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    Flash Forward: The Future of Memory

    What is flash memory, why is it important, why is it so darn expensive, and when can buyers expect some relief? When talking about flash, chances are that one of these questions is relevant to the dis… Read More

    By Keith Ward
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    Latency: The King of Storage Performance Metrics

    Storage vendor 1: “Our array can deliver 1 million IOPS!” Storage vendor 2: “Well, our array can deliver 1 billion IOPS, so take that!” This might be the start of the latest round of stora… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    How Can VVOLS Improve Your Storage Environment?

    One of the most anticipated components of the 2015 release of VMware vSphere 6 was the long-awaited Virtual Volumes technology. Virtual Volumes (VVOLS) is not a product that is purchased, but rather a… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    Data Awareness Is Increasingly Popular in the Storage Biz

    As you scan the emerging storage market, there are some very cool things happening, but one of the features that seems to be increasing in popularity — and needs — revolves around analytics or at… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    So, What is Secondary Storage Cohesity-Style?

    Just as you’ve managed to wrap your head around the craziness that is the world of modern storage comes an emerging concept: secondary storage.  At first, you may think that the term secondary stor… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    Overcoming "New Vendor Risk": Pure Storage’s Techniques

    One of the biggest challenges for emerging storage vendors is the phrase “no one ever got fired for buying IBM.”  You can replace IBM in this phrase with any major tier 1 vendor of your choosing,… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    IT as a Change Agent: It’s Time to Look Inward, Starting with Storage

    For decades, IT has been considered a change agent for the organization, but there is a dirty little secret that we in IT aren’t always willing to confess: we are sometimes terrible at taking our ow… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    The New Data Center: Serious Simplicity Masks Crazy Complexity

    Times are changing. The days of the backroom engineer sitting alone in a locked room denying knowledge to the rest of the organization are over. Today, CIOs and other business and technology leaders s… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    Crowd-sourced Metrics and Automated Support Should Be Key Features In Your Next Storage Array - It’s Good For The Business

    Most of today’s enterprise arrays – particularly those that are shipping from relatively young companies such as Nimble Storage and Tegile – have built-in comprehensive phone home capabilities.… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    SuperMicro Teams with Nexenta for Unified Storage Offering

    SuperMicro is becoming a standard name in the enterprise data center, despite what many would have anticipated. Much like how Toyota built on a new model of delivery and timed their rise to the fore o… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    Technology Vendor Conglomeration Is Giving Way to Silos

    Inside the data center, convergence is all the rage, and for many good reasons.  In the IT industry, however, convergence – of the business kind – has gone out of style in favor of more targeted… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    Gridstore Hyper-V-based Hyperconverged Solution Hits The Market

    Hyper-V admins take note: there is a new solution on the market for you!  This week, Gridstore announced their Hyper-V-based hyperconverged infrastructure solution.  Far from being just a “me too… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    DIMM-Based Storage (Memory Channel Storage) Is A Bright Idea

    SSDs are SO yesterday’s technology. At least, that’s what you might think after you take a gander at a newer class of storage that has hit the market in recent months.  Pioneered by Diablo Techno… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    VMware Unveils Upcoming VAIO I/O Filters

    As many announcements are flying around during VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, storage is getting some serious focus as VMware moves to extend optimization for storage on vSphere using the upcoming VAI… Read More

    By Eric Wright, vExpert, Cisco Champion
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    Mesa: How Google Handles Big Data

    As a guitarist, the first thing that comes to mind when I hear the word Mesa is Mesa Boogie amplifiers. They delivery one of the most bone rattling level of sound and tone of anything in the industry… Read More

    By Eric Wright, vExpert, Cisco Champion
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    Storage 101: Flash Storage Myths and Facts

    Yes.  It’s true that your shiny new all-flash storage array’s solid state disks will wear out over time.  However, unlike the flash storage of yesteryear, this wear process isn’t nearly as ser… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    VSAN and Disconnecting Hosts: Be Careful How You Remove Host Resources!

    There are a lot of people testing the waters with VMware VSAN, and one of the challenges with bringing a new technology on board is understanding the management processes to keep it running. Shared-no… Read More

    By Eric Wright, vExpert, Cisco Champion
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    Pure Storage and the Missing Power Button

    Over the years we have all had exposure to hardware for storage environments that was explicitly built to handle operational failures from the environment by adding redundancy high availability featur… Read More

    By Eric Wright, vExpert, Cisco Champion
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    Atlantis Updates ILIO for VMware VSAN

    Atlantis Computing has launched its next iteration of their ILIO suite for VMware VSAN. This is an interesting product that I have had a chance to discuss with the creators when at Virtualization Fiel… Read More

    By Eric Wright, vExpert, Cisco Champion
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    Discover The True Meaning Of “Software Defined”

    If you’ve not yet heard about the latest trend hitting the IT industry, it’s time to breakout your buzzword BINGO playing board and make some new additions.  Today, “software defined” is tren… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    How Does Data Deduplication Work?

    Even as disk capacities continue to increase, data storage vendors are constantly seeking methods by which their customers can cram ever-expanding mountains of data into storage devices.  After all,… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe