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Webinar: Are You Sticking Your Head in the SAN?

In this webinar, Storage Switzerland's George Crump and SimpliVity's Adam Sekora compare and contrast the suitability of SANs vs. hyperconverged architectures; examine the benefits of consolidating and reducing the number of discrete IT devices in lieu of hyperconverged infrastructure; and discuss the merits of simplified IT and its impact on technology refresh initiatives....REGISTER HERE

February 18, 2016 at 12:30pm ET / 9:30am PT


Does Object Storage kill RAID?

Like a lot of technologies that are past their prime, RAID will continue to serve a function for a very long time. It’s an inexpensive way to string together multiple drives and protect yourself against the loss of one or more of those drives. There is a huge amount of inertia behind RAID, volumes, file systems, etc. Let’s face it, the IT world gets them....READ MORE


ChalkTalk Video: Improving Time to Value for Enterprise Big Data Analytics

George Crump of Storage Switzerland, and Fred Oh from Hitachi Data Systems explain how to reduce time and avoid complexity of do-it-yourself analytics projects with the Hitachi Hyper Scale-Out Platform (HSP). Purpose-built by HDS for fast-growing data analytics workloads, HSP is composed of dedicated compute & storage resources, and features Brocade networking to accelerate time to value from 9-18 months down to 3 months or less....WATCH THE VIDEO


Addressing VDI’s Fork in The Road

As VDI projects move into production, they reach a fork in the road. Does the IT team optimize performance or optimize dollars? Typically, they choose performance since user adoption is so critical to success. The result is a reduced ROI and, more than likely, a more modest rollout, which means a more limited gain in operational efficiency. If the organization selects a performance tier that can leverage the current storage investment while delivering the same performance as an all-flash system, it can have the best of both worlds....READ MORE


Hitachi’s HSP Hyper-Converged Appliance makes Big Data Analytics fit the Enterprise

Big Data Analytics uses distributed computing architectures, on platforms like Hadoop, to run large processing jobs on even larger datasets. Since data being processed in a Hadoop environment usually needs to be resident on the compute nodes themselves, this can mean copying large numbers of files across the network for each job run. HDS has combined the power of scale-out storage, deterministic networking and server virtualization to address these storage challenges....READ MORE


Why Low Latency Matters

Applications are driving the enterprise, whether it is a relatively simple application used by millions of customers or a complex, scalable database that drives an organization’s back end. These applications, and the users that count on them, expect rapid response times. In a world that demands ‘instant gratification,’ forcing a customer, prospect or employee to wait for a response is the kiss of death....READ MORE


Flash + SMR = Storage Density and Performance

Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) hard disk drives do something remarkable. For the same basic bill of materials and occupying the same physical space as traditional hard disk drives (HDDs), they increase the amount of available capacity. For example, an 8TB SMR HDD uses the same amount of material as a regular 6TB HDD. Companies, such as Seagate, are confident that the technology can extend this capacity to 20TBs. However, the current 35 percent increase in capacity comes at a cost....READ MORE


Sprawl? Bring it on!

Fighting storage sprawl may sound like the right thing to do but for some data centers storage sprawl is a reality that they can’t stop. There are too many moving parts. Instead of fighting it, it may make more sense to face reality. Learn how second generation software-defined storage enables IT to embrace sprawl....READ MORE


Healthcare Provider leverages All-Flash to Power VDI and Improve Patient Care

VDI projects are some of the most challenging and demanding infrastructure projects today; especially on the storage system. Meeting VDI storage performance demands are particularly critical for healthcare organizations because if a doctor or nurse is waiting on IT infrastructure to do their job that also means that a patient is waiting, one that might need critical care. In this case study we speak with a large healthcare provider that is leveraging All-Flash to meet the demands of VDI in Healthcare....READ MORE


Can you do it better?

A Balanced Approach to Cloud Storage

For most organizations, public cloud storage is a great place to start but not where they should end. While there is an initial operational advantage to the public cloud, the long-term cost of renting TBs of capacity may be too expensive even after you factor in storage management costs. A private cloud storage solution can leverage similar concepts of public providers to keep the hard and soft costs under control while gaining the advantages of owning vs. buying, increased security, and localized performance....READ MORE


ChalkTalk Video: Maximizing the Potential of NVDIMM Storage Class Memory with Software Defined Memory

In this ChalkTalk video Storage Switzerland and Plexistor discuss these new memory solutions and how software-defined memory provides new software stack optimized for in-memory applications.....READ MORE


What is Object Storage and what can you use it for?

The primary use case today for object storage is as the infrastructure that allows cloud providers to offer cost-effective storage that seems to scale infinitely. Traditional data centers have their eye on this technology too, but object storage vendors have stumbled explaining what the real use cases for it are. In this article, we provide practical use cases for data centers looking to leverage object storage....READ MORE


Using Object Storage to Reverse Cloud Storage

The public cloud is extremely effective at temporal tasks, such as throwing 1,000 processors at a data set for a quick answer or result. It is not good at more permanent tasks like storing large sets of cold data for a long period. A private cloud allows an organization to leverage the infrastructures that public cloud providers have built while also leveraging their investment in data centers and trained IT personnel to create a more cost-effective cold storage architecture....READ MORE