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Time is right for SSDs
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 10 Num. 9 November 2011
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. No matter how much hype it receives, no storage technology is welcomed with open arms in a data center. It always has to kick the door down. Even technologies that have become established, such as iSCSI and data deduplication, had periods of doubt and mistrust before they scored big. Large vendors are often slow to adopt the new technologies, and users aren’t sure what to make of them. But vendors such as EqualLogic and LeftHand showed that iSCSI could make life easier on administrators and maybe save them some money in the process. Data Domain did the same for data deduplication and backup. Now we could be at a similar breakthrough point with solid-state storage. Solid-state isn’t a new technology, but it was a latecomer to enterprise storage. When it arrived a few years ago, it promised no cost savings but a performance boost. It was offered first by ...
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Features in this issue
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Columns in this issue
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.
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.
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.
The idea of turning over storage systems to the cloud hasn’t caught on with enterprises, but hybrid cloud storage products show how to leverage both in-house and off-site storage.