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Six hot data storage trends for 2015
For 12 years, Storage magazine has presented its roster of new data storage trends that are ready to have an impact in data centers. We’ll tell you why VMware VVOLs, all-flash arrays, cloud disaster recovery, flash caching, server SANs and hybrid arrays should be on your short list for storage technology refreshes.
Admins struggled with backing up virtual machines (VMs), until vendors responded with updated suites and new backup apps especially for VMs. But there were more basic issues with supporting virtual environments with traditional SAN and NAS systems. A handful of startups stepped up with arrays that shed the paradigms of the past in favor of a hypervisor-centric approach. Find out what life after LUNs is all about.
Our ninth annual Quality Awards survey for tape libraries reveals our readers' choices for the midrange and enterprise libraries that stand out in their environments.
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These half-dozen storage techs are leading edge and poised to help transform your data center.
Vendors are offering storage systems specifically engineered for virtual machines with an approach that's fundamentally different from SAN or NAS.
Perennially a strong competitor, IBM earns the top spot among enterprise tape libraries for the second time, while Dell snares its first midrange win.
The preferred method of adding solid-state tech to environments is via hybrid arrays that mix a small amount of flash with ample hard disk capacity.
Columns in this issue
Some vendors are making hardware sound like an afterthought, but software-defined technology depends on hardware innovation.
A hypervisor-based virtual SAN might seem convenient -- until you run up against its limitations.
Cloud gateways drop into your environment and offer great benefits, but they could go the way of the VTL without innovation from vendors.
Software-defined and hyper-converged storage don't eliminate the need for vendor reference architectures.