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The VVOLs Cometh
Commentary  |  10/23/2014  | 
The long-awaited VMware Virtual Volumes appear to be on track to arrive next year. The technology promises a leap forward in storage management by providing VM awareness to storage systems.
EMC: Cisco's Out In The Cold, VCE Into The Fold
News  |  10/22/2014  | 
The competition between Cisco, VMware, and EMC on the networking, cloud, and storage fronts heats up, with the joint venture VCE becoming an EMC business.
The State Of Enterprise Backup
Slideshows  |  10/21/2014  | 
Backup is often called broken or otherwise denigrated, but our survey showed that it's alive and well. Here's a look at backup practices in the enterprise today.
SDN Limitations
Commentary  |  10/17/2014  | 
Software-defined networking is touted as a panacea for data centers, but the combination of faster networking speeds and virtualization restricts what it can do.
Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery: Choose Wisely
Commentary  |  10/16/2014  | 
Disaster recovery and business continuity in the cloud is now a viable and affordable option for protecting data center resources -- but select your vendor with care.
Time For LUN To Die
Commentary  |  10/15/2014  | 
In virtualized environments, managing storage with LUNs isn't practical. With the upcoming arrival of VMware Virtual Volumes, we can shift to VM-centric data services.
The Facebook Data Center Delusion
Commentary  |  10/8/2014  | 
There's a lot of talk about how enterprises should run their data centers like Facebook and Google for increased efficiency, but emulating web-scale companies won't pan out for the average enterprise.
Fibre Channel Backbone 6 Boosts Storage Network Performance
Commentary  |  10/7/2014  | 
The new FC-BB-6 standard for converged Fibre Channel and Ethernet networks includes improvements such as domain ID scalability and separation of control and data plane.
Interop Kicks Off In Style
Interop Kicks Off In Style
Network Computing Videos  |  10/1/2014  | 
The Shrinking Storage Array
Commentary  |  9/30/2014  | 
In the storage array market, smaller is better, as huge, expensive equipment has been replaced with compact, cheaper models.
Storage Intelligence Moves Up The Stack
Commentary  |  9/24/2014  | 
New products for virtual data centers move storage intelligence closer to the application for increased performance.
Storage Free-For-All
Commentary  |  9/22/2014  | 
New technologies and suppliers are threatening the status quo in storage. Who will be your storage vendor in 2016?
Data Reduction Technologies: The Basics
Commentary  |  9/19/2014  | 
Data deduplication, data compression, and thin provisioning can help organizations tackle massive data growth. Here's an overview of how they work.
Keeping Tabs On Storage Industry M&A
Commentary  |  9/18/2014  | 
Mergers and acquisitions have been commonplace in the storage industry. Today, the storage M&A race has slowed a bit, but everyone wants to know what Cisco's next move will be.
Backup Appliances & The Cloud
Commentary  |  9/17/2014  | 
While cloud computing may seem to solve the backup problem, the answer isn't that easy. Today's backup appliances strive for a more nuanced approach.
SAS Grows In The Data Center
Commentary  |  9/12/2014  | 
More enterprises choose Serial Attached SCSI for storage in the data center due to improved reliability, cost-effectiveness, scalability, and continued enhancements.
Hyper-Convergence And All Flash On The Way
Commentary  |  9/5/2014  | 
Will a combination of the two shiniest technologies in the storage business make a match like champagne and caviar, or will it create a system looking more like a chocolate-covered pickle?
Ethernet Disk Drives: Will They Catch On?
Commentary  |  9/2/2014  | 
Seagate and HGST have designed Ethernet drives, but can these products change the storage status quo?
The Rise Of White-Box Storage
Commentary  |  8/27/2014  | 
Low-cost, generic storage based on original design manufacturer boxes is gaining ground in the storage industry.
Cloud Storage: How To Pick A Provider
Slideshows  |  8/26/2014  | 
When it comes to enterprise cloud storage, there's no shortage of providers. Here's what you need to consider in order to make the right choice.
Cloud Storage Security: AWS Vs. Azure
Commentary  |  8/26/2014  | 
Security remains the biggest concern facing cloud storage adoption. Here we look at the security details of Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, two cloud storage heavyweights.
VMware Launches Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Appliance
News  |  8/25/2014  | 
Virtualization giant teams with hardware partners on EVO: RAIL, an integrated device targeting virtual desktop infrastructure, branch offices, and virtual private clouds.
Aspiring To Smarter Storage
Commentary  |  8/21/2014  | 
Startup DataGravity has developed a unified storage system that provides data-aware services such as full text indexing and file system auditing.
Flash Is Overkill For VDI
Commentary  |  8/19/2014  | 
All flash makes fast storage, but at a high cost. Listen to your users, and provide a hybrid array combined with software for a better VDI experience.
What's Next For Flash?
Commentary  |  8/18/2014  | 
Today's 2D flash is near its limit. The industry is evolving to 3D flash and developing storage technologies that promise to be faster and denser.
Will Phase Change Memory Upstage Flash?
Commentary  |  8/14/2014  | 
HGST is touting a solid-state drive with a record 3 million IOPS using PCM. The technology looks to be a game changer, but it faces several challenges.
The 'So What' Of The Software-Defined Data Center
Commentary  |  8/13/2014  | 
The acceptance of the SDDC means that enterprises are abstracting additional data center functions, such as networking and disaster recovery, from hardware.
10 Networking Blogs You Must Follow
Slideshows  |  8/12/2014  | 
So many network technology blogs, so little time. Get started with this list of blogs by networking experts and top Interop speakers.
IBM Labs Invention Pinpoints Data In The Cloud
Commentary  |  8/12/2014  | 
A new patent allows IT to tag specific files and specify exactly where in the cloud that data will be stored.
Flash Storage: The New Normal
News  |  8/7/2014  | 
At the Flash Memory Summit, storage experts talk about the growing flash market, flash benefits, and enterprise deployment considerations.
Flash Tailored For The Enterprise
Commentary  |  8/5/2014  | 
Makers of all-flash storage arrays like Violin Memory are adding enterprise features, while SanDisk is boosting the performance of its flash products.
Server SANs: The Dark Side
Commentary  |  8/1/2014  | 
The new technology promises compelling benefits, but mixing and matching storage hardware and software can backfire, as one IT pro found out when his VMware VSAN failed.
Guide To Server Virtualization
Education  |  7/31/2014  | 
New to server virtualization or need a refresher course? This overview explains the technology that has changed the lives of IT admins and CFOs.
New CPU Architectures Promise Performance Boost
Commentary  |  7/31/2014  | 
Intel and others are developing chip structures that aim to unlock memory bottlenecks and improve interconnect capabilities.
Fall IT Events: On The Road Again With 10 Top Picks
Slideshows  |  7/29/2014  | 
Fall IT conferences and trade shows are right around the corner. Browse these events focused on networking, cloud, data centers, and storage, and start planning for a fantastic fall.
3 Signs You're Overspending On Data Storage
Commentary  |  7/24/2014  | 
If you think public cloud storage is the cheaper way to manage the massive growth in data, think again.
Do We Need 25 GbE & 50 GbE?
Commentary  |  7/18/2014  | 
Efforts to bring 25 GbE and 50 GbE to market are underway. Is there a strong case for these non-IEEE solutions? For cloud service providers, there is.
Cisco NX-OS: Facts & Features
Education  |  7/17/2014  | 
Learn the basics of NS-OX in this book excerpt on Cisco's operating system for Nexus data center switching.
Using Flash For The Real-Time Archive
Commentary  |  7/16/2014  | 
A new type of archive that requires instantly available data access presents a storage challenge, but TLC NAND provides a solution.
RAID Vs. Erasure Coding
Commentary  |  7/14/2014  | 
Erasure coding offers better data protection than RAID, but at a price.
Data Backup: Beyond Band-Aids
News  |  7/11/2014  | 
With the deluge of data, organizations need to focus their data protection efforts on comprehensive data footprint reduction, not just deploying technologies like deduplication.
Stand-Alone SSD Vendors: A Vanishing Breed
Commentary  |  7/10/2014  | 
With SanDisk's acquisition of Fusion-io, the SSD market continues on a rapid pace of consolidation that doesn't leave much room for stand-alone vendors.
New Storage Platforms: What's the Difference?
Commentary  |  7/7/2014  | 
Find out whether object, software-defined, or data-defined storage is the right platform to support your company's big data analytics initiative.
Code Spaces: A Lesson In Cloud Backup
Commentary  |  7/3/2014  | 
The SaaS provider is out of business after an AWS security breach, underscoring the need for proper cloud storage backup.
Guide: NVMe Promises Speed, SSD Optimization
Education  |  7/2/2014  | 
An emerging storage interface, NVMe, is ready to ride along with the SSD adoption wave, and maybe give it a little performance boost along the way.
Overcoming Application Performance Issues
Commentary  |  6/30/2014  | 
Growth at financial-services firm Orangefield Columbus had led to degraded storage performance and reduced service levels. Here's how it tackled the problem.
The Evolution Of The All-Flash Array
Commentary  |  6/27/2014  | 
Vendors are adding data deduplication and other features to their all-flash arrays, making the storage systems more than just speed demons.
Puppet Labs Teams With Networking & Storage Vendors
News  |  6/24/2014  | 
The IT automation software company and DevOps leader launches a certification program to integrate Puppet Enterprise with networking and storage equipment.
Testing Fuels The NVMe Revolution
Commentary  |  6/18/2014  | 
Testing procedures and tools developed at places like UNH's InterOperability Laboratory help technologies like NVMe advance.
Disk Backup Appliances vs. Virtualized Backup Software
Commentary  |  6/13/2014  | 
New features in virtualized backup software products expose shortcomings in disk backup appliances.
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