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Rich Castagna, Editorial Director Published: 18 Oct 2012

The number of organizations doing storage tiering today is approximately the same as three years ago, but tiering practices are becoming more sophisticated. Common wisdom says solid-state storage -- because it’s such a hot performer but costs a pretty penny -- has pushed IT shops to tier their storage resources. Yes and no. The number of firms tiering storage today is about the same as three years ago (55% vs. 51%), but tiering practices are getting more sophisticated with the addition of solid-state. In 2008, 16% said they used solid-state storage for tier 0; today, 42% have replaced spinning disks at the max tier. Still, most firms top out at tier 1 using Fibre Channel (FC) arrays with 37% using 4 Gbps FC and 26% tiering on 8 Gbps FC. Regardless of what makes up your tiers, the sheer number of tiers can be a critical management factor. Users have learned to keep it simple: three years ago 24% reported four or more tiers, but now only 14% own up to so many. That’s good, because 31% still use manual methods to move data among tiers, 26% have automated and ... Access >>>

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      If a tech is judged by the products that crop up around it and the techs it spawns, then it’s hard to argue that solid-state storage hasn’t reached a certain level of maturity.

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      Solid-state storage has carved out a niche in the storage ecosystem, establishing itself as a viable alternative for high-performance applications.

    • Storage networking alternatives by Dennis Martin

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      VMware’s latest releases suggest it has serious intentions about encroaching on storage vendors’ turf, which might be a wakeup call for the data storage industry.

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      More companies are moving to a cloud model that lets them outsource the underlying cloud infrastructure, and that model has widespread implications for users and data protection.

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      A systems integrator on the front lines of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) implementation offers some solid advice.

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