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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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Will the Operating System Kill SDS? – LINBIT Briefing Note

Software defined storage (SDS) continues to struggle for relevance in a crowded storage marketplace. While a few products are gaining a following, many more have either failed or been sold to other vendors. Additionally, now operating systems also pose a

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NVMe Details & Capabilities

The next step in all-flash performance is NVMe. Systems equipped with NVMe support promise to increase performance and lower latency. But, IT professionals want to know if their data centers can take advantage of NVMe and how they should plan

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What is Scale-Out NVMe?

The first step for NVMe flash is to use them internally in servers and storage systems. However, there is another aspect of NVMe, NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-F) that promises high-speed communication between devices and also promises a new way to

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Realizing the Full Potential of NVMe – E8 Storage Briefing Note

When flash storage first came to market it exposed the weakness in storage designs, hidden by the latency of hard disk media. Now, NVMe promises to expose weaknesses in the designs of the first generation of all-flash arrays. One of

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Putting the Wheels Back on Your Data Center Modernization Project

Most Global 2000 IT Infrastructure and Operations Managers feel like the wheels have come off their data center modernization project. The goal was to create an environment that can respond to the needs of thousands of applications simultaneously and automatically.

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How to Consolidate the Four P’s of Data

The Four P’s of data are performance, protection, preservation and price. IT needs to ensure that each data set receives the right amount of the first three Ps and the right cost for the last one. The problem is the

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Building Smarter, Simpler Storage Networks – Cisco Storage Networking Briefing Note

Storage architectures are becoming increasingly more complicated. There is more data coming from more applications. There are more users and developers. And there are more operational challenges as IT tries to maximize flash performance across multiple protocols. The storage network

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When Will The Storage Performance Bubble Burst – Cisco Briefing Note

Many data centers are experiencing a performance bubble. They have more than they need. The move from high latency hard disk systems to almost zero latent flash arrays delivers dramatic performance in every case. But this bubble will burst and

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StorageShort: Can You Convert from Fibre Channel to iSCSI or NFS?

When it comes time for a storage refresh, one of the first decisions an organization needs to make is whether it will stick with its legacy storage network or go another way. For most organizations this means deciding if they

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