• 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

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Big data storage challenges: Speed, capacity and HDFS integration

    Big data infrastructure and analytics are some of the hottest technology topics today, and it can sometimes seem impossible to dissect and digest all the industry information surrounding them. As a revolutionary way of thinking about data and the way it's used and accessed, big data has staked a claim as a legitimate technology sphere. But what are some of the big data storage challenges storage professionals must deal with when architecting their systems to take advantage of everything the technology has to offer? This technical handbook offers practical advice and how-to tips for establishing an organizations' big data project goals, and delves into areas such as the speed at which analytical processes must deliver results, the ability to scale capacity and integrating HDFS with storage.Continue Reading

  • Making the most of local flash storage for virtualization

    Lower-cost PCIe and solid-state drives are making local flash storage a viable option for improving virtual machine performance.Continue Reading