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  • A lesson in flash caching

    Solid-state storage is proliferating as a replacement for hard disk drives, where it offers a quick shift into the fast lane of storage processing. But flash can also be used with hard disks for a low-cost solution that delivers nearly equivalent ... 

  • Storage performance management: Ways to maximize your environment

    Making your storage perform to the very best of its ability is an age-old problem with a long list of ways to approach it. But how should you start to fine-tune a storage system and what do you need to know to get started?

    This handbook... 

  • Hypervisor vendors up the ante with new storage features

    There's a struggle between doing storage the "old way" and the new demands that virtual servers put on networked storage. Storage vendors have retooled their systems to be virtual machine (VM)-friendlier and startups offer VM-specific arrays, but ... 

  • Server-attached storage threatens SAN/NAS status quo

    The term software-defined storage is tossed around a lot these days, but few people can pin down a definition for server-attached storage. We look at the various products that could fall under that umbrella, describe how they work, and sugg... 

  • Flash storage technology decisions

    Just about as quickly as we learn the merits of a new solid-state form factor, a new one appears. While the use and location of spinning disk storage is limited, solid-state offers a number of deployment and form-factor alternatives, including ser... 

  • The evolution of virtual server technology: Hypervisor-aware storage

    As virtual server technology gradually grew to dominance in most data centers, it became apparent that many traditional storage systems weren't up to the task of serving these new virtualized server environments. Performance issues cropped up as SANs... 

  • Cloud storage tools manage data stored in the ether

    As much as we might want to assume an "out of sight, out of mind" attitude about the data we ship to cloud storage services, the truth is that it needs nearly as much attention as data stored onsite. Some services offer basic tools to manage cloud... 

  • Object storage systems come of age

    Object storage is sizzling hot, with technologists calling it the necessary building block for efficient cloud storage and big data projects. As awareness grows about the importance of object-based storage, so does the list of questions from some sto... 

  • Storage magazine chooses 2013 data storage products of the year

    The best new/enhanced data storage products take center stage in the eleventh annual Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com Products of the Year competition. A panel of industry experts has chosen the top products in six categories: backup... 

  • Flash technology debate: All-flash or hybrid?

    It didn't take long for a handful of startups to roll out all-solid-state storage arrays. Falling flash prices, and space-saving techs like dedupe and compression, let those vendors compete with traditional storage systems. As more vendors offer a...