Storage Trends and Industry Perspectives

The storage industry is undergoing rapid changes – not just in the underlying technology, but also in how storage is provisioned, deployed, managed and consumed. Important new disciplines such as software-defined storage, object storage and big data are giving IT teams new options for architecting solutions to meet the demands of the business.


Check Your Mirror: Object Storage May Be Closer than It Appears

Object-based storage is a form of software-defined storage designed for massive scale, infrastructure flexibility, and extreme efficiency. It has recently been popularized by Web-scale pioneers such as Amazon and Google, each of which faced the challenge of creating multi-petabyte content repositories and managing billions of data objects. Continue Reading


Software-Defined Storage Must Address Enterprise Storage Systems and the Cloud

The term software-defined storage (SDS) is often used to describe storage software running on commodity hardware, and the idea of using commodity components to build a low-cost storage pool is certainly appealing. However, this vision isn’t broad enough for a world in which the majority of enterprise application data is stored on traditional external storage systems. According to IDC, more than 20,000 petabytes of new external storage system capacity was purchased in 2013 alone. Continue Reading


The Next Era of Data Storage Will Be One of Massive Scale

New technology and rapid data growth have been the drivers of each transition from one era to the next. And now we are on the verge of a new era of data growth, this one driven by mobile technologies and machine-generated data. Continue Reading


Top Five Things to Look For in a Storage Guarantee Program

Many vendors offer guarantee programs that promise savings in storage for virtualized environments. However, when you peel back the covers of most of these programs you discover limitations that severely diminish their claims of 25% to 50% savings. Continue Reading


Why Storage Is Critical to the Success of Enterprise Desktop Virtualization

As organizations increasingly turn to desktop virtualization to meet growing demands for flexibility and responsiveness, IT decision makers are recognizing that the storage infrastructure they choose can make or break the deployment. Continue Reading


Top 10 Storage Trends for 2014

As we move into a new year with the breakneck velocity that has become normal for the tech industry, it’s time to look at some of the key storage trends for 2014. We expect two themes to dominate in the coming year: hybrid clouds and global adoption of some of the emerging storage technologies. Continue Reading


Building a Data Platform for Hybrid Cloud Environments

These days, if you work in IT, you are working for an IT service provider. It may not feel that way to the majority of IT professionals yet, but it does to their CIOs. The “which cloud” debates of the past few years—public, private, Amazon, Azure, SaaS—have settled into the hybrid cloud model. This aligns with the CIO’s need for an application portfolio that serves the business and is supported by the emergence of a range of technologies that deliver IT in compelling new ways. Continue Reading


How Three Sports Innovators Use Data Storage and Management

In sports, teams and athletes are always looking for a competitive edge on the field. For leading innovators in team sports, that same attitude applies to their IT operations. Many of the IT infrastructure considerations that are important to all businesses are particularly crucial to sports organizations, including intelligent data management, adaptability and the need to exceed customer expectations. Continue Reading


How new data storage solutions help manage and control data growth

About 90% of today’s data has been created in the past two years, so it’s creating big challenges for IT professionals and storage administrators in all areas – primary storage, backup, archiving, data protection and nearline storage. Continue Reading


Top Storage Trends for 2013

Looking at the key storage trends for 2013, we predict it will be another big year for solid-state technologies. Flash will be applied broadly to a wide range of workloads, from virtualized servers and desktops to online transaction processing (OLTP) to file services... Continue Reading


NetApp Data ONTAP Is Now the Industry’s No. 1 Storage OS

What do network storage systems and smartphones have in common? In both cases, the software defines the user experience and separates the leaders from the rest of the pack... Continue Reading


The End of Tier 1 Storage as We Know It?

Flash-based storage in its many forms is poised and positioned to cause a major disruption to what is currently viewed as tier 1 storage. As we move into an era in which business agility requires greater application performance… Continue Reading