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Esther Shein has extensive experience writing and editing for both print and the web with a focus on business and technology as well as education and general interest features.

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Defining Cloud SLAs Is Critical
04/30/2012

Industry experts say that as IT functions are increasingly moved to the cloud, it’s important to carefully define your goals in service level agreements so that corners are not cut in an effort to increase the provider’s bottom line. SLAs written with cloud providers must remain specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely, and should leave no ambiguity as to what both service providers and service consumers expect.

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Tackling The Big Data Challenge (Part 2)
04/26/2012

When discussing big data, it’s important to note that not all data is created on the fly; some data sets grow and expand over time and stay in the organizations for a long time. The first steps to managing big data are to focus on both the technical aspects as well as the business needs.

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How To Tackle The Big Data Challenge (Part 1)
04/23/2012

Big data is a term getting bandied about a lot these days. It describes the phenomenon of information that keeps growing in organizations, thanks in part to the growth in social media. According to the InformationWeek Research: The Big Data Management Challenge survey of technology professionals, regardless of industry, the five top data drivers are financial transactions, email, imaging data, Web logs, and Internet text and documents. The two...

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Enterprise Flash Cache-ing Up To HDDs
04/17/2012

Although the well-documented shortage of hard disk drives led many industry watchers to believe there would be a significant move to solid-state drives (SSDs) at the end of last year, that actually hasn’t been the case because many OEMs ordered excess inventory of SSDs. SSDs' higher cost compared with HDDs also makes lumping the two in the same category unfair.

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SSDs Continue Enterprise Penetration
04/04/2012

Flash/solid-state disk (SSD) drives are changing the way enterprise storage vendors are developing their products, says Gary Watson, CTO of disk-based data storage systems provider Nexsan, which just came out with its NST-Series of unified storage systems. The release follows LSI’s ongoing transition from spinning disks to solid state with its latest Nytro products, which are focused on bringing flash into the server. And in February, EMC...

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Data Classification Tips And Technologies
03/28/2012

As data continues to grow in terabytes in the enterprise, classifying it based on its sensitivity has never been more important. According to a just-released InformationWeek report, 10 Steps to Effective Data Classification, an organizational classification program defines policy requirements; specific classifications, generally as “secret,” “private,” “confidential” and “public,” and their associated data types; processes and procedures;...

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Quantum Dedupes Data Before It Hits The Cloud
03/22/2012

Quantum, a provider of data protection and big data management, has announced a software platform to help customers take advantage of cloud-based data protection, using its vmPro technology and newly launched virtual deduplication appliance, DXi V1000. The company has also partnered with Xerox, which will use its underlying technology for its cloud backup and disaster recovery services.

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Is Storage A SharePoint Killer?
03/20/2012

Unstructured data is becoming an IT buzz word these days, and it’s something organizations are grappling with: how to get a handle on email, Office documents and PDFs, among other data-clogging sources. Microsoft’s SharePoint document repository was built to provide content collaboration and version control. But as user adoption increases, so does the amount of data that is stored in SharePoint, which critics say can wreak havoc on its...

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Adaptive Enhances HPC Scalability, Integration
03/15/2012

For companies struggling with the complexity involved in using high-performance computing tools, Adaptive Computing is offering new releases – version 7.0 – of its Moab Cloud and Moab HPC product suites. The enhanced scalability and ease of integration, the company hopes, will enable more organizations to “gain the benefits of HPC,” and “expand the market,” especially as they move to the cloud, says Adaptive CEO Robert Clyde.

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HDD Shortages Spurring Storage Efficiencies
03/12/2012

While there is a worldwide hard-disk drive (HDD) shortage due to recent flooding in Thailand that is affecting pricing, industry observers say the impact won’t be felt over the long term and that organizations are looking at how to increase efficiencies anyway, due to user demand to store more data.

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