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  • Storage certification, training options abound

    IT departments battle storage-related tests on areas such as virtualization to long-term retention, but training and certification 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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  • Storage pros reap rewards in 2013 salary survey

    Our Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com 2013 Salary Survey offers encouraging news: pay for storage pros rose again to an average of $98,082. Salaries have climbed steadily over the decade, but new capacity demands and other challenges have increased at an even steeper rate. Still, most respondents to our eleventh annual survey view their jobs favorably, with 55% looking to leverage their storage chops to move up the IT ranks.

    Creating a viable disaster recovery (DR) plan is hard work, but ensuring it will work when needed can be even tougher. A handful of available tools can make the job of testing a DR scenario a little easier while avoiding some of the costs of full-scale DR testing.

    Big data can be a confusing term, but one thing is clear: traditional storage systems may not be able to meet the needs of big data analysis when millions -- or even billions -- of files are involved.

  • Salary survey 2013: Salaries for data storage pros continue to climb

    The heavy workloads remain but the pay is a little better and the benefits are a plus. Our data storage salary survey 2013 paints a favorable picture.

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  • VMware VVOLs redefine storage

    VMware has been shaking up data storage for years, and its VVOLs technology just might revolutionize it. The newly introduced VMware VVOLs have vendors scrambling to support it or risk becoming irrelevant in the virtual machine storage market. VVOLs should make configuring and allocating storage easy while providing traditional networked storage services.

    Many companies use cloud storage services, but few have significant amounts of data in the cloud. Uneasiness about having data offsite, as well as security issues, still dog cloud storage. Hybrid implementations pairing on-premises storage with cloud storage are becoming popular, with vendors offering a variety of products and services.

    Now in its 10th year, the Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com Quality Awards poll readers about the service and reliability of data storage products. Read the results of our latest survey on enterprise-class arrays.

  • Backing up virtual machines tops VM storage wish lists

    Virtual server backup might not be such a big headache anymore, but it still commands some serious resources.

  • Hitachi tops enterprise storage array vendors list

    In a very close contest, Hitachi lands in our winner's circle for enterprise storage array vendors for the fifth time.

  • Still some pain when it comes to storage for virtual machines

    We've come a long way, baby, but we still haven't worked out all the kinks in configuring and provisioning VM storage.

  • Disaster recovery planning process still a hit-or-miss affair

    Nearly half of the companies we recently surveyed still don't have a disaster recovery planning process in place.

  • Enterprise data protection shopping lists focus on cost, scalability

    Changing backup applications or processes may keep storage managers awake at night, but cost and scalability concerns remain firm.

  • EMC, Dell and NetApp top NAS storage systems satisfaction survey

    Our ninth annual survey collected user feedback regarding the service and reliability of NAS storage systems.

  • Six hot data storage trends for 2015

    For 12 years, Storage magazine has presented its roster of new data storage trends that are ready to have an impact in data centers. We’ll tell you why VMware VVOLs, all-flash arrays, cloud disaster recovery, flash caching, server SANs and hybrid arrays should be on your short list for storage technology refreshes.

    Admins struggled with backing up virtual machines (VMs), until vendors responded with updated suites and new backup apps especially for VMs. But there were more basic issues with supporting virtual environments with traditional SAN and NAS systems. A handful of startups stepped up with arrays that shed the paradigms of the past in favor of a hypervisor-centric approach. Find out what life after LUNs is all about.

    Our ninth annual Quality Awards survey for tape libraries reveals our readers' choices for the midrange and enterprise libraries that stand out in their environments.

  • Solid-state flash storage now a mainstream choice

    The preferred method of adding solid-state tech to environments is via hybrid arrays that mix a small amount of flash with ample hard disk capacity.

  • IBM and Dell dominate tape storage systems user ratings survey

    Perennially a strong competitor, IBM earns the top spot among enterprise tape libraries for the second time, while Dell snares its first midrange win.

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