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  • Should I use an all-flash or hybrid array for my virtual desktop environment?

    Taneja Group's Tom Fenton weighs the benefits and drawbacks of using hybrid and all-flash arrays for storage in this expert answer.Continue Reading

  • Five ways VDI technology is affected by storage

    Managing storage for your VDI infrastructure has progressed, but there are still some snags. Here are five ways to avoid VDI environment issues.Continue Reading

  • What a desktop assessment can do for you

    Is every physical desktop a candidate for virtualization? A desktop assessment can help make this determination before a major VDI investment is made.Continue Reading

  • 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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  • In cloud storage, options abound

    This handbook examines cloud-based storage in terms of cost, manageability, scalability, security, latency/availability and more. While cost and security remain pressing concerns, cloud-based storage holds an increasing appeal for more organizations–and not simply for data backup. Determining its fit for a particular organization, though, involves a careful look at the use case, security requirements, costs, ease of data transfer, and regulatory compliance among other factors. A business is likely to want to tailor its use of cloud storage to specific uses. For example, transaction data is probably best stored on high-IOPS devices when used with interactive applications but stored on low-cost disk when used for analysis. And an organization will want to be alert for unexpected costs, such as when snapshot backups accumulate.Continue Reading

  • Considerations for scale-out file servers

    Scale-out file servers can significantly lower storage costs, but it might not be right for organizations. Here's what to consider.Continue Reading

  • Storage magazine chooses its 2014 data storage products of the year

    In the 12th edition of the Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com Products of the Year, we highlight 19 excellent data storage products in six categories. Our qualification process is unique -- vendors can only enter products that were newly introduced or significantly updated in the past year. As such, winners are a mix of veteran vendors and precocious upstarts that have rolled out impressive wares. We profile the winners and salute all 55 finalists.

    Software-defined storage is a hot topic these days, but what does it really suggest? If you’re looking for a storage DIY project, here’s everything you need to know before rolling up your sleeves.

    Where to stash archive data has always been an issue. You can copy it to tape and vault the tapes offsite, but retrieving data is slow and risky. Keeping it on disk is costly and wastes data center real estate. Cloud archive services can be the perfect remedy.

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  • Samsung SSD 845DC PRO

    Innovation is the key to Samsung's SSD 845DC PRO, which was the first 3-D NAND solid-state drive to hit the data center.Continue Reading

  • Nimble CS700

    Nimble Storage adds a higher-capacity model to its iSCSI hybrid arrays, plus an all-flash shelf to bulk up performance.Continue Reading

  • Scality Inc. Ring 5.0

    Scality's Ring 5.0 software-defined storage shares the bronze award in the Products of the Year storage system software category with VMware's VSAN.Continue Reading

  • Has it gotten easier to virtualize applications that demand high I/O?

    In the past, virtualizing real-time applications and other demanding workloads was avoided. With recent storage improvements, has it become easier?Continue Reading

  • Picking the perfect Hyper-V virtual hard disk format

    Users shouldn't choose a Hyper-V virtual hard disk format without knowing if it's the right fit for their production workload.Continue Reading

  • What can we expect from Storage QoS in the next release of Hyper-V?

    Windows Server 2012 R2's Storage QoS feature for Hyper-V has some shortcomings, but Expert Brien Posey explains how it has improved in this answer.Continue Reading

  • Amazon RedShift performance monitoring strategies

    The RedShift platform tackles a lot of cluster and database administration, but doesn't do it all. Some AWS tools can fill the monitoring void.Continue Reading

  • What are some considerations for choosing cloud block storage?

    If you're going to use block storage for cloud-based apps, there are some factors to consider. Andrew Reichman covers six in this expert answer.Continue Reading

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