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Translating those misleading data storage terms
This article is part of the July 2014 Vol. 13 No. 5 issue of Storage magazine
When you're listening to a storage vendor pitching their products, do you sometimes get the feeling that it would be handy to have a translator nearby to figure out what they're really saying or selling? I get briefed by vendors frequently, and I often feel like I'm stuck in a foreign language film without subtitles. I see their lips moving and hear words coming out, but sometimes I just can't understand what they mean. Part of the problem may be that every vendor is singing the same tune. It seems these days that it's a bad thing to have what used to be known as a unique selling proposition. (Remember that concept?) Apparently, in the storage biz today, unique is out and everyone is chanting the same cloud/virtual/big data/software-defined mantra. Occasionally, a vendor will try to separate itself from the pack with some head-scratching terminology like this beauty from Hitachi Data Systems: "business-defined IT." It seems to me that IT has managed to hang around for about 70 years only because business defines its mission. Who...
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Features in this issue
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Both the enterprise and midrange categories saw first-time winners in our ninth annual Quality Awards for backup and recovery software.
Solid-state technology deployments continue to climb. However, the favorite implementation method has switched from hybrid arrays to all-flash arrays.
Columns in this issue
Buying storage gear can be confusing, but if you put some effort into learning the real meaning behind vendors' data storage terms, it could also be a lot of fun.
Jon Toigo examines the four steps of the storage algorithm, and concludes that the current storage equation just doesn't add up.
Ethernet has made advances with packet dropping and speed in recent years, but Fibre Channel remains the SAN protocol of choice for performance.
If you're still buying separate servers, network and storage, you might consider converged infrastructure systems as a modern alternative.