Issue OverviewStorage magazine - September 2013 Vol. 12 No. 7
Virtualizing servers has had an impact on nearly every facet of storage operations, but moving from physical to virtual servers had the greatest effect on backup. Firms tried traditional approaches with backup agents in each virtual machine and other short-lived solutions. New purpose-built backup apps shook up the market, spurring old-line backup vendors to update their wares. Virtual server backups are now a lot easier to accomplish, with plenty of alternatives to suit your shop’s particular needs.
Some firms are dabbling in cloud storage, but most just have a toe in the water. But you can easily integrate on-premises storage with cloud storage using a gateway appliance that effectively turns the cloud into another tier in your storage environment.
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The state of virtual server backups
by George Crump
Backing up virtual servers was once a kludgy and network-choking process, but backup apps have evolved to handle the needs of virtualized servers.
Dell nips NetApp for top midrange storage array vendors honors
by Rich Castagna
Dell beat out NetApp in a seesaw battle to lead another strong field in the eighth Quality Awards for midrange storage array vendors.
- The state of virtual server backups by George Crump
Cloud-integrated storage appliances link on-premises storage to cloud
by Arun Taneja
Cloud-integrated storage appliances allow hybrid storage configurations that link data center storage with cost-effective, scalable cloud storage.
Virtual server storage getting easier, but it's still a big job
by Rich Castagna
The use of virtual server storage is growing; 93% of the firms in our most recent Snapshot survey having virtualized at least some of their servers.
- Cloud-integrated storage appliances link on-premises storage to cloud by Arun Taneja
Data protection methods, define thyself
by Rich Castagna
Protecting data stores and securing mobile data is an uphill battle, and it's one we're bound to lose using conventional data protection methods.
There ain't no cure for the summertime data storage technologies blues
by Jon William Toigo
The latest forecast for data storage technologies has LTFS heating up, clouds rather cool and the forecast perhaps changing for solid-state storage.
Who's making the decisions about today's IT purchases?
by Terri McClure
ESG data shows users are making more and more rogue IT purchases. Here's why it's happening and how IT can mitigate further risks.
Software-defined storage might not be so radical after all
by Jeff Boles
Software-defined storage isn't as new an idea as it may seem, as storage virtualization vendors have been working toward it for years.
- Data protection methods, define thyself by Rich Castagna
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