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  • A dozen data storage vendors to watch in 2017

    Hyper-convergence, solid-state, software-defined storage and the cloud have revolutionized the way we deploy, manage and secure storage. How the dozen leading data storage vendors presented here navigate the challenges and opportunities created by these changes will tell us a lot about the short- and long-term future of data center storage. Find out what to watch out for with each of these data storage vendors as the year unfolds.

    On-demand object, block and file storage as a service from the likes of Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure is a standard part of today’s IT toolkit. Cloud storage isn’t the exclusive domain of the public cloud, however. You can gain the same convenience, flexibility and agility by building your own internal storage cloud. We present the resources enterprises can use to construct one of these, and how to integrate it with existing storage and computing resources as well as public cloud storage.

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  • Are there differences between VMware’s EVO:RAIL partners?

    VMware has partnered with several companies to offer EVO:RAIL, and while the underlying technology is the same, there are subtle differences. Continue Reading

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  • How the leading all-flash array vendors meet storage demands

    This in-depth overview of the features and capabilities of the leading AFA storage products can help you determine which configurations may best meet your needs. Continue Reading

  • VMware VVOLs redefine storage

    VMware has been shaking up data storage for years, and its VVOLs technology just might revolutionize it. The newly introduced VMware VVOLs have vendors scrambling to support it or risk becoming irrelevant in the virtual machine storage market. VVOLs should make configuring and allocating storage easy while providing traditional networked storage services.

    Many companies use cloud storage services, but few have significant amounts of data in the cloud. Uneasiness about having data offsite, as well as security issues, still dog cloud storage. Hybrid implementations pairing on-premises storage with cloud storage are becoming popular, with vendors offering a variety of products and services.

    Now in its 10th year, the Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com Quality Awards poll readers about the service and reliability of data storage products. Read the results of our latest survey on enterprise-class arrays.

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  • IBM enhances data security protection

    SN blogs: This week, IBM releases 11 new security products; Hitachi is focusing on the long-term cultural impact of technology. Continue Reading

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  • The state of the software-defined storage market

    The software-defined storage market is getting a lot of attention these days, piquing the interest of budget-challenged storage managers. But the lure of software running on the cheap may be misleading if you're not ready for some DIY or to sacrifice some of the features you come to expect in storage systems. We profile the various iterations of software-defined storage, and offer detailed pros and cons of each.

    Some say that archiving is one of the key killer apps that will make cloud storage a popular option. There are some compelling advantages to shipping unused data off site, but you need to know about the sometimes subtle differences among these services.

    In our 10th Quality Awards for NAS systems, we had one surprise winner -- Synology -- and a NAS pioneer returning to the winner's circle after a short absence -- NetApp. Read about how your peers rank NAS products for their service, support and reliability.

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  • Storage certification, training options abound

    Virtualization and long-term retention are only a few of the challenges IT departments face regularly. However, many find that storage certification and training programs can help. Continue Reading