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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mix and match data protection methods

    Disk, tape and the cloud all help ensure rapid recovery, reliable retention and data agility. Each should be part of your data protection strategy.

  • Data backup hardware buyers get good deals from vendors

    Buying data backup hardware has never been easy, but companies are leveraging vendor relationships to get discounts and other benefits.

  • Zadara Storage Inc. VPSA OPaaS 15.07

    Zadara Storage's Virtual Private Storage Array (VPSA) On-Premise as a Service (OPaaS) offers on-demand, enterprise-grade block and file storage, based on OpenStack technology.

  • Dell Foglight for Storage Management 4.0

    Dell Foglight for Storage Management 4.0 expanded its support and capacity planning capabilities for a more complete product that extends its reach in the market in 2015.

  • Data Dynamics Inc. StorageX 7.6

    Judges found the 2015 upgrade to Data Dynamics Inc. StorageX file management software brought significant improvements including extended integration and added features.

  • ProphetStor Data Services, Inc. Federator SDS 3.0

    ProphetStor Federator SDS 3.0 software abstracts storage capacity from heterogeneous hardware to provide data migration, automation and analytics features.

  • Asigra Cloud Backup Version 13

    Asigra Cloud Backup Version 13 provides an AWS Elastic Block Store Snapshot Manager and the ability to support Docker container backup through an Asigra partner.

  • Veeam Availability Suite v8

    Veeam Availability Suite v8 offers several key backup software components in one package, including Veeam Cloud Connect, Snapshot Hunter and WAN acceleration for VM replication.

  • Druva inSync 5.5

    Druva inSync 5.5 endpoint backup software stands out with its proactive compliance, cloud app integration, full text search and cloud privacy framework.

  • NEC HYDRAstor v4.4

    The NEC HYDRAstor version 4.4 is viewed as the most scalable target dedupe appliance and its Universal Deduped Transfer offers source-side dedupe to reduce bandwidth usage.

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  • 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.

  • Storage acceleration and performance trouble IT admins

    Though storage acceleration technologies are available, Taneja Group research shows that IT admins still struggle with performance.

  • Hot data storage market technology trends for 2016

    Check out our Hot Techs for 2016! For the past 13 years, we've honored the best and brightest technologies for the upcoming year. And as always, we are proud to present a batch of technologies we believe will make a big impact on data storage market technology. As in years past, most of our hot techs are "newish" rather than futuristic, because we want to focus on technologies that are mature and generally available.

    Implementing VDI is one of those IT projects that's tough to execute in the real world. The primary roadblock to user adoption is the performance of the virtual desktop, and most of these performance problems are directly linked to the storage infrastructure. In this issue, you'll get practical advice on deploying storage to support virtual desktops.

    And, surveys continue to indicate many organizations are still not confident in their ability to restore normal business operations quickly following a disaster. In spite of statistics that tell us every minute of downtime costs thousands, many shops haven't established a plan that they can rely on. In this issue, you'll learn best practices for BC/DR planning that are frequently overlooked.

  • Action! Storage for your video storage system

    Video and other multimedia production is no longer the exclusive domain of Hollywood studios and post-production services. Today, companies of all kinds have video and audio operations that rival that of professional media outfits. And those multimedia activities bring special storage requirements. Find out how today's video storage system is built from the ground up for multimedia, how tape can play a big role and why new digital video technologies are pushing the storage envelope.

    Backup appliances started out as niche products for smaller businesses, but caught on fast. Now, these products are available in configurations able to support enterprise workloads, and many of the major storage vendors have rolled out their versions of these all-in-one products. Learn more about today's backup appliance market as well as what's up with "traditional" disk products.

    Snapshots and replication have become popular data protection tools in today's virtual environments. But choosing the right approach for your shop can be confusing due to the wide variety of options available. This feature takes a look at the strengths and weaknesses of various snapshot techs and offers advice on choosing the right approach for your needs.

  • Flash forward: What's next for flash storage technology

    Emerging flash technologies target capacity, reliability and cost, while the line between storage and memory continues to blur. Over the past couple of years, we've seen four major developments in flash storage technology: 3D architectures, which will allow denser NAND chips; memory channel flash, which uses a server's DIMM slot and bus to add solid-state storage; nonvolatile memory express (NVMe), which offers a more efficient way to tap into a server's PCIe bus to wring out more performance; and nonvolatile dual in-line memory module (NVDIMM), which adds a nonvolatile tier to system RAM. All of these techs are available now. This issue of Storage magazine outlines the best use cases and the advantages/disadvantages of each flash storage technology.

    Each new version of VMware's vSphere introduces new storage capabilities and features to support virtual servers. This issue explains vSphere's latest storage stuff, including new capacities, new performance controls and other storage-related management features. We'll also look at how storage vendors plan to support the new features.

    It doesn't matter what industry you're in, the size of your company or whether your shop is fully virtualized -- the odds are that you struggle to control or keep up capacity growth. With more devices than ever creating data and more uses for that data, many companies are reluctant to deep-six anything. Luckily, there are new and cost-effective ways to cope with all that data without breaking the bank.

  • On-prem cloud: Storage in a bottle

    Storing important data in the cloud is a non-starter for many organizations. There are number of reasons for this, including legislation, risk and compliance. Oh, and of course, cost. For those organizations, an on-premises cloud could be a promising alternative. In other words, building a storage system that offers the key attributes of cloud storage while avoiding all that scary stuff. In our cover story, you'll find out what it takes to build an on-premises cloud system, the technologies required and what an on-prem cloud offers that traditional storage does not.

    Backup is no longer simply copying data in case something goes wrong. Nowadays, the bleeding edge of backup is about meeting the demands of the "always-on" data center. It wasn't too long ago that meeting these types of demands seemed impossible, but that is changing. You'll find out about the new technologies and approaches that are addressing modern data protection challenges.

    Building an effective disaster recovery (DR) plan requires a detailed analysis of the types of risks it will need to protect against and the impact those risks represent. With our step-by-step roadmap, learn where to focus DR resources and how much to invest in building and maintaining those resources.

  • Performance counts when buying a solid-state storage device

    More than half of our surveyed companies are using flash now, with plans to use it for more than just mission-critical apps.

  • Asigra, Veeam remain top users' choice for backup applications

    Enterprise and midrange vendors who were each first-time winners in last year's Quality Awards for recovery and backup applications software win again this year.

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