June 26, 2015
Data scientists who study topics such as disease and climate change require robust storage systems to hold petabytes of crucial research.
June 25, 2015
The continued growth of hyper-converged infrastructure may raise more questions about staffing, rather than the technology, for enterprises.
May 22, 2015
Hardware convergence and hyper-converged systems solve some of the same problems, but have different use cases, benefits and drawbacks.
May 21, 2015
A new 96-port FC switch and greater 40 gigabit converged Ethernet support for Nexus switches expands Cisco's support for all storage protocols.
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New APIs in vSphere 6 provide filters to increase flexibility and boost performance in the storage array. Continue Reading
VDI has specific hardware needs that servers hosting other virtualized workloads may not meet. Continue Reading
VMware's new VVOLs feature allows storage functionality to be distributed on a per-VM basis. Protocol endpoints are integral to proper allocation. Continue Reading
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Cloud-integrated storage uses object storage as a tier to keep costs low, but migration and performance limitations are holding it back. Continue Reading
Keeping your data safe from disaster with an on-premises product means deciding if hardware-based replication or software-based replication is a better fit for your company. Continue Reading
Why are IT pros looking to hyperconverged offerings? The architecture and skills required for SANs are some reasons. Continue Reading
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Stretch Database, a new feature in SQL Server 2016 often called StretchDB, lets companies "stretch" their databases to store infrequently used data in the cloud while keeping heavily used data on-premises. Continue Reading
Jon Toigo discusses why, despite their benefits, high-availability features are not a full replacement for a good disaster recovery plan. Continue Reading
Seven years after its birth, the frenzy around cloud is beginning to subside. IT organizations have embraced public cloud for some workloads, and built private clouds for others.
IT is having productive discussions about which applications to leave where they are, and which applications to re-platform. They're considering the pros and cons of renting shared infrastructure rather than buying dedicated on-premises resources.
You may not get the raw performance from a virtualized cloud instance that you could from dedicated bare-metal hardware -- you need to weigh that against the cost of hiring data center operations staff.
Meanwhile, the hype around big data and social media has just begun. The technology for doing this kind of analytics exists today. You can build a Hadoop-based repository to store the untold amounts of raw data that can later be used to discover unimagined relationships and patterns. It all sounds very promising, but for now, the jury's still out about the value of these initiatives.Continue Reading
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As with any product still in its infancy, an exact definition for virtual machine-aware storage can be difficult to nail down. In simple terms, VM-aware storage is an appliance that vendors build specifically with virtual machines in mind in order to cut back on some of the most pertinent issues in virtual environments: complexity, difficult management and lagging performance.
Using VM-aware storage typically means there's no need to configure logical unit numbers and volumes, and because VMs are directly associated with the storage they reside on, priority can be given to more demanding apps and VMs can be granularly managed. This guide will walk you through what products classify as VM-aware storage, how they are implemented in virtual environments and what benefits they can bring to storage and virtualization administrators so you can make an informed decision about whether they're the right choice.Continue Reading
For 12 years, Storage magazine has presented its roster of new data storage trends that are ready to have an impact in data centers. We’ll tell you why VMware VVOLs, all-flash arrays, cloud disaster recovery, flash caching, server SANs and hybrid arrays should be on your short list for storage technology refreshes.
Admins struggled with backing up virtual machines (VMs), until vendors responded with updated suites and new backup apps especially for VMs. But there were more basic issues with supporting virtual environments with traditional SAN and NAS systems. A handful of startups stepped up with arrays that shed the paradigms of the past in favor of a hypervisor-centric approach. Find out what life after LUNs is all about.
Our ninth annual Quality Awards survey for tape libraries reveals our readers' choices for the midrange and enterprise libraries that stand out in their environments.Continue Reading
Arun Taneja explains the importance of managing storage granularly and which vendors are meeting the demand for VM-level visibility. Continue Reading