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This article is part of the Storage issue of April 2018, Vol. 17, No. 2
Back in the good old days, we mostly dealt with two storage tiers. We had online, high-performance primary storage directly used by applications and colder secondary storage used to tier less-valuable data out of primary storage. It wasn't that most data lost value on a hard expiration date, but primary storage was pricey enough to constrain capacity, and we needed to make room for newer, more immediately valuable data. We spent a lot of time trying to intelligently summarize and aggregate aging data to keep some kind of historical information trail online. Still, masses of detailed data were sent off to bed, out of sight and relatively offline. That's all changing as managing unstructured data becomes a bigger concern. New services provide storage for big data analysis of detailed unstructured and machine data, as well as to support web-speed DevOps agility, deliver storage self-service and control IT costs. Fundamentally, these services help storage pros provide and maintain more valuable online access to ever-larger data sets...
Features in this issue
Rearchitect storage to maximize unstructured data use at the global scale for larger data sets coming from big data analytics and other applications.
Capacity and application needs drive businesses to deploy new storage area network systems, while criteria such as number of LUNs and multipathing are key to purchasing decisions.
These data storage strategies support the use cases customers want without breaking the bank or forcing them to buy technology they don't really need.
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The days of the cloud as a single, homogenous entity are long gone. Going forward, you'll likely have a multi-cloud storage strategy and work with multiple service providers.
Security, protection from hackers and ransomware, disaster preparedness and disaster recovery are all means to the goal of resilient IT infrastructure and business processes.
Consolidate and increase the density of your organization's workloads in a flash storage system to take full advantage of NVMe's parallelism and reduced latency.