StorageSwiss Top Articles of 2014 – Part 2

Every year we look at the articles and other content posted on (this year over 800 pieces) to see which topics generated the most interest. As we mentioned in our blog counting down numbers 11-15, flash storage was one of the most popular topics. It seems that our readers are asking different questions than they used to about flash, focusing less on what it is and how it works and more on its implementation.

What was a little more surprising was that backup was the other most popular topic. It seems that regardless of the type of infrastructure involved, data protection is still a primary requirement. Rounding out numbers 6-10 in our top-read list for 2014 was a video discussing another basic question, whether you should look at switching from Fibre Channel to Ethernet.

The Countdown 10-6:

10. “Why Backup is Failing and How to Save it” looks at the problem of unstructured data. Companies across the board are being inundated with files they may not need today but can’t delete. This piece explores ways to pull a big chuck of that exploding data set out of the backup process.

9. In “Backup Basics: What do SLO, RPO, RTO, VRO and GRO Mean?”, StorageSwiss Founder George Crump helps explain some of the fundamental concepts used to plan a backup strategy. In this article, another example of the resurging interest in backup technologies, he shares some of the information presented in a series of backup workshops in conjunction with Storage Decisions (TechTarget) he did in 2014 across the country and in Europe. Storage Decisions has asked George to lead the workshops again in 2015 so look for a new workshop “Breaking The Rules to Meet The New Data Protection Requirements” coming to a city near you.

8. “Fibre Channel vs Ethernet – Should you Switch?” is a column and chalk-talk video featuring George Crump and Scott Shimomura, VP of Product Marketing at Brocade. In it they go over the three most common justifications for an Ethernet-only architecture and discuss the data points that anyone making this decision should understand.

7. In “SLC vs MLC: Does it matter any more?” Sr. Analyst, Eric Slack looks at the state of NAND flash technology and addresses one of the most common questions people ask when they start to look at flash technologies. The answer may surprise you.

6. “How do I Know my SQL Server Environment is ready for SSD?” comes in at number 6. This is another article around the topic of flash implementation that we mentioned was one of the main themes in this year’s top-read list. In it, SQL administrators can learn if flash storage can likely deliver the performance they need – or not.

In tomorrow’s blog we’ll finish the Top Articles List for 2014.

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Eric is an Analyst with Storage Switzerland and has over 25 years experience in high-technology industries. He’s held technical, management and marketing positions in the computer storage, instrumentation, digital imaging and test equipment fields. He has spent the past 15 years in the data storage field, with storage hardware manufacturers and as a national storage integrator, designing and implementing open systems storage solutions for companies in the Western United States.  Eric earned degrees in electrical/computer engineering from the University of Colorado and marketing from California State University, Humboldt.  He and his wife live in Colorado and have twins in college.

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