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Cyber Attack on VFEmail Evaporates 18 Years of Data!

In what may be one of the most devastating attacks in recent history, email provider VFEmail is working through the aftermath of a massive cyberattack and is indicating that 18 years’ worth of its user’s email data is lost forever.

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The TCO of Premium Node Hardware for HCI

While the per node cost of using premium hardware in Hyperconverged Infrastructure 2.0 (HCI) is higher than the per node cost of using commodity hardware common to HCI 1.0, the total cost of ownership is significantly lower. The primary reason

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Using Workload Simulation to Justify the Shift to NVMe

The introduction of the non-volatile memory express (NVMe) storage protocol brings with it a new storage performance tier. Whereas older Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) and Advanced Technology Attachment (ATA) standards were designed for slower-performing hard disk drive (HDDs) and

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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

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Calculating the ROI of Data Protection Service Level Objective

Most data centers try to create a “best efforts” data protection strategy which treats all data and applications equally. Typically the organization uses one backup application, a single backup target device and replicates all data to a secondary site or

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Can Cloud Backup Fix Backup’s True Problem?

Cloud backup has the potential to ease backup pain while also lowering costs significantly. Most cloud backup solutions tend to focus on lowering costs, but while they claim to simplify operations, many cloud solutions are very similar to their on-premises

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Storage Programmability: The Key to the Software-defined Data Center

The terms “software-defined data center” (SDDC) and “software-defined storage” (SDS) are commonly thrown around, typically being associated with the abstraction of core infrastructure functionality into a common software plane that can then be deployed on low-cost, commodity hardware. This definition

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The Problem with Protecting the Distributed Enterprise with Traditional Backup Applications

More and more, data is being generated and processed outside of the traditional data center, for instance across a growing number of remote and branch offices as well as mobile devices and edge sites hosting Internet of Things (IoT) sensors.

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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

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Why Hyperconverged Infrastructure 2.0 for Storage-Intensive Workloads?

The volume and business significance of storage-intensive workloads (e.g. high-volume analytics) is rapidly growing. As a result, cumbersome and expensive legacy storage infrastructures are weighing heavily not only on business’ bottom lines, but also on their ability to compete effectively.

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