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Hyperconvergence and VDI – The Perfect Match?

Atlantis Briefing Note Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI) look good on the IT whiteboard. Their lower operational costs and longer desktop/laptop life expectancy are top expectations. In execution, however, the projects often stall. Calculating the necessary compute performance, storage performance and

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Overcoming the Hyperconvergence Planning Problem

Maxta Briefing Note Hyperconvergence is a compelling solution to organizations trying to simplify their virtual infrastructures in an effort to be more “cloud-like”. The technology consolidates storage software into the hypervisor of a virtual infrastructure, eliminating the need for a

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Data Protection Advantages of a Thin Provisioned Filer

A thin provisioned filer is a happy filer – especially from a data protection standpoint. In this context a thin provisioned filer is a filer that has plenty of free space due to older unused files moved somewhere else. Unfortunately,

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The Storage Architecture Behind The Thin Provisioned NetApp

Thin provisioning a NetApp can create as many problems as it solves. As mentioned in previous blogs, thin provisioning in this context refers to the act of clearing out older, unused files and putting them somewhere else. Essentially “thinning” the

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NAS vs. Object: Performance – Thinly Provisioned NAS

Network Attached Storage (NAS) filers were originally designed to be a central repository that provides fast access to frequently changing files on primary storage. NAS also makes it simple to add more storage capacity over existing Ethernet networks. However, the

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Product Analysis: Scalable NAS for the real world: Redefining NAS Storage

NAS systems have come a long way since SMB & NFS were invented in 1984, and the Dell Fluid File System is proof of that. If one hasn’t looked at a modern day NAS system, this would be a good

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All-Flash Array Hardware AND Software Matters

HDS Flash Update Briefing Note IT professionals typically purchase all-flash arrays (AFA) to solve storage performance problems in their database, virtual desktop, virtual server and HPC environments. They are the performance sledgehammer that makes I/O concerns a thing of the

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SlideShare: The State of Deduplication – Mid–2015 Update

As we enter the halfway point of 2015, data reduction (deduplication, compression, thin provisioning) has emerged as the key technology driving flash adoption. Data reduction makes flash affordable and is a requirement for ODMs, OEMs and systems companies entering the

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Software-Defined Flash

Flash Memory Summit Briefing Note: Radian Eliminates Flash Translation Layer for Improved Performance, Endurance, and Cost The first generation of flash storage devices addressed backward compatibility by treating the devices as if they were hard drives through the use of

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