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Should you believe vendors’ jaw-dropping solid-state performance specs?
The benefits of solid-state storage are clear -- cool running, space-saving and blistering performance. But just how “blistering” is that performance? Data storage vendors toss previously unheard of numbers around, like millions of IOPS, to show the speed of their hybrid and all-solid-state drive arrays … but are they really that fast? We take a look at how the vendors get their numbers, and what numbers are meaningful for your environment.
Storage tiering’s been around for a while, but has recently received a boost from solid-state. We look at who’s doing what with automated tiering and describe some of the tiering specs that will be most important to you.
And for the seventh year, users register their satisfaction (or disappointments) with midrange and enterprise-class network-attached storage (NAS) systems in the latest installment of our Quality Awards for NAS.
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Features in this issue
Solid-state storage vendors are touting "million IOPS" performance numbers. Here's what you need to know to see if those SSD performance benchmarks ring true.
Tiered data storage is now a storage best practice, accelerated by the use of solid-state storage. We survey how major vendors leverage solid-state to implement storage tiering.
NAS storage systems are the storage workhorses of most data centers; EMC's and Hitachi Data Systems' NAS entries lead a strong field in our satisfaction survey.
Convenience, preconfiguration and cost savings are among the reasons why our survey respondents say they're using converged systems.
Columns in this issue
Rich Castagna offers a list of five developments we all want to see in the data storage market in 2013 but probably won't. Why? Because vendors continue to drag their heels.
The Mayans blew it -- we're still here -- but storms like Sandy show that there's no replacement for a sound disaster recovery planning process.
ESG reviewed online file-sharing and collaboration apps to see if the market is finally maturing to a point where SMBs and enterprises alike can find a worthwhile IT investment.
An effective QoS implementation helps tunes data storage to meet the specific needs of applications. New tools that offer more automation are emerging to help.