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Top 10 Predictions: How Will All-Flash Storage Look in 5 Years?

Most storage experts see nothing but blue skies ahead for all-flash storage.

Top 10 All-Flash Storage Vendors

Learn more about the all-flash storage vendors that appeared in the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant report.

Microsoft Azure: 8 Ways to Save on Cloud Storage

These tips can help you avoid unpleasant surprises on your cloud storage bill.

Why Storage Companies Are Partnering with Microsoft Azure for Cloud Storage

DataCore, Panzura, Nasuni, Zadara, Veritas, Caringo, Datapipe and other storage vendors are leveraging Azure to help grow their businesses.

Google Cloud: How to Reduce Data Storage Costs and Maximize Performance

These tips can help enterprises realize the cost and performance benefits they hope to gain from cloud storage.

Google Cloud Platform Gaining Data Storage Momentum

Many leading storage vendors are partnering with the cloud computing provider.

Who Will Rule the Storage World?

Over the past decade and a half, the top players in the storage market have remained the same. Will the trend continue?

5 Hot Storage Technologies to Watch

These new advances could boost performance, improve efficiency and support modern applications and architecture.

A 10-Year Review of Data Storage

The top competitors in the market have remained the same, but the technology has gone through radical changes.

8 Vital Data Protection Tips

Taking a few simple steps can help reduce the likelihood that your sensitive data will experience a breach.

8 Hot Data Protection Products

These new solutions can help secure data against attacks while ensuring that enterprises meet compliance requirements.

Top 10 Tips for Software-Defined Storage Deployment

SDS may not be catching on as quickly as some had hoped, but it excels in certain environments and use cases.

8 Hot Solid State Storage Products

Dell EMC, Toshiba, Seagate and Micron are coming out with new flash storage arrays that could interest enterprise customers.

What to Do with Legacy Assets in a Flash Storage World

You don't have to rip-and-replace all your existing HDDs. Here are several ways to continue extracting value from them as you transition to all-flash.

Where All-Flash Storage Makes No Sense

Experts say there are some use cases where organizations should not use all-flash storage.

All-Flash Array Economics

AFA prices haven't yet equaled HDDs on a per-gigabyte basis, but they offer other financial benefits that make them attractive to enterprises.

Buying Guide: All-Flash Storage

Dell EMC, Pure Storage, IBM, NetAPP and HPE are leading the way with AFAs.

8 Data Machine Learning and AI Storage Tips

Machine learning and artificial intelligence are coming to the enterprise. Are your storage systems ready?

Top 10 AI and Machine Learning Data Storage Trends

Artificial intelligence technology could have some positive impacts on the storage industry.

Enterprise SSD Buying Guide

Vendors have been rolling out a number of new products for the enterprise SSD market.

Top Tips for Enterprise SSD Form Factor Selection and Deployment

Some form factors are better than others for certain applications.

Software-Defined Storage: Where It’s Headed

Software defined storage, though still in its infancy, is sure to be a major technology in the years ahead.

Buying Guide: Software-Defined Storage

These are some of the leading SDS vendors with products suitable for enterprise customers.

Top 10 Things Driving DRaaS Adoption

Cloud-based disaster recovery services are growing in popularity for a wide variety of reasons, including cost and reliability concerns.

Cloud Storage Vs. On-Premise: 11 Reasons to Choose the Public Cloud

Here are eleven areas where the public cloud has an advantage over in-house storage solutions.

Cloud Storage vs. In-House: 12 Reasons to Stay On-Prem

While cloud storage is growing increasingly popular, on premise data storage continues to have key advantages.

Startups Speed Data Movement for Cloud Storage

A new crop of startups are making it easier to move data to and from cloud storage services.

Top Trends in High Capacity Enterprise SSDs

A huge price drop in flash has been paralleled by another spectacular occurrence: the storage capacity of Solid State Drives (SSDs) has gone through the roof.

Top Ten Tips to Address Cloud Storage Problems

Be prepared for some of the most common issues when moving data into cloud storage services.

Top 10 Enterprise SSD Market Trends

The enterprise SSD market is growing quickly, but that doesn't mean HDDs are dead.

The Future of NAS Data Storage

NAS storage will be around for the foreseeable future, but the market is changing.

Storage Hyperconvergence: When Does It Make Sense?

Hyperconverged infrastructure offers excellent ROI for some applications, but for others it makes sense to stick with traditional servers and storage.

Dell-EMC Merger Means Hyperconverged Data Centers and More Enterprise SSDs

At EMC World, Dell and EMC executives provided some insight into the future direction of the merged company.

Top Ten Tips for Storage Hyperconvergence

This advice from experts can help organizations make sure they are getting the best HCI for their needs.

Looking Beyond the Hype at Hyperconvergence in Storage

Hyperconverged infrastructure is growing quickly, but don't expect them to completely replace traditional SAN and NAS storage anytime soon.

Navigating From All-Disk to All-Solid State Storage

These tips can help organizations integrate AFAs into their storage infrastructure.

Eight Tips for Implementing an All-Flash Array

To avoid problems when deploying AFAs, enterprises need to select their hardware carefully.

Is Optical Disc an Illusion?

Concerns about capacity and other perceived disadvantages lead some storage experts to doubt optical, yet some see value in the format.

What Does Everything’s a Service Mean for Storage?

As the tech world shifts to the "as a service" model, the implications for storage are enormous. Is this a positive trend?

Top Ten Storage Appliances

These appliances offer deduplication, backup, acceleration and other services for your storage systems.

Handling Virtual Storage Challenges

When it's not done well, storage virtualization can lead to some significant problems.

Is Disk Storage in Trouble?

HDD sales have been declining as flash storage becomes more popular.

Top 10 Storage Vendors With Staying Power

Acquisitions have the storage landscape in constant flux, but some vendors fall under the category of untouchable.

The Future of Flash Storage

New form factors, TLC, 3D design, NVMe and WALDIO will help flash keep up with skyrocketing storage demand.

Five Technologies Improving Storage Performance

Deduplication, compression, object storage, IO-improving software and NVMe could help future storage systems deal with increasing data volumes.

Why Hard Drives Are Here to Stay (For Now)

New technologies like shingled magnetic recording, heat assisted magnetic recording, helium drives and heated dot magnetic recording will make HDDs cost-effective far into the future.

Are We Heading for Storage Armageddon?

Will there be enough storage to accommodate big data, analytics, mobility, the cloud and the Internet of Things?

Top Ten Ways to Use OpenStack for Storage

OpenStack can be helpful for storage virtualization and SDS initiatives, as well as for mixed storage environments.

Top Ten Tips for DR as a Service

Deciding when and how to implement DRaaS in the enterprise requires weighing various interlocking factors.

Storage Users Speak: Data Lakes, DR, Big Data, Virtualization, the Cloud

Data storage administrators at a variety of companies talk about their approach to improving data storage efficiency.

Defining the Future of DR Storage

The rise of cloud computing is changing disaster recovery, but most enterprises will keep some on-site storage.

Software-Defined Storage Buying Guide

Well-established tech companies and some newcomers are jumping into the software-defined storage business.

NVMe: The Golden Ticket for Faster Flash Storage?

This technology could help eliminate bottlenecks and make flash, storage and applications faster.

OpenStack for the Rest of Us

Large enterprises and service providers have been experimenting with OpenStack, and the rest of the storage industry is beginning to take notice.

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.

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