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  • Cohesity aims to converge all secondary storage

    Cohesity rolls out early-access appliance that aims to remove the need for multiple storage products by converging secondary storage workflows. Continue Reading

  • Hyper-converged storage systems=Storage + Compute + Networking

    Hyper-converged storage systems are preconfigured and integrated clusters of servers that share their internal storage. They boast convenience and flexibility, allowing rapid deployment of applications like databases and virtual desktop infrastructure. Hyper-converged bundles have limitations, however, such as scalability and the fact that they’re closed, siloed systems.

    Many companies now realize they have an untapped resource in their backup datastores. Backup data is often the most complete collection of corporate data. Backup vendors and others are now developing tools to access and use that data, turning what was once just insurance against disaster into a strategic corporate asset.

    Flash storage equals performance, and to squeeze out the ultimate IOPS, it should be installed directly in the server. We describe the alternatives, weighing their effectiveness and making use-case recommendations.

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  • Data protection techniques for object storage systems

    Techniques such as replication and erasure coding protect data on object storage systems and other high-capacity primary storage systems when traditional backup is difficult. Continue Reading

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  • EMC eyes containers with Docker storage drivers

    Docker containers store application's logic, but not data. EMC said its custom drivers preserve data persistence of containerized apps. Continue Reading

  • Object stores, metadata create smart storage systems

    Storage systems get smarter thanks to object stores and metadata, which are enhancing intelligence of scale-out storage systems. Continue Reading

  • The new face of scale-out storage

    There are plenty of new approaches to address ever-growing data needs, including scale-out vs. scale-up designs, the shift from hierarchical file systems to object storage, and the Hadoop Distributed File System. Pretty soon there will be absolutely no excuse not to store every crumb of data ever created.

    Delivering Windows applications remotely is another area that could use some improvement, especially in today's age of tablets and mobile devices. App transformation takes existing Windows applications and intelligently delivers them to the target device, similar to how responsive web design principles package web pages differently depending on whether the client is a traditional PC, tablet or smartphone.

    VMware, meanwhile seems to have hit a home run among users with its latest release to its venerable vSphere virtualization platform. Some things, it seems, get better with age.

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