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Bringing the Cloud Model to On-Premises Flash Storage – StorPool Briefing Note

Legacy storage-area network (SAN) architectures are notoriously expensive and complex, leading many enterprises to consider migrating workloads off-premises. However, the public cloud model carries recurring costs that add up over time; with the growing petabytes of data that need to

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Hyperconverged 101 – The Importance of SDN in HCI

An often overlooked yet crucial component of an HCI environment is the network, especially as the environment scales. Each additional node consumes network ports and needs IT to logically connect it to the HCI cluster. In many HCI environments, the

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More Efficient Enterprise File Data Storage and Collaboration – CTERA Briefing Note

The modern enterprise is highly distributed geographically, employs a range of in-office and remote workers, and is generating and using file data at an unprecedented pace. Legacy network-attached storage (NAS), or “filer” arrays were not designed to provide the levels

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Taking Hyperconverged Infrastructure Beyond Point Application Hosting – Pivot3 Briefing Note

As we enter the next phase of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) market maturity, it is important for storage managers to be discerning when it comes to infrastructure architecture as well as intelligent management capabilities. The first generation of HCI stands to

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Making NVMe and NVMeoF Testing Accessible for the Enterprise – SANBlaze Briefing Note

Non-volatile memory express (NVMe) storage media and NVMe-over Fabrics (NVMeoF) storage network protocols open the door for new levels of performance and latency demanded by intensive, modern workloads such as big data analytics and artificial intelligence. However, the higher price

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The Future of HCI: 2019 Edition

The hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) market has entered a new phase of maturity, as evidenced by recent technology developments as well as vendor consolidation. For IT professionals, this maturity has two significant takeaways. From a technology perspective, HCI brings a compelling

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What’s Hot in Storage in 2019 – Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI)

Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) leverages virtualization to converge three common data center tiers; computing, networking, and storage, into a single tier. It promises to simplify operation and ease expansion while also lowering material costs. A key component is the storage software

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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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A Collective Hive for HCI – Maxta MxIQ Briefing Note

Hyper-converged Infrastructure (HCI) simplifies many things for busy IT professionals. As their environment grows, HCI automatically scales with it, adding performance and capacity with each additional node. However, an area where HCI falls short, along with many other storage systems,

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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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