, multi-path access to centralized storage assets.
Boot-from-SAN and virtualized desktop capabilities allow system disks
to be totally removed from distributed server and desktop assets.
Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage (AMS) 2000 Family
Hitachi provides two families of storage including the AMS
and the Universal Storage Platform (USP). Today we showcase the
AMS 2000 Family of storage solutons which provides a services
oriented storage solution that matches application and business
requirements to storage attributes. The Adaptable Modular Storage
2000 family is a flexible storage platform designed to help
organizations achieve key business benefits, such as meeting service
level agreements (SLAs), attaining cost effective performance and
ensuring nondisruptive operations, while realizing better
administrative efficiencies and investment protection.
Modular Storage 2100
Modular Storage 2300
Modular Storage 2500
three models are well suited to serve as: inexpensive lower tier data
storage that does not compromise the highest levels of reliability
and centralized management; modular storage for disaster recovery,
virtual tape or tape displacement solutions; and remote office
storage or archive solutions.
System Operating Costs
The AMS architecture has dynamic load balancing and
automatic LUN to controller assignments. Meeting
SLAs while staying on budget is much easier with the progressive
feature set in the AMS 2000 family: SAS architecture, large cache,
faster CPUs, cache partitioning to match application workloads and
outstanding performance for high IOPS and sustained throughput
Grow storage capabilities as needed. The Hitachi Adaptable
Modular Storage 2100, Adaptable Modular Storage 2300 and Adaptable
Modular Storage 2500 allow you to cost effectively scale capacity to
more than 470TB, connectivity to up to 2048 virtual server ports and
performance to more than 900K IOPS. Expand as business grows with
data-in-place upgrades to larger models in the Adaptable Modular
Storage 2000 family.
Improve administrative efficiencies and simplify IT
environments. Intuitive management software enables you to spend less
time on configuration tasks and allows you to consolidate and
centrally manage systems. Helpful documentation and online resources
help to improve storage tasks and minimize errors. The Hitachi
Dynamic Load Balancing Controller eliminates the requirement of system
administrators to set controller ownership for each LUN and to
manually manage the LUN assignments to balance the workload.
and Data Security
Meet regulatory requirements for data protection and
retention. Advanced security capabilities include Hitachi Data
Retention Utility software with its "write once, read many"
(WORM) feature that protects data from overwrites or erasures for
long periods of time. System management access sets and limits
authorization to make changes in the system and system audit logging
records all system changes. Communications between the management
software and storage are encrypted.
The AMS family provides active, dynamic load
balancing. During normal operation Input/Output (I/O) can
travel down any available path to any front end port using the native
host operating system multipathing capabilities. This allows the I/O
to be balancing over all available paths without impacting
The system includes an automatic load balancing controller. If the
load on the controllers becomes unbalanced it will be automatically
balanced without the host having to adjust it's primary path.
With features traditionally found only in enterprise class storage
arrays, the 2000 family can dynamically balance I/O over any path
through any front end port on either contoller. All this is done
without having to load any proprietary path management software.
PTS Data Center Solutions Showcase -
Net-Lock Locking RJ45 Boots and Locking Clips
At the 2010 BICSI
Winter Conference in Orlando, FL, NTW recently introduced the
Net-Lock Locking RJ45 Boots and Locking Clips for Fiber Optic LC
Connectors. The revolutionary devices prevent inadvertent disconnects
are are designed to be compatible with any industry-standard RJ45
Cat5e and Cat6 Modular plugs and offer an optional upgraded key-lock
and removal tool for enhanced security. The Net-Lock's slim-line
design is the ideal solution to prevent inadvertent disconnects in
high-density applications in mission critical facilities.
PTS' Andrew Graham states "The Net-Lock RJ45 Boot is simply by
far the best design that I have seen. The
slim-line designed locking boots can be pre-terminated and field
terminated, making it truly the perfect solution to prevent inadvertent disconnects,
increasing uptime and avoiding profit losses."
The picture to the right shows the
Net-Lock with the locking tool. Learn More...
Center Access Policies
Policies & Best
Practices Can Vary By Enterprise But Have Many Common Elements
4, 2009 · Vol.31 Issue 28
Peter Sacco, president of PTS Data Center Solutions, also
likes to add a form of two-factor authentication to entry points by
coupling a card reader ("something you have") with a PIN
pad ("something you know"), which reduces the risks of lost
cards. Like Stahl, Sacco recommends using time-stamped video surveillance
in conjunction with electronic access logs, but he also suggests
adding a sign-in sheet to provide a paper trail.
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Power & Cooling Maintenance
Now Means Less Downtime & Lower Costs Later
November 20, 2009 · Vol.31 Issue 28
"Performing preventative maintenance will reduce
the frequency and duration of unscheduled downtime, therefore
increasing the availability of the data center," says Michael
Petrino, vice president of PTS Data Center Solutions. "Regular
maintenance will increase the reliability and life span of power and
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Server Maintenance Inside & Out
Servers Up & Running With A Few Simple Tasks
November 20, 2009 · Vol.31 Issue 28
When it comes to maintaining equipment, data center admins
should take a cue from the Boy Scouts' motto: Be prepared. This means
having a plan and a set schedule and following them. "Create a
maintenance schedule and stick to it," advises Michael Petrino,
vice president of PTS Data Center Solutions. Instituting a regular
maintenance schedule can also be as simple as creating a spreadsheet
listing all areas of maintenance.
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This Old Data Center
Problems In Aging Facilities - Processor.com
October 23, 2009 · Vol.31 Issue 26
PTS Data Center Solutions' Vice President Michael
Petrino was quoted in on the issue of managing aging data centers.
"Most buildings are one third or one half of the capacity we
need," says Michael Petrino, vice president for PTS Data Center
solutions. "We may need 250 pounds per square foot, whereas the
floor may be rated for 100 pounds per square foot." He suggests
adding a reinforced under-floor, dispersing the weight to ensure no
one area is too heavy, or putting a lower weight limit on the racks
so they don't get overloaded.
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Data Center Solutions
Founded in 1998, PTS Data Center Solutions is a premier data
center design firm and turnkey solutions provider, offering a broad
range of project experience, specializing in designing data centers,
computer rooms and technical spaces that integrate
"best-of-breed", critical infrastructure technologies and
result in continuously available, scalable, redundant,
fault-tolerant, manageable, and maintainable mission critical