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Mobile devices. Cloud-based services. The Internet of Things. What do all of these trends have in common? They are some of the factors driving the unprecedented growth of data today. And where data grows, so does the need for data storage. The traditional method of buying more hardware is cost-prohibitive at the scale needed. As a result, a new storage paradigm is required. Enterprises today need flexible, scalable storage approaches if they hope to keep up with rising data demands. Software-defined storage (SDS) offers the needed flexibility. In light of the varied storage and compute needs of organizations, two SDS options have arisen: hyperconverged and hyperscale. Each approach has its distinctive features and benefits, which are explored below. Making Important Distinctions To appreciate these new SDS options, it is helpful to look back at what came before th... (more)

Big Dollars from Big Data

Cloud computing has given birth to a broad range of online services. To maintain a competitive edge, service providers are taking a closer look at their Big Data storage infrastructure in an earnest attempt to improve performance and reduce costs. Large enterprises hosting their own cloud servers are seeking ways to scale and improve performance while maintaining or lowering expenditures. If the status quo of scaling users and storage infrastructure is upheld, it will become increasingly difficult to maintain low cost cloud services, such as online account management or data sto... (more)

Future Proofing the Data Center

More and more of our lives are lived online. Our music collections, bookshelves, vacation memories and more are increasingly digitized and uploaded into the cloud, the vast network of server farms that provide the bulk of online storage today. Research firm Gartner projects that by 2016, 36 percent of consumer content will be stored on the cloud, up from a mere seven percent in 2011. Service providers, watching these trends with a wary eye, will be required to accommodate ever-increasing demands for storage as consumer appetites for cloud content storage continues to grow. To ad... (more)

Consolidating Big Data

Cloud computing has opened the doors to a vast array of online services. With the emergence of new cloud technologies, both public and private companies are seeing increases in performance gains, elasticity and convenience. However, maintaining a competitive advantage has become increasingly difficult. Service providers are taking a closer look at their data storage infrastructure for ways to improve performance and cut costs. If the status quo remains, maintaining low-cost cloud services will become increasingly difficult. Service providers will incur higher costs, while consum... (more)

Virtualization and the Next Generation of Storage Architecture

Legendary Intel co-founder Gordon Moore's eponymous law holds that the number of transistors per square inch of chip will double every two years, a prediction that has held remarkably firm as incredibly tiny devices have been made increasingly powerful. In recent years, that assertion could be used to apply to the creation of data as well. An IDC study in 2011 showed that the amount of data created by every device and person in the world would double every two years, with a staggering 1.8 zettabytes (1 billion terabytes) created in 2011 alone. A significant driver for this trend... (more)