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3D XPoint: Technology and Use Cases

July 31, 2018
3D XPoint-based SSDs can improve storage performance while 3D XPoint DIMMs can reduce server memory costs and speed up databased transactions.
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Why a Hybrid Storage Solution May Not Be the Best Choice

June 20, 2018
Despite the huge up front cost differential between a hybrid storage solution and an all-flash array, there are still strong arguments in favor of buying all-flash arrays.
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The Benefits of Hybrid Arrays over All-Flash Arrays

June 19, 2018
All-flash arrays offer unbeatable storage performance, but a comparison of the benefits of hybrid vs flash arrays show that hybrid storage solutions should not be written off on performance grounds alone.
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Is There a Future for Proprietary Solid State Storage Systems?

March 3, 2017
Conventional SSDs look set to dominate the solid state storage market thanks to falling prices and new technologies.
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Enterprise SSD Storage On-Demand, On-Premises

December 14, 2016
Vendors like HPE are bridging the gap between data centers and the cloud with on-demand enterprise SSD storage systems.
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Where Do M.2 High Capacity SSDs Fit in the Data Center?

October 11, 2016
Standard high capacity SSDs will soon hold 60TB, while M.2 high capacity SSDs can store just 2TB. But they do have some advantages that make them worth considering.
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High capacity SSDs: How Big Can They Grow?

September 27, 2016
High capacity SSDs will clearly play an ever growing role in enterprise data storage.
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3D XPoint Enterprise SSD Speeds Will Disappoint

August 2, 2016
Hoping for a thousand-fold enterprise SSD speed gain from 3D XPoint? Think again.
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NVMe Enterprise SSDs Over Fabrics Can Conquer Latency

July 6, 2016
Network fabrics make NVMe enterprise SSD arrays behave like DAS, resulting in drastic drops in latency.
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Comparing Cloud Storage: Big Vendors Forge Ahead

June 28, 2016
Cloud storage service providers need data centers all over the world. So how do the major players compare?
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Tiered Storage: Layers Promise Big Savings

May 24, 2016
Organizations that can classify their data accurately can profit from emerging tiered storage layers.
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Does 3D XPoint Spell the End for Flash Storage?

April 21, 2016
Intel and Micron's new storage technology is faster than flash and cheaper than DRAM. The big question is how it will be adopted.
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The Future of Disk Storage

March 22, 2016
Google provides a glimpse of the hard drives of tomorrow.
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SSD Sales to Eclipse Hard Disk Sales Soon

February 19, 2016
New manufacturing techniques are making solid state storage arrays the best solution for an increasingly broad array of applications.
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LTFS Tape-Disk Hybrid Storage: Who Needs Cloud?

October 28, 2014
Hybrid data storage systems that combine LTFS tape and disk promise low cost storage that’s faster than the cloud and almost as scalable.
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Top 10 Ways to Improve Data Center Energy Efficiency

September 22, 2014
Data center energy efficiency becomes ever more important as storage needs continue to expand exponentially.
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Can Cloud Storage Costs Fall to Zero?

August 5, 2014
Cloud storage providers keep lowering their prices. How low can they go?
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Data Storage's Future: Disruption Ahead

July 9, 2014
The future of data storage is in flux as legacy storage vendors face a dizzying array of challenges.
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VMware's Virtual SAN Threatens Traditional Data Storage Models

March 10, 2014
VMware's Virtual SAN represents a major step forward in software defined storage -- one that is surely to be met by competitors.
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Data Storage QoS: Still Emerging, But Inevitable

January 29, 2014
Although adoption is still limited, leading storage experts say QoS will eventually be part of most enterprise storage systems.
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Virtualization and the Need for Storage Acceleration Software

July 19, 2013
New improvements in the way cache is managed in virtualized environments may lead to big benefits.
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Storage TCO

June 26, 2013
The upfront purchase price is just a fraction of the total costs associated with storage arrays.
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Cloud Storage SLAs

May 22, 2013
Read the fine print carefully before signing on the bottom line with a cloud storage vendor.
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The Coming Software-Defined Storage Revolution

April 25, 2013
Just as virtualization and software-defined networking are transforming the data center, SDS is poised to have a huge impact on storage.
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Host-Based Replication

March 18, 2013
A good option for SMBs, host-based replication offers significant savings over array-based replication.
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Big Data and In-Storage Processing

February 18, 2013
For many big data applications, it reduces costs and saves time to do processing in the storage device instead of transferring data to other systems.
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True Data Security Goes Beyond Encryption

August 31, 2012
Never has so much data been stored, and never has so much been at risk. Encryption is critical to keeping your data safe, but it is only the first step in ensuring that your data is usable to those who need it.
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Storage Challenges of Virtualization

July 31, 2012
Server virtualization continues to pose serious challenges for storage systems and the administrators that maintain them. Much of this is due to how storage intensive server virtualization is is. Learn what you can do to mitigate the bottleneck.
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Thailand Floods Continue to Impact Storage Market

March 19, 2012
When Thailand suffered massive flooding in late 2011, it sent a huge jolt to the hard disk drive storage market. The impact continues to be felt, but how deep is it and how long will it be felt?
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4 Ways to Cut Storage Compliance Costs

July 5, 2011
Complying with privacy and data protections laws and the numerous regulations designed to protect sensitive and confidential customer information can get expensive. But noncompliance is more costly. Follow these four simple guidelines to reduce your compliance costs while remaining compliant.
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10 Reasons Why ZFS Rocks

November 25, 2009
10 reasons why Sun's open-source ZFS file system is so popular and where to get started.
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Storage Basics: How WAN Optimization Works

August 21, 2009
WAN optimization promises huge gains in network performance, but how does it accomplish that?
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IronKey Locks Down Dangerous Memory Sticks

August 17, 2009
IronKey has developed a system for enterprises to manage and control risky flash drives.
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WAN Optimization Grows Up

June 26, 2009
The market for WAN optimization is maturing, but companies like Riverbed and Blue Coat are still going strong.
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NetEx HyperIP Boosts Data Storage Recovery

June 23, 2009
NetEx says its HyperIP protocol can restore data quickly from remote replication sites.
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Could Solid State Spell the End for Hard Drives?

May 14, 2009
Some analysts say the answer is yes — and perhaps sooner than you think.
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What's Microsoft Up To In Storage?

April 30, 2009
A recent move by the software giant suggests that it thinks the future of storage is in the cloud.
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Bringing Data Center Automation to the Masses

December 16, 2008
A new service brings data center automation within reach of small businesses.
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Data Center Automation: Coming Sooner Than You Think

November 24, 2008
One analyst thinks data center automation will be here within five years, which means you better start planning for it now.
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Reducing Virtualization's Storage Demands

October 24, 2008
They're early in development, but some new technologies hold promise for reducing server virtualization's demand on storage environments.
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Combating Virtual Machine Sprawl

September 19, 2008
Virtual machines are a big drain on storage resources. Here's a few steps you can take to control them.
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Hyper-V Not Yet Ready for Storage Prime Time

July 11, 2008
VMware may be worried about Microsoft's virtualization entry, but storage users will have to wait a while for Hyper-V's functionality to rival that of VMware.
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Enterprise Storage Comes Home

June 12, 2008
RAID, NAS and sophisticated backup schemes have moved from enterprises into homes. So which high-end storage technologies could be next to work their way into the family den?
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Consumer Devices Give Storage Admins Security Headaches

April 17, 2008
From iPods to USB memory sticks, consumer storage devices present potential security threats, and companies have sprung up to fill the need.
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Microsoft Keeps Storage Users In Suspense

February 25, 2008
Storage users will have to wait for Windows Storage Server 2008, but Server 2008 will give them plenty of storage features to play with until then.
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Blimey! Data Disaster Left Half of England Exposed

January 24, 2008
As data losses go, the British government's 2007 fiasco will be hard to top.
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VMware's Storage Ambitions

January 4, 2008
The server virtualization leader aims to manage everything in data centers — with help from storage vendors.
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Storage and Data Center Automation Begin to Converge

October 3, 2007
Storage automation is gaining thanks to its server counterpart, but it still has a ways to go.
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