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Moving from Cloud Archive to Cloud Preservation – CloudLanes Briefing Note

The cloud is an ideal storage area for the 90 percent of an organization’s data that is not active. Moving this data to the cloud frees up on-premises storage requirements as well as data center floor space. The problem is

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EMC World 2016 – EMC Really is a Software Company

Storage hardware vendors like to refer to themselves as software companies. While it is true that most of them write storage software that runs on off-the-shelf hardware, most of them require that you buy their hardware to get their storage

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The Future of Flash Storage – Part 1 – The Future of Hybrid Storage

Flash storage is making an enormous impact on the data center. Armed with a flash storage system, IT professionals are creating virtual environments with much higher VM to host ratios and are designing databases to support many more users and

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Why Storage vMotion hurts and how to stop the pain

VMware’s Storage vMotion is an invaluable tool to enable the migration of a virtual machine’s (VMs) datastore to another storage system. It is similar in concept to how regular vMotion migrates a VM to another host in a VMware cluster.

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How Storage Vendors Integrate VVols

VVols simplifies the process of setting up and managing storage to support VMs by enabling VMware administrators and users to create specific storage policies. But under the covers VMware leaves the implementation of VVols to the storage array vendor. In

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Three new considerations for Scale-Out and Scale-Up All-Flash Architectures

A couple of years ago Storage Switzerland wrote an article “Scale Out or Scale Up? – 6 Key Considerations for the Flash Array Buyer”. The points made in that article are still relevant, but vendors in both architecture camps have

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Briefing Note: VI’s VirtualWisdom4 shows you how to Manage your Open Systems Performance

Virtual Instruments provides active system monitoring and management solutions that generate a significant amount of data to improve SAN efficiency and performance. But users need more than an abundance of information to effectively manage their environments. In fact, this profusion

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StorageShort: The Problems with using VMware for HA

IT planners sometimes consider implementing clustering within their virtual environment. Essentially where the nodes in the cluster are actually virtual machines within the VMware cluster. In this StorageShort, Tony Tomarchio, Director of Field Engineering for SIOS and I discuss this

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How Traditional Data Centers should use the Cloud

Some corporate financial planners are pointing towards the use of hybrid cloud solutions as a way to reduce storage costs. The idea is to move redundant copies of information off expensive onsite primary storage to lower cost storage in the

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vCloud Powered Data Protection-as-a-Service

Automated data protection is becoming increasingly important given the fact that multiple IT stakeholders are taking a more active role in protecting their critical data. Virtual server administrators, database administrators and other application owners are now involved in the data

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