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Hyper-converged storage systems=Storage + Compute + Networking
Hyper-converged storage systems are preconfigured and integrated clusters of servers that share their internal storage. They boast convenience and flexibility, allowing rapid deployment of applications like databases and virtual desktop infrastructure. Hyper-converged bundles have limitations, however, such as scalability and the fact that they’re closed, siloed systems.
Many companies now realize they have an untapped resource in their backup datastores. Backup data is often the most complete collection of corporate data. Backup vendors and others are now developing tools to access and use that data, turning what was once just insurance against disaster into a strategic corporate asset.
Flash storage equals performance, and to squeeze out the ultimate IOPS, it should be installed directly in the server. We describe the alternatives, weighing their effectiveness and making use-case recommendations.
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A hyper-converged infrastructure product includes storage, servers and networking all in neat little nodes -- but some assembly may be required.
Can backup and archive data be mined for business analysis?
Server-side flash delivers very low latency for apps. See how it's being deployed today.
We've come a long way, baby, but we still haven't worked out all the kinks in configuring and provisioning VM storage.
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Confusion reigns in the storage world, as new data storage technology tries to find its place in the data center.
Storage has been painted as the cause of sluggish VM performance, but it might be your hypervisor's fault.
Solid-state storage technology can enhance performance and reduce costs across the entire IT environment.
Oracle and HP prove that it's just not a case of all-flash or hybrid when selecting a solid-state-enhanced array.