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  • EMC Enterprise Copy Data Management sneak peek

    The eCDM product, announced at EMC World 2016, helps cut back on redundant data. It may also mean EMC breaks into the relatively new copy data management market.

  • IBM claims breakthrough with TLC phase-change memory

    IBM Research claims memory milestone with new three-bits-per-cell phase-change technology, seeks to collaborate with memory maker to bring TLC PCM to market for servers, storage.

  • 'Astonishing how open' EMC and Dell are about merger

    Evaluator Group's Randy Kerns looks at how Dell and EMC said all the right things at the recent EMC World and notes a key factor working in the companies' favor.

  • Jeremy Burton talks EMC technology under Dell, flash trends

    EMC president discusses potential opportunities for EMC products under Dell, open source efforts, the state of hybrid arrays and opportunities around object storage.

  • EMC flash storage discussed by distinguished engineer

    EMC VP/Distinguished Engineer Daniel Cobb discussed EMC's flash strategy and use of TLC 3D NAND now that the new Unity midrange system is being added to the portfolio.

  • Buyers of NAS boxes think capacity -- and more capacity

    While hyper-converged systems and software-defined storage get most of the headlines, users who need capacity are still shopping for NAS systems.

  • Object storage vendors push NAS out of the enterprise

    The object storage market features products from both startups and established vendors that are being offered as true NAS alternatives.

  • Data storage media fighting capacity battle … for now

    Though tomorrow's data storage media may store petabytes, today's data storage growth is staying ahead of capacity … for the moment.

  • Object storage market vendors give NAS a nudge

    In this issue of Storage magazine, we examine object storage's scalability, resiliency, accessibility, security and manageability. Object storage is the foundation of cloud storage due to its greater scalability and resiliency over traditional file-based storage, and now a growing list of vendors in the object storage market are delivering object products intended to replace overtaxed NAS systems.

    Pricing and capacity make the public cloud a viable alternative to local backups. Where you run your apps and what data you need to back up are key factors when balancing the pros and cons of running backups locally or using the cloud as a backup target or a tier in a hybrid arrangement.

    Traditional storage platforms aren't up to the task of maintaining data lakes, which are most commonly associated with Hadoop architectures. But storage vendors now offer HDFS support that enables Hadoop processing using more traditional storage infrastructures.

  • OpenStack Mitaka brings new wave of storage features

    OpenStack Swift, Cinder and Manila storage software get feature updates in latest Mitaka release, as open source project teams plot future capabilities.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Riverbed adds AWS and Azure support to its SteelFusion

    Riverbed Technology this week announced its hyper-converged SteelFusion solution now supports both Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure so customers can leverage the cloud as a secondary storage ...

  • What the enterprise storage market looked like in 2000

    SearchStorage began in-depth coverage of the enterprise storage market in 2000, when Compaq was a major player, IBM looked prescient and EMC had its first $2 billion quarter.

  • Backup as a service isn't for everyone

    When it comes to their channel partners' ability to deliver backup as a service, backup vendors have plenty of misconceptions.

  • Alibaba details cold storage engine for Aliyun cloud

    Alibaba Group infrastructure engineers previewed an open source-based cold storage engine that could be the underlying technology for Aliyun cloud service.

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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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  • 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.

  • Twelve data storage industry startups to watch in 2016

    One of the key characteristics of the data storage industry is how it refreshes itself every year as new storage startups emerge and roll out innovative products. The past year -- 2015 -- produced a bounty of exciting new products that are shaking up the storage status quo with new approaches to old problems. We saw inventive solutions for data protection, scalable storage, cloud storage, virtualization, archiving and more. We profile a dozen of the startups that unveiled the most interesting and practical products in 2015.

    Disaster recovery is hard, expensive and just too darned time consuming. True? Not anymore. With cloud storage and computing services coupled with virtualization technologies, cloud-based DR is affordable for nearly all organizations. And as a bonus, it may yield the best RTOs and RPOs possible. We look at the details and reveal the good parts and the gotchas of cloud DR.

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  • 'Astonishing how open' EMC and Dell are about merger

    Evaluator Group's Randy Kerns looks at how Dell and EMC said all the right things at the recent EMC World and notes a key factor working in the companies' favor.

  • Jeremy Burton talks EMC technology under Dell, flash trends

    EMC president discusses potential opportunities for EMC products under Dell, open source efforts, the state of hybrid arrays and opportunities around object storage.

  • Object storage vendors push NAS out of the enterprise

    The object storage market features products from both startups and established vendors that are being offered as true NAS alternatives.

  • OpenStack Mitaka brings new wave of storage features

    OpenStack Swift, Cinder and Manila storage software get feature updates in latest Mitaka release, as open source project teams plot future capabilities.

  • Hadoop Distributed File System helps tackle big data

    Hadoop Distributed File System storage systems are being enlisted to tackle big data thanks to vendors like EMC, Hitachi, IBM and NetApp, and Apache.

  • Cinder still No. 1 OpenStack storage project, but Manila interest picks up

    Cinder still has the highest adoption rate among OpenStack storage projects, but interest in the nascent Manila file-share service is picking up, according to a 2016 user survey released this month ...

  • SwiftStack Inc. releases upgrade, previews Swift File Access

    SwiftStack 4.0 features integrated load balancing and metadata search; upcoming features include native file access and object synchronization to S3-compatible clouds.

  • 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.

  • Cataloging the drawbacks to Hadoop data analysis

    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.

    Storage for big data often consists of scale-out NAS or object storage, and many look to commodity hardware as a cost-effective way of capturing petabytes of information. Big data storage systems must not only be capable of holding large quantities of data but they also must perform well enough to enable real-time analysis. Bandwidth and response times are critical factors, and other aspects such as the cloud and Hadoop may play a role depending on the type of data being stored and analyzed.

    Indeed, there are positives and negatives to Hadoop data analysis, but the fact is, there is no magic bullet software to handle big data analytics. It often requires processes and people with specific skill sets, and often tools beyond standard business intelligence and analytics applications. However, there are software tools for analytics disciplines such as predictive analytics, data mining, text analytics and statistical analysis. And for unstructured and semi-structured data that doesn’t fit well in traditional relational databases, Hadoop and other related technologies are gaining in popularity.

    Take a closer look at Hadoop data analysis, particularly at enterprise concerns. You’ll have a better understanding of Hadoop Distributed File System and the role it plays with Hadoop data analysis.

  • Tools to tackle big data problems

    Storage for big data often consists of scale-out NAS or object storage, and many look to commodity hardware as a cost-effective way of capturing petabytes of information. One of the most challenging big data problems is that big data storage systems must perform well enough to enable real-time analysis. Big data analytics often requires processes and people with specific skill sets, but there are software tools for analytics disciplines such as predictive analytics, data mining, text analytics and statistical analysis.

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

    Data lakes can help manage those big data problems, but here is what you need to know before making the leap. 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, but there are drawbacks to keep in mind.

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