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Designing an All-Flash Data Management Strategy

Thanks to decreasing flash media pricing and data efficiency technologies like deduplication, all-flash arrays are now commonplace in many data centers. In most cases though, the purchases of first generation all-flash arrays were to solve a specific performance problem. Now

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Creating a Real-time Storage Network

Traditionally, systems create data, process it, and then store it for a time before accessing it again in response to a user request. Essentially, data is processed in batches. In the modern data center, the move is toward real-time analysis

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Next Generation Networks Need to be More than Fast

The data center network is on the verge of one of its most dramatic upgrades in bandwidth in decades. Virtualized data centers, as well as hyperscale and rack scale environments, are driving the need for higher bandwidth networks. These environments

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Simpler is Better – Solving Rack Scale Storage Problems – DriveScale Briefing Note

The storage infrastructure for multi-rack scale applications like Hadoop Spark, Cassandra, and CouchBase, are typically built using directly attached flash-based storage instead of a shared flash array. The motivation for using direct-attached storage (DAS) is simple. Media inside a server

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Flash to Flash to Cloud – Solving the Data Protection Problem

The primary objective of a data protection strategy is to protect data frequently and consistently. The ever growing size of data, the diversity of systems that store that data and the high expectations of the creators and consumers of that

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Why Data Movement Breaks Data Management and How to Fix It

The primary goal of a data management strategy is to reduce storage costs. Achieving that goal requires that at some point data will have to move from primary storage to a less expensive secondary storage. The movement of data between

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NVMe Details & Capabilities

The next step in all-flash performance is NVMe. Systems equipped with NVMe support promise to increase performance and lower latency. But, IT professionals want to know if their data centers can take advantage of NVMe and how they should plan

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