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  • 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.

  • Can you recover from ransomware with frequent data backups?

    Ransomware is becoming a serious security threat. A proper backup strategy lets administrators recover data from ransomware attacks without major disruption to the organization.

  • Do I still need backup software applications?

    With ever more powerful primary storage, why is backup still relevant? In this feature, storage expert George Crump explores the business case for backup applications.

  • Datera CEO: SAN array can't scale for today's data center

    Startup Datera enlists the former Pure vice president to spur the growth of its Amazon Elastic Block Storage-like system geared for use with OpenStack, containers and DevOps.

  • Hadoop Distributed File System options for big data

    Because big data can scale to petabytes of capacity, organizations are looking to manage it in ways that are easier and less expensive than traditional scale-out NAS. Object storage and software-defined storage are frequently mentioned as big data tools. Both can add intelligence required for analyzing data and take advantage of low-cost disk storage.

    An object storage system handles files differently than a traditional file system. Servers use unique identifiers to find objects, which use metadata in a far more detailed way than file systems do. The unique identifiers mean objects can be geographically dispersed because they can be retrieved without the storage system knowing their physical location. That makes objects a good choice for large data stores or data stored in a cloud.

    Software-defined storage has many forms and use cases, but it applies to big data when used to pool and manage data across off-the-shelf commodity hardware. Because the management and analytics happen in software appliances, the hardware can be cheap, deep disk without bells and whistles.

    Perhaps the most well known option available is the Apache Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), which is a Java-based file system designed to be used in Hadoop clusters. HDFS currently scales to 200 petabytes and can support single Hadoop clusters of 4,000 nodes. It offers storage performance on a large scale and at a low cost, which is atypical of most enterprise arrays that cannot perform all three tasks simultaneously.

    In this chapter of "Tools to Tackle Big Data Troubles," we look at some core HDFS features, three HDFS commercial distributions and other Hadoop storage-related tools and their related applications.

  • What is enterprise backup software?

    Storage expert George Crump takes a look at the evolution and functions of backup software for the enterprise, including data movement, data management and job management.

  • Reduxio CEO asserts all-flash will not rule primary storage

    Hybrid storage startup's CEO says all-flash or 'all-anything' will not rule primary storage; he foresees a mix of technologies with different classes of service.

  • Hadoop alternatives now offer data center-grade storage

    Data is growing at record rates with no signs of slowing. But what good is having petabytes of data if you can't gain business advantage from it? Accurate analysis of data can have great positive business results, but requires the right tools and techniques. Effective data analytics requires having strategies for storing and managing large volumes of structured and unstructured data and a method of analyzing it to unlock business data.

    Data lakes are strongly associated with Hadoop and use the open source software as a replacement for traditional data warehouses. Hadoop clusters are based on commodity hardware and can hold structured, unstructured and semi-structured data. This makes Hadoop a good choice for log files, web clickstreams, sensor data, social media posts and other types of applications that produce big data. Until recently, Hadoop alternatives were few and far between.

    Still, Hadoop implementations that are not well planned can produce data swamps instead of lakes. Hadoop was not developed to run on shared storage, and storage vendors must tweak their arrays to support the Hadoop Distributed File System, fostering the rise of Hadoop alternatives. Also, Hadoop does not have data governance built in as many data warehouse tools do, allowing Hadoop alternatives to bridge the gap.

  • Formation Data Systems can help recapture unused storage

    Startup Formation Data releases new feature for FormationOne software-defined storage to enable users to recapture unused storage capacity in their VMware environments.

  • Solid-state storage device buyers want performance

    As solid-state storage devices become more commonplace in storage shops, the amount implemented and its use cases are growing, too.

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  • 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

  • Storage magazine salary survey 2014 finds compensation flat, but still high

    Our twelfth annual salary storage survey shows that in a changing IT landscape, storage expertise is still valued.

  • The Storage magazine/SearchStorage 2014 Salary Survey

    For 12 consecutive years we have surveyed Storage readers to get a picture of the kind of salaries and benefits data storage expertise commands, and our 2014 salary survey confirms what we’ve seen over the years: storage pros are well paid, get good benefits and are generally enthusiastic about their work. With an overall average salary of nearly $98,000, it’s clear storage is a good career choice.

    Among storage pros, data backup is a key concern. But with huge data stores and new interest in big data, the big backup suite vendors are responding with new capabilities that go beyond just backup.

    Moving data on the wire is no easy trick. As more companies look to the cloud to augment their in-house storage resources, there’s renewed interest in WAN optimization products. It’s a relatively easy way for a company to widen its pipes to cloud services and extend its communications bandwidth.

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  • Server-side flash technology lifts solid-state adoption

    Server-side solid-state storage is more ubiquitous than ever due to growing capacities and rapidly dropping flash technology prices. There are a many ways to install flash technology in a server, though there are decisions to make before you buy. We examine flash technology form factors, interfaces, protocols and capacities, as well as use cases, advantages and limitations.

    Disk-based backups revolutionized data protection. While far more expensive to deploy and maintain than tape, a growing list of vendors are consolidating backup with other secondary storage requirements into appliances that make disk-based backup more cost-effective.

    Although tape may no longer be the storage medium of choice for backup and disaster recovery, it still has a solid place in enterprises as an archive tier and as a transportation and sharing format for certain industries. In this issue of Storage magazine, we explore the state of the art of tape and its potential use cases today.

  • 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.

  • Worldwide storage revenue down in Q4, barely up for 2015

    Despite slipping in the fourth quarter, overall worldwide storage revenue increased 2.2% in 2015. External (networked) storage declined 2.3% for the year, according to International Data ...

  • SSD reliability, performance aid flash storage adoption

    Solid-state storage is most often viewed in terms of performance, but concerns about SSD reliability may be unwarranted.

  • NetApp and Synology top NAS storage systems survey

    A storage pioneer and relative newcomer land top honors in our 10th Quality Awards NAS storage systems survey of midrange and enterprise users.

  • The state of the software-defined storage market

    The software-defined storage market is getting a lot of attention these days, piquing the interest of budget-challenged storage managers. But the lure of software running on the cheap may be misleading if you're not ready for some DIY or to sacrifice some of the features you come to expect in storage systems. We profile the various iterations of software-defined storage, and offer detailed pros and cons of each.

    Some say that archiving is one of the key killer apps that will make cloud storage a popular option. There are some compelling advantages to shipping unused data off site, but you need to know about the sometimes subtle differences among these services.

    In our 10th Quality Awards for NAS systems, we had one surprise winner -- Synology -- and a NAS pioneer returning to the winner's circle after a short absence -- NetApp. Read about how your peers rank NAS products for their service, support and reliability.

  • Check out the best data storage products of 2015

    The fourteenth edition of the Storage magazine/SearchStorage Product of the Year awards recognizes the innovation, performance and functionality of 18 the best data storage products. And, as we've often seen, these outstanding data storage products come from both well-established vendors and startups just on the scene. Winners are recognized in six categories: backup software, backup hardware, storage system software, all-flash arrays, storage management tools and hybrid arrays.

    Hyper-converged systems pack storage, compute and networking into hypervisor-based bundles. These turnkey packages offer fast deployment and ease of use, but there are significant differences among products and limitations you should be aware of.

    RAID has been the de facto internal data protection technology for years, but new approaches are better suited to new storage architectures. Make sure your data is as safe as it can be.

  • Avere launches new FXT Edge filers

    Avere Systems rolled out a new high-end and midrange FXT Edge physical appliances that offer more performance and storage compared to the previous systems that will be replaced. The new 1U ...

  • What's the future of data storage in 2016?

    Mike Matchett takes a closer look at the future of data storage technology in 2016 based on research from the Taneja Group.

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  • Learn how to assess all-flash array vendors

    Arrays loaded with flash drives are the speed kings of storage arrays. They can also be more expensive than traditional systems with hard disk drives (HDDs), so IT managers need to assess their application needs to make the best decision among all-flash array vendors.

    Cheap HDDs give traditional arrays an advantage in price per GB, but systems equipped only with more costly flash drives can provide a significant edge in price per IOPS. Hybrid arrays combining HDDs and solid-state drives (SSDs) are yet another option to consider when balancing the price-performance equation.

    Points of comparison for IT organizations weighing the various options from all-flash array (AFA) vendors include IOPS, latency, throughput, raw and usable capacity, flash type, networking options, architecture type (scale-up vs. scale-out), and supported storage features, such as data deduplication and compression, thin provisioning, snapshots, replication and encryption.

    The original use case for AFAs was typically to accelerate the performance of a niche application with high I/O requirements. AFAs have since become more popular for primary storage, running multiple application workloads on a single flash array now that the products offer the capacity, management and storage capabilities to put them on par with HDD-based systems.

    The use of denser, less expensive flash, such as multi-level cell and triple-level cell 3D NAND, and data reduction technologies are giving rise to claims from AFA vendors that their products can match or beat the price of high-end storage arrays equipped with the fastest spinning disks. So IT organizations need to compare the features and capabilities of many of the leading AFAs against specific criteria to select the right AFA to meet their technical and business needs.

  • Datera CEO: SAN array can't scale for today's data center

    Startup Datera enlists the former Pure vice president to spur the growth of its Amazon Elastic Block Storage-like system geared for use with OpenStack, containers and DevOps.

  • Hadoop Distributed File System options for big data

    Because big data can scale to petabytes of capacity, organizations are looking to manage it in ways that are easier and less expensive than traditional scale-out NAS. Object storage and software-defined storage are frequently mentioned as big data tools. Both can add intelligence required for analyzing data and take advantage of low-cost disk storage.

    An object storage system handles files differently than a traditional file system. Servers use unique identifiers to find objects, which use metadata in a far more detailed way than file systems do. The unique identifiers mean objects can be geographically dispersed because they can be retrieved without the storage system knowing their physical location. That makes objects a good choice for large data stores or data stored in a cloud.

    Software-defined storage has many forms and use cases, but it applies to big data when used to pool and manage data across off-the-shelf commodity hardware. Because the management and analytics happen in software appliances, the hardware can be cheap, deep disk without bells and whistles.

    Perhaps the most well known option available is the Apache Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), which is a Java-based file system designed to be used in Hadoop clusters. HDFS currently scales to 200 petabytes and can support single Hadoop clusters of 4,000 nodes. It offers storage performance on a large scale and at a low cost, which is atypical of most enterprise arrays that cannot perform all three tasks simultaneously.

    In this chapter of "Tools to Tackle Big Data Troubles," we look at some core HDFS features, three HDFS commercial distributions and other Hadoop storage-related tools and their related applications.

  • Hitachi UCP adds new converged, hyper-converged options

    Hitachi Data Systems expanded its Unified Compute Platform with new hyper-converged systems and updated converged models to address midmarket, departmental and ROBO environments.

  • Storage Spaces Direct builds on Windows Storage Spaces

    With the new Direct feature, Windows Storage Spaces can use local storage for failover clusters. It also supports JBOD storage.

  • Hadoop alternatives now offer data center-grade storage

    Data is growing at record rates with no signs of slowing. But what good is having petabytes of data if you can't gain business advantage from it? Accurate analysis of data can have great positive business results, but requires the right tools and techniques. Effective data analytics requires having strategies for storing and managing large volumes of structured and unstructured data and a method of analyzing it to unlock business data.

    Data lakes are strongly associated with Hadoop and use the open source software as a replacement for traditional data warehouses. Hadoop clusters are based on commodity hardware and can hold structured, unstructured and semi-structured data. This makes Hadoop a good choice for log files, web clickstreams, sensor data, social media posts and other types of applications that produce big data. Until recently, Hadoop alternatives were few and far between.

    Still, Hadoop implementations that are not well planned can produce data swamps instead of lakes. Hadoop was not developed to run on shared storage, and storage vendors must tweak their arrays to support the Hadoop Distributed File System, fostering the rise of Hadoop alternatives. Also, Hadoop does not have data governance built in as many data warehouse tools do, allowing Hadoop alternatives to bridge the gap.

  • Formation Data Systems can help recapture unused storage

    Startup Formation Data releases new feature for FormationOne software-defined storage to enable users to recapture unused storage capacity in their VMware environments.

  • Data management best practices convey data's real value

    Jon Toigo shares best practices for enterprise data management that can improve the value of your data, even as it's created in record quantities.

  • Lenovo storage adds new Cloudian, Nutanix appliance options

    Lenovo beefs up storage offerings with a new object storage appliance based on Cloudian software, Nutanix-based hyper-converged appliances and a newly rebranded midrange SAN from IBM.

  • IBM Spectrum Storage platform adds analytics software

    The new Spectrum Computing platform highlights IBM's strategy to bring together compute and storage management for file and object scale-out environments.

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