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12 Key Questions to Ask All-Flash Storage Vendors

The key to buying the right all-flash array for your needs is to know what your needs are and to ask the AFA vendor the right questions so you’ll get accurate answers. Before you make your flash buying decision, ask your sales rep these twelve key questions.


In the SSD vs. HDD debate, there's a good deal of confusion in the storage market about which is better for their business. Let's go in-depth: What are the real differences between SSD and HHD?

Choosing the Best Enterprise NAS

Selecting the best enterprise NAS requires understanding an array of factors. At their best, enterprise NAS performance and capacity are highly scalable, offers a centralized management console, and ships with native data protection features.

Best Enterprise NAS Devices

The best NAS storage for you needs will depend on a wide variety of factors.

RPO and RTO: Understanding the Differences

IT needs to set different recovery time and point objectives according to their budget, resources and application priority. These two objectives are known as Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO).

Guide to Data Governance

Also called IT governance, data governance transforms inefficient and high-risk business processes into increased revenue and lower risk.

Data Backup and the Media Industry: A High Maintenance Client

Amid the excitement over cloud-based production and lucrative archives, the media and entertainment industries cannot afford to shortchange the backup and recovery process.

SSD vs. HDD: Performance and Reliability

Should you buy that new storage system with SSD, HDD, or both? The answer depends on understanding the balance of cost, performance, capacity, and reliability to create a combination of HDD and SDD for your workloads and budget.

7 Tips for the Enterprise Data Storage Manager

Note to data storage admins: take consistent time to plan and optimize your storage and you’ll improve your storage environment and get back the time you’re losing.

2018 Data Storage Market Overview

In business data storage, data growth spurs development of capacity and performance across all storage media. It also spurs development in software tools meant to manage all that data, including data mining and compliance solutions.

HYCU: Product Overview and Insight

HYCU is purpose-built data protection for Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform. HYCU is application-aware and intelligent, and runs as virtual backup appliances on Nutanix clusters.

Managing Cloud Storage Migration

Migrating your data storage to the cloud enables significant business advantage, yet proper management of cloud storage is critical.

Three Macro Trends in Enterprise Data Storage

Leading among the technologies that are driving enterprise storage are software defined, hyperconverged infrastructure, and AI/machine learning.

Enterprise Backup and Recovery Management

A data backup and recovery plan and a management strategy involves an exhaustive examination of available tools, thorough planning and a data recovery strategy that delivers on all that hard work.

Software-Defined Storage Costs: The Real Costs of SDS

Software defined storage can be a long term cost saver, but businesses must understand the variables and make smart decisions about their SDS deployment.

Hard Disk Drives: An Overview

Disk drives are still the backbone of data storage, used in a plethora of business environments. Here’s the inside story on this key data storage building block.

Software-Defined Storage Design Considerations: 5 Key Tips

Optimal design for software defined storage requires understanding hardware compatibilities and designing for current and future resilience.

The Cold Cloud: Long-Term Backup Storage in the Public Cloud

Public cloud vendors offer several low-cost options for storing data that is accessed very infrequently.

Software-Defined Storage: It’s Real but Defining It Can Be a Real Trick

True SDS decouples storage hardware from data services and automates storage management across multiple devices.

Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery as a Service: How is DRaaS Different from Backup and Recovery?

When choosing a cloud-based data protection vendor, it's important to understand the differences among the types of services available.

Big Data Storage Takes a Data Lake Swim

When it comes to effective Big Data Storage, the data lake plays a key role – and will play an ever larger role in the years ahead.

Big Data Storage: Machine Learning and Scalable NAS

Tips on what to look for when researching massively scalable storage systems for the biggest big data – machine data.

Why Storage Tiering Still Matters

Storage tiering helps enterprises deal with data growth more cost effectively.

Evolving Hyperconvergence

It's time to bring hyperconvergence to secondary storage.

Public Cloud Compliance: Key Protection

It's possible to remain compliant and use public cloud storage, but companies should never forget that responsibility for compliance rests with them.

Setting the Stage for Storage Innovation

Startups and established vendors are doing interesting work in data awareness, storage IO optimization and archiving.

Silent Data Corruption, the Backup Killer

When data corruption goes undetected, it creates a high risk for applications. It can then create a pervasive data integrity problem.

Is the Dell/EMC Merger Good or Bad for Storage? Try Both

There may be some customer angst over suddenly unsupported storage products -- and there might be some quite happy customers.

Cloud Gateways in the Enterprise

Cloud storage gateways offer benefits like flexibility, file sharing and improved security.

VVOLs and VMware

Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) enable a VM to communicate its data management requirements directly to the storage array.

Data Copy Management Wants to Crush Your Copies

Data copy management offers a ket advantage in complex computing infrastructure, not only for data protection but also for business groups that depend on production data copies.

Will the “Tape is Dead” Folks Please Sit Down?

Those vendors that claim tape is no longer viable for data storage usually have a vested interest in other storage media.

Software Defined Storage Challenges

Sure, Software Defined Storage has advantages, but its challenges are also significant.

Hybrid Cloud Storage Buying Guide, Part II

Hybrid cloud storage offers strong benefits for business and many more vendors are expected to move into this sector.

Data Storage Security: Securing the Physical Data Center

While many storage admins worry the most about network security, the physical security of data is also essential.

Data Storage: Who's Got the Encryption Key?

A vendor's assurance that your data is encrypted is not enough to protect yourself in all scenarios.

Enterprise File Sync and Share: Issues and Vendors

It's essential that data storage admins choose a file sync solution that's robust enough for their level of business.

Hybrid Cloud Storage: Extending the Storage Infrastructure

Hybrid cloud storage offers significant cost savings, but beware of over-hyped solutions that don’t offer all of this technology’s true benefits.

Unified Data Protection Comes of Age

Enterprises should look for a backup and recovery platform with next-gen architecture and features.

Mainstreaming High IO Performance with Flash Cache

Enterprise storage solutions with flash cache can offer faster performance and lower latency at a reasonable price.

IT Department Takes on Critical Ediscovery Role

After years of minimal involvement in ediscovery, IT is increasingly responsible for the critical data management and collections phases of ediscovery. As  email archives and backup take on new ediscovery responsibilities, three factors are driving this change.

Sea Changes for IT and Ediscovery

Ediscovery is increasingly falling into the IT organization's hands. This presents a challenge for ediscovery vendors who are used to dealing with IT secondary influencer but selling directly to legal.

The Top Six Trends in eDiscovery

Trends include project management, cloud positioning, social media, interdisciplinary teams, interoperability, and in-house eDiscovery.

eDiscovery and Unified Archive Repositories

A successful eDiscovery process depends on a strong foundation of well-managed data.

IT and eDiscovery Collections

The collections process for eDiscovery is showing signs of moving away from service providers and coming in-house.

IT, eDiscovery and Enlightened Self-Interest

eDiscovery development and dollars are moving fast into areas under IT’s direct control and there are many driving factors that are making eDiscovery more attractive to IT.

Critical Success Factors for IT and eDiscovery

IT should bring its own set of buying criteria to the table in the early stages of the eDiscovery process, especially since the critical success factors for eDiscovery purchases mimic those of storage management buys.

eDiscovery: A Light at the End of the Tunnel - and It's Not a Train

There are three major stages of eDiscovery that, if done well, will also help solve storage management, compliance and governance issues.

Hosting eDiscovery in the Cloud: Know What You're Getting

There is a lot of confusion over what constitutes the cloud. So let’s define some cloud terminology narrowed down by eDiscovery.

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