September 03, 2015
Historically, Fibre Channel technology has been a top choice for enterprises in need of a high-speed interconnect for SANs. With the introduction of iSCSI storage, however, the landscape shifted. Ethernet networking gained acceptance for block storage and became popular for file, and later cloud-based, object storage. It costs less, requires no dedicated switching and special training, and offers adequate performance for most business applications. But don't sound the death knell for Fibre Channel technology; market research indicates widespread use and a slow decline.
Most storage vendors today offer object-based storage, and interest in these systems is high. Object storage offers massive scalability, potentially better data management with extended metadata, cloud storage integration via support for RESTful APIs and lower overall storage costs. The trick, of course, is integrating object and all of its capabilities into environments still dominated by SAN, NAS, and applications that continue to expect file or block storage interfaces. But, it's being done.
Big data, Hadoop, MapReduce, data warehousing, business intelligence… All of these analytics applications place new demands on storage systems and often require new or modified storage structures. The special requirements of these analytics-on-a-massive-scale apps, and how to effectively manage their supporting storage infrastructures, are detailed in this issue of Storage magazine.
July 28, 2015
X-IO Technologies adds a SAN controller to give its ISE storage blocks the management and data protection customers want in traditional arrays.
May 04, 2015
Brocade goes deeper into IP storage switching, adding Ethernet support to its FC extension switch and management to its VDX 6740.
February 11, 2015
Nimble Storage adds a higher-capacity model to its iSCSI hybrid arrays, plus an all-flash shelf to bulk up performance.
February 02, 2015
A move to enterprise flash storage is a good time to review the networking decisions made years ago with slower disk systems in mind.
January 30, 2015
Fibre Channel is the top storage networking technology choice for customers of all-flash arrays and hybrid systems, according to a survey of storage vendors.
January 29, 2015
Landesk Software swapped out legacy EMC Fibre Channel storage for a Nimble Storage CS300 hybrid array to support 400 virtual machines.
January 09, 2015
Find out the six finalists we think offer the best storage systems of 2014, while still using ‘old-fashioned’ spinning disk.
December 30, 2014
Load DynamiX appliances enable GE's IT team to pre-test application workloads and validate performance to ensure storage arrays perform as expected.
December 12, 2014
Keep Cisco off the list of possible EMC suitors -- Cisco is too promiscuous a storage player to tie itself exclusively to one partner.