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Are You an Edge-Now Data Center?

We often think of edge data centers as a remote data center that an organization deploys to process a local data set in order to subsequently send that data set, or not, to a larger, primary data center. An example

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How to Stay IN the Data Center Business

Experts claim that organizations want to “get out of the data center business” as one of the reasons that organizations want to move to the Cloud. While that justification does come up occasionally, in most cases top organizations are quite

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How to Make Storage Consolidation Work in the Modern Data Center

Most data centers give up on their storage consolidation projects. The storage mainframe approach described in blog 2 is too costly and too restrictive, and the traditional software-defined storage approach described in blog 3 doesn’t support broad enough use cases.

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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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Is Your All-Flash Storage Software Block Only?

Accelerating database performance remains a top use case for all-flash arrays, so it makes sense that most all-flash array systems only support block storage. However, only supporting block means that the customer assigns the “raw” volume to a server and

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Does Your All-Flash Array Support Hard Disk Drives?

Technically, if an All-Flash Array (AFA) supports hard disk drives, it is no longer an AFA. What if however, the system could start as an AFA and then later, to save costs, move older data to inexpensive, high capacity hard

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Does Your All-Flash Software Provide Data Protection?

Most primary storage systems and software provide some form of data protection. That protection comes in the form of protection from media failure (typically RAID), snapshots and clones. All-Flash Arrays (AFA) seem to provide a better than average level of

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