Storage virtualization News
July 07, 2016
Komprise's data management platform appears as an NFS or SMB client. It crawls storage and points inactive file storage at object-based storage.
June 22, 2016
Hitachi Data Systems expanded its Unified Compute Platform with a new hyper-converged system and an updated converged model to address midmarket, departmental and ROBO environments.
June 01, 2016
Kaminario was among the all-flash pioneers, and now it finds itself battling against storage giants who have pushed aggressively into selling arrays without hard disk drives.
May 23, 2016
CEO Kevin DeNuccio said sales of the Violin Memory FSP are on pace to generate 25%-35% year-on-year revenue growth in 2016. Violin is pinning its hopes on FSP after failing to find a buyer.
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As the hype around the hyper-converged market persists, more storage administrators are evaluating the systems to determine whether they truly provide cost savings, simplified management and easy scalability. But to make that determination, there's a lot to consider. The first step is determining whether the type of data and business processes used in the environment are suitable to a hyper-converged environment. A virtual desktop infrastructure, for example, is a prime use case for hyper-converged technology. However, an extremely high-capacity environment may be better suited to using object storage or the cloud.
Today, there are more than a handful of vendors in the hyper-converged market offering systems with varying capacities, compatibility requirements and features. That means storage administrators need to consider many of the same things as they would were they evaluating a traditional SAN or NAS: Is solid-state storage needed for better performance? If so, how much? Is the maximum capacity per hyper-converged node enough for your environment? Does implementing a reference architecture make sense, or should software-only products that are implemented on commodity hardware be considered?
This buyer's checklist helps storage administrators make an educated purchase decision by providing an overview of the options on the hyper-converged market today, how they differ, which features customers should look for and the top use cases for hyper-converged storage systems.Continue Reading
As VMware Virtual SAN moves to the forefront of the software-defined storage and hyper-converged markets, users are advised to weigh its pros and cons before implementation. Continue Reading
Disagreement over the meaning of software-defined storage architecture continues, but it generally refers to the beneficial trend of separating software and hardware. Continue Reading
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The vSphere 5.1 Storage Distributed Resource Scheduler and storage clustering take the time and hassle out of storage maintenance in a spread-out environment. Continue Reading
Arrays loaded with flash drives are the speed kings of storage arrays. They can also be more expensive than traditional systems with hard disk drives (HDDs), so IT managers need to assess their application needs to make the best decision among all-flash array vendors.
Cheap HDDs give traditional arrays an advantage in price per GB, but systems equipped only with more costly flash drives can provide a significant edge in price per IOPS. Hybrid arrays combining HDDs and solid-state drives (SSDs) are yet another option to consider when balancing the price-performance equation.
Points of comparison for IT organizations weighing the various options from all-flash array (AFA) vendors include IOPS, latency, throughput, raw and usable capacity, flash type, networking options, architecture type (scale-up vs. scale-out), and supported storage features, such as data deduplication and compression, thin provisioning, snapshots, replication and encryption.
The original use case for AFAs was typically to accelerate the performance of a niche application with high I/O requirements. AFAs have since become more popular for primary storage, running multiple application workloads on a single flash array now that the products offer the capacity, management and storage capabilities to put them on par with HDD-based systems.
The use of denser, less expensive flash, such as multi-level cell and triple-level cell 3D NAND, and data reduction technologies are giving rise to claims from AFA vendors that their products can match or beat the price of high-end storage arrays equipped with the fastest spinning disks. So IT organizations need to compare the features and capabilities of many of the leading AFAs against specific criteria to select the right AFA to meet their technical and business needs.Continue Reading
Containers are everywhere. But do they meet organizations' storage needs? Continue Reading
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As applications drive the need for massive storage capacity, data center convergence will be aided by software-defined storage and networking to enable private cloud architecture. Continue Reading
Hyper-converged architectures: CTO and SearchCIO columnist Niel Nickolaisen lays out the five critical questions he asked before taking the plunge. Continue Reading
The software-defined storage market is getting a lot of attention these days, piquing the interest of budget-challenged storage managers. But the lure of software running on the cheap may be misleading if you're not ready for some DIY or to sacrifice some of the features you come to expect in storage systems. We profile the various iterations of software-defined storage, and offer detailed pros and cons of each.
Some say that archiving is one of the key killer apps that will make cloud storage a popular option. There are some compelling advantages to shipping unused data off site, but you need to know about the sometimes subtle differences among these services.
In our 10th Quality Awards for NAS systems, we had one surprise winner -- Synology -- and a NAS pioneer returning to the winner's circle after a short absence -- NetApp. Read about how your peers rank NAS products for their service, support and reliability.Continue Reading
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Configuration problems and extreme storage demands can take a serious toll on your storage infrastructure. Fortunately, with the right tools, these issues are easy to remedy. Continue Reading
Technology is coming to the rescue for organizations looking to lower their disaster recovery costs. Learn how these steps can help decrease your DR expenses. Continue Reading
Make sure to avoid reaching the limits set by vSphere, you could experience poor performance. Continue Reading