April 19, 2016
Memory channel storage vendor Everspin sells ST-MRAM devices with byte-addressable memory channel storage designed as a write cache with predictable latency.
February 17, 2016
We've reached a point where it's easy to justify equipping servers with SSDs: the performance gains they offer enable new workloads, and improve end-user satisfaction with response time and run time. In many cases, SSDs pay for themselves by avoiding new server purchases. There is simply no reason not to migrate from HDD to SSD in servers anymore.
February 12, 2016
The fourteenth edition of the Storage magazine/SearchStorage Product of the Year awards recognizes the innovation, performance and functionality of 18 the best data storage products. And, as we've often seen, these outstanding data storage products come from both well-established vendors and startups just on the scene. Winners are recognized in six categories: backup software, backup hardware, storage system software, all-flash arrays, storage management tools and hybrid arrays.
Hyper-converged systems pack storage, compute and networking into hypervisor-based bundles. These turnkey packages offer fast deployment and ease of use, but there are significant differences among products and limitations you should be aware of.
RAID has been the de facto internal data protection technology for years, but new approaches are better suited to new storage architectures. Make sure your data is as safe as it can be.
October 29, 2015
The SwiftStack 3.0 upgrade adds an active secondary controller, as well as lets users mix and match erasure coding and RAID data protection schemes within a cluster.
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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
Take storage and a few servers, add the special software and -- voila -- instant array. Continue Reading
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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Object storage has unique features, including erasure coding and multi-copy mirroring, which may make it better suited to data protection than more traditional systems. Continue Reading
When dealing with large data sets, you don't want to use system resources to examine all files to get your information. Object storage, and its unique identifiers, eases the process. Continue Reading
The NetApp FAS2500 series includes the FAS2554, FAS2552 and FAS2520. The NAS systems support hybrid flash setups for environments with mid-tier network storage needs. Continue Reading
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A good storage plan is key to proper database management no matter what system database administrators are working in. Without a sufficient SQL Server storage plan, the system may run out of space or process tasks too slowly. This handbook examines the complexities of storage in general and specific to SQL Server.
In the first article, consultant Robert Sheldon takes a look at solid-state drives and what the differences are between using them or hard disk drives for storing SQL Server data. Then database administrator Basit Farooq provides insight into overcoming SQL Server storage management problems. Jessica Sirkin, associate site editor of SearchSQLServer, finishes it out with an article on configuring storage and other database elements for running SQL Server in Microsoft's Azure cloud.Continue Reading
Snapshots, mirroring, replication and erasure coding are among the data protection systems that help keep data safe -- see how and when to use them. Continue Reading
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
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Is it better to create one large LUN or many smaller LUNs? The following guidelines can help you to pick the most appropriate LUN size. Continue Reading
If it's time to tune your data center hardware, consider fixes like DRAM expansion, SSDs or container virtualization. Continue Reading
If predictable performance is a concern, IT planners should look for a solution that can set up a dedicated storage tier and a converged storage tier. Continue Reading