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Weigh the pros and cons of technologies, products and projects you are considering.

  • What are some of the concerns around cloud-integrated storage?

    Cloud-integrated storage uses object storage as a tier to keep costs low, but migration and performance limitations are holding it back. Continue Reading

  • Integrating a cloud tier with on-premises storage

    The best approaches to using cloud storage create a seamless integration between on-premises and cloud storage. Integration of a cloud tier with on-premises storage can be accomplished in a number of ways. Some will prefer purpose-built software while others will use the capabilities built into storage systems or hardware gateway products.

    Over the years, cloud backup has gotten more sophisticated and today it's easier than ever to integrate cloud backup with current traditional backup methods. Other new cloud backup applications include the ability to spread backups across multiple clouds and back up data that's created in the cloud.

    Our Purchasing Intentions survey is one of the longest-running and most-comprehensive surveys of storage managers. It chronicles the technologies they're implementing or evaluating, and other initiatives and issues they expect to devote time and money to in the coming year.

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  • Storage purchase process grows more complicated

    Unified storage systems that can host block and file are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to NAS. Continue Reading

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  • The ultimate network-attached storage guide

    Get tips on implementing a NAS system, find out where the technology works best and understand the need-to-know purchasing criteria. Continue Reading

  • Big data workloads live on-premises

    Seven years after its birth, the frenzy around cloud is beginning to subside. IT organizations have embraced public cloud for some workloads, and built private clouds for others.

    IT is having productive discussions about which applications to leave where they are, and which applications to re-platform. They're considering the pros and cons of renting shared infrastructure rather than buying dedicated on-premises resources.

    You may not get the raw performance from a virtualized cloud instance that you could from dedicated bare-metal hardware -- you need to weigh that against the cost of hiring data center operations staff.

    Meanwhile, the hype around big data and social media has just begun. The technology for doing this kind of analytics exists today. You can build a Hadoop-based repository to store the untold amounts of raw data that can later be used to discover unimagined relationships and patterns. It all sounds very promising, but for now, the jury's still out about the value of these initiatives.

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  • 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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