The “New Normal” Demands Storage that’s Affordable and Reliable

Much has been said about today’s “new normal.” Life and commerce are certainly disrupted, but not everything has changed. Data continue to be generated every day and are still foundational to business success. Even in these times, there’s a lot more data today than there were yesterday. That will never change. And as in the […]

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All-Flash vs Hybrid Storage – A Buyers Guide to IT Managed Services

Data Storage is a critical component of the MSP infrastructure. The storage must deliver high performance efficient capacity utilization and scale easily. It must have a modular design and scalability to enable purchasing only what is needed, when it is needed. No single point of failure should exist, and failed components must be replaceable without interruption of services.  AC&NC offers US based support […]

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Some Predictions for 2020

The new year is a time for renewed hope and optimism. What can we expect in 2020? NVMe Finally Arrives Although anticipated for years, the widespread adoption of NVMe is finally happening. NVMe helps to unlock the potential of SSDs, but SSDs are only recently becoming a staple in data centers thanks to their decreasing […]

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The Promises of 2019

2019 is upon us, which means it’s time to take note of trends in the storage industry. Here are five worth considering. NVMe over Fabrics is hot! Nonvolatile Memory Express (NVMe) greatly speeds communications between a host and solid-state storage. It replaces SCSI, which was designed for spinning disks, to take advantage of the greater […]

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The Voracious Appetites of Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence

Like the Internet of Things, machine learning (ML) and its more august sibling, artificial intelligence (AI), are upon us. The former is impacting business and IT operations, and the latter will impact nearly all of society. When most of us think of them, we envision incomprehensible algorithms and the brawny CPUs and GPUs all but […]

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Surviving the IoT Flood

Last month’s blog addressed edge computing and how it supports the Internet of Things.  Now, let’s look a bit further into the storage demands of IoT. IoT storage can’t possibly be covered in a blog, but here are some thoughts. We’ve all been introduced to an IoT-embellished future. Smart homes, buildings, cities, and cars. Industrial, […]

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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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