Issue OverviewStorage magazine - January 2013
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. Access >>>
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The truth about SSD performance benchmarks
by Leah Schoeb
NAS storage systems satisfaction survey: EMC, Hitachi earn top marks
by Rich Castagna
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.
- The truth about SSD performance benchmarks by Leah Schoeb
Tiered data storage: State of the art
by Phil Goodwin
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.
Small but satisfied group of converged systems users
by Rich Castagna
Convenience, preconfiguration and cost savings are among the reasons why our survey respondents say they're using converged systems.
- Tiered data storage: State of the art by Phil Goodwin
Five developments we need in the data storage market in 2013
by Rich Castagna
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.
'New' disaster recovery planning process looks a lot like the 'old' DR
by Jon William Toigo
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.
Online file sharing and collaboration comes of age just in time
by Terri McClure
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.
Taking QoS implementation to a new level
by Arun Taneja
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.
- Five developments we need in the data storage market in 2013 by Rich Castagna
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