Converged storage News
July 18, 2017
Datrium will expand its DVX system beyond VMware environments to offer storage options for Red Hat Virtualization, KVM on CentOS Linux and Docker containers on bare-metal servers.
July 17, 2017
The TrueNAS X10 entry-level hybrid array from iXsystems provides a low-cost alternative to legacy arrays. The unified array scales to 360 TB in 6U for $55,000.
May 01, 2017
Converged secondary storage startup Rubrik has raised $180 million in a Series D funding round, making it a total of $292 million in funding since 2015. Rubrik, which has 330 employees, last raised ...
April 19, 2017
VSkyCube is Promise Technology's hyper-converged infrastructure for midsize businesses and cloud hosting providers. VSkyMotion moves storage between Promise hardware and AWS.
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Hyper-converged storage is a technology that combines storage, compute, networking and virtualization technologies in one physical unit that is managed as a single system. Continue Reading
As the hype around the hyper-converged market persists, more storage administrators are evaluating the systems to determine whether they truly provide cost savings, simplified management and easy scalability. But to make that determination, there's a lot to consider. The first step is determining whether the type of data and business processes used in the environment are suitable to a hyper-converged environment. A virtual desktop infrastructure, for example, is a prime use case for hyper-converged technology. However, an extremely high-capacity environment may be better suited to using object storage or the cloud.
Today, there are more than a handful of vendors in the hyper-converged market offering systems with varying capacities, compatibility requirements and features. That means storage administrators need to consider many of the same things as they would were they evaluating a traditional SAN or NAS: Is solid-state storage needed for better performance? If so, how much? Is the maximum capacity per hyper-converged node enough for your environment? Does implementing a reference architecture make sense, or should software-only products that are implemented on commodity hardware be considered?
This buyer's checklist helps storage administrators make an educated purchase decision by providing an overview of the options on the hyper-converged market today, how they differ, which features customers should look for and the top use cases for hyper-converged storage systems.Continue Reading
As VMware Virtual SAN moves to the forefront of the software-defined storage and hyper-converged markets, users are advised to weigh its pros and cons before implementation. Continue Reading
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For the past 15 years, Storage magazine has identified the hottest data storage technology trends you'll want to follow in the coming year. All of our selections may be "newish" tech, but they're also tried and true, having demonstrated their effectiveness and worth in the data center. You won't find anything bleeding edge on our list -- only proven and widely available technologies made the cut. Honorees for the hottest data storage technology trends of 2018 cover a wide spectrum of storage tech, from predictive analytics to ransomware protection to converged secondary storage, multi-cloud and nonvolatile memory express over fabrics.
Although we do our best to predict the hottest data storage technology trends, sometimes our crystal ball isn't as clear as we would like. Once again, we've included a report card on how last year's picks panned out. And, as a bonus, we've provided a list of storage trends that aren't quite ready for prime time and didn't make our 2018 hot tech list. There's always 2019 for those technologies!
Not all backups are created equal or even follow the traditional model of only copying files that have changed since the last backup to a storage device on a media server. Take the concept of backup-less backups, commonly called flat backups. Here, storage-level snapshots created on a server or filer are backed up and replicated to another server filer. This is different from a typical backup in a couple ways: There's no media server, and the protected copy is just that, a copy -- in the same format as the original data. Find out more about backup-less backup, the vendors that offer it and how you can best make use of the technology for your organization.Continue Reading
The world of data protection is constantly evolving, and organizations need to be prepared with an arsenal of tools to face modern data protection threats and hurdles. Continue Reading
Hyper-converged infrastructure vendors have integrated software-defined storage, compute and networking into easy-to-use, turnkey appliances. But the transition from a traditional, three-tier architecture to a hyper-converged data center can take getting used to. That's why it's important to carefully assess hyper-converged infrastructure vendors and the HCI appliances they offer when making this change. We'll show you ways to simplify the process.
Today, we mostly store unstructured data on NFS-based NAS file servers. More efficient, flexible and practical object storage is a rising alternative, however, particularly in products that layer file-based interfaces on top of object-based storage for the best of both worlds.
Tiering and caching can make a huge difference in active data storage performance. These two processes work in different ways, however. Tiering is about more than distributing data into hot, warm and cold tiers, while caching increases the speed of reads and writes. Both tiering and caching require choices.Continue Reading
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There is a lot of information out there on hyper-converged storage, and it can be difficult to get down to basics. Here are five common questions about hyper-convergence, answered. Continue Reading
Hyper-convergence can be well-suited to a backup and recovery plan: Instant recovery plays a big role. Some hyper-converged vendors, though, particularly stand out. Continue Reading
In this age of data center convergence, with technology evolving faster than ever, planning how to transition from traditional yet rigid environments to more agile software-defined ones is among the trickiest challenges facing IT shops today. Fortunately, a plethora of options exist to lengthen the life of or implement a wholesale replacement of current enterprise-class storage.
Rapid advancements and developments such as memory-based flash DIMMs, the emergence of nonvolatile memory express, greater densities and lower prices enable flash data storage to meet the requirements of the most demanding enterprise-class storage use cases.
The varied and competitive world of cloud-based disaster recovery has changed the way we protect and secure data to recover from disaster. Discover the must-have features to consider when shopping for a disaster recovery-as-a-service provider to protect enterprise-class storage.Continue Reading
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Integrating existing hardware into a hyper-converged cluster is important for migration, but adding outside storage hardware can introduce unwanted complexity. Continue Reading
Bringing in a hyper-converged platform can present a complication in the data center where networking, virtualization and storage teams were once separated. Continue Reading
In order to support tablets and smartphones as mobile VDI clients, engineers will have to build WLANs with plenty of bandwidth and as little interference as possible. Continue Reading