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IT Storage Guides & How-To's

Not All Gigabytes Are Created Equal – A Storage Buyer’s Warning

April 25, 2014 |

“We can sell you a solution today that will provide you with 1 trillion IOPS worth of performance at a price of just a penny a gig!” Ok, perhaps that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but the unfortunate truth is … Read More

IT 101: RTO, RPO and the Economics of Beer

April 22, 2014 | 1

It’s no secret that backup and recovery are critical important tasks in the broader IT portfolio. Sometimes, though, there is lack of deep understanding for the critical metrics that drive backup and recovery. This article explains the economics of beer … Read More

CIOs: Market Trends Make Simple Solutions Viable In The Modern Enterprise

April 22, 2014 |

Take a look around your data center. How hard is it to manage the various pieces of hardware that are strewn about? For data center administrators, managing the environment may not be all that difficult if they’ve been doing it … Read More

Software Defined Storage Is Officially “A Thing” And Worth Considering For Your Data Center

March 8, 2014 | 2

I hereby declare Software Defined Storage to be “A Thing”.

If you’re sick of reading about “software defined” then stop reading this article now, because it seems as if software defined storage is continuing to hit the market by storm … Read More

Don’t Let Raw Storage Metrics Solely Drive Your Buying Decision

March 6, 2014 | 3

Let’s pretend that you’re buying a car.  As you review the specs, you might find that the Tesla Model S can go from zero to sixty in just 4.2 seconds and that the car has a top speed of 130 … Read More

An Introduction to Scale-Up vs. Scale-Out Storage

March 6, 2014 | 2

One of the recent trends in enterprise storage is the renewed emphasis on scale-out or distributed storage solutions. Scale-out is common in cloud solutions and it works like this: A large number of nodes work together providing an aggregated performance … Read More

The Customer Experience Is The Key To Success In Today’s Array-Based Storage Environment

March 6, 2014 | 1

The storage market is full of all kinds of different storage vendors, each with a unique story to tell and each absolutely convinced that their way is the “right way”.  As flash-based storage has hit the market by storm, there … Read More

All Flash vs. Hybrid Storage Arrays: When to Use What

February 18, 2014 |

As solid state storage has grown in popularity, all kinds of different information has hit the market as competing storage vendors aim to become The Next Big Thing in the storage space.  A number of companies in recent years have … Read More

Why RAID Cannot Cope With Large Disks: Rebuild Times

February 18, 2014 | 12

There is a fundamental shift in going on in enterprise storage.  At the core of the shift is the fact that hard disks haven’t gotten much faster as they have gotten a lot larger. One part of the shift is … Read More

How Do Disk Array Controllers Affect Storage Performance?

January 22, 2014 |

Storage systems, like any other network or server hardware, are likely to brew up bottlenecks and performance issues and it’s the storage administrator’s job to keep this in check and triage issues. It’s a misconception that all storage bottlenecks arise … Read More