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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.
Switched Networks Vs. Dedicated Links
Commentary  |  6/12/2014  | 
Direct links run much faster than traditional switched networks. Using software-defined networking with dedicated links can help in the quest for storage bandwidth.
Iometer Update Adds Time Detail
Commentary  |  6/11/2014  | 
An old benchmark tool gets a refresh that solves its shortcomings and puts it back on top.
Server SANs: A Guide To What You Need To Know
Education  |  6/10/2014  | 
Server SANs are creating buzz in the storage industry with promises of better performance and simplicity. Are they right for your storage infrastructure?
Compromising Virtualization
Commentary  |  6/5/2014  | 
Features such as instance storage are taking the virtual out of virtualization. The performance gains are tremendous, but the techniques open cloud security risks.
Waiting For VMware VVOLs
Commentary  |  5/27/2014  | 
VMware's Virtual Volumes functionality would help solve storage management problems in virtualized environments. But, like Vladmir and Estragon endlessly waiting for Godot, we're still waiting for VVOLs.
Will Ethernet Take Over The Spinning Disk?
Commentary  |  5/16/2014  | 
With its open Ethernet drive architecture, Western Digital's HGST subsidiary joins Seagate's Kinetic drives in using an Ethernet port to access an object store on the disk.
Cloud Storage: Pick The Best Option
Education  |  5/14/2014  | 
Looking for cloud storage for personal or business use? This guide compares four of the most popular and relevant cloud storage options available today.
Hard Disk: Not Dead Yet
Commentary  |  5/9/2014  | 
Even with the arrival of flash storage, don't count out the venerable hard disk. Disk still offers a lot of advantages.
Speeding Up Storage Networks
Commentary  |  5/8/2014  | 
With SSDs pushing the limits of networks, it's time to consider how compression and deduplication could help speed storage traffic.
VMware vSphere Storage APIs: A Guide
Commentary  |  5/6/2014  | 
Get clarity on features in vSphere 5.5 that improve storage performance through storage array integration, storage awareness, and clientless guest backup and recovery.
IT Is A Quantum World
Commentary  |  5/5/2014  | 
System administrators need to take a quantum mechanical view when weighing the probability of new failure modes that come with new technologies such as deduplication.
Windows Storage Gets Flashy
Commentary  |  5/2/2014  | 
A partnership with Violin Memory to meld Windows Storage Server into an all-flash array boosts Microsoft's storage play.
The Fall Of The Storage Tiers
Commentary  |  4/30/2014  | 
With drives and storage appliances rapidly evolving, traditional tiered storage classifications are no longer useful in the enterprise. We need a new system for classifying storage devices based on usage.
Backup's New Data Protection Weapon: Instant Recovery
Commentary  |  4/29/2014  | 
The restore process traditionally associated with backup can be excruciatingly long. Backup systems with an emerging recovery feature can get your applications back up and running in minutes.
Sorting Through Storage Industry Hype
News  |  4/25/2014  | 
Vendors are pushing new storage technologies, such as software-defined storage and new types of NAND flash storage, while users try to make sense of a fast-changing storage landscape.
VMware's VSAN Benchmarks: Under The Hood
Commentary  |  4/22/2014  | 
VMware touted flashy numbers in recently published performance benchmarks, but a closer examination of its VSAN testing shows why customers shouldn't expect the same results with their real-world applications.
Top IT Certifications To Jump-Start Your Job
Slideshows  |  4/22/2014  | 
Working in IT infrastructure means a whole lot more than hardware these days. Boost your career with these hot certifications on virtualization, cloud, security, and more.
Scale-Out Storage Has Limits
Commentary  |  4/21/2014  | 
Disk may scale as your storage needs increase, but what do you do when your datacenter is maxed out?
All-Flash Arrays: The VDI Solution?
Commentary  |  4/17/2014  | 
The huge performance provided by all-flash arrays is a boon for virtual desktop infrastructure, but don't be fooled by unrealistic calculations.
Converged Infrastructure: 3 Considerations
Commentary  |  4/16/2014  | 
If you're looking at a converged platform as a way to increase data center efficiency, here are three factors to keep in mind.
Is RAID Fading Into The Sunset?
Commentary  |  4/15/2014  | 
With the arrival of faster networks and SSDs, RAID can no longer keep up. Data protection alternatives such as replication and erasure codes are gaining traction.
NVMe Poised To Revolutionize Solid-State Storage
Commentary  |  4/8/2014  | 
Move over SAS and SATA. A new standard ramps up SSD performance with a radical new approach to storage I/O handling.
Data Protection Tips For Growing Businesses
Commentary  |  4/4/2014  | 
As companies outgrow their "small and midsize business" label, so do their needs for enterprise-class data storage and protection.
Best of Interop 2014 Product Award Winners
Slideshows  |  4/2/2014  | 
The Best of Interop Awards recognize innovative hardware and software that represent technological advancement in a specific category. The Interop judging team poured through 129 submissions in nine categories, including networking, mobility, and security. This year we chose to mix this up a little by creating a separate storage category and adding a whole new SDN category. Awards were also presented for Grand Award winner, Best Startup, and Audience Choice. See who took home the prize this year
Best Of Interop 2014 Winners Unveiled
News  |  4/1/2014  | 
The Best of Interop award recognizes innovation in nine categories, including networking, storage, cloud, and security.
The Software-Defined Data Center: Potential Game Changer
Commentary  |  3/31/2014  | 
The SDDC is poised to bring revolutionary changes by providing flexibility to data center storage, switching, security and other infrastructure components.
World Backup Day Spotlights Often-Neglected Task
News  |  3/28/2014  | 
Backup remains a chore that many companies don't do well, leading to data loss.
Why The Next-Generation Data Center Needs To Be Agnostic
Commentary  |  3/28/2014  | 
In order to handle the growing traffic deluge, data centers need to leverage open infrastructure, software-defined technologies, and automation.
Cloud Backup Services: Key Considerations
Commentary  |  3/27/2014  | 
The cloud approach has made backup easier in some ways, but also raises questions.
Interop: Find The Fun
Commentary  |  3/27/2014  | 
Attending a technology conference can be hard work, but Interop is making fun an integral part of the agenda.
Understanding VMware VAAI Offloads And Unloads
Commentary  |  3/26/2014  | 
In the short time that VAAI has allowed storage administrators to offload tasks from servers to storage arrays in virtualized data centers, the functionality has evolved to produce arrays that eliminate most I/O.
3 Survival Tips For Women In IT
Commentary  |  3/26/2014  | 
The technology industry -- especially the networking field -- can be an awfully isolating place for a woman. I offer three ways to cope.
What Is Storage QoS?
Commentary  |  3/26/2014  | 
Storage QoS ensures specific performance levels for applications and workloads. Will it push datacenters to 100% virtualization?
Real-World Advice On SDN Migration
Commentary  |  3/24/2014  | 
Enterprises considering SDN can heed real-world advice and deployment architectures from three organizations with successful network migrations.
Separating Storage Startups From Upstarts
Commentary  |  3/21/2014  | 
Some new storage vendors stand out from other startups because they have good technology and excel at selling their products. IT buyers shouldn't discount them.
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