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Rethinking the way storage architectures are packaged and presented
Cloud storage, virtualization and the growth of unstructured data have contributed to the way storage architectures are built and used. Virtual storage appliances and server-based shared storage are two concepts that have emerged as viable products, both challenging the notion of what shared storage should look like. We describe the alternatives to traditional storage systems and suggest where they may fit in best.
Cloud backup was the first cloud storage service and gained popularity with smaller firms that lacked infrastructure or expertise. Many of these services now boast “enterprise-class” features that may attract larger businesses.
Historically, networked storage systems have been underused because of poor provisioning and a lack of effective capacity monitoring tools. The emphasis is now on storage efficiency to ensure that companies make the best use of installed storage capacity.
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Cloud storage, virtualization and the relentless growth of unstructured data have all contributed to a rethinking of the way storage architectures are packaged and presented.
Cloud backup providers have grown up from their consumer product roots and now offer services that can meet the needs of enterprises. Here's what you need to know.
Poor provisioning and a lack of effective capacity management tools leads to underused storage systems. New tools and improved processes can make storage efficiency a reality.
Backup is never going to be easy, but new technologies and processes are helping storage pros overcome the backup problems that have plagued them for years.
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Storage technology may not seem to be moving very quickly when measured by old criteria. But a new perspective shows the data storage industry is developing quite briskly.
With few standards and storage array vendors not inclined to give up their proprietary ways, managing data storage has become tougher than it should be.
Although the role of tape in traditional backup operations might be diminishing, it still has a place in long-term data retention and even cloud storage services.
Data deduplication technology for backup has evolved enormously in the last decade, and it's poised to go beyond just backup.