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  • Buyer's checklist to software-defined storage vendors

    Vendors have flocked to SDS to help describe their various approaches to the market. When all the vendor hype and marketing presentations are over, how does today’s storage pro truly understand this transformative technology? This Buyer’s Guide will differentiate between the various types of software-defined storage. This buyer’s checklist explains what to look for in a true SDS offering and outlines the vendor offering in various implementations of SDS. What do the experts say about SDS support? What about software-only offerings? How important is it to choose your own hardware when running SDS? Finally, what’s an SDS implementation really going to involve? Storage pros need answers to these crucial questions and our Buyer’s Checklist breaks down the major players and their game plans in a way that is easy to understand and use. Continue Reading

  • Use software-defined storage for do-it-yourself data storage arrays

    Take storage and a few servers, add the special software and -- voila -- instant array. Continue Reading

  • redundant array of inexpensive servers (RAIS)

    A redundant array of inexpensive servers (RAIS) is the use of multiple servers with load balancing to manage demand across servers and allow one server to take over for another in the case of failure. Continue Reading

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  • Realize the benefits of storage virtualization

    Storage virtualization can come in a number of different forms. Some might consider storage virtualization as software that acts as a control layer to pool capacity from multiple, different vendors. Others might include the several types of products that fall under the software-defined storage category in their definition of storage virtualization. Some would even argue that storage arrays that come equipped with features such as RAID or thin provisioning provide some of the same benefits of storage virtualization. Regardless of the chosen method, there are some common goals that storage virtualization can achieve -- greater scalability and more efficient management are high on that list. But when pairing storage virtualization with server virtualization, the picture gets a little less clear. Conflicting virtualization layers can waste resources if one abstraction layer masks the features of the other. Furthermore, it's possible for management to get murky if there are separate control panels for separate virtualization layers -- and that can make monitoring and troubleshooting that much more difficult. This E-book provides an overview of the most common storage virtualization technologies available today and the benefits and drawbacks of each. It will also provide a series of best practices for storage administrators who are considering the use of a storage virtualization product in their virtual server environment. Continue Reading

  • 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

  • Hewlett-Packard 3PAR StoreServ 7000 Series Storage Arrays

    The HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 series is a line of storage arrays designed for enterprise SAN environments. Continue Reading

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