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  • Big data storage challenges: Speed, capacity and HDFS integration

    Big data infrastructure and analytics are some of the hottest technology topics today, and it can sometimes seem impossible to dissect and digest all the industry information surrounding them. As a revolutionary way of thinking about data and the way it's used and accessed, big data has staked a claim as a legitimate technology sphere. But what are some of the big data storage challenges storage professionals must deal with when architecting their systems to take advantage of everything the technology has to offer? This technical handbook offers practical advice and how-to tips for establishing an organizations' big data project goals, and delves into areas such as the speed at which analytical processes must deliver results, the ability to scale capacity and integrating HDFS with storage.

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  • Storage performance management: Ways to maximize your environment

    Making your storage perform to the very best of its ability is an age-old problem with a long list of ways to approach it. But how should you start to fine-tune a storage system and what do you need to know to get started?

    This handbook covers a range of storage performance management issues and workarounds, from storage tiering and data archiving, to solid-state drive placement and reconsidering the role of tape. We'll explore all the aspects of storage performance -- RAID types, I/O loads, cache sizes -- and compare them so data storage professionals can access helpful information on a variety of performance topics depending on the size of -- and unique demands on -- their data center.

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      • Object storage systems come of age

        Object storage is sizzling hot, with technologists calling it the necessary building block for efficient cloud storage and big data projects. As awareness grows about the importance of object-based storage, so does the list of questions from some storage pros. Should you add object storage to your existing system, and what's the best way to go about it? Do you need to make a major investment or a small one? Many storage pros are aware of companies using massive object storage systems, such as Amazon S3, but they aren't sure how to incorporate the technology into their own systems. But they do understand the appeal; it's significantly more scalable than traditional file-system storage, mostly because object storage relies on less metadata to store files. This handbook offers expert analysis and technical tips for IT pros looking to incorporate object storage into their architectures.

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      • New crop of unified storage systems promise unprecedented flexibility

        A challenge that has long plagued storage administrators is that applications use storage in different ways. Some applications make use of storage at the block level, while others depend on file-level storage. Historically, the solution was to maintain two separate storage architectures. However, a new crop of unified storage systems promise to deliver an unprecedented degree of flexibility and to drive down storage management costs. This would seemingly make unified storage an obvious choice for storage admins struggling with disparate storage requirements; but, like many things in IT, vendor hype might not always be solidly based in reality.

        This report outlines the considerations and technical features that must be taken into account before investing in a unified storage appliance so you can obtain a clear picture of how and when they’re appropriate for your IT shop.

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      • Big data storage challenges associated with rich media files

        Scale-out network-attached storage (NAS) is the primary technology to handle big data needs in the media and entertainment (M&E) space. Using scale-out NAS for rich media files can provide crucial advantages such as scalability, data protection and integration with business intelligence platforms such as the Hadoop Distributed File System. New digital content distribution technologies are making old ones obsolete and analysts are predicting enormous growth in digital content stores, making performance -- both I/O and throughput -- a key component of any big data project in the M&E space. Read our special report on the challenges associated with rich media files to learn more about managing big scale-out NAS projects, what industry analysts focused on this space cite as best practices, and how to build and support big data infrastructures in a way that maximizes budget and staff resources.

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      • The benefits of data archive storage

        Data archiving is firmly entrenched as a storage management best practice. SearchStorage surveys indicate that 70% of companies use some form of archiving for email, file systems, databases or other applications. Archiving yields multiple benefits, such as effective storage tiering, adequate performance for applications, and enforcing regulatory compliance, corporate information management and preparedness.

        While a significant number of companies currently use some form of archiver, we've found that most companies are actively seeking to expand their data archive storage operations by adding archiving to address additional applications or file systems. In this buyer's guide, we describe the benefits of data archiving, the practical issues related to deploying archivers and other issues related to selecting and implementing data archiving.

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      • The past, present and future of RAID data protection

        Seemingly everyone working in IT knows the power of RAID, and setting various RAID levels continues to be a solid foundation of a data protection strategy. But RAID efficiency is being put to the test by rapidly expanding data stores, and the storage industry is racing to meet new demands by exploiting technologies such as wide striping, erasure codes and multi-copy mirroring. Erasure code technology, for example, is gaining traction in a slew of enterprise offerings. It's being presented to end users as a way to improve upon RAID systems that require an increasing number of disk drives to run and, in turn, allows for the possibility of problematic rebuild times.

        In this handbook on the past, present and future of RAID data protection, learn which RAID data protection options are viable today, which ones make sense for your shop, and how RAID can be replaced and improved upon.

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      • Buyer’s checklist on storage for big data applications

        The attributes of big data applications are often described as the four Vs: volume, velocity, variety and variability. Taken singly, any one of those traits would pose a serious challenge to traditional storage systems; when combined, they force a rethinking of the very storage architectures we rely on. Processing thousands, or millions, of small files comprising structured or unstructured data from disparate sources would strain a typical NFS/CIFS-based file storage system, but new techniques such as object storage and distributed architectures can cut the task down to size, literally breaking it into more digestible chunks that can be processed in parallel. This buyer’s checklist describes the key capabilities and features a storage system will need to handle big data analytics. The goal is, of course, for the four Vs to add up to a fifth: value.

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      • Scale-out storage systems deep dive

        Scale-out storage systems can accommodate data growth simply by adding more capacity resources; and processing power can be increased as needed. In this buyer's guide, check out the latest scale-out storage systems to help you decide the best technology for your organization. Get your most important questions answered about scale out network-attached storage (NAS), and learn about the common pitfalls to avoid.

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      • The past, present and future of RAID data protection

        Seemingly everyone working in IT knows the power of RAID, and setting various RAID levels continues to be a solid foundation of a data protection strategy. But RAID efficiency is being put to the test by rapidly expanding data stores, and the storage industry is racing to meet new demands by exploiting technologies such as wide striping, erasure codes and multi-copy mirroring. Erasure code technology, for example, is gaining traction in a slew of enterprise offerings. It's being presented to end users as a way to improve upon RAID systems that require an increasing number of disk drives to run and, in turn, allows for the possibility of problematic rebuild times.

        In this handbook on the past, present and future of RAID data protection, learn which RAID data protection options are viable today, which ones make sense for your shop, and how RAID can be replaced and improved upon.

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      • The benefits of data archive storage

        Data archiving is firmly entrenched as a storage management best practice. SearchStorage surveys indicate that 70% of companies use some form of archiving for email, file systems, databases or other applications. Archiving yields multiple benefits, such as effective storage tiering, adequate performance for applications, and enforcing regulatory compliance, corporate information management and preparedness.

        While a significant number of companies currently use some form of archiver, we've found that most companies are actively seeking to expand their data archive storage operations by adding archiving to address additional applications or file systems. In this buyer's guide, we describe the benefits of data archiving, the practical issues related to deploying archivers and other issues related to selecting and implementing data archiving.

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      • Big data storage challenges: Speed, capacity and HDFS integration

        Big data infrastructure and analytics are some of the hottest technology topics today, and it can sometimes seem impossible to dissect and digest all the industry information surrounding them. As a revolutionary way of thinking about data and the way it's used and accessed, big data has staked a claim as a legitimate technology sphere. But what are some of the big data storage challenges storage professionals must deal with when architecting their systems to take advantage of everything the technology has to offer? This technical handbook offers practical advice and how-to tips for establishing an organizations' big data project goals, and delves into areas such as the speed at which analytical processes must deliver results, the ability to scale capacity and integrating HDFS with storage.

        View E-Handbook
      • Storage performance management: Ways to maximize your environment

        Making your storage perform to the very best of its ability is an age-old problem with a long list of ways to approach it. But how should you start to fine-tune a storage system and what do you need to know to get started?

        This handbook covers a range of storage performance management issues and workarounds, from storage tiering and data archiving, to solid-state drive placement and reconsidering the role of tape. We'll explore all the aspects of storage performance -- RAID types, I/O loads, cache sizes -- and compare them so data storage professionals can access helpful information on a variety of performance topics depending on the size of -- and unique demands on -- their data center.

        View E-Handbook
      • Object storage systems come of age

        Object storage is sizzling hot, with technologists calling it the necessary building block for efficient cloud storage and big data projects. As awareness grows about the importance of object-based storage, so does the list of questions from some storage pros. Should you add object storage to your existing system, and what's the best way to go about it? Do you need to make a major investment or a small one? Many storage pros are aware of companies using massive object storage systems, such as Amazon S3, but they aren't sure how to incorporate the technology into their own systems. But they do understand the appeal; it's significantly more scalable than traditional file-system storage, mostly because object storage relies on less metadata to store files. This handbook offers expert analysis and technical tips for IT pros looking to incorporate object storage into their architectures.

        View E-Handbook
      • Big data storage challenges associated with rich media files

        Scale-out network-attached storage (NAS) is the primary technology to handle big data needs in the media and entertainment (M&E) space. Using scale-out NAS for rich media files can provide crucial advantages such as scalability, data protection and integration with business intelligence platforms such as the Hadoop Distributed File System. New digital content distribution technologies are making old ones obsolete and analysts are predicting enormous growth in digital content stores, making performance -- both I/O and throughput -- a key component of any big data project in the M&E space. Read our special report on the challenges associated with rich media files to learn more about managing big scale-out NAS projects, what industry analysts focused on this space cite as best practices, and how to build and support big data infrastructures in a way that maximizes budget and staff resources.

        View E-Handbook
      • Buyer’s checklist on storage for big data applications

        The attributes of big data applications are often described as the four Vs: volume, velocity, variety and variability. Taken singly, any one of those traits would pose a serious challenge to traditional storage systems; when combined, they force a rethinking of the very storage architectures we rely on. Processing thousands, or millions, of small files comprising structured or unstructured data from disparate sources would strain a typical NFS/CIFS-based file storage system, but new techniques such as object storage and distributed architectures can cut the task down to size, literally breaking it into more digestible chunks that can be processed in parallel. This buyer’s checklist describes the key capabilities and features a storage system will need to handle big data analytics. The goal is, of course, for the four Vs to add up to a fifth: value.

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      • State-of-the-art data backup applications

        Cloud backup and disaster recovery are slowly gaining traction in the data protection space, particularly as many organizations leverage the hybrid on-premises/cloud approaches vendors rolled out in 2012. Other new backup techs are on the rise, as well, like array-based snapshots and converged backup/file sharing and archiving applications. Explore this expert Storage Handbook to get the scoop on data backup applications going into the new year, and learn about cloud backup and DR, snapshots, VM backups and big data protection.

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      • New crop of unified storage systems promise unprecedented flexibility

        A challenge that has long plagued storage administrators is that applications use storage in different ways. Some applications make use of storage at the block level, while others depend on file-level storage. Historically, the solution was to maintain two separate storage architectures. However, a new crop of unified storage systems promise to deliver an unprecedented degree of flexibility and to drive down storage management costs. This would seemingly make unified storage an obvious choice for storage admins struggling with disparate storage requirements; but, like many things in IT, vendor hype might not always be solidly based in reality.

        This report outlines the considerations and technical features that must be taken into account before investing in a unified storage appliance so you can obtain a clear picture of how and when they’re appropriate for your IT shop.

        View E-Handbook
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