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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All-Flash Storage Arrays (AFAs)

For years, the world relied on hard disk drives (HDDs) to store digital information. These electro-magnetic devices worked well and their costs per gigabyte continually decreased. However, they had inherent performance constraints because of the time they required to read or write data on spinning metal platters with magnetic coatings. Burgeoning data troves and new […]

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And the trends for 2017…

At the beginning of every year, it’s customary to pull out the crystal ball and project trends for the new year. Often, however, promising solutions fail to catch on because of reasons like their technologies are not yet mature or economics still favor other strategies. With that said, below are some trends that we’re confident are good bets for 2017.

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Affordable Flash Storage Has Arrived

The evolution of flash drives is inevitable.  Like other disruptive technologies, it offers substantial advantages over legacy solutions—in this case, spinning disks—but its initial costs limited its adoption to such enterprise applications as high-speed transactional processing.  Over time, factors like economies of scale kicked in and the cost of flash decreased.  Who still uses a […]

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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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