Storage efficiency News
January 26, 2016
Seagate is following in HGST's footsteps with the Enterprise Capacity 10 TB drive, which replaces air with helium to boost storage density of the traditional drive form factor.
January 21, 2016
The University of Utah Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute replaced EMC Isilon NAS with a cluster of Qumulo hybrid storage appliances and Qumulo Core scale-out software.
December 04, 2015
Though one in three shops are using cloud storage, primarily for data protection, security is by far the biggest concern with cloud storage services.
December 01, 2015
Violin Memory put out its fastest array to date, and an entry-level model that starts at $92,000, as it tries to balance its Flash Storage Platform for performance and storage management.
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Though storage acceleration technologies are available, Taneja Group research shows that IT admins still struggle with performance. Continue Reading
Virtualization has changed data centers, and now storage is changing to meet the new demands VMs place on IT administrators. Continue Reading
Migrating to Exchange 2013, or even preparing for a 2016 migration, may be the best choice for some organizations, but others could be fine with a legacy version. In this three-part guide, we will cover the key factors in making a decision regarding Exchange migrations, as well as sticking points in the upgrade process.
SearchExchange contributors highlight the factors that make a certain choice, like Exchange 2013, more viable than its predecessors. There are ways to ease the migration, they explain, as well as points during the upgrade process where an organization can easily get trapped. Deployment of Exchange 2013, though similar to past iterations, is more complicated and will require an approach that addresses all of the new features and how integration will affect the existing infrastructure.Continue Reading
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Learn the benefits of aggregation in a hyper-converged environment, how to choose between aggregation and replication, and the compromise to each approach. Continue Reading
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Some server-side caching products have evolved into complete software-defined storage platforms that can aggregate flash across multiple servers. Continue Reading
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Early adopters of data-aware storage arrays see better management and analytics, as well as compliance assurance from the technology. Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
The growing strain on storage systems has led IT to look for ways to help maximize efficiency and mitigate waste. It is possible to move away from traditional siloed LUNs and address storage volumes in terms of VMs.
This handbook examines the emergence of virtualization-aware storage and its promised improvements to virtualized data centers. Included is a discussion about ways to deploy virtualization-aware storage and the features. SearchServerVirtualization contributors also outline use cases and benefits that should be evaluated along the way. Though virtualization-aware storage offers better provisioning and management for admins, there are cloud services (such as the AWS Elastic File System) that deserve attention, as they may more effectively solve the same storage problems. Continue Reading
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Explosive data growth has brought about a commensurate increase in zettabytes, but a smart, proactive approach to archiving can help. Continue Reading
Data capacity challenges -- and the anxiety they bring -- result from the rapid explosion of data growth combined with barely increasing budgets. Continue Reading
While capacity is what storage is for, virtualized applications will also run better when the right type of storage is in place. Continue Reading