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  • How much will 3D XPoint technology affect flash storage?

    Learn how Intel 3D XPoint fits in a flash storage technology space that has already seen single-level cell, multi-level cell, eMLC, triple-level cell and 3D NAND. Continue Reading

  • Hyper-convergence market buyer's guide

    The hyper-convergence market initially consisted of virtual desktops and remote offices, but has moved into data centers.

    Hyper-converged infrastructure products can be self-contained appliances with the software integrated, or they can be a software-only offering that runs on any commodity hardware. Customers can install it on their own hardware, buy Ready Nodes from hardware partners or as integrated EVO:RAIL appliances sold by hardware vendors.

    Because hyper-converged systems include hypervisors along with storage and servers, these systems are best for heavily virtualized environments. That is why virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is a popular use case. Hyper-convergence's "infrastructure-in-a-box" approach also fits well for remote offices because it saves having to buy separate products. SMBs and departments in large companies also find hyper-converged appliances a fast and easy way to install enough infrastructures to serve as primary storage for certain applications.

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  • Enterprise server architectures headed for a shake up

    After a few humdrum years, server architectures are in for big changes to close out the decade. Continue Reading

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  • SSD cache performance: What is the state of the market?

    SSD caching is included with a majority of products, so vendors have turned their resources toward maximizing throughput and endurance. Discover the issues behind the innovations. Continue Reading

  • Master the hyper-converged market

    It wasn't that long ago when the hyper-converged market was dominated by a small number of startups and, when it came to options, IT pros didn't have a lot to choose from. The hyper-converged market featured mostly single nodes which included storage, networking, compute and virtualization.

    Today's hyper-converged market has greatly diversified, with most major vendors offering some form of hyper-converged technology in their products.

    Other vendors have begun offering software-only hyper-converged products that pool all storage capacity seen by the hypervisor under a global namespace. These software-only products provide storage functionality in the form of thin provisioning or deduplication.

    How do you know which hyper-converged product is right for you? This Handbook shows you the converged architecture options on the market today, seven criteria for choosing the right hyper-converged system for you, and how flash fits into the mix. After reading this Handbook, you'll have a better understanding of the technology to make a purchase decision.

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  • Seven ways flash data storage beats HDDs for any workload

    If you believe flash storage is too expensive for non-mission-critical workloads, this head-to-head comparison between the technology and hard disk drives will change your mind. Continue Reading

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  • What important NVMe 1.2 developments should I know about?

    We know about solid-state standards like NVMe and SCSI Express, but some developments, such as using system RAM, should be on your radar. Find out how these factors affect SSD storage. Continue Reading

  • Shining a light on SQL Server storage tactics

    A good storage plan is key to proper database management no matter what system database administrators are working in. Without a sufficient SQL Server storage plan, the system may run out of space or process tasks too slowly. This handbook examines the complexities of storage in general and specific to SQL Server.

    In the first article, consultant Robert Sheldon takes a look at solid-state drives and what the differences are between using them or hard disk drives for storing SQL Server data. Then database administrator Basit Farooq provides insight into overcoming SQL Server storage management problems. Jessica Sirkin, associate site editor of SearchSQLServer, finishes it out with an article on configuring storage and other database elements for running SQL Server in Microsoft's Azure cloud.

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  • 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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  • 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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