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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.
Putting The Data Back Into The Data Center
Commentary  |  7/15/2015  | 
Data centers are shifting away from a compute-centric to a data-centric architecture in order to deal with the massive deluge of data.
Software-Defined Storage Vendors Leading The Pack
Slideshows  |  7/13/2015  | 
There's a lot of buzz about software-defined storage, but the market is just emerging. We pick five vendors that are leading the space.
4 Keys To A Data Security Strategy
Commentary  |  7/10/2015  | 
Organizations must prepare for the inevitable security breach and focus on protecting sensitive corporate data. Here are some ideas to build on.
Selecting Storage: Start With Requirements
Commentary  |  7/9/2015  | 
There are lots of buzzwords on the storage scene these days. But don't even think about buying in until you truly understand your business' storage needs.
Hyperconverged Infrastructure Taking Off
News  |  7/2/2015  | 
US businesses are rapidly adopting hyperconverged systems as a way to streamline IT and storage operations, and in some cases as a bridge to software-defined storage, researchers find.
6 SSD Myths Debunked
Slideshows  |  7/1/2015  | 
Solid-state drives are still gaining traction, despite misconceptions that have dogged the technology. We separate fact from fiction.
Can Converged Infrastructure Help IT Get Its Mojo Back?
Commentary  |  6/30/2015  | 
Traditional IT organizations are getting pushed aside by nimbler cloud providers. Converged and hyperconverged infrastructure can be the key to IT transformation.
Software-Defined Storage's Unexpected Impact
Commentary  |  6/26/2015  | 
There's a lot of hype around software-defined storage, but integrated products that aim to provide SDS benefits via a hardware model may see the most traction.
No SSD-HDD Price Parity Before 2020
Commentary  |  6/23/2015  | 
Howard Marks responds to a recent Network Computing blog arguing that SSD pricing is falling to hard-disk drive levels and putting HDDs on the road to obsolescence.
Hyperconvergence Hiccups
Commentary  |  6/23/2015  | 
Hypercoverged systems improve VM performance by using server flash for key storage functions, but have drawbacks. Separating storage performance from capacity overcomes these issues.
SSD Prices In A Free Fall
Commentary  |  6/19/2015  | 
With the prices of solid-state drives expected to reach parity with hard-disk drives next year, are HDDs doomed?
3 Ways To Avoid Cloud Cost Overruns
Commentary  |  6/15/2015  | 
Implementing cloud infrastructure is supposed to save money, but can lead to costly surprises if you're not careful.
Even In Software-Defined Storage, Hardware Matters
Commentary  |  6/10/2015  | 
Today, storage is mostly all about software, but Pure Storage's FlashArray//m proves that hardware still plays a big role.
SD-WAN Gaining Traction
News  |  6/4/2015  | 
IHS Infonetics survey finds that many enterprises plan to buy software-defined WAN technology with an eye on streamlining WAN operations.
7 Super Cloud Storage And File-Sharing Platforms
Slideshows  |  6/2/2015  | 
Cloud sync-and-share services can help businesses reduce on-site equipment, improve backup and compliance, and foster worker collaboration. Find out which platforms are enterprise-worthy.
Gartner All-Flash Array Magic Quadrant: A Bad Influence
Commentary  |  6/2/2015  | 
The market analyst firm's Magic Quadrant for all-flash storage arrays is based on criteria that hamstring vendors and reduce customer choice.
The Hyperconvergence Craze: More Than Hype
News  |  5/26/2015  | 
Survey shows that VDI remains a top use case for hyperconverged infrastructure, and a need for efficiency rather than frustration with legacy storage is driving interest in the technology.
MagicBands & Challenging The Storage Status Quo
Commentary  |  5/26/2015  | 
Enterprise data centers can take a cue from Disney's innovative wearable by breaking away from old processes with scale-out storage and object-based storage.
EMC Open Sources ViPR With Eye On Software Future
Commentary  |  5/22/2015  | 
Storage heavyweight prepares for industry shift to software-defined storage by open sourcing its storage controller.
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