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  • July 06, 2015 06 Jul'15

    Managing storage for virtual servers

    It's easy to understand why server virtualization has become so popular among IT admins. Virtual servers are flexible, mobile and can be deployed or decommissioned rapidly. However, managing storage for virtual environments can be difficult. Many shops struggle with managing storage for virtual servers, and even more could realize better performance with more sophisticated management. Storage management tools for virtual environments can capture and record data from hypervisors; extend visibility into storage, network and applications; and provide trending analysis to help keep resources in balance. These tools can help you take a proactive approach to storage management, reduce costs and improve performance.

    RAID has formed the backbone of local data availability for nearly 30 years, but the technology is starting to show its age, and erasure coding has emerged as an alternative. Some even say it could even eliminate the need for traditional data backup.

    Storage and backup administrators are a tough crowd. So it means something when users of Asigra and Veeam backup products return the two vendors to the winner's circle in a reprise of last year's Backup Software Quality Awards results.

  • April 14, 2015 14 Apr'15

    The data center SSD takeover is well underway

    The future of hard disks grows bleaker by the day, with giant SSD storage densities, outdated RAID algorithms and faster interconnects ushering in flash domination.

  • March 20, 2015 20 Mar'15

    AWS EBS volumes push the scalability envelope

    AWS EBS volumes now offer 16 TB volume sizes and support for up to 20,000 IOPS, but users wish upgrading to the new volumes was a smoother process.

  • March 18, 2015 18 Mar'15

    Promise Technology VSky pushes into PB- scale object storage

    Promise Technology's VSky object storage can handle petabytes of data and is aimed at rich media and video surveillance.

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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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