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.


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


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