These are some of the leading SDS vendors with products suitable for enterprise customers.
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Cloud-based disaster recovery services are growing in popularity for a wide variety of reasons, including cost and reliability concerns.
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While cloud storage is growing increasingly popular, on premise data storage continues to have key advantages.
A new crop of startups are making it easier to move data to and from cloud storage services.
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.
Be prepared for some of the most common issues when moving data into cloud storage services.
The enterprise SSD market is growing quickly, but that doesn't mean HDDs are dead.
NAS storage will be around for the foreseeable future, but the market is changing.
Hyperconverged infrastructure offers excellent ROI for some applications, but for others it makes sense to stick with traditional servers and storage.
At EMC World, Dell and EMC executives provided some insight into the future direction of the merged company.
This advice from experts can help organizations make sure they are getting the best HCI for their needs.
Hyperconverged infrastructure is growing quickly, but don't expect them to completely replace traditional SAN and NAS storage anytime soon.
These tips can help organizations integrate AFAs into their storage infrastructure.
To avoid problems when deploying AFAs, enterprises need to select their hardware carefully.
Concerns about capacity and other perceived disadvantages lead some storage experts to doubt optical, yet some see value in the format.
As the tech world shifts to the "as a service" model, the implications for storage are enormous. Is this a positive trend?
These appliances offer deduplication, backup, acceleration and other services for your storage systems.
When it's not done well, storage virtualization can lead to some significant problems.
HDD sales have been declining as flash storage becomes more popular.
Acquisitions have the storage landscape in constant flux, but some vendors fall under the category of untouchable.
New form factors, TLC, 3D design, NVMe and WALDIO will help flash keep up with skyrocketing storage demand.
Deduplication, compression, object storage, IO-improving software and NVMe could help future storage systems deal with increasing data volumes.
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.
Will there be enough storage to accommodate big data, analytics, mobility, the cloud and the Internet of Things?
OpenStack can be helpful for storage virtualization and SDS initiatives, as well as for mixed storage environments.
Deciding when and how to implement DRaaS in the enterprise requires weighing various interlocking factors.
Data storage administrators at a variety of companies talk about their approach to improving data storage efficiency.
The rise of cloud computing is changing disaster recovery, but most enterprises will keep some on-site storage.
Well-established tech companies and some newcomers are jumping into the software-defined storage business.
This technology could help eliminate bottlenecks and make flash, storage and applications faster.
Large enterprises and service providers have been experimenting with OpenStack, and the rest of the storage industry is beginning to take notice.
Given the hype around Software Defined Storage, it’s important for users to understand the potential problems.
A survey of flash storage vendors, including several that Gartner categorized as Visionaries in its MQ.
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.
Archival tape remains an essential storage option in a Big Data world with ever more data to backup.
An overview of storage vendors that Gartner identifies as challengers and visionaries.
For effective disk array, remember to match the array to the application, and make the most of virtualization.
The disk array is the foundation of today’s data storage infrastructure.
Think tape is passé for data storage? Tape is not only highly popular, in some sectors its usage is growing.
Flash, “strategic flash,” and tape are among the expert recommendations. Plus: storage pros disagree about private clouds.
Getting the most from high performance data storage requires making the best data architecture decisions.
An overview of some of the leading data storage benchmarks.
The open source file system is popular in High Performance Computing (HPC) and Supercomputing environments.
In the data storage world, interest in software defined seems to have waned, while the cloud is on the way up.
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.
An overview of some of the major solutions in the data archiving market.
When it comes to Software Defined Storage deployments, beware of a rip and replace, and demand protection from vendors.
Although deduplication is mature technology, effective strategies for its use continue to evolve.
While Gartner's Magic Quadrant for deduplication backup appliances names EMC and HP as leaders, Quantum and Exagrid also receiving good grades.
Both object storage and file storage have their strengths, with the two systems being ideal for different environments.
The best data protection plan requires planning, scheduling and documentation -- among other key features.
Object storage allows file data to be stored and preserved with its business context as additional meta-data.
Cloud computing is changing disaster recovery, from pricing to methodology.
File, synch and share tools for data storage have proliferated greatly in the last two years.
Unified data storage, dominated by large vendors, includes tools for SAN, NAS, shared virtual infrastructures and new hybrid cloud IT models.
Proponents of unified data storage systems claim that their converged approach helps simplify operation.
Data storage backup is easy to do inefficiently. Best practices require some careful thought.
While not the sexy topic it once was, data storage backup still sells a lot of software.
The cloud appliance sector is driven by the allure of commodity servers and hardware-agnostic software.
Whatever a flash array vendor says, there’s no substitute for testing in your own environment and under your own specific workloads.