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Server-attached storage threatens SAN/NAS status quo
The term software-defined storage is tossed around a lot these days, but few people can pin down a definition for server-attached storage. We look at the various products that could fall under that umbrella, describe how they work, and suggest where and how they may be best deployed. Some of the approaches are reminiscent of storage virtualization, but there are more practical and less risky alternatives.
Data archivers do more than ensure that old data is stored away safely. These products can help reduce primary storage capacity significantly, which can make data protection a much more manageable task.
For the twelfth consecutive year, we present the results of our annual Storage Purchasing Intentions survey. The survey asks storage pros what they’re running now, what they plan to add and what technologies are being evaluated. See what nearly 600 storage pros are planning for 2014.
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There's been plenty of talk about software-defined storage and how it creates networks from DAS, SAN and NAS. See if it's right for your shop.
Archiving data is more important than ever; it ensures proper data retention, saves space and eases the backup burden.
Non-stop data growth and the need for speed are still the driving forces behind storage budget plans for 2014.
Thirty-one percent of the companies we surveyed use cloud backup or recovery for at least part of their data protection system.
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Getting the redundancy out of data protection methods may require tools that don't yet exist.
Musing over a new acronym, we can see how, once again, what's new is really what's old.
When storage managers are asked about their challenges, data growth always tops the list. Next-generation storage technology could make a difference.
Providing an alternative to public cloud-based file sync-and-share services is a good idea, but be prepared to expand services to other processes.