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How Do I Prepare for PCIe Gen 4?

2019 will be the year that new CPUs and motherboards supporting the fourth generation of the Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) interface (PCIe 4.0) will come to market – meaning that new storage systems using the interface are also on

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The ROI of Extreme Performance

In our recent webinar, “Flash Storage – Deciding Between High Performance and EXTREME Performance”, Storage Switzerland and Violin Systems discussed the use cases that demand extreme performance over high performance. Extreme performance is for applications that can benefit from consistent

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Does the Storage Media Matter Anymore?

It used to be that the storage media was the determining factor of an application’s performance. However, with non-volatile memory express (NVMe) solid-state drives (SSDs) now having reached price parity with Serial-Attached SCSI (SAS) SSDs, the potential to achieve hundreds

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Has NVMe Really Reached Price Parity with SAS?

Several NVMe flash vendors are claiming that NVMe Flash has reached price parity with Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) based flash. The claim is true or pretty close to true in most situations. Vendors are selling their NVMe flash drives for

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Lightboard Video: Does the SSD Architecture Really Matter?

It is easy to get caught up in the maximum performance potential of solid-state drives (SSDs), especially as we move into the era of non-volatile memory express (NVMe) access protocols. However, in reality, applications and service level agreements (SLAs) cannot

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Why Workload Modeling and Monitoring for NVMe-oF?

When migrating to new technology, it is always important to conduct a careful cost/benefit analysis, to understand what the return on the new investment will be. It is also necessary to be sure that the investment will provide desired outcomes

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Object Storage: More than Just Archive?

Object storage is typically almost exclusively associated with archive use cases. Long-term retention use cases are important when it comes to ensuring compliance, and object storage indeed functions effectively as a low-cost and searchable data repository. At the same time,

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15 Minute Webinar: NVMe Readiness Assessment

Most All-Flash Arrays were bought in the last few years and have not come anywhere close to “end of life,” yet most vendors are now shipping NVMe All-Flash Arrays which offer better performance. As enticing as these new systems might

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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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Democratizing NVMe and Public Cloud Replication – IBM Storage Briefing Note

Businesses large and small are looking to tap the performance acceleration of flash storage to be able to compete more effectively. The problem is that these solutions frequently come with a premium price tag  – especially as non-volatile memory express

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