• Five types of storage virtualization: Pros and cons

    Expert Brien Posey discusses five ways to virtualize storage in an organization. Review the pros and cons of each approach to find the best fit for your data center.Continue Reading

  • Virtualize workloads with virtual SAN and virtual Fibre Channel

    Every administrator knows that storage is the key to any successful virtual data center. The real question is what options should IT departments consider when looking for storage hardware?Continue Reading

  • Fibre Channel technology is alive and kicking

    Historically, Fibre Channel technology has been a top choice for enterprises in need of a high-speed interconnect for SANs. With the introduction of iSCSI storage, however, the landscape shifted. Ethernet networking gained acceptance for block storage and became popular for file, and later cloud-based, object storage. It costs less, requires no dedicated switching and special training, and offers adequate performance for most business applications. But don't sound the death knell for Fibre Channel technology; market research indicates widespread use and a slow decline.

    Most storage vendors today offer object-based storage, and interest in these systems is high. Object storage offers massive scalability, potentially better data management with extended metadata, cloud storage integration via support for RESTful APIs and lower overall storage costs. The trick, of course, is integrating object and all of its capabilities into environments still dominated by SAN, NAS, and applications that continue to expect file or block storage interfaces. But, it's being done.

    Big data, Hadoop, MapReduce, data warehousing, business intelligence… All of these analytics applications place new demands on storage systems and often require new or modified storage structures. The special requirements of these analytics-on-a-massive-scale apps, and how to effectively manage their supporting storage infrastructures, are detailed in this issue of Storage magazine.

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  • What storage problems can vSphere Virtual Volumes solve?

    VSphere VVOLs allow virtual administrators to self-provision a pool of storage as they see fit.Continue Reading

  • How does RDMA work and why is it advantageous with flash?

    Remote Direct Memory Access is a good way to reduce latency in flash environments and works with InfiniBand and some Ethernet connections.Continue Reading

  • What's the best way to configure a storage LUN for VMs?

    There are many factors to consider when configuring a storage LUN to ensure it provides your VMs with the best possible performance.Continue Reading

  • Which storage protocol should I use for VMware vSphere?

    There are several storage protocol options for a VMware vSphere environment. Choosing the best one for your deployment will depend on your resources and performance goals.Continue Reading

  • Can multiple mainframes share IBM tape storage?

    I want to share a tape drive between the IBM System z mainframe and other IBM systems. Are there prerequisites for tape drive sharing?Continue Reading

  • Keys to a painless data migration process

    Moving data from array to array has always been a difficult process, but new techs and techniques make your data migration process easier than ever.Continue Reading

  • A lesson in flash caching

    Solid-state storage is proliferating as a replacement for hard disk drives, where it offers a quick shift into the fast lane of storage processing. But flash can also be used with hard disks for a low-cost solution that delivers nearly equivalent performance. Using flash caching produces faster writes and even faster reads. But it’s important to know that there are three basic types of caching -- file-level, block-level and aggregated caching -- each with its own best-use case.

    Object-storage is hot, with lots of buzz about how this new storage architecture offers enormous scalability, better file management and lower cost. We’ll tell you what it’s all about and how it might fit into your environment.

    The results of our ninth annual Quality Awards survey for backup and recovery software are in; see which midrange and enterprise backup applications users have the most confidence in.Continue Reading

  • Flash storage technology decisions

    Just about as quickly as we learn the merits of a new solid-state form factor, a new one appears. While the use and location of spinning disk storage is limited, solid-state offers a number of deployment and form-factor alternatives, including server-based storage, hybrid arrays, acceleration appliances and all-flash arrays. The best solution will depend on the specific problem you're using flash storage technology to solve.

    Cloud storage promises unlimited capacity, ubiquitous access and lower storage bills -- but is it appropriate for all applications? We look at some typical business apps and determine how much of the storage associated with those apps can be moved to cloud storage services.

    While it's not so popular as a storage operating system anymore, Windows Server does boast some sophisticated storage managements features -- especially in the latest "R2" release of WinServer 2012.

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  • Coraid Inc. changes CEO, sticks with scale-out storage strategy

    Kevin Brown steps down as Coraid CEO; new CEO Dave Kresse said he will accelerate the Ethernet SAN vendor's scale-out storage strategy.Continue Reading

  • Hyper-V 3.0 opens new virtualization doors with virtual Fibre Channel

    Hyper-V 3.0 allows VMs to connect to a SAN through a virtual Fibre Channel adapter, making even more servers good candidate for virtualization.Continue Reading

  • Five LUN management basics

    IT expert Brien Posey discusses five fundamental ideas storage professionals must understand when dealing with LUN management.Continue Reading

  • Top 10 enterprise data storage terms from SearchStorage.com

    Our list of the top 10 data storage terms allows IT pros to dig deeper into popular storage industry terminology.Continue Reading