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Top Ten Software Defined Storage Tips, Gotchas and Cautions

Given the hype around Software Defined Storage, it’s important for users to understand the potential problems.

Buying Guide to All Flash Arrays: Visionaries

A survey of flash storage vendors, including several that Gartner categorized as Visionaries in its MQ.

9 Tips for Getting the Most out of Flash Data Storage

Contrary to vendor hype, flash isn't the answer to all data storage problems. Yet it does make a huge difference in those situations where it's appropriate.

Top Tips for Implementing Data Storage Tape

Archival tape remains an essential storage option in a Big Data world with ever more data to backup.

Disk Array Buying Guide: Challengers and Visionaries

An overview of storage vendors that Gartner identifies as challengers and visionaries.

Disk Array Implementation Tips

For effective disk array, remember to match the array to the application, and make the most of virtualization.

General Purpose Disk Array Buying Guide

The disk array is the foundation of today’s data storage infrastructure.

Tape Data Storage Buying Guide

Think tape is passé for data storage? Tape is not only highly popular, in some sectors its usage is growing.

10 Expert Tips for Better Data Storage

Flash, “strategic flash,” and tape are among the expert recommendations. Plus: storage pros disagree about private clouds.

High Performance Data Storage Tips

Getting the most from high performance data storage requires making the best data architecture decisions.

Data Storage Benchmarking Guide

An overview of some of the leading data storage benchmarks.

Lustre Buying Guide

The open source file system is popular in High Performance Computing (HPC) and Supercomputing environments.

Top Ten Data Storage Trends that Emerged in 2014

In the data storage world, interest in software defined seems to have waned, while the cloud is on the way up.

WAN Optimization Buying Guide

A top-of-the-line WAN network must be able to serve data rapidly to end user populations that are increasingly mobile and often global.

Data Archiving Buying Guide

An overview of some of the major solutions in the data archiving market.

Software Defined Storage Deployments: Top Ten Tips

When it comes to Software Defined Storage deployments, beware of a rip and replace, and demand protection from vendors.

Tips for Better Deduplication

Although deduplication is mature technology, effective strategies for its use continue to evolve.

Deduplication Appliance Buying Guide

While Gartner's Magic Quadrant for deduplication backup appliances names EMC and HP as leaders, Quantum and Exagrid also receiving good grades.

Object Storage vs. File Storage

Both object storage and file storage have their strengths, with the two systems being ideal for different environments.

Top Ten Data Protection Tips

The best data protection plan requires planning, scheduling and documentation -- among other key features.

Object Storage Buying Guide

Object storage allows file data to be stored and preserved with its business context as additional meta-data.

Seven Tips for Disaster Recover in the Cloud

Cloud computing is changing disaster recovery, from pricing to methodology.

File, Sync and Share Storage Buying Guide

File, synch and share tools for data storage have proliferated greatly in the last two years.

Unified Data Storage Buying Guide

Unified data storage, dominated by large vendors, includes tools for SAN, NAS, shared virtual infrastructures and new hybrid cloud IT models.

Unified Storage Appliance Buying Guide

Proponents of unified data storage systems claim that their converged approach helps simplify operation.

Top 10 Data Storage Backup Tips

Data storage backup is easy to do inefficiently. Best practices require some careful thought.

Data Storage Backup Buying Guide

While not the sexy topic it once was, data storage backup still sells a lot of software.

Cloud Appliance Buying Guide

The cloud appliance sector is driven by the allure of commodity servers and hardware-agnostic software.

Buying Guide: Flash Arrays

Whatever a flash array vendor says, there’s no substitute for testing in your own environment and under your own specific workloads.

Seven Big Surprises from EMC World

The Internet of Things and the rise of the Third Platform, among other emerging trends.

SAN Management Buyer's Guide

Despite rapid change in the data center, the Storage Area Network (SAN) remains a critical element of the storage infrastructure.

Hybrid Cloud Storage Tips

Although hybrid cloud storage is becoming a default choice for businesses, it remains highly confusing.

Hybrid Cloud Storage Buying Guide

More companies are adopting a hybrid cloud storage model as cloud storage plays an increasing role in the enterprise.

Buying Guide for Enterprise Hard Drives

Sure, solid state drives get all the buzz, but hard disk drives are still a key tool in data storage. Here are some of the latest products available from HDD OEMs.

Cloud-Storage Mergers and Acquisitions: What’s Going On?

The pattern of furiously flying dollars reveals key trends in the storage business.

Eight Ways to Avoid Cloud Storage Pricing Surprises

Cloud storage can be a cost saver, unless you fail to double check the details.

10 Ways to Reduce Virtual Data Loss in Storage Environments

Even for storage admins well versed in data handling, virtual environments pose an array of challenges.

Open Source Storage Buying Guide

An overview of open source data storage solutions reveals that software defined has made big inroad in this sector.

Dell EqualLogic Storage Array Buying Guide

Riding the growing interest in flash storage, Dell claims to offer “flash at the price of disk solutions.”

Flash Data Storage: Product Overview

A survey of some of the flash-based storage products that have gained attention from enterprise buyers.

New Combo: Software Defined Storage, Networking

A look at leading solutions in software defined networking reveals that this sector is converging with software defined storage.

Top Ten Storage Trends of 2013

Flash, storage tiering, and 'software defined' were among the hot trends in the data storage market.

Data Storage: Hyperconvergence Buying Guide

Hyperconvergence, a technology that integrates commodity hardware into a single appliance, is playing a growing role in data storage.

Software Defined Storage: Getting Down to Specifics

A look at some of the tools and solutions that comprise software defined data storage.

Storage Networking World: From Tape to Cloud

At the big data storage conference, attendees talked about the collapse of Nirvanix, the value of tape and how cloud is changing data storage.

Seven Hot Products from Storage Networking World

New data storage products from the industry confab reveal many future directions in the storage market.

Tape Data Storage Market: Buying Guide

Contrary to the hype, tape is far from dead in the data storage market.

Top Ten Tips for Implementing a Virtual SAN

When implementing a virtual SAN, avoid “rip and replace," and watch out for extra overhead.

Virtual SAN Buying Guide

An overview of the options in virtual storage area networks from VMware, DataCore, HP, Sanbolic, and NetApp.

Hyper-V Storage Buying Guide

An extensive round-up of data storage solutions from vendors with products designed for use with Microsoft’s Hyper-V.

IT Disaster Recovery: Automate, Virtualize

When the unforeseen hits, an IT department needs a pre-set response pattern to lessen the chaos.

Five Tips for Hyper-V Storage

Hyper-V is gaining popularity as a virtualization solution, yet some businesses could make better use of it.

Flash Storage Buying Guide

These companies offer Flash and hybrid storage solutions for a variety of uses.

Five More Hot Storage Startups

Keep an eye on these new storage vendors.

Disaster Recovery Buyers Guide

These vendors provide a wide array of disaster recovery and business continuity services.

Six Hybrid Storage Tips

Most users can benefit from a mix of HDDs and flash.

Six Tips for Media Storage in a Big Data World

Media and entertainment companies need plenty of storage capacity, as well as analytics capabilities.

Eight Tips for Implementing a DR Program

Plan now to make sure you're prepared when a disaster hits.

Media and Entertainment Storage Buying Guide

These four storage systems give media and entertainment companies the performance, features and capacity they need.

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