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  • To improve hospital data storage, facilities fire up flash technology

    As petabytes of data make hospital data storage a struggle for health systems, flash storage technology holds promise -- and in some cases, pulls ahead of the cloud. Continue Reading

  • Server-side flash storage technology basks in spotlight

    Dennis Martin walks you through the flash technology advancements that are helping make server-side storage challenges a thing of the past. Continue Reading

  • 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.

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  • Tape archiving tips for a better storage strategy

    Studies show that tape archives are a comparatively cheaper method of long-term data retention. Explore how to use active archive and other storage technologies with a tape system. Continue Reading

  • How to measure flash storage's true value

    Flash storage, or using the broader term, solid-state storage, suffers from an inadequate measure of value. Flash storage provides a step-function improvement in the ability to store and retrieve ... Continue Reading

  • Flash appears as a viable hospital data storage option

    Healthcare facilities looking to boost their storage performance should be looking into flash, if they haven't invested in it already. Nicole Lewis, a contributor to SearchHealthIT, begins this handbook by describing how one hospital system converted to flash technology and subsequently experienced a noticeable improvement in clinical data processing. That increase in computing speed also helped the hospital system greatly shrink its physical storage setup and reduce the amount of time its employees take to complete financial reports.

    Next, contributor Brien Posey explains how facilities that practice telehealth should use flash for their hospital data storage needs. Telehealth is performed through videoconferencing, something that requires plenty of available network bandwidth. Poor storage performance can interfere with telehealth. That issue can be prevented with flash, Posey reasons.

    Lastly, Posey breaks down the deciding factors for organizations that are considering going entirely with flash or using a tiered approach for their hospital data storage.

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  • Benefits of flash storage: More VMs per host

    Flash storage represents a significant investment, but it can increase performance and may help save money in other areas. Continue Reading

  • Five pervasive flash-based storage myths

    Find out the top myths about flash storage today, where they come from and the reality hidden behind these common misconceptions. Continue Reading

  • Becoming familiar with VM-aware storage

    As with any product still in its infancy, an exact definition for virtual machine-aware storage can be difficult to nail down. In simple terms, VM-aware storage is an appliance that vendors build specifically with virtual machines in mind in order to cut back on some of the most pertinent issues in virtual environments: complexity, difficult management and lagging performance.

    Using VM-aware storage typically means there's no need to configure logical unit numbers and volumes, and because VMs are directly associated with the storage they reside on, priority can be given to more demanding apps and VMs can be granularly managed. This guide will walk you through what products classify as VM-aware storage, how they are implemented in virtual environments and what benefits they can bring to storage and virtualization administrators so you can make an informed decision about whether they're the right choice.

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