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SlideShare: Five Reasons Modern Data Centers Need Tape

To some, tape storage may seem like an outdated technology in the era of NAS and object-based storage. But— here’s a surprise – tape today is more relevant than ever. Even the most modern data centers can benefit from its

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How to Make HCI Work Like the Cloud

Increasingly, organizations are looking to hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) to simplify their on-premises architectures to make them more cloud-like. Obvious considerations for IT professionals looking to move to HCI are Cisco HyperFlex, Dell EMC, Nutanix, and VMware HCI. This writeup is

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Is Your Storage Architecture Ready for the Coming AI Wave?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a broad term that can apply to various computing tasks, including machine learning, deep learning, and big data analytics. Many AI projects are in a proof of concept stage, but CIOs and IT Managers need to

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Integrating On-Premises SDN with Cloud VPC

One of the best examples of software defined networking (SDN) in action is in the cloud. When organizations use compute and storage resources from Amazon, Google and Microsoft clouds they don’t get to go into those data centers and configure

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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

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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

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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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Is it Time to Rethink NAS for Unstructured Data?

Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems were once the primary storage destination for all unstructured data but with file-counts soaring past one billion and with machines replacing users as the primary creators of data, the industry is seemingly moving past NAS

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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

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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

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