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True WAN Optimization is not Deduplication – Bridgeworks Briefing Note

The four walls of the data center no longer confine users, applications, and data. Organizations are multi-site, and users want to work from anywhere. Making “work from anywhere” a reality still requires data and data still has gravity. Data has

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Hyperconvergence is NOT Backup

One of the riskiest claims a vendor ever makes is “we’ve eliminated the need for backup” and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) vendors make this claim frequently. Good data resiliency is not good backup, and in fact, some of the work that

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Why Do Point Products Break Backup

One of the most alarming trends in data protection is the number of different solutions data centers are deploying and managing so they can keep up with the organization’s recovery expectations and budget realities. The demands for rapid recovery are

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Overcoming Backup Appliance Conventional Wisdom – ExaGrid Briefing Note

There are two key assumptions when it comes to purpose-built backup appliances. First, they must have inline deduplication and second, they will all be replaced by backup software solutions as they add deduplication functionality to their software and start selling

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Can Software Defined Networking Bring Scale to HCI? – Big Switch HCI Briefing Note

Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) is one of those technologies that look great on the whiteboard. The idea of collapsing the compute, storage and networking tiers into one, and creating an infrastructure that automatically scales as each node is added to the

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Why Backup is Breaking Hyper-Converged Infrastructures and How to Fix it

The goal of a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is to simplify how to apply compute, network and storage resources to applications. Ideally, the data center’s IT needs are consolidated down to a single architecture that automatically scales as the organization needs

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Using Software Composable Infrastructure for RackScale Application – DriveScale Briefing Note

Rackscale applications like Hadoop, Spark, Cassandra and others count on using commodity storage that is typically internally available to the node processing the data. The idea is to reduce storage costs and network complexity. The problem is these designs create

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