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Ceph: Roll Your Own or Turnkey?

Ceph offers an open source storage alternative to those who need object, block, and file services. Initially developed at UC Santa Cruz and funded by a number of government agencies, Ceph has grown into a very interesting solution for a

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Sometimes Cloud Bursting is Bad – Permabit Briefing Note

IT professionals use the phrase “cloud bursting” to describe a process where they move compute and storage to the cloud when the local data center runs out of those resources. But there is another type of bursting that happens to

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Getting Software-Defined Storage Enterprise Ready

Briefing Note – Red Hat Storage Despite its potential to increase storage performance, capacity and flexibility while decreasing acquisition and operational costs, software-defined storage (SDS) has limited success in the enterprise. The problem is that enterprise data centers are “in

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Selecting the Right OpenStack Storage Module

OpenStack is a set of tools for building and managing computing platforms for cloud data centers. Public cloud providers have widely adopted OpenStack, and now the toolset is working its way into the enterprise in the form of private clouds.

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Briefing Note: TrueNAS is FreeNAS for the Enterprise – iXsystems makes Open Source Data Center Ready

iXsystems has been a part of the FreeBSD community for years. It developed FreeNAS, one of the most popular open source Network Attached Storage (NAS) software solutions on the market. While FreeNAS can hold its own, feature wise, with almost

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EMC World 2015 – Open Sourcing SDS

Software defined storage (SDS) is the abstraction of storage services and control from the underlying storage hardware. One of its promises is the elimination of vendor lock-in. But, as we have criticized in the past, this freedom comes at a

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Bacula Enterprise is changing the definition of Open-source Backup Software

For many in IT, the term “open source software” conjures images of inexpensive but powerful programs that require a lot attention to keep running. They’re often a better fit for organizations with more time than money; unfortunately, most organizations don’t

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