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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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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