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Is It Time To Bring Tape Into Production?

Tape as a storage medium has fought off all attacks from disk-based backup and archive vendors and is enjoying a resurgence in the data center. In fact, Storage Switzerland recently polled about 70 large enterprise IT professionals and not one

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Flash Aware Fibre Channel

The key objective for organizations investing in flash is to make sure that they are getting the maximum performance out of their premium investment. This means making sure that the application and storage infrastructures are optimized for the near zero

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Re-Thinking The Storage Architecture for Flash

One of the key discussion tracks at Powering The Cloud / SNW Europe is “Re-Thinking Your Data Center Architecture”. Storage is of course a part of the data center and its architecture also needs to be re-thought. There are two

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Akitio Neutrino Thunder Duo Test Drive

It seems like it took forever but thunderbolt enclosures are finally coming to market. One of the first ones we have had a chance to get our hands on is the Akitio Neutrino Thunder Duo. This dual drive unit allows

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Are PCIe SSDs Breaking Your Storage Network? – and how to stop it

olid state drive (SSD) solutions using flash are becoming the ‘go to’ options for addressing storage performance bottlenecks. And within that technology category, PCIe based SSDs could represent the state of the art. By locating the flash in the server

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Using All-Flash Arrays To Solve Tier-1 Database Problems

To solve tier-1 database performance problems, it is important to understand the nature of tier-1 applications. Standard definitions of tier-1 include: (i) extremely high cost, extremely high performance applications – sometimes referred to as “tier-0” (e.g., Wall Street trading platforms)

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The ROI of Server-Side Caching

Implementing server-side caching with the right solid state disk (SSD) can be like conducting a ‘surgical strike’ on storage performance problems. Installing this combination of hardware and software can eliminate the storage roadblock to increased transactions per second, while not

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Hybrid Storage Needs SSD Cache Flexibility

While specialized all-flash storage systems grab the headlines, hybrid storage systems are increasingly becoming the workhorses of the data center, hosting the majority of applications, virtual machines and file shares. To expand the number of workloads that they can support

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Are Flash Devices Putting Sensitive Data At Risk?

Flash based storage systems are now the “go to” option for improving the response time of performance sensitive applications. Some applications that require high performance are also storing extremely sensitive data that needs to be completely sanitized if the flash

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VMware Server Side Caching – Flash SSD or DRAM

Server virtualization has a well-documented problem; it creates an I/O blender that can bring storage networks and storage systems to their knees. The I/O blender vs. the desire to design increasingly dense virtual machine (VM) architectures has created a new

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