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  • Will the eMMC controller market keep up with flash innovation?

    EMMC host controllers may have a hard time handling advances in flash memory technology, like 3D NAND and newer connection interfaces, and competition from new markets.

  • Small but mighty eMMC flash storage grows its enterprise role

    Many common devices, like your cell phone and tablet, use eMMC flash for storage. But the internet of things will soon make eMMC a major part of nearly every enterprise.

  • How eMMC 5.0 can improve your organization's small storage needs

    The latest eMMC specification puts the tiny flash storage devices on a level playing field with many SSDs when it comes to speed -- but eMMC is still the smallest flash drive.

  • IBM Spectrum Virtualize adds support for hybrid clouds

    Next month, IBM plans to add hybrid cloud capabilities to its Spectrum Virtualize storage software, as well as offering new flash hardware choices and converged infrastructure options.

  • Hot info on cold cloud storage: Glacier vs. Cool Blob Storage

    Not all storage needs to be about super speedy SSDs and the lowest latency or retrieval times. Cold storage is an inexpensive way to handle data archiving.

  • When buying more primary data storage, applications matter

    Faster storage -- and more of it -- is important, but that wouldn't matter if new SANs didn't boost application performance and efficiency in the process.

  • Use caution when dealing with data storage vendor buzzwords

    Data storage buyers must navigate through a complex maze of marketing buzzwords when evaluating data storage products before making a purchase decision.

  • Everything you need to know about storage snapshots

    The role of storage snapshots in data protection is growing. Essentially, groups of disk blocks -- physical in an array or virtualized within a software-defined storage or virtual appliance -- storage snapshots embody what a file system or volume looked like at a specific moment. So if you are performing instant recovery, flat backup or any type of continuous data protection, storage snapshots are going to be a part of the picture.

    Switching cloud storage providers isn't often a breeze, and one of the biggest headaches of all when doing so is data migration -- especially if you've got hundreds of terabytes, or even petabytes, of data stashed away. Fortunately, there are tools, approaches and third parties that can ease the transition process.

    Technology convergence in the modern data center is reshaping traditional IT jobs and responsibilities. Consequently, storage know-how, while still very valuable, is no longer the only area of expertise a storage professional needs to be proficient in to succeed. The good news is there are plenty of ways to take your career into your own hands to adapt to this new reality.

  • Broadcom acquisition of Brocade leaves three major FC vendors

    Broadcom acquired Brocade in a $5.9 billion deal that will leave the Fibre Channel industry with three major vendors, but analysts predict FC will remain viable for years.

  • The new HDS VSP arrays enhance QoS and data reduction

    Hitachi added new VSP all-flash array and hybrid array models and updated the operating system with adaptive data reduction, enhanced quality of service and cloud tiering.

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  • How to find the right HCI appliance

    Choosing a hyper-converged appliance can be a difficult road to travel. Expert Ed Tittel provides the road map for selecting the right hyper-converged tool for your business.

  • Take a closer look at public cloud providers

    Using public cloud can save an organization money, but with the growing field of public cloud providers, deciding which one best suits your needs may be difficult. In this handbook, we evaluate the different available cloud service providers, big and small.

    Once an organization makes the decision to implement a public cloud, they then have to decide which cloud service provider works best with their environment. Public cloud providers offer unique service-level agreements, security practices hardware and software compatibility, and pricing models, so it is up to the organization to decide which provider is the best fit for its environment.

    Amazon Web Services is the current king of public cloud providers, but other smaller, newer services might offer significant benefits. Meanwhile, some large cloud providers now deliver services that tier performance, cost and scalability as a way to specialize their off-site storage for active archiving, backup or primary data. That's why it's more important than ever to consider the overall function of the cloud storage to narrow down the long list of public cloud providers. Determining at the outset whether the cloud service will be used for backup, archiving or active data helps the storage administrator weigh the importance of additional considerations such as cost and performance. This handbook discusses the many available options, what you can expect from each of them, and provides a checklist of the most important considerations based on use case.

  • How to choose hyper-converged storage vendors: Eight questions to ask

    Buying into hyper-converged technology? Storage expert Ed Tittel delves into the important questions to consider so you can make the best selection for your environment.

  • Amazon Simple Storage Service spurs on-premises storage

    Amazon S3 has been such a smashing success that it will likely become the third pillar -- after block and file -- of storage protocols.

  • Get the most from cloud-based storage services

    Enterprise data storage managers are in position to help their companies get more from cloud storage services.

  • Carbonite

    Cloud backup vendor Carbonite Inc. offers a variety of personal and business backup and data protection plans. Its acquisition of Seagate Technology's EVault cloud backup and DRaaS offerings has expanded the vendor's reach to small enterprises.

  • CrashPlan

    Code42 Software's CrashPlan data protection software comes in home, small business and enterprise versions. CrashPlan runs in the background of a device and provides an organization with constant backup of all new and changed files.

  • backup as a service (BaaS)

    Backup as a service uses external providers to deliver cloud-based backup services to an enterprise. It can help organizations avoid costly upgrades or provide companies that lack the resources to perform on-premises backups.

  • Hyper-converged platforms: Making the business case

    Learn the benefits of hyper-converged technology, including scalability, ease of management and cost savings that can be greater than those from cloud deployments.

  • Get the most from cloud-based storage services

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  • A look at the future of data storage careers

    Thanks to virtualization, the cloud and solid-state technology, data storage professionals and those who want to pursue a career in it face an uncertain future.

  • Everything you need to know about storage snapshots

    The role of storage snapshots in data protection is growing. Essentially, groups of disk blocks -- physical in an array or virtualized within a software-defined storage or virtual appliance -- storage snapshots embody what a file system or volume looked like at a specific moment. So if you are performing instant recovery, flat backup or any type of continuous data protection, storage snapshots are going to be a part of the picture.

    Switching cloud storage providers isn't often a breeze, and one of the biggest headaches of all when doing so is data migration -- especially if you've got hundreds of terabytes, or even petabytes, of data stashed away. Fortunately, there are tools, approaches and third parties that can ease the transition process.

    Technology convergence in the modern data center is reshaping traditional IT jobs and responsibilities. Consequently, storage know-how, while still very valuable, is no longer the only area of expertise a storage professional needs to be proficient in to succeed. The good news is there are plenty of ways to take your career into your own hands to adapt to this new reality.

  • A look at the future of data storage careers

  • Six business continuity management system trends shaping the industry

    The growing business continuity management market is affected by many different factors, from new standards to cloud-based systems to expanded training programs.

  • Business continuity managers must expand their training to stay viable

    The role of the business continuity specialist has changed in the last 30 years. How will the next generation of BC managers cope with the constant introduction of new technology?

  • Good pay, bennies and perks boost data storage jobs

    Salaries for data storage jobs remain high with new techs and new responsibilities in evolving data centers.

  • Storage pros see high demand in 2016 salary survey

    Storage magazine has tracked storage salaries for 13 years, polling readers to gather data about pay, benefits and other influences on job satisfaction. Our 2016 salary survey shows demand for storage savvy IT pros is still high as reflected by the overall average salary of nearly $98,000. We look at how geography, education, experience and other factors affect storage salaries in our 2016 salary survey.

    When virtual servers first appeared in data centers, storage generally wasn't up to the task. Today, most vendors have tuned their wares to better support virtual environments. But you still might have to get under the hood to fix a bottleneck or two. We'll tell you what to look for and how to fix it.

    Few companies are ready to give up their on-premises storage resources in favor of cloud storage. Hybrid setups that integrate on-premises with the cloud are the most desirable arrangements and vendors are beginning to sit up and take notice.

  • Storage certification, training options abound

    Virtualization and long-term retention are only a few of the challenges IT departments face regularly. However, many find that storage certification and training programs can help.

  • Smarter storage from metadata, object stores

    One of the distinguishing features of object storage systems is their ability to package more metadata with each object they store. That metadata could be used to restrict access, define a file's lifecycle and its ultimate disposition. Other storage products are emerging that can do the same or similar type of data classification. This allows data management tasks to be automated via policies set by IT, thus creating smarter storage systems.

    Enterprise file sync-and-share use has taken off in many organizations, but consumer file sync-and-share use can leave corporate data unprotected. In-house EFSS can help guard against data loss by giving IT oversight and control.

    Today, organizations face a wide array of storage challenges. Luckily, there are myriad training and certification opportunities for IT pros looking to bolster their knowledge of the storage technologies.

  • Storage certification, training options abound

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  • A look at the future of data storage careers

    Thanks to virtualization, the cloud and solid-state technology, data storage professionals and those who want to pursue a career in it face an uncertain future.

  • Everything you need to know about storage snapshots

    The role of storage snapshots in data protection is growing. Essentially, groups of disk blocks -- physical in an array or virtualized within a software-defined storage or virtual appliance -- storage snapshots embody what a file system or volume looked like at a specific moment. So if you are performing instant recovery, flat backup or any type of continuous data protection, storage snapshots are going to be a part of the picture.

    Switching cloud storage providers isn't often a breeze, and one of the biggest headaches of all when doing so is data migration -- especially if you've got hundreds of terabytes, or even petabytes, of data stashed away. Fortunately, there are tools, approaches and third parties that can ease the transition process.

    Technology convergence in the modern data center is reshaping traditional IT jobs and responsibilities. Consequently, storage know-how, while still very valuable, is no longer the only area of expertise a storage professional needs to be proficient in to succeed. The good news is there are plenty of ways to take your career into your own hands to adapt to this new reality.

  • Competitive market pushes converged infrastructure vendors forward

    Competition among converged infrastructure vendors will lead to winners and losers, but the biggest winner of all will be customers.

  • What's in and what's out in data storage tech

    Cloud data backup, copy data management, DIMM, hyper-convergence, DRaaS and object storage are data storage technology given a closer inspection in Gartner's Hype Cycle.

  • Intelligent storage puts brainpower into data storage systems

    Vendors are offering storage systems that "know" more about the data within them than ever before. Powered by multiple CPU/cores, fast flash/memory, nimble software-defined storage and lessons learned from big data, these intelligent storage systems offer sophisticated, automated management for storing data more efficiently and increasing productivity and security.

    Hypervisors have steadily enhanced how they handle and manage both internal and external storage. Meanwhile, the implementation of storage for and within virtualized container-based application environments is advancing, but it is still in the early stages of development.

    After years of stagnation, new technologies have led backup into a golden era of rapid innovation. Cutting-edge products and groundbreaking approaches to data protection (instant recovery, flat backup, virtual appliances and more) allow users to better tap the hidden value of backup data.

  • IDC: Total worldwide storage systems revenue remained flat in Q2

    Research firm IDC reports factory revenues for worldwide purpose-built backup appliances (PBBA) experienced solid growth in the second quarter while enterprise storage systems revenue remained flat ...

  • What's in and what's out in data storage tech

  • Veritas, Veeam top choices of data backup app users

    Data backup app users are tough critics, but Veritas NetBackup and Veeam Backup & Replication won over users in this year's Quality Awards.

  • Cloud-based storage services use cases vary, customers skeptical

    A lot of companies use cloud-based storage services, but many approach this relatively new storage resource with caution.

  • Copy management system saves storage space, cash

    Having a multitude of copies of primary data is a waste of precious storage space, resources and money. It also presents security and compliance risks. A copy management system reduces storage requirements, costs and dangers by enabling rapid and easy access to copy data and greater control over the entire copy data lifecycle.

    Caching preserves active copies of data on high-performance media while maintaining primary versions on cheaper disk or flash. With a small amount of cache, you can speed up most I/O requests to improve application performance much more economically than storing all data on expensive fast media.

    Veritas and Veeam emerge as the clear winners for this year's backup Quality Awards. They led a combined field of 15 product lines, with Veritas landing in the winner's circle for this first time in four years and upstart Veeam scoring an unprecedented three-peat.

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  • OpenStack Newton storage features include data encryption

    Storage updates in OpenStack's Newton release include at-rest data encryption in Swift, a message API for async tasks in Cinder and driver-assisted migration in Manila.

  • IBM Spectrum Virtualize adds support for hybrid clouds

    Next month, IBM plans to add hybrid cloud capabilities to its Spectrum Virtualize storage software, as well as offering new flash hardware choices and converged infrastructure options.

  • Navigate the chaos of ephemeral data storage

    You may hear chatter that data is too ephemeral to go through the trouble of backing up and archiving it, but Jon Toigo says it's a worthy exercise.

  • Use caution when dealing with data storage vendor buzzwords

    Data storage buyers must navigate through a complex maze of marketing buzzwords when evaluating data storage products before making a purchase decision.

  • Broadcom acquisition of Brocade leaves three major FC vendors

    Broadcom acquired Brocade in a $5.9 billion deal that will leave the Fibre Channel industry with three major vendors, but analysts predict FC will remain viable for years.

  • Tape storage system viable for archiving, large backups

    No, the tape storage system isn't dead yet. This Drill Down explores how it lives on, mainly for archiving and with a boost from new technologies such as LTO-7 and Linear Tape File System, or LTFS.

    The seventh-generation LTO specification released in 2015 more than doubled the maximum compressed capacity to 15 TB and increased the data transfer rate to 750 MBps. LTO-7 also improved the bit error rate to a significant degree. The LTO Consortium already has LTO-8, LTO-9 and LTO-10 on its roadmap, each with significant capacity and performance improvements. For instance, draft specs for LTO-8 call for 32 TB of compressed capacity and sustained data transfer rates of up to 1,180 MBps.

    These tape storage system advances become more important as speedier technology such as solid-state drives raise users' storage performance expectations. The performance and capacity gains also come as tape faces increased competition from the cloud for archiving. While cloud providers can store data cheaply, it can take a long time to get data in and out of the cloud.

    LTFS creates partitions on tape and stores catalog information about files written to that tape. That makes it much easier to find and access files on a tape storage system than was possible before LTFS. Also known as tape NAS, it has been hailed as a tape's savior. While it hasn't caught on wildly, it is used by industries such as media and entertainment that make frequent use of archived tapes.

  • In-memory software startup Alluxio tosses hat in big data storage ring

    Open source Alluxio is an in-memory virtual distributed storage system that allows data to be shared across applications and storage systems at memory speed.

  • Lenovo ThinkAgile brand debuts, adds converged option

    Lenovo introduces the ThinkAgile brand name for preintegrated infrastructure. The company is also partnering with Nimble Storage on a new CX Series converged infrastructure option.

  • Smart storage systems smart for business

    Mike Matchett explains how data-aware storage combined with application awareness is leading to a new wave of intelligent data storage.

  • What's in and what's out in data storage tech

    Cloud data backup, copy data management, DIMM, hyper-convergence, DRaaS and object storage are data storage technology given a closer inspection in Gartner's Hype Cycle.

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