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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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  • 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

  • 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.

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

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  • 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.

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

  • Buying cloud-based storage services starts with budget, backup needs

    Some of the gotchas that dogged cloud storage services -- security, data protection, latency -- now less important to buyers.

  • Simplifying data storage technologies is hard

    All-flash arrays and hyper-converged storage are two technologies that make it tough to simplify data storage technology.

  • Scale-out storage vs. object storage

    The unfettered growth of unstructured data, both human and (more and more) machine generated, has enterprises increasingly turning to scale-out NAS and object storage. While both scale-out storage and object storage are designed for massive scalability, they take different approaches to storing unstructured information -- each with their own strengths/weaknesses, management issues and architectural considerations.

    Flash is putting demands on storage networks like never before. Fortunately, there are emerging technologies (e.g., the latest in FC and Ethernet networking) and techniques (e.g., network caching and SDS) you can implement to ease this growing burden on storage fabrics while maximizing application performance.

    File sync and share can place your IP, financial and compliance data, not to mention organization as a whole, at risk. There are a number ways to bring this effective sharing, communication and collaboration approach out of the shadows and into the IT fold, however, through more secure corporate-sanctioned cloud, on-premises or hybrid deployments.

  • Buying cloud-based storage services starts with budget, backup needs

  • Storage in a container: Dealing with Docker storage

    Docker is the de facto standard for the relatively new application and development and deployment system known as containerization. By nature ephemeral, Docker storage containers bring about a multitude of new challenges regarding data storage and protection, portability and persistence, legacy storage connectivity and more.

    With storage budgets growing and new products, architectures and methodologies taking hold, the annual Storage magazine/SearchStorage purchasing survey reveals lengthier shopping lists that deviate a bit from the recent past. As with earlier surveys, the results provide insight into the adoption of developing storage categories: hyper-converged systems, object-based storage and all-flash arrays.

    Virtualization, speedy flash storage and data-hungry applications challenge fabrics like never before. Thankfully, there are a number of important advances to storage interface and networking technologies to help keep data storage traffic moving bottleneck to storage fabrics from happening.

  • Storage purchase intentions rise with new techs in sight

    Our annual storage purchasing survey finds that storage managers will have a bigger data storage budget to spend this year.

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