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  • Virtual Instruments taps into Load DynamiX, storage analytics

    Storage performance monitoring vendor Virtual Instruments combines forces with load simulation vendor Load DynamiX in a merger that broadens their storage analytics platforms.

  • Brocade VP: Flash spurs coordinated Gen 6 Fibre Channel launch

    Brocade, QLogic and Broadcom coordinated this week’s shipments of the first switches and adapters to support Gen 6 Fibre Channel storage networking technology. We caught up with Jack Rondoni, vice ...

  • Cisco ships 32-gig 'beast,' MDS 9718 FC director

    Cisco launches its largest FC director, the MDS 9718, which will be upgradeable to 32-gig FC when it is widely supported. Targets for this product include flash storage and DevOps.

  • Hot data storage technology trends for 2016

    Find out what's hot and what's not-so-hot on our list of data storage technology trends for the coming year.

  • Purchasing an enterprise SAN: Top-tier products compared

    Expert Jacob Gsoedl drills into eight top-tier enterprise SAN products and how each one performs in seven technical areas. Detailed charts make the information easy to digest.

  • Infinidat adds smaller SAN array, unified storage

    After starting with a system aimed at high-end enterprises, startup Infinidat adds a midrange InfiniBox F2000 SAN array, plus NAS support for unified storage.

  • Fibre Channel storage alive and kicking

    It's not the end of the world for Fibre Channel storage; market research from a variety of industry analysts indicates widespread use and a slow decline.

  • Fibre Channel technology is alive and kicking

    Historically, Fibre Channel technology has been a top choice for enterprises in need of a high-speed interconnect for SANs. With the introduction of iSCSI storage, however, the landscape shifted. Ethernet networking gained acceptance for block storage and became popular for file, and later cloud-based, object storage. It costs less, requires no dedicated switching and special training, and offers adequate performance for most business applications. But don't sound the death knell for Fibre Channel technology; market research indicates widespread use and a slow decline.

    Most storage vendors today offer object-based storage, and interest in these systems is high. Object storage offers massive scalability, potentially better data management with extended metadata, cloud storage integration via support for RESTful APIs and lower overall storage costs. The trick, of course, is integrating object and all of its capabilities into environments still dominated by SAN, NAS, and applications that continue to expect file or block storage interfaces. But, it's being done.

    Big data, Hadoop, MapReduce, data warehousing, business intelligence… All of these analytics applications place new demands on storage systems and often require new or modified storage structures. The special requirements of these analytics-on-a-massive-scale apps, and how to effectively manage their supporting storage infrastructures, are detailed in this issue of Storage magazine.

  • Seagate adds Dot Hill storage to its portfolio

    Seagate's acquisition of Dot Hill storage is another step into storage systems, adding it to Xyratex in its portfolio of storage arrays for OEM partners.

  • HP XP7 Storage enterprise SAN array

    The HP XP7 Storage SAN array offers high-availability and disaster recovery features for highly virtualized data centers with large storage requirements.

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