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Hurricane? Tornado? Fire? Not a problem! If you have a Disaster Recovery site (DR site), that is. A DR site is a location that a business uses to recover and reconstruct its IT operations and infrastructure when its primary facility is not accessible. Inaccessibility can be caused by a number of factors, whether it be a natural disaster or by a network or hardware failure. A DR site is crucial because it keeps an organization running, and ensures that the company does not get brought down to its knees during an unforeseen mishap.

All-flash storage is a hot topic around data centers these days, but the debate is ongoing as to whether or not an all-flash SAN has a place in every data center. While all-flash is an extraordinary technology, there are only a handful of data storage situations that truly require the performance of all-flash. For most, this performance is overkill.

The lack of usable storage capacity is one of the constant walls IT professionals beat their head against. This is especially interesting since one of the primary focal points of any storage project is expansion capability. We always want to have a growth path should our organization experience planned (or unplanned) data growth. Nobody wants to resort to storage.

Turns out there is a such thing as free lunch. The StorTrends team has been conducting occasional Virtual Lunch-n-Learn events centered around data storage topics, and most importantly, they will send you a FREE PIZZA for you and your comrades to enjoy as you learn.

Caching technology has been around for decades alongside nearly all storage components/devices with the purpose of providing consistent and sustained performance to recently accessed data. Volatile memory technology, such as RAM, is typically employed for caching purposes due to its relatively low cost and industry standardization.

An account executive may tell you that the array you’ve been scoping has your make-or-break feature included. If so, then there should be no issue with letting you test one of their units to verify. Maybe it’s a feature they have, but you need to know more about the effectiveness of the feature, such as data deduplication.

Within the past few years, there has been a steady increase in the number of companies investing in flash-based storage arrays. With the price of SSDs going down year after year, SMBs and SMEs are now able to justify purchasing a flash-based unit due in a large part to their sheer performance benefits. Who can blame us for wanting these high performing units that provide high IOPS counts and low latencies to our infrastructures? This seems like a no-brainer, right? When choosing a flash-based unit, we are handed two options….

With recent advances in cloud technology, IT Managers have been curious as to why they should maintain their data on-site when they have the option to move to a cloud, or hosted solution. Many concerns are around the areas of security, latency, and of course, cost. There are many reasons to move workloads or data to the cloud, but there are also many reasons to select an On Premise solution.

In the growing storage industry, many companies are migrating from physical environments to more efficient virtualized environments. There are a number of tedious processes involved in providing a smooth and successful migration, with planning being the preliminary stage in the process.

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