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Vol. 11 Num. 6 August 2012

How to make storage techs even more confusing

There’s a lot happening techwise in the data storage world, but the ever-growing hype, hoopla and hazy language are making it even harder for everyone to understand. This might be the busiest time we’ve ever seen for data storage since the emergence of the hard disk more than 50 years ago. I’ve been on the storage beat exclusively for the last eight or nine years, covering it intermittently before that, and I can’t remember when there’s been more activity in the storage arena on so many different fronts. It’s an interesting brew, cooked up with a healthy portion of new technology, some reconstructed ideas about IT and business processes, and spiced up with the typical overselling and hype that accompany these kinds of technical shifts. Cloud, solid-state storage, virtualization (server, storage, network … take your pick), “big data,” no-backup data protection, consumerization, virtual/cloud DR and more have all bubbled up at roughly the same time. Any one of those techs would be plenty to cope with, but it’d take a five-armed ...

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Features in this issue

  • Flash! All-solid-state arrays

    by  Chris Evans

    Solid-state storage has made its way into servers, hybrid storage arrays and caching devices, but all-solid-state arrays are an emerging class of high-performance storage systems.

  • Efficient storage

    by  Jacob Gsoedl

    Getting the most from your storage system is a basic requirement, but with many efficiency techniques you’ll have to decide if performance tops capacity utilization.

  • Big data is no big myth

    by  Rich Castagna

    However "big data" is defined, 58% of respondents say their companies are dealing with it, and 41% have even bought -- or plan to buy -- some new gear to grapple with it.

  • Disaster recovery in the cloud

    by  Eric Slack

    Hybrid cloud disaster recovery (DR) appliances are an emerging class of business continuity product that makes effective and timely DR affordable for even the smallest of firms.

Columns in this issue

  • How to make storage techs even more confusing

    by  Rich Castagna

    There’s a lot happening techwise in the data storage world, but the ever-growing hype, hoopla and hazy language are making it even harder for everyone to understand.

  • Omnia in orbis? Really?

    by  Jon Toigo

    Data archiving, data hygiene and good old common sense can help keep your company off the spinning disk treadmill. Find out what Jon Toigo has to say on the subject.

  • Get ready for dedupe 2.0

    by  Jason Buffington

    A few companies are still kicking the tires of deduplication products, but veteran users should be thinking about how they can step up to the next level of backup dedupe.

  • Tape is in it for the long haul

    by  Jeff Byrne, Contributor

    Recent Taneja Group research indicates tape technology is thriving, and that users are finding innovative and cost-effective ways of implementing tape systems.

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