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By Brien Posey Evaluate Nov 08, 2016

Differences between SSD caching and tiering technologies

Brien Posey looks at popular ways of using SSD as cache, including write-around, write-through and write-back, as well as how the technology compares with SSD tiering. Continue Reading

The New Data Center

Sponsored Oct 11, 2016

All-Flash Tier 1 Applications

Tier 1 applications are often the most demanding applications in the data center. These are the applications that are directly tied to income, so there are good business reasons to want them at their best in every ... Continue Reading


By Gabe Knuth Get Started Sep 28, 2016

Workspot belongs in the second tier of VDI platforms

Workspot's VDI 2.0 platform puts it squarely in the desktop virtualization market game. The company has come a long way since its early days. Continue Reading


By George Crump ,Brien Posey Manage Aug 29, 2016

Flash storage caching, tiering or both? Consider the workload

If you're using a flash-based storage system, you're familiar with caching and tiering to accelerate data. Storage tiering is used in hybrid flash storage systems to separate active and inactive data. Active data ... Continue Reading


By Alan R. Earls Evaluate Nov 10, 2016

Compare AWS Free Tier to free Google, Azure services

Cloud providers use several methods to attract enterprises, including offering free tiers of service. But each cloud provider's free service is different. Continue Reading

The New Data Center

Sponsored Apr 18, 2016

The Benefits of Deduplication for Tier-1 Applications

Databases like SQL Server and Oracle are very dependent on disk storage, and database performance is tightly coupled to storage performance. There is often blanket guidance about storage array features to enable or... Continue Reading


By Antony Adshead Aug 30, 2016

Cloud firm Backbone relegates X-IO SAN with Atlantis tiered storage

London-based Backbone uses Atlantis USX as storage virtualisation layer on top of PCIe flash and X-IO and as a stepping stone to hyper-converged infrastructures Continue Reading


By Chris Evans May 23, 2016

PCIe SSD: Cache vs storage tier

Adding PCIe flash is a popular way of speeding up application response times, with more rapid I/O guaranteed, but should PCIe SSD be added as cache or as a tier of storage? Continue Reading


By David Linthicum Evaluate Apr 26, 2016

Implementing a tiered storage architecture with hybrid cloud

By offering lower costs, higher performance and reduced data loss, hybrid cloud helps some organizations optimize their tiered storage systems. Continue Reading


By Sonia Lelii News Jul 08, 2016

StorMagic SvSAN gets new caching, tiering features

StorMagic's hyper-converged, software-defined storage gets upgraded with SSD and memory-based read cache. The software also has new auto-tiering capabilities. Continue Reading