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  • Dropbox partner ecosystem helps with security, shadow IT

    Dropbox channel partners, which number more than 2,200 worldwide, are looking for places to add value around the file storage service as it moves into the business space.Continue Reading

  • Unified storage array offers best of both worlds

    With both file and block protocols supported, unified arrays provide configuration flexibility to handle a variety of applications.Continue Reading

  • 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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  • What's the key to IoT device discovery in the enterprise?

    Internet of Things devices are propagating within the enterprise. Expert Michael Cobb explains how an IoT device discovery process can help thwart security risks.Continue Reading

  • Dell PowerVault NX Series NAS platform

    The Dell PowerVault NX Series consists of three models that support file- and block- storage but not flash. We outline the specifications of each model and its capabilities.Continue Reading

  • Flash forward: What's next for flash storage technology

    Emerging flash technologies target capacity, reliability and cost, while the line between storage and memory continues to blur. Over the past couple of years, we've seen four major developments in flash storage technology: 3D architectures, which will allow denser NAND chips; memory channel flash, which uses a server's DIMM slot and bus to add solid-state storage; nonvolatile memory express (NVMe), which offers a more efficient way to tap into a server's PCIe bus to wring out more performance; and nonvolatile dual in-line memory module (NVDIMM), which adds a nonvolatile tier to system RAM. All of these techs are available now. This issue of Storage magazine outlines the best use cases and the advantages/disadvantages of each flash storage technology.

    Each new version of VMware's vSphere introduces new storage capabilities and features to support virtual servers. This issue explains vSphere's latest storage stuff, including new capacities, new performance controls and other storage-related management features. We'll also look at how storage vendors plan to support the new features.

    It doesn't matter what industry you're in, the size of your company or whether your shop is fully virtualized -- the odds are that you struggle to control or keep up capacity growth. With more devices than ever creating data and more uses for that data, many companies are reluctant to deep-six anything. Luckily, there are new and cost-effective ways to cope with all that data without breaking the bank.

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  • Small business NAS appliance options

    This rundown of four small business NAS appliances dives into their available features to help you decide which product is right for your organization.Continue Reading

  • Enterprise NAS: Vital features and purchase considerations

    If you're in the market for enterprise NAS, there are a number of important features you need to evaluate before making a purchase.Continue Reading

  • Future-proof your data center with a software-defined infrastructure

    As virtualization extends its reach beyond the server, software-defined storage is being included in strategies for future-proofing an infrastructure.Continue Reading

  • Sphere 3D launches SnapCloud cloud NAS in Microsoft Azure

    Sphere 3D SnapCloud presents as a physically attached local NAS for read/write, backups and replication between hardware and cloud instances.Continue Reading

  • Infinio Accelerator helps manufacturer minimize VDI latency

    National Specialty Alloys implemented a two-node configuration of Infinio Accelerator virtual appliances to accelerate VMware virtual desktops.Continue Reading

  • 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

  • SCVMM 2012 R2: Exploring storage support options for virtualization

    System Center Virtual Machine Manager supports multiple storage types, but it's up to the administrator to classify and provision that storage.Continue Reading

  • What are protocol endpoints in vSphere VVOLs and how do they work?

    VMware's new VVOLs feature allows storage functionality to be distributed on a per-VM basis. Protocol endpoints are integral to proper allocation.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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