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  • October 20, 2016 20 Oct'16

    Dell EMC's making XtremIO multi-protocol

    EMC’s XtremIO all-flash SAN is getting a file-system injection thanks to Dell Fluid File System (FluidFS). Dell EMC previewed the NAS capabilities for XtremIO at Dell EMC World, saying they would ...

  • October 05, 2016 05 Oct'16

    Infinidat InfiniBox given compression injection, native iSCSI

    Infinidat claims InfiniBox can scale to 5 PB effective capacity in a 42U array and has 'carrier-grade' iSCSI in its enterprise SAN array; it still revolves around spinning disk.

  • September 26, 2016 26 Sep'16

    New NetApp AFF, FAS arrays launch with ONTAP upgrade

    NetApp all-flash arrays and hybrid storage arrays get updates, along with the ONTAP operating system and added support for Microsoft Azure, to kick off its annual technical conference.

  • September 15, 2016 15 Sep'16

    Violin flash upgrade: Is it a high note or swan song?

    Struggling Violin Memory launches two new Flash Storage Platform arrays with improved performance, lower latency and encryption in hopes of surviving in crowded all-flash market.

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  • Intelligent storage puts brainpower into data storage systems

    Vendors are offering storage systems that "know" more about the data within them than ever before. Powered by multiple CPU/cores, fast flash/memory, nimble software-defined storage and lessons learned from big data, these intelligent storage systems offer sophisticated, automated management for storing data more efficiently and increasing productivity and security.

    Hypervisors have steadily enhanced how they handle and manage both internal and external storage. Meanwhile, the implementation of storage for and within virtualized container-based application environments is advancing, but it is still in the early stages of development.

    After years of stagnation, new technologies have led backup into a golden era of rapid innovation. Cutting-edge products and groundbreaking approaches to data protection (instant recovery, flat backup, virtual appliances and more) allow users to better tap the hidden value of backup data.

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  • NAS applications will change with greater SSD adoption

    As NAS technology changes -- with new software features and faster, all-flash NAS hardware -- its use in organizations has evolved into functions for which it was never suited. Continue Reading

  • Direct backup changes rules, cost of backup

    Flat backup, also known as direct backup, is a backup approach based on storage snapshots, and it's gaining popularity.

    It allows users to copy data directly from primary storage to secondary storage without the use of a backup server and software.

    Its major benefits are simplicity and low cost. However, the approach requires specific technologies and can't protect every resource in an organization.

    Direct backup is not entirely new, either. Some vendors have supported it for years. And a number of additional vendors have gotten behind this technology recently. It has become a more viable option in recent years because of improvements in snapshots.

    These products rely on redirect-on-write snapshots, which have a lower impact on performance and allow snapshots to be taken more frequently. In all cases, the systems are proprietary, and in most cases are only possible using specific systems. Because of these limitations, flat backup will not be the right approach for many organizations. But in some cases, it can be very useful.

    Our Drill Down on flat backup will look at the technology in detail, explain how it works and the hardware that supports it, and discuss possible uses. It will also provide examples of when direct backup is not appropriate to help you decide whether the technology will be effective in your environment.

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