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3D NAND Goes Mainstream
Commentary  |  4/17/2015  | 
Joint flash memory ventures Intel-Micron and Toshiba-SanDisk are overcoming the limitations of conventional planar flash memory by going 3D.
Staying Ahead Of The Data Deluge
Commentary  |  4/15/2015  | 
Data is core to Nielsen's business. Here's how the company is transforming its IT environment to tackle the data explosion.
Will Containers Sink The All-Flash Array?
Commentary  |  4/14/2015  | 
All-flash arrays are touted as solutions for virtual desktop deployments and big data, but virtual containers and Docker could undercut that.
12 Must-See Presentations At Interop Las Vegas
Slideshows  |  4/14/2015  | 
This year's Interop conference is jam-packed with learning opportunities. Here are a dozen educational sessions you won't want to miss.
Erasure Coding To The Rescue
Commentary  |  4/10/2015  | 
As an alternative to RAID, erasure coding offers better protection with less compute time and solves the drive rebuild problem.
2015 Best of Interop Finalists: 27 Groundbreaking Products
Slideshows  |  4/9/2015  | 
Check out the finalists in this year's Best of Interop awards, which honors innovation in nine technology categories including networking, security and storage.
Networking Survival Guide: 8 Essential Rules
Slideshows  |  4/7/2015  | 
The enterprise network isn't getting any simpler, but following these important guidelines will help IT pros implement, maintain, and improve even the most complex networking environment.
Budgeting For Flash
Commentary  |  4/6/2015  | 
Flash is fast, but expensive. Ask these three questions to make sure your flash storage investment makes sense for your data lifecycle needs.
VMware VSAN: Reality Vs. Hype
Commentary  |  4/1/2015  | 
VMware's Virtual SAN is touted for its performance, lower cost and scalability, but emerging trends such as white-box storage undercut those claims.
Legacy IT Vendors & The AWS Fear Factor
Commentary  |  4/1/2015  | 
The popularity of Amazon Web Services, along with SaaS, means that traditional IT vendors must transform themselves in order to remain relevant in the new cloud era.
What's Hot In Networking: 7 Key Trends
Slideshows  |  3/31/2015  | 
From SDN and network automation to IPv6 and 802.11ac, the big trends in the networking industry demand your attention, and you can find them at Interop Las Vegas.
SDS & Hyperconvergence: Sense & Nonsense
Commentary  |  3/30/2015  | 
Howard Marks uncovers the meaning behind software-defined storage, how hyperconvergence fits in, and where these technologies make sense -- and don't.
Backup Appliances: 5 Considerations
Commentary  |  3/27/2015  | 
Appliances in your backup infrastructure can help save you time and money. Weigh these issues to ensure you choose the right one for your business.
Hybrid Cloud Storage Challenges
Commentary  |  3/26/2015  | 
Moving to a hybrid model helps address security and compliance concerns, but comes with problems such as data synchronization and WAN latency.
SanDisk InfiniFlash: Just A Bunch Of Flash
Commentary  |  3/20/2015  | 
SanDisk's new storage appliance targets hyper-scale data centers with an emphasis on record-setting density and low cost, but isn't really an all-flash array.
All-Flash Vs. Hybrid Storage Arrays: Which Is Better?
Commentary  |  3/17/2015  | 
Second-generation all-flash arrays have overcome previous limitations and are surpassing hybrid arrays as an enterprise storage option.
10 Hyperconvergence Trendsetters
Slideshows  |  3/12/2015  | 
Converged infrastructure is so last year; hyperconvergence is all the rage now. Here are 10 vendors that are leading the hyperconverged trend.
Nanosecond Storage Performance Latencies? Get Ready
Commentary  |  3/12/2015  | 
Predictable and persistent microsecond storage performance will usher in new possibilities in application development and capabilities in the data center.
Software-Defined Storage Vs. Software-Delivered Storage
Commentary  |  2/25/2015  | 
The difference between a software-defined storage product and one that's software delivered has more to do a vendor's go-to-market strategy than technical features.
Software-Defined Storage Takes Shape
Commentary  |  2/24/2015  | 
The term is often misused in the industry, but some credible software-defined storage products have emerged.
VMware Virtual Volumes Launch A New Storage Era
Commentary  |  2/12/2015  | 
The arrival of VVOLs with vSphere 6 will allow us to provide data services at the VM-level and put an end to impractical LUN management.
How VSAN & VVOLs Will Impact Storage Administrators
Commentary  |  2/10/2015  | 
Software-defined storage is poised to take a leap forward with vSphere 6, VSAN and VVOLs. Storage administrators will need to expand their skills in order to keep up.
All EVO:RAIL Appliances Are Not Created Equal
Commentary  |  2/3/2015  | 
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
Commentary  |  1/26/2015  | 
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?
Commentary  |  1/19/2015  | 
Technologies such as RRAM are vying to upstage flash memory, but have a long way to go. Meanwhile, flash suppliers are making improvements.
Open Source Storage Gains Traction
Commentary  |  1/13/2015  | 
Ceph, along with Gluster, took big steps forward in 2014, positioning the open source storage technologies for the mainstream.
2015 Storage Industry Outlook
Commentary  |  1/5/2015  | 
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.
Challenges Facing The Software-Defined Data Center
Commentary  |  12/30/2014  | 
Virtualization has disrupted the data center, but IT must overcome several hurdles before it can move to the next level.
Scaling Servers: A Cost Breakdown
Commentary  |  12/23/2014  | 
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
Commentary  |  12/17/2014  | 
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
Commentary  |  12/16/2014  | 
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
Commentary  |  12/9/2014  | 
Erasure coding is promoted by some in the storage industry as a data protection alternative to RAID. Here's how it works.
Your Next Storage Purchase: 5 Considerations
Commentary  |  12/2/2014  | 
Selecting the right storage array can future proof your data center. Here are five factors to keep in mind as you evaluate storage systems.
The True Cost Of Hyperconvergence
Commentary  |  12/1/2014  | 
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.
RAID Redefined
Commentary  |  11/19/2014  | 
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?
Commentary  |  11/17/2014  | 
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.
100 Gbps Headed For The Data Center
Commentary  |  11/17/2014  | 
Growing demand for increased bandwidth in the data center will speed adoption of fast 100 gigabit-per-second interconnects.
Enterprise Hybrid Drives: Who Manages The Flash?
Commentary  |  11/13/2014  | 
Solid-state hybrid drives designed for the enterprise seem like an attractive option for boosting performance, but they come with management challenges.
Software-Defined Storage: A Reality Check
Commentary  |  11/10/2014  | 
The hype around software-defined storage has focused on leveraging commodity hardware, which obscures many of the technology's real benefits.
Converged Ethernet Vs. More Links
Commentary  |  11/7/2014  | 
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.
Flash Memory: Blurring The Line Between SLC and MLC
Commentary  |  11/6/2014  | 
The flash market has become more complex with SSDs that can switch flash blocks from multi-level cell to single-level cell and back.
Big Data: A Backup Nightmare?
Commentary  |  11/6/2014  | 
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
Commentary  |  10/30/2014  | 
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
Slideshows  |  10/28/2014  | 
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.
Will RDMA Over Ethernet Eclipse Infiniband?
Commentary  |  10/27/2014  | 
InfiniBand has dominated the RDMA market, but Ethernet is on the rise as a connectivity option.
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.
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