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Why is Software Defined Storage Failing to Consolidate Storage?

After enterprises decide not to use the storage mainframe described in our last blog they often next investigate software-defined storage (SDS) as a means to consolidate their storage and reduce storage costs. With SDS, consolidation occurs at the storage software

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How to Create a Storage Consolidation Solution That Lasts

Consolidating storage into a single, or even a few storage systems is a big project. Once the project is complete, IT’s job is not over. The next job for IT is to make sure storage remains consolidated. Temptations to allow

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What Can Storage Learn From Server Consolidation?

Storage consolidation projects are permanently on the IT project whiteboard. The process typically starts after IT realizes that their data center is overrun by multiple storage systems from multiple vendors. Storage Switzerland finds that most data centers have 5-6 different

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Why is Traditional Storage Consolidation Failing

The most common method for consolidating storage is for the organization to purchase a single storage system, hardware, and software, and move all workloads to the new system. The organization is in effect creating a storage mainframe. The challenges with

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Webinar: Designing a Storage Consolidation Strategy for Today, the Future and the Cloud

Most storage consolidation strategies fail because they attempt to consolidate to a single piece of storage hardware. To successfully consolidate storage, IT professionals need to look at consolidation strategies that worked. Server consolidation was VMware’s first use case. It was

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Rethink Your Storage Strategy to Enable the Software-defined Data Center

It’s nearly impossible to turn anywhere without hearing about “IT modernization.” The term may be overused, but it is hard to overstate its importance. At its core, the concept of IT modernization means adopting a software-defined data center architecture that

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Achieving Cloud Efficiency Without Cloud Scale

Our last blog, “Are Cloud Providers Really Efficient“, discussed how cloud providers, from a resources perspective, aren’t really any more efficient than the typical data center. The provider’s use of automation and their scale is what separates them from the

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SlideShare: Data Center vs. Cloud: Advantages of On-Premise Storage

A compelling reason to move applications to the cloud is how easy providers make storage management. To the users, cloud storage seems frictionless. They just “order-up” the capacity and performance they need, and the cloud gives it to them. Behind

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ChalkTalk Video: On-Premises All-Flash as a Service

One of the advantages of the cloud is organization’s can start a new project with minimal capital outlay. The problem is that as that project matures and moves into production the cost and ability to control the cloud become issues.

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Are Cloud Providers Really Efficient?

Cloud providers are sometimes held up as models of efficiency but are they really? Or, do cloud providers just hide inefficiency better? Cloud providers invest much of their resources in automation, so that functions within their data centers happen transparently

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