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This article is part of the Vol. 11 Num. 7 September 2012 issue of Mobile cloud storage best practices
It’s almost taken for granted that “new” storage tiering regimens require tier-zero SSDs, but does that add up to a better way to tier storage or a better way to sell more storage? When I learned IBM was sponsoring a tweetchat the other day, featuring the smart storage guys at Wikibon, I had to crash the party. I suspected there would be a lot of shilling for IBM products (there wasn’t) and for flash solid-state drive (SSD) devices (there was), but I wanted to hear the latest value case being advanced to justify the technology. (You can read the tweets in chronological order here.) Half joking, I asked what the industry was calling “storage tiering” this week, given the propensity for drift in the meaning of technical terms. It caused me some consternation when a panelist asked, “What do you think it means?” I offered that traditional tiering involved the movement of data between different media based on the data’s re-reference rate and the cost of the media. It was strictly a storage allocation play as opposed to archive, which involves a much more granular... Access >>>
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