Tiered storage News
October 13, 2016
Windows Server 2016 release makes Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct available to data centers. Highlights include heightened data reduction, HCI, replication and tiering.
July 05, 2016
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) moves tier 1 applications to EMC XtremIO flash-only array as key part of three-phase IT transformation project.
May 11, 2016
Scale Computing had added flash storage capability to its 2150 and 4150 hyper-converged hardware. It has also added flash tiering and, with a nod to legendary rock-umentary Spinal Tap, has built in ...
May 04, 2016
The Scale flash base configuration includes 1.2 TB of raw SLC NAND per cluster for tiering hot data blocks to solid-state drives. SMB customers tune flash workloads from zero to 11.
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Tiered data storage moves data to various types of storage media -- based on performance requirements, protection level and frequency of use -- to reduce storage costs. Continue Reading
Healthcare VDI environments can work well with flash storage. Expert Brien Posey looks at issues to consider, such as whether to choose an all-flash array or flash storage tier. Continue Reading
Server-side caching, or flash storage installed in the server itself, is deployed to accelerate application performance. Placing the flash as close to the application as possible reduces latency and improves performance.
Over the past couple of years, there has been a lot of development in this area, and today, there are a number of ways that you can insert flash storage into a server. For example, you can use SATA form factor SSDs that install in place of traditional hard disk drives. Or you can use flash storage that connects directly to the PCIe bus. An emerging option is to attach flash storage directly to the server's memory channel via dual in-line memory module (DIMM) slots. Each, of course, comes with strengths and weaknesses.
There are also a variety of standards emerging for server-side caching that are important to understand when selecting a product.
This Drill Down on server-side flash will compare and contrast the variety of ways that you can deploy the technology today to help readers better understand the pros and cons to each approach. It will also explain when server-side caching is a better (or worse) alternative to an all-flash or hybrid-flash storage array. There's so much going on in this space today that it can be hard to stay on top of it all. This Drill Down will help.Continue Reading
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Administrators have several options for migrating data to a cloud archive, from manual migration to using cloud-integrated storage. Continue Reading
According to analyst Mike Matchett, customers should evaluate the cost and effectiveness of a hybrid cloud implementation when selecting a provider to store their nearline data. Continue Reading
As capacity becomes cheaper, some storage administrators might assume deduplication is less relevant. But in hyper-converged data centers, the technology is as important as ever. Continue Reading
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If you're using a flash-based storage system, you're familiar with caching and tiering to accelerate data. Storage tiering is used in hybrid flash storage systems to separate active and inactive data. Active data is kept on the flash tier, while inactive data is moved to a less-expensive storage tier. If the data becomes "hot" once again, it is moved back to the flash tier. Because data only lives on one tier at a time, tiered architectures need to have some kind of redundancy built into them.
In caching, data is copied or mirrored from one tier to another, so active data is on multiple tiers at the same time. If the active data is no longer needed, the cache will just create flash space for new data sets to use.
Vendors implement tiering technology in various ways. Some even have a "flash-first" approach that puts all data on flash before it is moved to a hard disk tier to become inactive. Users therefore have to be careful not to overprovision flash in these environments.
The decision to use tiering or caching depends on a variety of factors, such as the number of applications that require access to high-performance storage resources, the I/O patterns of these applications and your budgetary constraints.
Learn when to use each of these technologies in your own environment.Continue Reading
With the proliferation of IoT and big data, the amount of data in the enterprise increases every day. Find out how to meet storage demands for these new IT initiatives. Continue Reading
Increasingly, IT administrators are integrating data center-grade storage systems with Hadoop -- ones that come with the required data protection, security and governance built-in. Continue Reading
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Health data storage helps healthcare organizations remain up and running and helps them innovate. That's why using the right storage tech is so important. A CTO weighs in. Continue Reading
Though virtual server performance bottlenecks remain among data storage problems, there are fixes available, but beware, each fix has side effects. Continue Reading
Expert Brien Posey discusses five ways to virtualize storage in an organization. Review the pros and cons of each approach to find the best fit for your data center. Continue Reading