Storage performance characteristics News
October 20, 2016
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
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
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
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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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.Continue Reading
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
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.Continue Reading
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Storage capacity is growing at a rapid rate and by using the latest innovations in storage technologies it is possible to meet demands without growing your storage budget apace. Continue Reading
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Capacity and bandwidth are key reasons for new storage purchases, with SAN arrays that offer flash storage, data reduction and storage virtualization popular among buyers. Continue Reading
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NVMe improves the performance of flash storage, driving consumers to use it for performance problems even if it only leads to minimal gains in latency or throughput. Continue Reading
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