Monthly Archives: February 2017

  • RAID vs erasure coding for flash storage
    RAID vs erasure coding for flash storage

    It’s a fact of life that despite being highly reliable, flash media can go bad. Drive internals (such as the controller or NAND ) can fail, and of course drives have a specific lifetime. Once endurance levels are reached for a particular cell in NAND, then the media is at risk of failing or returning false results. As a result, we continue to require #data protection methods against media failure, using recovery techniques such as redundant array of inexpensive disks…

  • Here’s some storage news bytes to brighten your week
    Oh my god, it's nearly Monday. Here's some storage news bytes to brighten your weekend

    Too enthusiastic? Too enthusiastic Sunday #storage sum-up It’s been one of those overwhelming-tidal-waves-of-news weeks. Here’s an attempt to catch up. Amazon Web Services has added a new Elastic Block Store feature it calls Elastic Volumes and is making it available for all current-generation EBS volumes attached to current-generation EC2 instances. AWS says you can increase volume size, adjust performance, or change the volume type while the volume is in use. You can continue to use your application while the change…

  • Flash storage and the diseconomies of sharing
    Flash storage and the diseconomies of sharing

    One little appreciated aspect of the flash #storage revolution is that it has dramatically changed the economic relationship between individual SSDs and all-flash-arrays (AFAs), compared to disk drives and disk-based arrays. How? Disks topped out at about 500 IOPS, while disk-based arrays could regularly manage 50,000 to 100,000 IOPS, and the biggest arrays could manage millions of IOPS. To be conservative, call the array to device IOPS ration a 1,000 to 1, but it could go as high as 10,000…

  • Increasing Agility with a Modern Storage Network
    Increasing Agility with a Modern Storage Network

    Credit: iStock The combination of heated competition and high customer expectations is feeding the demand for greater operational agility in every organization. Employees must have the ability to transform massive amounts of #data into actionable insight while delivering the superior service customers demand. That calls for a more responsive, reliable IT infrastructure—but organizations also need to minimize delays, costs, and downtime while they make that infrastructure more agile. Although IT teams are under pressure to respond promptly and cost-effectively to…

  • The next iPhone could make it so you never have to worry about having enough storage space
    The next iPhone could make it so you never have to worry about having enough storage space

    Trendforce Apple’s Asian supply chain is gearing up to build next-generation iPhones ahead of a launch later this year, and it’s generating a lot of chatter about what to expect from the next iPhone. Research firm TrendForce issued a report on Tuesday with its predictions for Apple’s next iPhone, citing “information from the supply chain.” Lots of details from the TrendForce report line up with current rumors , but there’s one new wrinkle it suggests: the “high-end” iPhone could come…

  • Storage Spaces Direct a key option in Windows Server 2016 features
    Storage Spaces Direct a key option in Windows Server 2016 features

    Transcript – #Storage Spaces Direct a key option in Windows Server 2016 features Microsoft upped the ante in its bid to entice more customers to use software-defined storage with the release of a host of enhanced Windows Server 2016 features. At the top of the list of enhanced features is Storage Spaces Direct, an update to the Storage Spaces feature that Microsoft shipped with Windows Server 2012. Storage Spaces technology enables users to pool storage drives, and then create virtual…

  • Software-Defined Storage Opens Up: 10 Projects to Know
    Software-Defined Storage Opens Up: 10 Projects to Know

    With SDS, organizations can manage policy-based provisioning and management of #data #storage independent of the underlying hardware. Here’s a list of open source projects you should know. Throughout 2016, the SDS (Software-Defined Storage) category achieved many new milestones and became increasingly tied to successful cloud deployments. With SDS, organizations can manage policy-based provisioning and management of data storage independent of the underlying hardware. They can also deploy free and open source SDS solutions. Many people are familiar with Ceph and…

  • Your next iPhone or OnePlus 3T should be the 128GB storage variants
    Your next iPhone or OnePlus 3T should be the 128GB storage variants

    OnePlus 3T (right) offers 3,400mAh battery and 128GB internal #storage. Buying a smartphone with 16GB or 32GB internal storage and then adding a microSD card slot for extra storage space is not the same as getting a phone with more internal storage space of 64GB or 128GB. #Data stored on microSD cards, depending on their speed, might take a little more time to process files in comparison to phone’s internal storage. If you are a power user who uses smartphones…

  • How to Sidestep Common Enterprise Storage Mistakes
    How to Sidestep Common Enterprise Storage Mistakes

    Credit: iStock While the move toward truly digital environments provides IT with an exciting opportunity to contribute to the organization’s future, it also increases the workload on IT infrastructure. And when resources are taxed, mistakes are made. Unfortunately, the process of building #storage environments capable of satisfying the demands of the new digital economy isn’t exempt. Some mistakes are understandable, painless, and easy to correct. But others can be harmful enough to put your company on the path to failure…

  • How Data Storage is Changing – and What It Means for MSPs
    How Data Storage is Changing - and What It Means for MSPs

    #Data #storage is changing. What was true five years ago about the way you managed databases and storage systems may not hold true anymore. Keep reading for a primer on data storage today. Once upon a time, data storage was pretty simple. From the early 1990s through the 2000s, most data lived in simple relational databases, like MySQL and PostgreSQL. They were hosted on traditional servers using magnetic disks. Each type of relational database had its special nuances. But in…

  • This little device is the cheapest, fastest cloud storage you can buy
    This little device is the cheapest, fastest cloud storage you can buy

    Lima/Business Insider Mainstream cloud services from companies like Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Dropbox are great. You don’t have to worry about a physical hard drive cluttering your workspace or having to carry it around. All your stuff is in the “cloud,” which you can access from any device with an internet connection. Yet, a startup called Lima proposes you keep your physical hard drive – or actually go out and buy one – and turn it into your own, personal…

  • Top 3 Cloud Storage Priorities in 2017
    Top 3 Cloud Storage Priorities in 2017

    7 Factors SMBs Must Consider When Selecting Cloud #Storage In recent years, cloud storage vendors have been popping up to address the growing demand for cloud storage solutions, a market that is expected to reach $74.94 billion by 2021, up from $23.76 billion in 2016. One of those vendors is Zadara Storage , a six-year-old company based in Irvine, Calif., that offers enterprise Storage-as-a-Service, and has partnerships with cloud service providers including AWS, Microsoft, and Google. Its Partner Network includes…

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