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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.
Time For LUN To Die
Commentary  |  10/15/2014  | 
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
Commentary  |  10/8/2014  | 
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.
Fibre Channel Backbone 6 Boosts Storage Network Performance
Commentary  |  10/7/2014  | 
The new FC-BB-6 standard for converged Fibre Channel and Ethernet networks includes improvements such as domain ID scalability and separation of control and data plane.
Interop Kicks Off In Style
Interop Kicks Off In Style
Network Computing Videos  |  10/1/2014  | 
The Shrinking Storage Array
Commentary  |  9/30/2014  | 
In the storage array market, smaller is better, as huge, expensive equipment has been replaced with compact, cheaper models.
Storage Intelligence Moves Up The Stack
Commentary  |  9/24/2014  | 
New products for virtual data centers move storage intelligence closer to the application for increased performance.
Storage Free-For-All
Commentary  |  9/22/2014  | 
New technologies and suppliers are threatening the status quo in storage. Who will be your storage vendor in 2016?
Data Reduction Technologies: The Basics
Commentary  |  9/19/2014  | 
Data deduplication, data compression, and thin provisioning can help organizations tackle massive data growth. Here's an overview of how they work.
Keeping Tabs On Storage Industry M&A
Commentary  |  9/18/2014  | 
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
Commentary  |  9/17/2014  | 
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
Commentary  |  9/12/2014  | 
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
Commentary  |  9/5/2014  | 
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?
Ethernet Disk Drives: Will They Catch On?
Commentary  |  9/2/2014  | 
Seagate and HGST have designed Ethernet drives, but can these products change the storage status quo?
The Rise Of White-Box Storage
Commentary  |  8/27/2014  | 
Low-cost, generic storage based on original design manufacturer boxes is gaining ground in the storage industry.
Cloud Storage: How To Pick A Provider
Slideshows  |  8/26/2014  | 
When it comes to enterprise cloud storage, there's no shortage of providers. Here's what you need to consider in order to make the right choice.
Cloud Storage Security: AWS Vs. Azure
Commentary  |  8/26/2014  | 
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.
VMware Launches Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Appliance
News  |  8/25/2014  | 
Virtualization giant teams with hardware partners on EVO: RAIL, an integrated device targeting virtual desktop infrastructure, branch offices, and virtual private clouds.
Aspiring To Smarter Storage
Commentary  |  8/21/2014  | 
Startup DataGravity has developed a unified storage system that provides data-aware services such as full text indexing and file system auditing.
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