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Is All-Flash Deduplication a Must Have?

In the early days of All-Flash Arrays (AFA) deduplication was a key catalyst for adoption. Server and Desktop virtualization environments benefited greatly from the technology because of the similarity between virtual machine images. The environments also didn’t have the same

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Does All-Flash Array Software Improve Performance?

The raw performance of a single enterprise flash drive is often higher than 70,000 IOPS. Most all-flash arrays, even though vendors fill them with 12 to 24 flash drives, deliver only a few hundred thousand IOPS. The cause of the

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Making Storage for AI and DL Turnkey – DDN – NVIDIA Briefing Note

When an organization moves Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Deep Learning (DL) projects from the test and design phase to production, the responsibility for maintaining that project often lands in IT’s lap. IT then has to put together an architecture that

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Bringing Tier 0 in From the Lunatic Fringe – Violin Systems Briefing Note

In most data centers, Tier 1 production storage has evolved from high-end hard disk-based systems to hybrid systems supported by flash to all-flash arrays. These Tier 1 systems are also typically well equipped with enterprise features like snapshots, replication and

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How to Avoid the All-Flash Capacity Glut

Next generation all-flash arrays (AFA) face a serious problem; they will provide more capacity than most data centers need. While too much capacity doesn’t sound like a problem it will be because organizations are still going to pay for it.

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Virtualizing Mission Critical Applications Exposes New Storage Bottlenecks

IT administrators have reached a level of confidence with VMware and other hypervisors that make them more comfortable with virtualizing mission-critical workloads, like Oracle, SAS, and SAP. The goal is to gain the flexibility of a virtual compute infrastructure to

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Solving the Software Defined Storage Bottleneck – Mellanox Briefing Note

Software Defined Storage (SDS) abstracts commodity storage hardware so that it can be used in a scale-out architecture, but this can create a bottleneck between the CPU and the storage media. In many cases, the latency of hard disk drives

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