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On Demand Webinar – How To Stop Storage Hardware Sprawl

Storage in the data center has evolved from islands of server attached storage to shared networked storage. But in both cases storage needed to be specifically designed for the workload it was on. Even in the so-called shared storage environment,

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Yes You Do Want Your Flash Array To Last For 10 years!

My recent article stating that the current generation of All-Flash Arrays should last for 10 years has created a bit of stir across the storage community. Chris Evans over at Architecting IT did the best job of arguing against a

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IBM Storage Makes Its SSD Case

At IBM Edge 2012 IBM made its case for having a better end-to-end solid state disk (SSD) strategy over its competitors. For the major suppliers (IBM, EMC, HP, Dell) there are several key locations where they need to be executing

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The Challenges with SSD Caching and Tiering

It is universally accepted that for most applications, adding flash to the storage infrastructure will greatly improve storage performance and offer a productivity return on the investment. The controversy in the industry is deciding where the flash storage should be

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Is PCIe SSD Always Faster?

As Solid State Disk (SSD) has evolved many ways have been developed for it to be accessed by the applications that need performance acceleration. The connection between the application and the SSD is often made by the most available, least

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What is a Storage Controller?

Storage arrays all have some form of a processor embedded into a controller. As a result, a storage array’s controller is essentially a server that’s responsible for performing a range of functions for the storage system. Think of it as

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Tier-1 Storage vs. Tier-2 Storage

It used to be that mid-range data centers could buy a storage system designed for that market and never worry about growing beyond that system’s capacity and performance capabilities. Now however, thanks to server virtualization, “big data” and cloud initiatives,

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