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  • October 05, 2017 05 Oct'17

    SoftNAS Cloud architecture gets facelift, new features

    SoftNAS Cloud architecture splits into distinct products for primary NAS, secondary storage and replication across clouds, and targets multicloud and hybrid cloud implementations.

  • September 18, 2017 18 Sep'17

    Nasuni cloud NAS helps score $38 million in funding

    Cloud-based file service provider Nasuni last week closed on $38 million in funding to boost its expansion plans in research and development and its channel and go-to-market efforts. The Goldman ...

  • September 13, 2017 13 Sep'17

    Spectra Logic BlackPearl NAS disk appliance launches

    Spectra Logic has added a midrange BlackPearl NAS disk appliance to augment its tape-based object storage. Spectra Logic launched the object-based BlackPearl line as a linear tape file system ...

  • September 06, 2017 06 Sep'17

    Cloudian object storage sees rise in capacity, says CEO Tso

    Cloudian CEO Michael Tso notes favorable trends for object storage: Capacities are increasing to petabytes, and customers want to use different clouds for different workloads.

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  • Buyers of NAS arrays weigh price, scalability, performance

    Although SANs still rule the modern the data center, the NAS array maintains a position high up on tech buyers' shopping lists for new primary storage. Continue Reading

  • Navigating the all-flash array storage buying process

    Companies of all sizes are turning to all-flash storage arrays to meet their storage capacity, performance, reliability and data protection requirements. Continue Reading

  • Hyper-converged infrastructure vendors offer range of storage options

    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.

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  • Dell EMC acquisition: The deal of the century a year later

    A year has passed since the Dell EMC acquisition, the biggest transaction in the history of IT. With the benefit of hindsight, we examine the positives, negatives and uncertainties of the deal. Did Dell buy the world's biggest storage vendor, or did EMC round out its infrastructure strategy? Was the timing of the Dell EMC acquisition good, and were the reasons behind it sound? Does it matter? What are the long-term prospects? How about the complications of integrating companies with different corporate cultures and overlapping product lines? What's the effect on the data storage market in general?

    Public cloud use has increased at a remarkable rate. So much so, it's a matter of when, not if, public cloud adoption will match on-site infrastructure. Vendor lock-in is a top concern IT decision-makers and practitioners have with cloud services. An emerging set of multicloud primary storage products mitigate this problem by providing data services simultaneously across multiple public clouds. Explore the key drivers and benefits of these multicloud storage products and services. Find out what customers want from them. And learn about the vendors that meet these diverse customer requirements and how they deliver on the promise of multicloud storage.

    The open source software movement has potential to change the face of storage. With the commoditization of servers and storage media, costs are low and reliability is high enough to use off-the-shelf components to build storage platforms with software-defined storage products, including open source. This trend is reducing or eliminating dependence on proprietary storage hardware and software. Find out which open source technologies support object-, file- and block-based storage individually or in combination.

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  • The data storage capacity growth survival guide

    You can keep your storage investments in place, allow for capacity increases, and solve performance and application problems, while gathering data to plan for new growth. Continue Reading

  • Tape storage system viable for archiving, large backups

    No, the tape storage system isn't dead yet. This Drill Down explores how it lives on, mainly for archiving and with a boost from new technologies such as LTO-7 and Linear Tape File System, or LTFS.

    The seventh-generation LTO specification released in 2015 more than doubled the maximum compressed capacity to 15 TB and increased the data transfer rate to 750 MBps. LTO-7 also improved the bit error rate to a significant degree. The LTO Consortium already has LTO-8, LTO-9 and LTO-10 on its roadmap, each with significant capacity and performance improvements. For instance, draft specs for LTO-8 call for 32 TB of compressed capacity and sustained data transfer rates of up to 1,180 MBps.

    These tape storage system advances become more important as speedier technology such as solid-state drives raise users' storage performance expectations. The performance and capacity gains also come as tape faces increased competition from the cloud for archiving. While cloud providers can store data cheaply, it can take a long time to get data in and out of the cloud.

    LTFS creates partitions on tape and stores catalog information about files written to that tape. That makes it much easier to find and access files on a tape storage system than was possible before LTFS. Also known as tape NAS, it has been hailed as a tape's savior. While it hasn't caught on wildly, it is used by industries such as media and entertainment that make frequent use of archived tapes.

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