Support, it’s something that no IT Professional wants to deal with, but in our careers it seems like something we wind up utilizing far too often. Whether it’s with your servers, storage, BIOS, switches, or something else, there is going to come a time when you rely on that support to not only keep your infrastructure running, but also to keep your job.
NVMe is the latest development in high-performance flash storage technology and has instigated a tremendous amount of hype among storage circles and IT professionals. Many flash-based storage vendors are rapidly moving to adopt this new technology due to its performance benefits, standardized platform, and flexibility when scaling, among other reasons.
All-Flash storage seems to be taking over the industry by storm. Yet, there are still a number of IT Professionals hesitant about making the switch to this higher performing, more reliable form of data storage. Why is this? Is it the cost? Is it the fact that IT Pros are so comfortable with the tried and true spinning disk forms of SAN storage and they’re afraid to move to a new platform? Or is it because they are skeptical of SSD lifespans? Well it depends on the individual, but almost IT Admins have thought about these questions at one point or another.
Virtualization has been around for decades, and yet it is still becoming more and more ubiquitous throughout IT infrastructures, while also becoming essential to daily IT operations worldwide. In fact, over 75% of small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) have already adopted some form of virtualization in their IT environment.
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.