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  • Persistent storage-class memory to revolutionize data centers

    Since it doesn't lose data during power outages, persistent memory will revolutionize direct-attached storage in particular and the cost/performance ratio of computing overall. Continue Reading

  • Making the case for an all-flash data center

    Companies should ditch hard disk drives and outfit their data centers entirely with flash storage; vendors have solved old solid-state problems, such as wear time and cost. Continue Reading

  • All-flash data center still an idea in development

    The concept of the all-flash data center isn't new, and as the cost of SSDs continue to decline, vendors are pushing the of the all-flash data center like never before. Reality is a different matter, though. When it comes to older data, slower technology tiers -- such as tape and high-capacity HDDs -- and the cloud can still save plenty of money and resources. So how much flash is enough? It depends.

    IT resources must remain continuously available nowadays. Establishing data center resiliency through technologies like replication and erasure coding, as well as implementing continuous backup and instant recovery, is only a start. Learn how to develop a resiliency plan of your own.

    An increasing array of backup, disaster recovery and archiving services has turned the public cloud into a favorite target for secondary and tertiary data. Advances have also made the cloud a viable option as a primary storage tier in the storage hierarchy. Particularly if tier-two or tier-one workloads could benefit from the scalability, resilience and broad accessibility the public cloud delivers. Here's why.

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  • Caching, tiering lead flash storage technology

    Flash management has become more important as vendors push the cost of flash down by using less expensive (and less reliable) flash media. But with so many ways to implement flash storage technology, it can be a bit overwhelming. One popular approach uses the flash storage as a cache for hot data, but there are a number of different -- yet equally beneficial -- approaches for flash caching today.

    In this three-part guide, you'll learn the pros and cons of flash caching, which stores a copy of data temporarily in NAND flash-memory chips, and flash tiering, which moves data exclusively to a flash tier, where it sits for longer periods of time. This guide on flash caching and management compares the different approaches for flash caching today, compares it with flash tiering, discusses the strengths and weaknesses of each flash storage technology approach, and more.

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  • Overcome Exchange 2013 storage sizing issues

    Properly sizing an Exchange 2013 deployment protects it from future performance issues resulting from storage bottlenecks. Continue Reading

  • Solve the virtual server farm sizing equation

    Once you know how many servers your infrastructure will need, the next challenge is sizing those host servers to meet VM and application needs. Continue Reading

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