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The Requirements of AI at Scale Storage Infrastructures - Artificial Intelligence (AI) at scale raises the bar for storage infrastructure in terms of capacity and performance. It is not uncommon for an AI or machine learning (ML) environment to expect growth to dozens if not hundreds of terabytes of
Are All-Flash Arrays All Wrong for AI and DL Workloads? - When designing a storage infrastructure for an artificial intelligence (AI) or deep learning (DL) workload, the default assumption is that an all-flash array (AFA) or something even faster must be at the heart of the design. The problem is as
Does All-Flash Kill Data Management? - Most of today’s modern storage systems have a scale-out design, meaning they can expand to meet almost all of the data center’s capacity requirements. Also, since an increasing number of these systems are all-flash, they can meet most data center’s
2020 Will Be THE Year for NVMe-oF - Technology rarely has “a year.” In most cases, what is that technology’s year is the accumulation of previous years’ worth of work until one year pushes the technology over the top in terms of adoption. With that admission, 2020 will
Can Current Storage Infrastructure Meet the AI at Scale Demand? - In our last blog we covered the challenges that AI at scale creates for storage infrastructures. To support the coming wave of AI applications, storage infrastructures need to deliver a tremendous amount of storage capacity with the ability to retain
Understanding the Challenges That AI at Scale Creates - Artificial Intelligence (AI) is in its infancy and the requirements it places on the storage architectures that support these workloads are not widely understood. As a result, an organization starting an AI initiative can initially get away with using an
Skip the Disk – Send Backups Straight to Tape - All restores are not created equal, even during a disaster. The reality is that IT should not recover most mission critical systems from a backup of any kind (flash, disk or tape). Instead, IT should recover these critical systems from
The Ultimate Tape Advantage – Cold Offsite Storage - One of the biggest advantages to integrating tape media into the backup infrastructure is the door it opens for the organization to leverage cold offsite storage. As we’ve discussed throughout this series most data occupying capacity on a disk backup
When is it Time to Move to NVMe? - Most major storage vendors are now delivering Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) based All-Flash Arrays. Initially, most of these arrays use NVMe drives internally but connect to the storage network via standard network protocols like SCSI over Fibre Channel. A few
Comparing the Price of Disk-Only Backup to Tape Integrated Backup - As discussed in our last blog, tape, when correctly integrated into the disk architecture, does not negatively impact the performance of the backup infrastructure. In fact in some cases tape improves it while also providing a more efficient, more reliable

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