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  • Solid-state/flash storage technology: Customer insight

    In this Tech Buyer Snapshot, we offer insight into the challenges and purchasing priorities of solid-state/flash storage technology customers. Continue Reading

  • Features and benefits of a VM-aware storage array

    There are many new storage options for organizations looking to ease the process of VM provisioning, including a new wave of VM-aware arrays. Continue Reading

  • 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.

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  • Caching, tiering lead flash storage technology

    Flash management has become more important as vendors push the cost of flash down by using less expensive (and less reliable) flash media. But with so many ways to implement flash storage technology, it can be a bit overwhelming. One popular approach uses the flash storage as a cache for hot data, but there are a number of different -- yet equally beneficial -- approaches for flash caching today.

    In this three-part guide, you'll learn the pros and cons of flash caching, which stores a copy of data temporarily in NAND flash-memory chips, and flash tiering, which moves data exclusively to a flash tier, where it sits for longer periods of time. This guide on flash caching and management compares the different approaches for flash caching today, compares it with flash tiering, discusses the strengths and weaknesses of each flash storage technology approach, and more.

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  • Is anyone using flash SSDs for general-purpose storage?

    Flash SSDs have become more popular in general-purpose storage thanks to lower price points and increased performance, leading to expanded capacity in virtual servers and desktops. Continue Reading

  • How is flash wear affected by virtual environments?

    Flash wear is an important concern in VMware and Hyper-V environments because features such as caching and deduplication can negatively impact endurance. Continue Reading

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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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