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February 2017, Vol. 15, No. 12

Hyper-convergence: It's for more than primary data storage

Primary data storage and primary workloads are well understood by now -- their secondary counterparts, not so much. Consequently, the secondary side has been slow to benefit from the many architectural advances realized on the primary side over the last few years. By convention, primary data storage directly interacts with an application when reading and writing data. Primary workloads, also by convention, are applications that directly interact with primary storage and often, but not always, support end users. Tier 1 or tier 2 applications such as ERP, customer relationship management, Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server, and so on are all considered primary applications. On the secondary side, we typically think of data protection, archiving, replication, data deduplication, compression, encryption, analytics and test/dev as individual secondary applications that work on and with data created by primary applications and stored in secondary storage. The problem is this secondary world has been disparate, confusing and chaotic, ...

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