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Flash technology debate: All-flash or hybrid?
It didn't take long for a handful of startups to roll out all-solid-state storage arrays. Falling flash prices, and space-saving techs like dedupe and compression, let those vendors compete with traditional storage systems. As more vendors offer all-flash products, a debate is brewing over whether all-flash is too much flash technology and if hybrid arrays that mix flash with spinning disk storage can deliver more bang for the buck.
Backup is still job No. 1, and verifying how well a backup ran is still a challenge. Our second feature discusses how data protection management apps offer a detailed look at a backup environment with success/failure reports that reveal unprotected data.
Finally, our Quality Awards survey for NAS systems has Dell and Hitachi prevailing among enterprise and midrange systems. User satisfaction is high regarding the service and reliability of their NAS arrays.
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Features in this issue
With solid-state prices dropping, more vendors offer all-flash arrays; but are they better than hybrid arrays that mix flash with spinning disk?
New data protection management tools can provide early warnings about gaps in the data protection process.
Our eighth Quality Awards survey on the best NAS storage systems had Dell besting the enterprise group and Hitachi topping the midrange.
Our latest survey finds respondents implementing deduplication and evaluating cloud backup services to deal with issues in their data backup process.
Columns in this issue
It's a new year and I'm newly optimistic again, hoping that 2014 brings a healthy dose of clarity and reality back to the data storage market.
Good-bye, or perhaps good riddance, to 2013, and welcome to a new year for the data storage industry.
A surprising number of firms suspect employees of using consumer online file-sharing services on work devices to store and share sensitive data.
Raw capacity numbers are becoming less useful as deduplication, compression and application-aware storage provide more value than sheer capacity.