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Why would you buy a Storage System without QoS?

QoS (Quality of Service) is a topic that’s becoming more common in storage discussions, partly due to the rise of multi-tenant environments like public clouds. QoS puts management controls on storage resources, especially processing power, so they can maintain performance

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Briefing Note: Hyper-Converged Cloud for Hyper-V

Hyper-convergence is the consolidation of the three traditional data center tiers (compute, networking and storage) into a single converged tier. The goal of hyper-convergence is to speed time to value, allowing new infrastructure to be deployed in a fraction of

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It’s time to “VMware” Storage

Before hypervisors like VMware, Hyper-V and KVM came to market, data centers had few options when it came to managing the growth of their server infrastructure. They could buy one big server that ran multiple applications, which, while it simplified

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SolidFire Analyst Day: Unlimited Drive Wear, Seamless Upgrades, more Platforms

SolidFire has historically been a solution targeted for service providers and private clouds, with features that support Quality of Service (QoS), multi-tenancy, automation, etc. Their plan has been to provide a consolidated, high-performance storage solution that scales seamlessly and can

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Briefing Note: NexGen Focuses on Business Value of Data – and a Smarter Cache

Recent research by IDC predicts that IT professionals will be managing 4-5 times more data per person by 2020, but only 5% of that data will be important. So while a lot of data is being created, it’s not all

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Analyst Blog: What are Converged Infrastructures? Part 1 – Hardware Convergence

Every so often it makes sense to take a step back and attempt to define the terms that we in the industry use to describe the approaches we take to solving customer problems. One of those is “converged architectures”. When

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Controlling Storage Network Link Speed

Data center initiatives, like server and desktop virtualization, as well as the introduction of flash enhanced storage, have motivated storage managers to upgrade their storage networks sooner than they might have planned. But those storage managers would be wise to

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Storage Q&A with Jay Prassl, VP of Marketing at SolidFire

The Next Generation Data Center is a concept that companies like SolidFire use to describe an ideal of storage performance, scale, efficiency and management in multi-tenant cloud environments – public and private clouds. But more than an ideal, companies in

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How Are You Guaranteeing Virtualized Application Performance?

Many organizations have adopted a virtualize-first policy, where all new applications brought online are considered for virtualized deployment prior to getting their own bare metal hardware. But there are typically a number of mission critical applications that are still not

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Guaranteeing Application Storage Performance When Virtualizing

It’s no surprise that traditional storage performance falls off a cliff in heavily virtualized server environments. Originally designed to interface with a limited number of hosts, legacy dual controller storage architectures simply cannot meet the I/O workload demands of multiple

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