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StorCentric Acquires Retrospect – Comprehensive Primary through Secondary Storage Capabilities

The lines between primary and secondary storage infrastructures are blurring. Today’s typical backup and disaster recovery workloads require faster performance while production workloads demand growing amounts of capacity. IT requires as consolidated a storage infrastructure as possible for simplicity. At

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StorMagic Encryption Key Manager and KVM Support Briefing Note

Cutting the Encryption and Hypervisor Taxes for the Edge and Small Data Centers Edge data centers are quickly becoming important hubs where mission-critical data is processed. Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) poses an attractive architecture to serve these environments, but there are

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DriveScale Composable Infrastructure: Elastic and Efficient Resources for Modern Workloads

Modern workloads such as Hadoop, Kafka and machine learning are demanding in terms of the volume of data that must be processed, the speed at which that data much be processed, and the fact that their capacity and performance requirements

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Is NVMe Enough for Efficient Hyperscale Data Centers?

Hyperscale architectures typically sacrifice resource efficiency for performance by using direct attached storage instead of a shared storage solution. That lost efficiency though, means the organization is spending money on excess compute, graphics processing units (GPUs) and storage capacity that

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The Problems with Hyperscale Storage

Direct attached storage (DAS) is the default storage “infrastructure” for data intensive workloads like Elastic, Hadoop, Kafka and TensorFlow. The problem, as we detailed in the last blog, is using DAS creates a brittle, siloed environment. Compute nodes can’t be

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Bringing the Cloud Model to On-Premises Flash Storage – StorPool Briefing Note

Legacy storage-area network (SAN) architectures are notoriously expensive and complex, leading many enterprises to consider migrating workloads off-premises. However, the public cloud model carries recurring costs that add up over time; with the growing petabytes of data that need to

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Consumption-Based IT with No Minimum Commitment – Lenovo TruScale Briefing Note

The modern data center infrastructure market is characterized by the need for improved agility and responsiveness, and to make more strategic use of IT budgets. Cloud computing has introduced the concept of subscription-based IT service delivery, but it lacks on-premises

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Making NVMe and NVMeoF Testing Accessible for the Enterprise – SANBlaze Briefing Note

Non-volatile memory express (NVMe) storage media and NVMe-over Fabrics (NVMeoF) storage network protocols open the door for new levels of performance and latency demanded by intensive, modern workloads such as big data analytics and artificial intelligence. However, the higher price

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Does NVMe Flash Have to Be End-to-End

One of the advantages of the NVMe Flash standard is that it is networkable. NVMe over Fabrics (NVMf) brings direct attach storage like latency to shared storage systems. NVMf eliminates the need for modern applications like Hadoop and others to

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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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