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Q5 & Our Vision

Tired of the restrictions of storage solutions offered by large scale companies? We are too, that is why we set out to revolutionize the market, with Software-defined Storage solutions that break free from the norm. We give our customers the power to decide, not the other way around.  Read more

VMWorld 2015

The IT gurus of the world migrated to San Francisco for the virtualization event of the year – and so did Q5

VMworld is a global conference for virtualization and cloud computing, hosted by VMware. It is the largest virtualization-specific event and this year it was held in California on August 30 to September 3rd.

VMworld and its opportunities

A majority of VMworld visitors have a specific goal in mind, they are usually looking for a set of solutions to fill a gap in their current IT infrastructure projects or business objectives. Similar to going to the grocery store, VMworld is the ultimate place to find what you need.

The conference lasts several days days and is divided into breakout sessions, panels, exhibit hall, and hands-on labs

VMware started off the annual VMworld conference in San Francisco with news announcements regarding everything from new open-source tools to a new “intelligent automation engine” for making the best use of companies’ data center equipment. Other companies, including Q5 AG, interested in promoting their company and products, made announcements, too.

The VMWorld Conferences draws a lot of people, who are all paying attention. More than 23,000 visitors came to the Moscone Center for the event, and more than 50,000 people were live streaming today’s keynote. Truly proving that it is one of the largest events in the world of enterprise technology. Thus it was of extreme importance for Q5 AG to attend this event, to set a foot, and leave a mark in the enterprise technology world.

The event brings together leaders, experts, and IT professionals to immerse themselves in the latest technology and to realize value in our, and others, products. In the Solutions Exchange, visitors have the chance to review the latest competitive solutions side-by-side with sponsors and exhibitors, and to separate the hype from reality when making purchasing decisions. Thus, Q5 AG set up a stand in the solution exchange to meet potential new partners and engage with potential customers.

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Software-defined Storage

Written by UBM TECH

Ending the Reign of High Cost, Legacy Storage Vendors

The increasing sophistication of software-defined storage solutions now delivers enterprise-class storage capabilities at unexpectedly affordable prices. SDS companies are in the vanguard of storage providers, forging new ground in low-cost, high-performance solutions.

Open source. The cloud. Software as a service. Virtualization. Businesses have embraced many emerging enterprise technologies and platforms in recent years, which have led to powerful benefits in increased productivity and cost-efficiencies.

Investing in breakthrough advances in storage, however, is seriously lagging. When it comes to the care and feeding of mission-critical data, businesses tend to stick with the tried-and-true. But the tried-and-true is struggling to keep up with the demand as unstructured data grows exponentially, but is considered a strategic asset that must be kept somewhere. Emerging technologies,like Splunk and Hadoop, are addressing some of these unstructured-data overload challenges—but they’re only part of the answer. As a result of this exponential growth of mis – sion-critical data, businesses are spending on storage— really spending: as much as 40% of IT spend now is on storage solutions. And it’s growing fast, cutting into resources for other strategic and mission-critical requirements. So, if yours is one of those IT organizations that sees storage becoming one of the largest IT budget items, listen up: a change is coming to storage. In fact, it’s already here.

The New Benefits of the New Storage Solutions

If you work at a “No one was ever fired for  buying EMC” company, software-defined storage  platforms may strike some enterprise decision  makers as a vaguely “lesser” alternative than traditional storage solutions. They want someone  else to go first and provide the proof points of  its capabilities. But these executives don’t realize  just how many businesses already have cast their  lot with software-defined-storage companies.  By  now, the software-defined-storage approach has  several years of proof points. So, if you are an IT manager who is hesitant to commit to a software-defined storage approach,  here are the competitive advantages others in  your industry are reaping:

  • Flexibility —Hardware-defined storage solutions are rigid, proprietary systems that lock you into specific vendors and protocols. By contrast,  software-defined storage tends to be based  on open systems that are much more adaptable to changing needs and that allow you to mix and match storage layers for optimal cost  effectiveness.
  • Scalability —Software-defined solutions provide  immediacy and relatively limitless scalability. After all, to scale a hardware-based system requires  the time and money and floor space of buying— installing—configuring the hardware. To scale  a software-defined system, on the other hand,  requires just a couple of software commands.
  • Economy —When considering the real cost  of ownership (RCO), software-defined storage  reduces the cost of buying new gear, the cost  of operating the equipment, and even the cost of disposal fees. Taken together, the cumulative  effect of all these cost reductions can generate  savings as large as 70% or more.
  • Resource leveragability —With the operational simplicity of software-defined storage,  businesses don’t have to maintain engineering  overhead to develop separate solutions for different hardware and media, thereby allowing IT  departments to focus more resources on strategic business issues.

Yes, Software-defined Storage Also Can Make a Performance Argument

Software-defined storage has been acknowledged as a low-cost storage option from the very  beginning. The sticking point generally has been  the perception that it was fine for file-sharing and  SAN back-up, but not for large database storage  challenges of the enterprise:

  • 160TB of cloud infrastructure —At 1/8 th  the  typical cost of a traditional Tier 1 solution, with  API integration for self-service automated pro – visioning.
  • 50TB of D2D back-up —Again, at 1/8 th  the  typical cost of traditional SAN storage, with  replication to provide disaster recovery.
  • 2 PB of Exchange 2010 —At 1/3 rd  the typical  cost of traditional storage infrastructure, with a  70% IOPS reduction over the previously existing  Tier 1 SAN. It also eliminated tape as the means  of service restoration.

 

Simply put, software-defined storage is the  “unified field theory” of storage, well-suited  now for both large database storage and file  sharing. It has cross-media capabilities, allowing  IT departments to create the optimal blend and  deployment of discs and SSDs, depending on  need and budget. It allows businesses to take  advantage of new storage designs, enabling  them to pull data from multiple servers at once  to support strategically powerful data analytics.  It also lets businesses leverage innovative packaging methods, such as network-attached storage  (NAS) and cloud-based storage. Software-defined storage gives you the speed  of the storage you need, where you need it, even  for the most mission-critical of needs.

The Bottom Line is Not Just the Bottom Line

Software-defined storage doesn’t just give  you more affordable storage anymore, although  the cost savings  can  be dramatic: at the prevailing price for software-defined storage, even the  U.S. Federal Government could have saved more  than 65% on its non-classified storage contracts  over the past ten years. But by leveraging the  affordability and flexibility of software-defined  storage, business now can benefit from more  affordable  enterprise-class  storage  and  the  adaptability you need to be successful in the  21 st  century global economy.

Author: UBM TECH

Type: WHITE PAPER

Source: http://www.q-5.ch/images/Loesungen/whitepaper/sds_wp.pdf

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