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Overcoming the NVMe-oF Blame Game

Non-Volatile Memory Express over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) enables shared storage systems to achieve very low latency, to the point that they can now rival direct-attach storage solutions. Organizations no longer have to suffer through the inefficiencies of direct-attached storage, standard in

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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

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Webinar: Designing SAN Infrastructure for NVMe

NVMe and NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) are on the near-horizon for many organizations. IT planners need to ready their SANs for this new low latency, high-performance storage technology. To accomplish this task, organizations need to invest now in technology that

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Developing an NVMe over Fibre Channel Strategy

Most All-Flash Arrays (AFA) are setup as block devices connected via a Fibre Channel (FC) Storage Area Network (SAN). The deterministic nature of FC and its inherent low latency are an ideal match for AFAs. As data centers begin to

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Lightboard Video: Analyzing SANs at NVMe Speeds

The enterprise storage industry is undergoing a widespread transformation. Scale-out applications can generate the IO demands needed to justify further investment in storage area network infrastructure. NVMe All-Flash Arrays can deliver millions of IOPS with unprecedented bandwidth. NVMe-oF, and especially,

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Silos of Clusters – Is this the End Result of Data Center Modernization?

Applications like Elastic, Hadoop, Kafka and TensorFlow typically operate on scale-out architectures built from dozens, if not hundreds of servers, which act as nodes in the application’s cluster. Many organizations now use a mix of these applications to derive the

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New eBook: Hyperscale Performance, Is NVMe Enough?

Hyperscale architectures that support Elastic, Hadoop, and Kafka, often vary wildly between organizations and even within each organization. Each workload often needs its own cluster and IT teams are constantly trying new technology within those clusters, trying to improve performance.

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Flash Memory Summit 2019 – Day 3 Wrap Up

The third and final day of the Flash Memory Summit was as busy as the previous two. Most conferences fizzle out the last day; FMS day 3 was still abuzz with interesting sessions and quality briefings. Briefing 1 – Fibre

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Flash Memory Summit 2019 Day 2 – Western Digital

Our second day at Flash Memory Summit (FMS) 2019 was another jam-packed day. Western Digital’s activities before and at the event are so extensive that we’ve broken them out into a full detailed briefing note on their IntelliFlash products and

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Overcoming the Real Roadblock to the All-Flash Data Center

All-Flash storage is taking over many, but not all, production storage responsibilities but because of cost, most organizations can’t justify placing all production workloads on all-flash storage. These organizations then certainly can’t justify placing secondary storage and data protection workloads

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