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Vol. 10 Num. 9 November 2011

NAS system buying decisions

Whether it's big data issues or just trying to stem the tide of file data, new developments in NAS systems and a range of products put them center stage as attractive alternatives Exponential growth of unstructured data continues to spur file storage growth and network-attached storage (NAS) deployments. According to a research study done by Milford, Mass.-based Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), one-fifth of users report NAS capacity growth of more than 50% per year, and 54% of organizations with NAS installations said their storage capacity is growing by at least 20% per year. Most companies opt for NAS storage rather than file shares on servers because of the reliability, performance, scalability and storage management advantages of NAS, as well as features such as replication, snapshotting, thin provisioning and efficient cloning. Available as gateways to front-end block-based storage and as complete systems with their own storage, NAS systems are now used by companies ranging from very small outfits to large enterprises. NAS ...

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  • Getting real about the cloud

    by  Rich Castagna

    You’ll need to look past the “irrational exuberance” of the cloud storage market to get a real handle on how it might fit into your data storage environment.

  • Who really needs scale-out systems?

    by  Terri McClure

    Industries that once operated in traditional paper-based models are being overwhelmed by their digital data stores. Scale-out NAS can provide high-performance application support.

  • Time is right for SSDs

    by  Dave Raffo

    Solid-state was late to enterprise storage and had to be retrofitted into data centers. But a new generation of systems built specifically for solid-state are interesting users.

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