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Vol. 9 Num. 4 June 2010

Making the case for solid-state storage

Interest in solid-state storage is high, and with a variety of solid-state implementations available and newer technologies emerging, it's time to take a serious look at how solid state could enhance your storage environment. Data storage professionals considering solid-state storage have myriad solid-state storage architectures to consider, including systems that use solid-state drives (SSDs) in various form factors, caching implementations and appliances. If that wasn't enough to ponder, those planning on implementing these systems need to decide whether to use a product that mixes solid-state storage and traditional disk drives, or to use SSD-only storage subsystems. But perhaps more important than just choosing the hardware, enterprises need to decide what data to put on solid-state storage or consider using some form of software automation to move the data onto solid-state storage to make the most efficient use of what is still a somewhat expensive resource. Deciding what data to place on solid-state storage and how to put ...

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Features in this issue

  • Companies are better prepared for disasters

    More than 50% of the respondents to our disaster recovery (DR) survey are very confident that their DR plans will save their company from disaster. But one-third don't even test their plans.

Columns in this issue

  • Backup is too hard

    Storage environments are getting more complex, which makes data protection even tougher. While backup software does more these days, it's still frustrating the hell out of users.

  • Are more Symantec OST-like APIs needed?

    by  Lauren Whitehouse

    One of the by-products of Symantec's OpenStorage interface is a performance improvement in backup and recovery operations.

  • NFS a good match for VMware

    by  Tony Asaro

    With server virtualization proliferating, most companies are hooking those virtualized environments into Fibre Channel SANs; but there may be a better alternative.

  • Virtual servers and their impact on data storage

    Taneja Group senior analyst and consultant Jeff Byrne opines on how almost every IT shop has virtualized at least some of its servers, shifting much of the burden of server consolidation onto data storage systems.

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