Smart Choices for Building, or Building Out, Networked-Attached Storage

Networked-attached storage (NAS) remains a sound strategy for delivering applications and shared storage, especially for enterprises that seek to avoid the costs and complexities of storage-area networks (SANs).

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OpenStack & Ceph—Storage that is Function-rich, Flexible, and Free

OpenStack is a viable solution for many enterprise data centers. OpenStack is a free, open-source software platform that enables organizations to construct and manage public and private clouds. Its components manage processing, networking, and storage on hardware resources across the data center. Many of the biggest IT firms as well as thousands of OpenStack community […]

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What is Erasure Coding and When Should it Be Used?

RAID has long been a mainstay of data protection. RAID protects against data loss from bad blocks or bad disks by either mirroring data on multiple disks in a storage array or adding parity blocks to the data, which allows for the recovery of failed blocks. Now another approach, erasure coding, is gaining traction. Erasure […]

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The Scale-Out Virtues of Object Storage

File- and block-based storage are well established, but a third alternative, object storage, is hardly new technology. Today, there are countless petabytes of object storage in public clouds, and hundreds of millions of Facebook, Google, and Twitter users routinely rely on the technology. So what is object storage? It’s a method for saving unstructured data […]

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Peering into the Future: Storage in 2016

It’s the start of a new year and time for pundits to predict what we can expect in the storage market going forward. Let’s touch upon some of the more prominent trends. SSDs versus HDDs Foremost, of course, is the inexorable adoption of SSDs by both the consumer and enterprise markets. The drivers are well […]

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Storing 4K Digital Content

The evolution of yesteryear’s grainy, black and white televisions to today’s dazzling high-definition monitors confirms that we prefer our content displayed in higher resolution. This is why filmmakers and videographers are starting to shoot in 4K, which offers four times the pixels of 1080p. Granted, consumers currently have no means to play 4K content, but 4K-capable monitors […]

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Hyperconvergence: Convergence in Warp Drive

Hyperconvergence is a relatively new technology paradigm that has been garnering attention. To understand hyperconvergence, consider traditional and converged IT infrastructures. The traditional infrastructure is comprised of server, storage, and networking systems, all of which are siloed and, consequently, often require separate administrative groups to manage. Converged infrastructures advance this approach by coupling compute, storage, and networking with a […]

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Scale-out NAS Makes Affordable NAS Also Scalable

Suppose you run a media production company that generates large multimedia data files. Your data trove grows daily, demanding very scalable storage. What are your options? A storage area network (SAN)­ is one, but you don’t want the costs and complexities of building and owning a SAN. Moreover, you don’t need hundreds of users to access the […]

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RAID Levels & Fault Tolerance

Before choosing a software solution for your business, it’s important that you first decide what exactly you want to receive from the product that you are paying for. Surely, in your search for a storage solution, you’ve come across the term “RAID” or a “Redundant Array of Independent Disks.” Basically, RAID is used when a […]

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Video Editing Storage Solutions: Choosing a Storage Server

If you plan on investing time and money into developing a video editing career, or if your business requires a lot of video editing, choosing the correct video storage server is essential to your success. But when outfitting your employees with the right software is complicated enough, how do you go about finding the correct […]

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