• bit rot

    Bit rot is the slow deterioration in the performance and integrity of data stored on storage media. It is also known by the names bit decay, data rot, data decay and silent corruption.

  • legacy storage

    Legacy storage is traditional storage hardware that is older and sometimes no longer sold by its vendor.

  • The yin and yang of storage

    I feel like that little girl in "The Exorcist" whose head spins around; it's hard to keep an eye on where storage is headed these days.

  • Using virtual storage, SRM to up data storage efficiency

    The most efficient use of capacity stems from proactive, granular monitoring and strategies that increase allocation flexibility.

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  • Myths surrounding big data technology

    Big data technology is a big deal for storage shops, and a clear understanding of what it means is required to configure storage for big data apps. 

  • Losing my religion with data storage vendors

    Some data storage vendors seem out of touch with the reality of what's going on in data center environments and what kinds of products IT truly needs. 

  • Stop making sense out of the data storage market

    We need a new rating system to sort out what's going on in the data storage market. Editorial Director Rich Castagna offers his system to readers. 

  • Cloud-based DR to the rescue

    Disaster recovery (DR) scenarios used to require dedicated or rented alternate data center sites, but cloud storage services have helped slash the cost of getting data offsite in a recoverable mode. Pairing cloud storage with cloud-based servers allo... 

  • Buyer’s checklist on storage for big data applications

    The attributes of big data applications are often described as the four Vs: volume, velocity, variety and variability. Taken singly, any one of those traits would pose a serious challenge to traditional storage systems; when combined, they force a re... 

  • dark storage

    Dark storage is allocated but unused storage capacity. Although configured and mapped to servers, dark storage is not presented as file systems or volumes to users and applications. 

  • ODCA (Open Data Center Alliance)

    The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) is an independent information technology (IT) consortium whose goal is to develop a unified vision of cloud requirements. 

  • Windows Storage Spaces

    Windows Storage Spaces is a feature in Microsoft Windows Server 2012 that is used to virtualize and provision storage. 

  • Speed up cloud storage with WAN acceleration technology ... or Tachyons

    But if you don't have any of those hypothetical particles that move faster than light, there might be another way to implement WAN acceleration technology in your environment. 

  • Back to the future: Fleeting data storage technologies

    Are all those new data storage technologies on the market actually new or is it déjà vu, only this time with cool new names masking the old ideas lurking underneath?