Up until just a few years ago, the hard disk drive (HDD) was the de facto choice for storage in a laptop or desktop computer. Today computer users have more options to fine-tune storage to exactly what they need. Solid state drives (SSD) and newer solid state hybrid drives (SSHD) can enhance the performance of your computer compared to using a traditional hard drive. So whether it’s a new computer or an upgrade to your existing system, how do you choose the right storage option for you?
TS Tech is an active, vibrant MSP in Pennsylvania. They have a wide variety of clients and operate with a fixed-rate business model. In order for them to get solid ROI, they have to use the best, most reliable technologies. When it comes to backup and disaster recovery, TS Tech president says StorageCraft ShadowProtect not only protects his clients, but saves him money by cutting down on backup and disaster recovery tickets.
Published By: SanDisk
Published Date: Oct 28, 2015
The important trends driving the growth of digital signage are creating a compelling business case that solid-state storage devices (SSDs) should be the foundational storage platform for current and future solutions. SSDs deliver greater performance, reliability and durability than rotating hard disk drives (HDDs), all of which are critical factors for digital signage solutions.
The amount of data being stored is more than doubling every two years. IT departments eager to shrink data center footprints and consolidate servers and storage are preparing for a new generation of data servers. But while virtualized and cloud storage environments are expecting dramatic future growth, we have yet to widespread adoption across the board. Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), a low cost alternative for expanding legacy SANs with minimum investment, lets customers combine Ethernet data and fibre channel data traffic into a single high-speed network. While only 9 percent of users surveyed by have already adopted FCoE , that number is expected to grow to 26 percent in the next two years. And while cloud storage is expected to skyrocket over the next decade, security concerns and application compatibility are still an issue. This Storage CRN eZine, a part of our Thought Leadership Series, will discuss the state of the virtualized storage market, the current challenges facing integrators and vendors, and the steps necessary to take to meet an expected deluge of Big Data that will need to be stored and managed down the road.
Published By: HPE Intel
Published Date: Jan 11, 2016
The world of storage is being transformed by the maturing of flash arrays, an approach to storage that uses multiple, solid state flash memory drives instead of spinning hard disk drives. An all-flash array performs the same functions as traditional spinning disks but in a fraction of the time required and in more compact form factors. Given its superior performance in certain contexts, all-flash arrays are experiencing strong industry adoption. However, best practices and a true understanding of key success factors for all- flash storage are still emerging. This paper is intended to educate you on best practices based on real user experience drawn from ITCentralStation.com. We offer all-flash user advice in selecting and building the business case for a flash array storage solution.
Published By: HPE Intel
Published Date: Jan 11, 2016
You’re looking at flash storage because you see it’s taking the storage world by storm. You’re interested in accelerating business-critical applications, consolidating a virtual server or desktop deployment, trying to get ahead of your company’s data onslaught, or some combination of the above.
This easy-to-read guide was developed to help arm you with key considerations and questions to ask before investing in a flash storage array for your business, today and for the future.
The increasing demands of application and database workloads, growing numbers of virtual machines, and more powerful processors are driving demand for ever-faster storage systems. Increasingly, IT organizations are turning to solid-state storage to meet these demands, with hybrid and all-flash arrays taking the place of traditional disk storage for high performance workloads.
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You’re looking at flash storage because you see it’s taking the storage world by storm. You’re interested in accelerating business-critical applications, consolidating a virtual server or desktop deployment, trying to get ahead of your company’s data onslaught, or some combination of the above. This easy-to-read guide was developed to help arm you with key considerations and questions to ask before investing in a flash storage array for your business today, and for the future.
Over the past several years, the IT industry has seen solid-state (or flash) technology evolve at a record pace. Early on, the high cost and relative newness of flash meant that it was mainly relegated to accelerating niche workloads. More recently, however, flash storage has “gone mainstream” thanks to maturing media technology. Lower media cost has resulted from memory innovations that have enabled greater density and new architectures such as 3D NAND. Simultaneously, flash vendors have refined how to exploit flash storage’s idiosyncrasies—for example, they can extend the flash media lifespan through data reduction and other technique
Today’s data centers are expected to deploy, manage, and report on different tiers of business applications, databases, virtual workloads, home
directories, and file sharing simultaneously. They also need to co-locate multiple systems while sharing power and energy. This is true for large as
well as small environments. The trend in modern IT is to consolidate as much as possible to minimize cost and maximize efficiency of data
centers and branch offices. HPE 3PAR StoreServ is highly efficient, flash-optimized storage engineered for the true convergence of block, file,
and object access to help consolidate diverse workloads efficiently. HPE 3PAR OS and converged controllers incorporate multiprotocol support
into the heart of the system architecture
Within the next 12 months, solid-state arrays will improve in performance by a factor of 10, and double in density and cost-effectiveness, therefore changing the dynamics of the storage market. This Magic Quadrant will help IT leaders better understand SSA vendors' positioning in the market.
Published By: Dell EMC
Published Date: Nov 03, 2016
What place should solid-state storage assume in your IT architecture? And what are the best options for the average data center to maximize the value of flash? This paper explores the current state of the technology, its common applications, innovations in solid-state chip technology, choices in solid-state drives and dispels the four most common myths surrounding flash. Discover how you can cost-effectively leverage this rapidly maturing technology.
Solid-state arrays (aka Flash Storage) are improving at a rapid pace, while costs are of Flash Arrays are declining. Gartner has analyzed 19 Solid-State Array products across five high-impact use cases to quantify what's important to infrastructure and operations leaders.
Choosing the right server means deciding on the right balance of I/O and computer power for your workloads. When you need a tremendous amount of raw I/O power, you may want to consider a configuration with NVMe PCIe solid-state drives (SSDs). These SSDs connect directly to the processors, bringing storage close to computer and providing fast performance. The Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor-powered Dell EMC PowerEdge™ R740xd has the compute and I/O scalability to handle four, eight, or twelve NVMe PCIe SSDs.
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Datacenter improvements have thus far focused on cost reduction and point solutions. Server consolidation, cloud computing, virtualization, and the implementation of flash storage capabilities have all helped reduce server sprawl, along with associated staffing and facilities costs. Converged systems — which combine compute, storage, and networking into a single system — are particularly effective in enabling organizations to reduce operational and staff expenses. These software-defined systems require only limited human intervention. Code imbedded in the software configures hardware and automates many previously manual processes, thereby dramatically reducing instances of human error. Concurrently, these technologies have enabled businesses to make incremental improvements to customer engagement and service delivery processes and strategies.
Published By: Cleversafe
Published Date: Mar 29, 2013
Scalability has always been an important characteristic of enterprise storage systems, maybe the most important, since the rationale of consolidating storage assumes that the system can easily grow with aggregate demand.
This document includes general information about the Pure Storage architecture as it compares to SolidFire. Not intended to be exhaustive, it covers architectural elements where the solutions differ and impact overall suitability for the needs of the Next Generation Data Center (NGDC).
When comparing the architecture for Ceph and SolidFire, it is clear
that both are scale-out storage systems designed to use commodity
hardware, and the strengths of each make them complementary
solutions for datacenter design.
Flash success demands that critical questions be asked when choosing the right solution. Simplify your purchase cycle, lower costs and reduce the risk of technology acquisition.
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Are solid-state arrays (SSAs) worth the extra cost? This independent survey of SSA users found that their deployments provided a positive ROI after only 5.4 months, significantly faster than hard-disk drive (HDD) storage systems. Discover why Gartner strongly advises that SSAs be considered whenever HDD-based storage systems need to be replaced.
Read the report: Solid-State Array TCO Reality Check.
The technical and financial advantages of solid state drives are driving a rapid transition from hard disk-drive (HDD) and hybrid-flash array (HFA) storage systems to all-flash arrays (AFAs). The white paper identifies some of the key considerations for evaluating all-flash storage infrastructure for three major uses cases: standalone applications, virtualized applications, and next-generation cloud services.