How to Design a Modern Architecture for Data Management and Data Protection - Today’s organizations look at data differently: It’s seen as an asset that can be mined to improve product creation and delivery as well as improve customer satisfaction. External forces also see data differently: Governments and customers expect organizations to maintain
What Is Inactive Data – And How Much of It Do You Really Have? - A recent study by Osterman Research found that two-thirds of storage decision makers at mid-sized and large enterprises believe that 50% of the total data that their organization is storing is inactive. This translates into the organization paying to archive
Why is Software Defined Storage Failing to Consolidate Storage? - After enterprises decide not to use the storage mainframe described in our last blog they often next investigate software-defined storage (SDS) as a means to consolidate their storage and reduce storage costs. With SDS, consolidation occurs at the storage software
The Role of Data Management in Your Cloud Transformation - Migrating to the hybrid cloud stands to allow businesses to balance agility, cost, performance, and security requirements. However, the complexity of implementing a global management structure that accounts for all data and that gets that data where it needs to
How to Create a Storage Consolidation Solution That Lasts - Consolidating storage into a single, or even a few storage systems is a big project. Once the project is complete, IT’s job is not over. The next job for IT is to make sure storage remains consolidated. Temptations to allow
What Can Storage Learn From Server Consolidation? - Storage consolidation projects are permanently on the IT project whiteboard. The process typically starts after IT realizes that their data center is overrun by multiple storage systems from multiple vendors. Storage Switzerland finds that most data centers have 5-6 different
Why is Traditional Storage Consolidation Failing - The most common method for consolidating storage is for the organization to purchase a single storage system, hardware, and software, and move all workloads to the new system. The organization is in effect creating a storage mainframe. The challenges with
Do Deduplication and Compression Impact All-Flash Performance? - For most IT shops, flash storage has become an established component of the storage architecture. The conversation has become less about whether or not the performance acceleration that flash technologies provide is needed; it has become more about which workloads
Does NVMe Flash Mean the End of SAS Flash? - Before NVMe, most flash systems were either serial attached SCSI (SAS) or Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) based. In all-flash arrays, SAS was the preferred protocol because of its higher bandwidth and ability to support multi-port connections. NVMe is the
Does NVMe Flash Have to Mean Featureless Flash? - The primary goal of the NVMe standard is to reduce latency. It accomplishes this by leveraging the PCIe interface and increasing both command counts and queue depth. NVMe Flash Systems however, are more than just the flash media. Vendors create

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