The Two Worlds Of Private Cloud Storage

Various industry sources estimate that unstructured data (user files, PDFs, email, rich multimedia, machine sensor data, etc.) accounts for upwards of 90% of all new data growth. Software-defined object storage offers an alternative approach to NAS/SAN systems. But many organizations don’t have the time or the people resources to integrate their own solution. Instead, they need the best of both worlds – the ease of deployment that an appliance offers, along with the cost savings that a software-defined storage (SDS) solution can deliver. Cloudian’s Cloud Appliance promises to deliver both of these capabilities to the enterprise. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Storage Switzerland Weekly...

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Software Only Server SANS in Remote Offices and…

In January, 2014, Wikibon, as part of its ongoing coverage of Software-led Infrastructure, provided a definition for a new architecture, they called Server SAN. Many look at Server SANs as the long-term disruptor to traditional datacenter storage arrays, but, just as importantly, organizations are beginning to use Server SAN solutions in remote offices and distributed enterprises. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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DAS Is Dead; Long Live DAS!

In a play on the old saying “the king is dead; long live the king!” this post will opine about the current resurgence of locally attached storage in the data center. Before the emergence of virtualization, as some of you might remember, came the physical server. Yes, folks, we really did have a single machine running a single OS, and we really did have that machine running multiple applications or services. AD with DNS? DHCP and WINS? Not a problem. Also, while you are at it, put certificate management and dogfood on there too. Yep, why not? To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice...

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Shining a light on Shadow IT

IT Cloak and Dagger With the advent of cloud computing, all it takes is the swipe of a credit card to instantly get more storage capacity. Likewise, some users may just opt to purchase their own physical storage and keep it under a desk (and keep IT in the dark about its existence). This “Shadow IT” can be especially prevalent in smaller companies where employees are accustomed to finding their own solutions for the things they need. But that doesn’t make the practice any less of a problem as it reduces productivity and increases the risk of data loss. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Storage Switzerland Weekly...

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Rethinking Enterprise Storage

With soaring data growth occurring across all industries, IT planners need to rethink how they design and implement enterprise storage technology. Traditional NAS and SAN platforms have served as the bulwark of data center storage capacity for decades, however, storing information on these premium storage assets is becoming increasingly cost prohibitive for many organizations. As a result, a new paradigm is needed to augment existing data center storage assets to more efficiently store and protect the vast amounts of information piling up across enterprise environments. For more information, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Storage Switzerland Weekly...

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