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Flash storage technology decisions
Just about as quickly as we learn the merits of a new solid-state form factor, a new one appears. While the use and location of spinning disk storage is limited, solid-state offers a number of deployment and form-factor alternatives, including server-based storage, hybrid arrays, acceleration appliances and all-flash arrays. The best solution will depend on the specific problem you're using flash storage technology to solve.
Cloud storage promises unlimited capacity, ubiquitous access and lower storage bills -- but is it appropriate for all applications? We look at some typical business apps and determine how much of the storage associated with those apps can be moved to cloud storage services.
While it's not so popular as a storage operating system anymore, Windows Server does boast some sophisticated storage managements features -- especially in the latest "R2" release of WinServer 2012.
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Your apps might be begging for flash storage performance, but you'll have to decide where to put it, how much you'll need and how it should be used.
Cloud storage is cheaper, expands endlessly and needs little attention; but how much data can a company realistically park in the cloud?
The latest version of Microsoft's flagship server OS offers a bevy of new storage management features.
Does your company's IT department have the tools to support file sync-and-share services?
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I feel like that little girl in "The Exorcist" whose head spins around; it's hard to keep an eye on where storage is headed these days.
Enthusiasm over flash technology has many being swept along in the inevitable wave of solid-state storage products coming to market.
Backup and archive aren't the same thing (we're well past that notion), but they may still leverage the same technologies.
Some have predicted the demise of Fibre Channel for years, but no networking tech has risen above it for mission-critical apps.