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  • Ceph

    Ceph is open source software providing scalable object-, block- and file-based storage under a unified system. Red Hat and SUSE sell commercially s...

  • IBM storage revs spin into double-digit decline

    IBM’s disk array business took another hit last month, with storage hardware decreasing 13% as the company looks to shift its emphasis to flash and...

  • EMC shareholders OK Dell deal

    In a near unanimous vote, EMC shareholders today voted to approve the storage giant’s $67 billion merger with Dell. The shareholder vote was consid...

  • New Brocade director supports Gen 6 Fibre Channel

    Brocade ships new 32 Gbps Gen 6 Fibre Channel directors and extension blades targeting faster flash storage systems, and it adds new IO and VM Insi...

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  • 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

  • Defining the hyper-converged infrastructure appliance

    Expert contributor Ed Tittel explores hyper-converged appliances and explains why they're being adopted so enthusiastically in businesses of all sizes.

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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.

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

  • 2013 Salary Survey Results Member-Exclusive Download

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Good pay, bennies and perks boost data storage jobs

  • 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.

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  • New high-density IBM DeepFlash 150 targets big data

    New IBM flash storage product is a high-density JBOF system designed to work with Spectrum Scale software-defined storage to target big data.

  • Cisco Metapod cloud integrates SwiftStack software

    Cisco and OpenStack-based object storage vendor SwiftStack have teamed on a highly dense, turnkey object storage appliance. It marks Cisco’s first foray into object storage software and gives ...

  • HDFS alternatives can avoid the file system's downfalls

    Increasingly, IT administrators are integrating data center-grade storage systems with Hadoop -- ones that come with the required data protection, security and governance built-in.

  • Golf association says it saves green with XtremIO flash array

    Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) moves tier 1 applications to EMC XtremIO flash-only array as key part of three-phase IT transformation project.

  • EMC to Nexsan: We said 'Unity' first

    In the latest shot fired in the David-and-Goliath dispute between Nexsan Technologies and EMC over the Unity trademark, EMC claimed it began using the Unity brand name in 2014. The first scheduled ...

  • Red Hat Storage VP sees different uses for Ceph, Gluster

    Red Hat Storage showed off updates to its Ceph and Gluster software and laid out its strategy for working with containers at this week’s Red Hat Summit in San Francisco. We caught up with Ranga ...

  • Red Hat Ceph receives object and management enhancements

    Red Hat showed off a major new Ceph storage release and a Gluster update more tightly integrated to work with application containers to launch its annual summit.

  • 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.

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