Edge Computing—Bringing Value to IoT

There are already many billions of Internet of Things (IoT) devices in the business, consumer, civic, science, and industrial sectors. They’re scattered across the planet in assembly lines, vehicles, hospitals, cities, homes, environments, and even our clothing. They continuously generate vast amounts of data and their numbers will proliferate almost exponentially. Edge computing exists to […]

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Virtual Desktop Infrastructures Need Very Fast Storage

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), also known as desktop-as-a-service (DaaS), has been widely adopted. VDI simplifies IT management and backups, facilitates security, and reduces hardware and operating costs. VMware, Citrix, Amazon, Parallels, and others offer VDI solutions, each with its own implementation and features. Some run in the data center, some in the cloud, and some […]

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DropBox Turns to On-Premise Storage Rather than the Cloud, Saves $Millions

A story published on GeekWire should make many organizations rethink their storage strategies. It recounts how DropBox bucked industry trends by moving its popular file-storage service away from the cloud—AWS’s S3 storage service—to its own infrastructure (www.geekwire.com/2018/dropbox-saved-almost-75-million-two-years-building-tech-infrastructure/). By investing in its own data centers rather than spending on third-party infrastructure, DropBox saved $39.5 million in […]

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And the trends for 2018…

FLASH IS STILL HOT Let’s look further into trending storage technologies. Of course, a sea change has been the adoption of solid-state drives (SSDs). First generation SSDs improved performance and lowered power consumption over their mechanical counterparts, but were costly and limited in capacity. Advances improved their storage and reduced their cost, and the next […]

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Hyper-convergence vs Convergence

Once upon a time, enterprises bought the components needed to deliver IT services, cobbled them together, and with a little sweat and aggravation, got them to work. Demands for more robust services prompted companies to turn to best-of-breed solutions, but this resulted in a mélange of systems that presented management and interoperability issues. These problems […]

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Cloud Storage Hosting

Storage has always been a primary reason why companies turn to cloud computing. Clouds are ideal for backing up data and storing archival data. This is underscored by the advent of object storage, which makes vast data stores practical. Over time, providers offered additional use cases such as Software as a Service (SaaS), which delivers […]

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All-Flash Storage Promises a Go-To Strategy for MSPs

Managed service providers (MSPs) need to offer fast, affordable storage. Storage is a perennial concern for enterprises of all sizes, and many are considering offloading their storage to reduce costs and headaches. But to win storage business, MSPs face formidable players like AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud. To compete, they must offer high-value, cost-effective solutions. […]

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Storage Upheavals Are Opportunities for MSPs (Managed Service Providers)

For years, the storage business had been reasonably stable. Primary storage was local and backed-up data were nearby or at remote sites along with archived data. Production files were rapidly accessible, and governance and compliance demands were more or less met. The choices were finite and life was, for the most part, relatively orderly. But […]

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Hybrid vs Public Clouds; Which makes sense for you?

If your organization is not utilizing some form of a cloud, the odds are it soon will. Your question will be what kind cloud—public, private, or hybrid? Private clouds can be dedicated clouds provided by vendors in which no resources are shared by any other customer. They also can be onsite solutions, but building and […]

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HDD vs SSD Storage

How do solid-state drives (SSDs) stack up to traditional hard-disk drives? Like many things in life, it depends on money and what you need. SSDs deliver greater performance than HDDs, especially faster, more predictable read times. SSD performance will only increase as vendors deploy non-volatile memory express (NVMe), a protocol designed to unleash their full […]

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