The proliferation of file formats represents a big problem for long-term data storage.
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Calculating SSD DWPD is essential. And sure, you can calculate how much data you can write and still be within the vendor’s warranty, but how do you determine in advance before you buy the SSDs how much data you are going to write a day?
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The speed of your storage device doesn't always directly correspond to the amount of work it can get done.
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A storage pundit criticizes the quality of a recent study conducted by Backblaze.
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Cloud computing failure is far from a remote option, so businesses must have a plan to handle partial or complete cloud outages.
Data integrity, security and format migration across decades will require new software and standards.
HPC file systems offer many potential benefits, but the technology needs some important features before it will be ready for widespread enterprise adoption.
The open source community needs to begin researching ways to control system resources like storage queues, memory and network bandwidth.
The relative importance of the technologies driving storage is shifting quickly.
Despite what some experts predict, enterprise SSDs are likely to be more expensive than HDDs for some time.
To choose a disk drive that's best for your needs, compare the specs from the major disk drive vendors.
A data storage pundit questions a recent blog posting that provides analysis of the disk drive selection process.
From which technologies are favored to which vendors are leading the way, the data storage market is changing dramatically.
A noted data storage pundit fearlessly predicts the future for flash, SAS, SATA, NAS and many other key data storage technologies.
As the data storage market churns with the old guard fending off the newcomers, where is enterprise storage headed?
The trend toward software defined is gaining steam in all IT sectors. But is it a good fit for storage and networking?
Enormous excitement over flash storage is driving a flurry of SSD acquisitions. Dot-com mania, anyone?
REST can’t manage data the way POSIX can, but will likely evolve and become the new data interface standard of the cloud era.
You need different performance analysis and workload characterization tools for NFS and parallel file systems.
IT storage administrators will need to understand data storage appliances if they want to remain employed.
Despite what flash vendors say, SSDs are not going to replace hard disks completely anytime soon.
The idea of adding cache to storage is coming back into vogue again.
As researchers find new uses for big data--like personalized cancer treatment--it could result in a data explosion larger than anyone has predicted.
As appliances take over storage, enterprises don't need as many highly skilled storage administrators.
The trend toward data analysis and forecasting may require us to change how we view archives.
Two British scientists realized that human DNA is a high capacity storage medium. Is this the future of storage?
What are the factors that are causing SAN storage to fall from dominance, and what does the rise of appliances mean for the storage industry?
Cloud storage cannot replace POSIX file systems fully, so various technologies will need to co-exist.
A look back at the forecasts made for 2012 and a look ahead to what the new year might bring.
Data in the cloud needs to be encrypted, which means businesses must understand how to safely handle the keys to that encryption.
Given that cloud storage is relatively new, selecting the best cloud storage vendor for your business presents unique challenges.
Proving that the cloud storage space offers some questionable advertising, Amazon’s Glacier makes some remarkable claims.
Generally, when organizations are deciding how many copies of a file they need on hand, they are really asking a reliability question about the data. And the most common question that follow that is, are two copies on low-cost, low-reliability media better than one copy on enterprise media?
The storage industry was not immune to the recession, and a variety of of storage technologies have been killed, shelved or delayed in the past four years. Some are now finding new life. These key 4 technologies are slowly resurging, but the delays around their development and acceptance will be felt for a long time.
Everyone is talking about Big Data, and this popular technology has implications up and down the storage stack. This new series will look at Big Data from each end of the spectrum -- from data extraction to the hardware needed to analyze the data, with OS, file systems and other system software in the middle.
As the recessions drags its way to a close, many enterprises have upgrade needs and budget to spend in an environment that has seen little innovation. Deciding whether to go with a forklift or incremental upgrade is not a choice to be made lightly.