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Vol. 10 Num. 9 November 2011

Who really needs scale-out systems?

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 Before now, you might not have considered your IT shop as one that needs a scale-out system. But scale-out systems -- which started out in the network-attached storage (NAS) space because some industries rely on very large files that require a lot of bandwidth to meet performance requirements -- have far-reaching implications for a varied number of environments today. For instance, several major industries that once operated in traditional paper- or microfilm-based modes are finding that their digital data stores are threatening to overwhelm them. These are attractive vertical markets for scale-out NAS vendors that can provide high-performance application support. VERTICAL AFFINITY FOR SCALE-OUT NAS Enlarge VERTICAL AFFINITY FOR SCALE-OUT NAS diagram. If we look at the throughput vs. I/O axis model in the “Vertical affinity for scale-out NAS” graphic, ...

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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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