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Dashboarding Diverse Storage Infrastructures

The previous blog in this series outlined the advantages of a diverse storage infrastructure; flexibility, workload specific performance, and hard-cost savings. The challenge with a diverse storage infrastructure is how to manage it. In prior blogs, we’ve looked at several

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The Advantages of a Diverse Storage Architecture

In the last three blogs, we’ve looked at how IT might consolidate storage by purchasing a single large array and using software-defined storage or using hyper-converged infrastructure. While each option has potential, each option also falls short in some areas.

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Can Hyperconverged Infrastructure Solve Storage Sprawl?

Hyperconverged Infrastructures (HCI) move software-defined storage (SDS) – described in the last blog – into the hypervisor cluster. The SDS component either runs as a virtual machine or as part of the hypervisor kernel itself. The SDS solution typically leverages

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The Problem with Software Defining Consolidation

One of the challenges with storage sprawl is managing all the different islands of storage. Physically separate storage systems can be more difficult to manage. This is especially the case if they’re from different vendors, since each system has a

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The Problems with Big Box Storage Consolidation

Big box storage consolidation aims to eliminate all of an organization’s storage systems. A big box consolidator is a single system with both flash and hard disk drive media. These systems also leverage DRAM as an acceleration tier. A single

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White Paper: Storage Diversity vs. Storage Consolidation

The advantages of storage consolidation, better utilization lowered operational costs, seem like compelling reasons for IT to consolidate all their storage systems down to a single system. Why then is the data center becoming more and more storage diversified? There

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SlideShare: Three Steps to Multi-Vendor Storage Excellence

Most data centers have given up on the idea of a single storage system for all the organization’s workloads. Organizations have decided to buy storage systems that solve a specific problem. The multi-vendor storage environment does have some advantages. Individual

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Why Multi-Vendor Storage Happens and How to Manage It

When core IT receives a new workload, application owners tell IT what storage resources the workload needs as it enters production and what the expected resources are when it matures. Core IT then has to look at its available storage

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Webinar: Three Steps to Multi-Vendor Storage Excellence

Most data centers have given up on the idea of a single storage system for all the organization’s workloads. Organizations have decided to buy storage systems that solve a specific problem. The multi-vendor storage environment does have some advantages. Individual

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Flash Memory Summit Video – Understanding Your Workload Before Flash

While flash can solve a lot of performance problems, storage is not the only reason that applications fail to meet the expectations of their users. Throwing flash at the problem will almost always help to some extent, but there are

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