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Vol. 9 Num. 1 March 2010

Could 2010 be a breakout year for scale-out NAS architecture?

Scale-out NAS meets today's requirements for massively scalable and highly available systems, is cost effective and generally more efficient than traditional scale-up architectures. But technology change introduces risk, and companies may not be ready for a switch. The information we store today is very different from the information we stored a mere decade ago. Every endpoint device has become a content creation and capture device that has enabled faster and more efficient business processes while also driving massive unstructured data growth. Nowhere has the impact been felt more than in the data center storage domain. And it seems no industry is safe. Across the board, file formats are richer and file sizes are growing exponentially. Using traditional scale-up architectures to address this growth is unrealistic. IT organizations need more efficient storage technology, and they're frustrated by the complexity of current offerings. An alternative approach, scale-out NAS, is poised for a breakout year. It not only meets today's ...

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  • Quality Awards V enterprise arrays: NetApp alone at the top

    In the last Quality Awards for enterprise arrays, NetApp and EMC finished in a dead-heat for first place. This time, NetApp ekes out a narrow victory over archrival EMC.

  • Top new features of backup apps

    We look at some of the key backup technology advancements and describe how four leading backup vendors--CommVault, EMC, IBM and Symantec--have implemented these technologies.

  • Virtualize disaster recovery

    Virtualization can save you money, time and effort, and make the often daunting task of designing and implementing a DR plan easier. But there are related challenges and costs.

  • Beginning of the end for hard drives?

    Enterprise-ready solid-state storage hasn't been around for long, but 33% of our respondents have solid state running. Price is still an issue, but disk's days may be numbered.

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