• Top five reasons to choose NAS vs. DAS

    DAS can be useful for specific applications, but NAS is often the better option because it can provide a greater number of storage architecture options.Continue Reading

  • Smarter storage from metadata, object stores

    One of the distinguishing features of object storage systems is their ability to package more metadata with each object they store. That metadata could be used to restrict access, define a file's lifecycle and its ultimate disposition. Other storage products are emerging that can do the same or similar type of data classification. This allows data management tasks to be automated via policies set by IT, thus creating smarter storage systems.

    Enterprise file sync-and-share use has taken off in many organizations, but consumer file sync-and-share use can leave corporate data unprotected. In-house EFSS can help guard against data loss by giving IT oversight and control.

    Today, organizations face a wide array of storage challenges. Luckily, there are myriad training and certification opportunities for IT pros looking to bolster their knowledge of the storage technologies.

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  • What do I need to know about implementing vSphere VVOLs?

    VSphere VVOLs are making a splash in the storage market. Taneja Group expert Tom Fenton answers questions regarding updates to firmware and software.Continue Reading

  • Object storage vs. block storage in the cloud

    Object storage isn't your only choice when it comes to the cloud. George Crump digs into the benefits of alternative storage technologies such as NAS and block.Continue Reading

  • NAS security: How to combat network-attached storage device risks

    Network-attached storage devices can present a plethora of security issues to an enterprise. Expert Kevin Beaver explains how to detect and mitigate the risks.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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  • SAN system buying guide: The fundamentals

    Use this guide to determine if a SAN is right for your environment, or if you should go with DAS or NAS.Continue Reading

  • Which cloud storage system matches your data?

    Choosing a cloud storage system can be a daunting task. Expert Dan Sullivan explores the benefits of SSDs, databases and other cloud storage options.Continue Reading

  • When should I use global file locking in the cloud?

    According to analyst George Crump, global file locking isn't required for single-office cloud users, but for multisite organizations it is a top requirement in a cloud service.Continue Reading

  • Jon Toigo on 'What is software-defined storage?'

    Like nearly everyone else, Jon Toigo has grappled with the definition of software-defined storage ... until he realized there are three.Continue Reading

  • Cloud-based disaster recovery: Just add data for instant recovery

    Cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) is shaping up as a killer app for the cloud. It’s cheaper than other DR arrangements, can be implemented quickly and recoveries can be lightning fast. It’s a pretty direct route to solid data protection, but there are key decisions to make and some gotchas to watch out for.

    Many companies want the convenience of a storage cloud service, but don’t want to ship their data off-site. OpenStack, an open source collection comprising a cloud operating system, an orchestration layer and service apps, can use existing storage resources to create an internal cloud storage service.

    NetApp, EMC and Dell all earned high marks from users in the ninth annual Quality Awards service and reliability survey for NAS systems. EMC and Dell finished in a virtual dead heat in the enterprise division, while NetApp outdistanced EMC by a slightly wider margin in the midrange group.

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  • What are the benefits of using an object storage system with file access?

    With increasingly demanding workloads, NAS systems can have a hard time keeping up. Can using NAS with an object storage option relieve some of these problems?Continue Reading

  • Can I use NAS storage with my hyper-converged infrastructure?

    Hyper-converged options aren't always compatible with shared storage, but some products have added capabilities to better leverage existing architecture.Continue Reading

  • Is traditional enterprise backup dead?

    Colm Keegan of Storage Switzerland takes a look at virtual server backup today to determine whether enterprise backup is still relevant.Continue Reading

  • Big data storage architecture combines speed and capacity

    A big data storage architecture needs to consider scaling, I/O balancing mechanisms and high-performance throughput capabilities.Continue Reading