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More choices for virtual server backups
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.
Our eighth Quality Awards for midrange arrays features a knock-down drag-out fight for first between Dell and NetApp, with Dell prevailing.
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Backing up virtual servers was once a kludgy and network-choking process, but backup apps have evolved to handle the needs of virtualized servers.
Cloud-integrated storage appliances allow hybrid storage configurations that link data center storage with cost-effective, scalable cloud storage.
Dell beat out NetApp in a seesaw battle to lead another strong field in the eighth Quality Awards for midrange storage array vendors.
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.
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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.
The latest forecast for data storage technologies has LTFS heating up, clouds rather cool and the forecast perhaps changing for solid-state storage.
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 isn't as new an idea as it may seem, as storage virtualization vendors have been working toward it for years.