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Can Scale-Up Storage be Scaled-Out?

Is it possible to scale-out your scale-up storage solution even though it wasn’t built to do that? The only question is how you’re going to scale it out. Most methods of scaling (both out and up) add to complexity. So

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Three new considerations for Scale-Out and Scale-Up All-Flash Architectures

A couple of years ago Storage Switzerland wrote an article “Scale Out or Scale Up? – 6 Key Considerations for the Flash Array Buyer”. The points made in that article are still relevant, but vendors in both architecture camps have

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What are IOPS and should you care?

When evaluating a new storage system, especially an all-flash array, the number of IOPS (Inputs/Outputs per Second) that the storage system can sustain is often used to differentiate one storage system from another. But is this really a standard that

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A Big Data Center without White Boxes – Storage in the Large Financial Enterprise

Google, FaceBook and many of the largest web-scale companies have made the use of commodity, ‘white box’ storage systems seem like the standard practice for large enterprises. Not so. Storage Switzerland recently spoke with a global financial institution about how

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Briefing Note: NetApp upgrades EF Arrays to address Performance First Workloads

Flash storage is being used in three areas of the data center infrastructure. First, flash and all-flash arrays are seeing adoption in both server and desktop computing environments, as well as mid-range database applications. Second, for databases that demand extremely

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StorageSwiss Top Articles of 2014

2014 was a big year at StorageSwiss.com. Thanks to our readers we saw record traffic to the site. As we close out each year, it’s interesting to review the top-read articles. In 2014’s list you’ll see two common themes, flash

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Briefing Note: Kaminario Delivers Encryption, Poised for 2015 Growth

Kaminario K2 Flash Arrays have traditionally appealed to the high performance demands of the data center. Their systems, for example, seem to be consistently near the top of SPC1 and SPC2 benchmarks; and don’t forget that their first storage systems

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Storage Opinion: Storage Evolves thanks to the Processor not the Business Model

Robin Harris over at Storage Mojo recently wrote about the future of legacy storage vendors in the face of low-margin commodity hardware and a primal force in their industry – the cloud. He cites the fate of the minicomputer and

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A Hybrid NAS for Unstructured Data

There is a small percentage of unstructured data that needs high performance, potentially even flash based storage but there is a much larger percentage that requires cost effective capacity. Premium NAS systems meet the performance demand of the first type, but there is room for improvement for the second type where cost efficient storage is so important. In this article George Crump, Storage Switzerland’s Lead Analyst discusses the need for a new type of Hybrid NAS, one that integrates disk and tape, instead of disk and flash.

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Which All-flash Architecture do you prefer?

The title of this entry, “Which All-flash Architecture Do You Prefer?”, was actually a question asked on the LinkedIn group, “Storage: SAN, NAS“, a couple of days ago. It was in response to a recent post by Calvin Zito @HPStorageGuy

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