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Intelligent storage puts brainpower into data storage systems
Vendors are offering storage systems that "know" more about the data within them than ever before. Powered by multiple CPU/cores, fast flash/memory, nimble software-defined storage and lessons learned from big data, these intelligent storage systems offer sophisticated, automated management for storing data more efficiently and increasing productivity and security.
Hypervisors have steadily enhanced how they handle and manage both internal and external storage. Meanwhile, the implementation of storage for and within virtualized container-based application environments is advancing, but it is still in the early stages of development.
After years of stagnation, new technologies have led backup into a golden era of rapid innovation. Cutting-edge products and groundbreaking approaches to data protection (instant recovery, flat backup, virtual appliances and more) allow users to better tap the hidden value of backup data.
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Features in this issue
Mike Matchett explains how data-aware storage combined with application awareness is leading to a new wave of intelligent data storage.
Chris Evans looks at the latest efforts by storage virtualization vendors to handle hypervisor storage and data management functionality.
Inadequate backup windows and the rise of server virtualization are driving data backup technology innovations, such as CDP instant recovery, flat backups and backup appliances.
Capacity and bandwidth are key reasons for new storage purchases, with SAN arrays that offer flash storage, data reduction and storage virtualization popular among buyers.
Columns in this issue
Cloud data backup, copy data management, DIMM, hyper-convergence, DRaaS and object storage are data storage technology given a closer inspection in Gartner's Hype Cycle.
NVMe improves the performance of flash storage, driving consumers to use it for performance problems even if it only leads to minimal gains in latency or throughput.
Most enterprises now use four backup products for business data protection even though a unified product would do a better job of meeting their needs.
Competition among converged infrastructure vendors will lead to winners and losers, but the biggest winner of all will be customers.