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July 2013 Vol. 12 No. 5

Flash is everywhere, but are all-flash arrays best?

There's no denying that some applications with a relentless need for IOPS will require all-flash arrays. But most of your workloads will do just fine with well-designed hybrids. Over the past three years the choices for flash-based storage products have skyrocketed. We now have PCI Express card and disk form-factor products for the server, caching devices that can be installed in the network, standard disk form-factor solid-state drives for traditional array architectures, caching in front of a traditional array and, of course, 100% flash-based arrays. No storage array vendor wants to be left out of the "flash revolution." That's hardly a surprise. Flash technology is a godsend and its timing couldn't be better given the magnitude of the data to be stored, accessed, moved and analyzed in this era of Web 2.0 and log-data-spewing machines. But with variety comes the difficult part of choosing the right flash implementation for the job. This is further complicated by every vendor jockeying for leadership in this lucrative area and ...

Features in this issue

  • Best practices for SSD technologies

    by  Dennis Martin

    No longer a luxury item for well-heeled data centers, SSD technologies are more affordable than ever and come in a variety of form factors with a choice of deployment options.

  • Enterprise file sync-and-share applications

    by  Terri McClure and Kristine Kao

    Cloud-based file sync and share is becoming more popular as employees use their own devices to access corporate data. Here's what you need to know to keep your company's data safe.

  • Can LTFS save tape?

    by  George Crump

    The Linear Tape File System (LTFS) makes tape look like a file system, enabling drag-and-drop operations that resemble a NAS share. We'll see broader applications soon.

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