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  • How does EFS compare to other AWS storage options?

    Amazon Elastic File System is one of a handful of choices for data storage. What are its strengths and weaknesses compared to other storage services? Continue Reading

  • Why hyperconvergence has grown in popularity

    Hyper-converged systems are increasingly popular as a way to combine compute, storage, networking and server virtualization -- and bring them together under one offering, one product, from one vendor. Storage pros are hearing plenty about these systems as vendors look to compete in the hyper-converged space. These systems are designed to look and feel seamless, and vendors are working to make their hyper-converged systems stand out with things like WAN optimization, snapshot, and replication abilities. In this technical guide, learn how these systems work, how they differ from traditional storage systems, and which hyper-converged technologies can best serve your shop. Continue Reading

  • What are VMware VVOLs and how do they work?

    VMware's new Virtual Volumes allow virtual machines and applications to be better allocated to storage. The feature is now available in beta. Continue Reading

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  • What are the benefits of hyper-converged cloud storage integration?

    Hyper-converged products are increasingly adding support for public cloud access – a move that can make it easier to use the cloud as a storage tier. Continue Reading

  • 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

  • Five key VMware VVOLs takeaways

    The highly anticipated VMware Virtual Volumes feature is now available, and increasing vendor support is expected over the next 18 months. Continue Reading

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