All EVO:RAIL Appliances Are Not Created Equal
The arrival of EMC's VSPEX Blue hyper-converged appliance highlights the differences between products jockeying for attention in the growing collection of those based on VMware's EVO:RAIL.
Choosing High-Capacity Drives
From hard drives for specific uses to hybrid drives and various capacity-increasing technologies, there are a lot of options. How do you decide which is best?
What Will Replace Flash?
Technologies such as RRAM are vying to upstage flash memory, but have a long way to go. Meanwhile, flash suppliers are making improvements.
2015 Storage Industry Outlook
From faster and larger SSDs to the rise of white-box storage, this year promises to bring a lot of change and innovation to the storage industry.
Scaling Servers: A Cost Breakdown
Software costs add up quickly in today's virtualized datacenters. Does it make more sense to buy a few big servers or a bunch of little ones? I compare the costs.
Don't Leave Your Data In The Dark
Piles of unstructured data are worse than useless; they pose serious security and privacy risks. John Joseph offers three steps to bring your data storage strategy into the light.
Putting Erasure Codes To Work
Erasure coding is used in scale-out object storage systems from a variety of vendors and open-source software projects. Just don't expect it to solve all your data protection problems.
Erasure Codes: An Introduction
Erasure coding is promoted by some in the storage industry as a data protection alternative to RAID. Here's how it works.
The True Cost Of Hyperconvergence
Vendors tout hyperconverged systems like EVO:RAIL as less expensive than more conventional storage systems. After pricing my own EVO:RAIL-like system, I found otherwise.
As storage vendors try to distance themselves from RAID as new storage technologies reveal shortcomings with the data protection system, it's time to adopt a new definition for RAID.
Will SATA Express Dethrone SAS?
Today's solid-state drives demand faster interfaces than what SAS and SATA can provide. SATA Express is on its way to becoming the next dominant storage interface.
Converged Ethernet Vs. More Links
Converged Enhanced Ethernet improves Ethernet performance but is expensive. With the cost of 10 GbE equipment dropping and 25 GbE on the horizon, it may be cheaper to add more links.
Big Data: A Backup Nightmare?
Big data presents data protection challenges, but an enterprise can avoid problems by putting a priority on availability and making sure the data center is updated to modern standards.
Hyper-Convergence: The New Black
With the introduction of VMware's EVO:RAIL platform, hyper-converged appliances are all the rage. The fashionable IT architecture is also coming out in all-flash designs.
10 Sizzling Storage Startups
Storage is anything but dull these days with so many startups shaking up the status quo with innovative technologies. Here are 10 of the hottest new storage companies.
The VVOLs Cometh
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.
The State Of Enterprise Backup
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.
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.
Time For LUN To Die
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
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.
The Shrinking Storage Array
In the storage array market, smaller is better, as huge, expensive equipment has been replaced with compact, cheaper models.
New technologies and suppliers are threatening the status quo in storage. Who will be your storage vendor in 2016?
Keeping Tabs On Storage Industry M&A
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
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
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
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?
Cloud Storage Security: AWS Vs. Azure
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.
Aspiring To Smarter Storage
Startup DataGravity has developed a unified storage system that provides data-aware services such as full text indexing and file system auditing.