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Primary Storage Shifts To The Cloud
Commentary  |  11/26/2015  | 
Hybrid cloud is popular, but slow WAN connections ultimately make it an interim step towards moving all stored data to public cloud.
It's Time To Integrate Encryption
Commentary  |  11/24/2015  | 
What's the first step to improving information security? Quit blaming people and focus on enabling technologies like encryption.
10 Big 2015 Tech Mergers That Will Transform Data Centers
Slideshows  |  11/19/2015  | 
The technology industry was buffeted by tremendous M&A activity this year. Here are 10 deals that will impact data center networking, storage, security and systems.
Host-Managed SSDs: Using Flash Smarter
Commentary  |  11/18/2015  | 
OCZ's Saber 1000 gives storage designers the ability to optimize their use of solid-state drives and improve performance.
3D XPoint: A Memory Game Changer
Commentary  |  11/12/2015  | 
The new memory technology from Intel and Micron will bring massive changes to storage systems with major repercussions in the data center.
AWS Adoption Points To A Shift In Enterprise Storage
Commentary  |  11/4/2015  | 
Amazon's success in the cloud is a big indicator of data center infrastructure and storage moving to the cloud.
The SDDC: Hardware Quality Assurance Matters
Commentary  |  10/30/2015  | 
Hardware remains crucial in the software-defined data center. Organizations must implement hardware QA testing in hyperconverged environments to avoid outages.
SSD Pricing Vs. HDD Costs
Commentary  |  10/28/2015  | 
Any way you cut it, solid-state drives are becoming a better bargain than hard disk drives.
Meet The IT Experts Behind Interop
Commentary  |  10/26/2015  | 
Interop welcomes some of the most respected and brightest minds in the IT industry as Track Chairs for its educational program.
HP's Composable Infrastructure Vision
News  |  10/26/2015  | 
HP wants to enable enterprises to easily and quickly spin up on-premises data center resources via software.
Software-Defined Storage: A Deeper Look
Commentary  |  10/23/2015  | 
A recent report from Technology Business Research separates hype from reality in SDS, but is a bit timid in its view of the technology's impact on the storage industry.
SanDisk Scooped Up By Western Digital
News  |  10/21/2015  | 
Two of the world's largest storage vendors entered an agreement to combine forces, giving Western Digital a critical foothold in flash technology.
Best TED Talks For Technologists
Slideshows  |  10/19/2015  | 
Robotics, crowdsourcing, thought control, 3D printing –- the achievements of science are amazing, but those who work in tech every day often take them for granted. These TED Talks will remind you how wondrous and inspiring technology can be.
Making Sense of SSDs
Commentary  |  10/19/2015  | 
Solid-state storage is hot. In this Q&A, IT storage pro Anthony Sequeira explains the pros and cons of the technology.
3-2-1 Backup: The Rule For Recovery
Commentary  |  10/19/2015  | 
Backing up your data is fairly straightforward if you follow an effective strategy, so it's surprising how often companies fail to do so.
Dell-EMC: What Storage Customers Should Do
Commentary  |  10/16/2015  | 
In the wake of Dell's proposed acquisition of EMC, customers should re-evaluate their storage choices and prepare to see some product lines discontinued.
EMC Customers Not Thrilled With Dell Deal
News  |  10/15/2015  | 
451 Research poll shows customers of the storage heavyweight have a lot of concerns about Dell’s proposed acquisition.
Why IBM Bought Cleversafe
Commentary  |  10/15/2015  | 
With the acquisition of object storage and erasure coding technologies, IBM bolsters its cloud position. The move looks savvier than the Dell-EMC deal.
Dell-EMC: The Storage Ramifications
News  |  10/13/2015  | 
Massive merger has potential to create a strong storage player for the cloud era, but raises questions about VCE, analysts say.
Dell-EMC Has Big Cybersecurity Implications
News  |  10/12/2015  | 
The devil will be in the details, but if the company cooks up a winning integration strategy to combine the likes of SecureWorks and RSA, it is poised to become a major security player.
Selecting Storage: Buzzword Bingo
Commentary  |  10/8/2015  | 
The storage industry is rife with buzzwords. Here are some of the popular ones storage buyers need to navigate carefully in order to find storage products that truly meet their needs.
When Flash Storage Is Not Enough
Commentary  |  10/5/2015  | 
Flash storage seems like an easy way to solve storage performance problems in virtualized data centers, but here’s why using flash alone isn’t sufficient.
White Boxes Going Mainstream
Commentary  |  10/2/2015  | 
White-box servers from ODMs are making their way into the enterprise in a growing trend that has far-reaching ramifications for the data center.
5 Elements Of The New Infrastructure Stack
Commentary  |  9/30/2015  | 
Stu Miniman teams up with Brian Gracely to explain why containers, flash, hyperconvergence, OpenStack, and virtual SAN are so important for today's infrastructure.
Flash Storage Pain Points: Uncovering The Truth
Slideshows  |  9/29/2015  | 
Solid-state storage may be expensive, but it's becoming a compelling option in the face of increasing storage needs. We explain why and address the major misconceptions.
VMware Builds On Its Software-Defined Data Center Vision
Commentary  |  9/24/2015  | 
While VMworld 2015 didn't feature big VMware storage news, the conference showcased the vendor's broader strategy.
What Software-Defined Storage Really Is
Commentary  |  9/22/2015  | 
True software-defined storage is more than just virtualization and commodity hardware.
Telling Ain't Training: How To Transfer IT Skills
Commentary  |  9/21/2015  | 
Hands-on experience will help you learn an IT skill, but adapting that concept to other platforms or subject areas deepens knowledge even further.
Why Hyperconvergence Needs Networking
Commentary  |  9/16/2015  | 
Hyperconverged systems are attractive alternatives for the data center, but the hot trend may fizzle out if vendors don't incorporate networking into the mix.
Demystifying Converged Infrastructure
Slideshows  |  9/10/2015  | 
These data center building blocks consolidate storage, compute, virtualization and networking into one product. We look under the hood to find out exactly what that means.
7 Storage Trends That Will Transform Your Data Center
Slideshows  |  9/3/2015  | 
With so much change and innovation in the storage industry, it can be hard for an IT pro to keep up. Here are key technologies and trends that are poised to radically alter data center storage.
Tackling Data Center Challenges With Open Ethernet
Commentary  |  9/1/2015  | 
Data centers are under more pressure than ever. Open networking offers an alternative to closed-code Ethernet switches, giving companies better flexibility to meet growing data center demands.
VMworld 2015 & Storage Industry Transformation
News  |  8/31/2015  | 
With VSAN and VVOLs, VMware has become a key player in enterprise storage, forcing the industry to evolve.
Storage & Virtual Containers: Where Does The Data Go?
Commentary  |  8/27/2015  | 
Containerization presents challenges when it comes to data storage. Here's a look at the current state of container storage.
Selecting Storage: It's All About The Applications
Commentary  |  8/26/2015  | 
Choosing the right storage for your applications depends on using the PACE model, evaluating Performance, Availability, Capacity and Economics.
VMworld 2015: 5 Trends To Watch
Slideshows  |  8/25/2015  | 
VMworld is so expansive, it's easy to lose your focus. We'll be following these hot topics.
Drilling Down To The Data Problem Inside The Data Center
Commentary  |  8/20/2015  | 
Legacy data centers have an efficiency problem, with multiple systems processing the same data several times. It's time to rethink that.
Going All In For SSD: The Side Effects
Commentary  |  8/18/2015  | 
As storage appliances transition to all solid-state drives, there will be ramifications for interfaces and controllers that impact performance.
Symantec Sheds Veritas Business For $8 Billion
News  |  8/11/2015  | 
Cybersecurity giant sells data storage unit to investor group, putting an end to its failed foray into storage.
Cloud Backup Tools: 7 Factors To Weigh
Commentary  |  8/10/2015  | 
Data backup and recovery technology is critical for cloud services. Here's how to make the right choice.
No Lazy Days of Summer In Storage
Commentary  |  8/8/2015  | 
The dog days of August are when the storage industry heats up, with two major events. Contributor Howard Marks will be speaking and joining the fun at Flash Memory Summit and VMworld.
Converged Infrastructure Vs. Disaggregated Systems
Commentary  |  8/6/2015  | 
Deciding whether converged systems or network disaggregation is right for your organization requires looking beyond the hype.
EMC: End Of The Golden Era?
Commentary  |  8/3/2015  | 
EMC has enjoyed three decades as leader in storage, but is grappling with trends that are shaking up the storage industry, including all-flash arrays and white-box storage.
Building A Data-Centric Data Center
Commentary  |  7/29/2015  | 
The final installment of this series examines the key elements required to accomplish rack-level optimization for a new data center architecture.
Cisco Invicta EOL Fueled By Mistakes And Misfortune
Commentary  |  7/28/2015  | 
There are multiple reasons why Cisco's Whiptail acquisition failed, leading the company to discontinue its flash storage products.
Hyperconvergence: Redefining The Data Center
Commentary  |  7/28/2015  | 
As optimized platforms for the virtualization era, hyperconverged systems are poised to radically transform the data center.
Cisco Drops Invicta All-Flash Storage Arrays
News  |  7/24/2015  | 
Cisco's troubled venture into storage with its 2013 acquisition of Whiptail ends.
How SSDs Can Reduce Server Costs
Commentary  |  7/23/2015  | 
Swapping out hard-disk drives for solid-state drives boosts server performance and reduces the need to buy new servers.
Re-Architecting Data Centers For The Data Explosion
Commentary  |  7/22/2015  | 
Part two of this series looks at the shift to a new data center architecture and the role of networking technologies such as InfiniBand and RoCE.
6 Methods To Cut Data Storage Costs
Slideshows  |  7/20/2015  | 
If your enterprise is struggling with spiraling storage, simply buying more capacity isn't the answer. Listen to your data and follow these guidelines.
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