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Flash Storage

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
Comparing the Performance of Tape Integrated Protection to Disk Only Protection - When vendors compare the performance of disk backup systems with the performance of tape, they often will highlight the area in which their particular product has the biggest advantage and ignore situations where performance doesn’t matter. IT planners looking to
How Does Tape Work in the Modern Infrastructure? - When considering integrating tape storage into their infrastructure, IT planners must consider the realities of how data is accessed. The IT planner needs to maximize tape’s strengths with the goal to store as much data as possible on tape because
Reintroducing Tape to the Modern Data Center – Myth Busting Tape’s Shortcomings - To many IT professionals, tape media and tape libraries seem like an ancient technology used by the “old” IT guys. The reality is tape as a technology can be of significant value to the organization. Almost every data center is

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