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Vol. 10 Num. 12 February 2012

Helluva lot of data

All data isn’t big data, and dealing with it requires a variety of data storage technologies and disciplines. For a long time, I felt like I was the only person who was confused about this “big data” thing. I thought it meant dealing with large files, but the term also seemed to be tossed around in equal doses to refer to lots and lots of pieces of unstructured data. I think I get it now. It means both things, but it doesn’t refer to everything in between, which is probably 90% of the data stored in most data centers. But, to be fair, the 10% that’s some form of big data can be pretty important stuff. If you manage to parse these things out, they start to make some sense. Not the kind of sense storage marketers are trying to hypnotize us with by relentlessly pairing big data with “the cloud,” “virtualization,” “solid-state storage” and whatever buzzword du jour they think (or hope) describes their product lines. That’s nonsense. But if you put the 90% of data aside for a moment and look at the two big data constituencies, there’...

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Features in this issue

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    by Editors

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  • How storage stacks stack up

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    Storage stacks bundle storage, servers and networking in a single pretested product. While the parts may not be best of breed, a stack may be the best bet for your firm.

  • New tape techs

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    New developments in tape technologies and applications will help breathe new life into this venerable, and still very useful, storage medium.

Columns in this issue

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    Virtual desktops offer some attractive benefits, but storage systems that aren’t up to the task can make it hard to realize those benefits.