What you may not know about secondary storage

Secondary: coming after, less important than, or resulting from someone or something else that is primary.

It’s not a particularly exciting word, and investing in something with “secondary” in its title may seem like it’s not worth the time or money. Secondary storage, however, breaks that mold—it isn’t all it originally appears. Continue Reading…

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Everything you need to know about converged infrastructure, hyperconverged infrastructure, and reference architecture

infrastructureGone are the days when IT professionals had to rack, stack, connect, and configure every piece of data center infrastructure. Now, you can plug in a single box, thanks to converged infrastructure.

Converged infrastructure, hyperconverged infrastructure, and reference architectures are in essence the same thing. They all combine compute, network, and storage resources into one cohesive unit, but the main differentiator is the way they are procured and installed. Before you try to decide whether these options are right for your organization, and which to choose, it’s critical to understand the subtle but significant differences among the three types of converged infrastructure.

Generally speaking, there are three approaches companies can take to settle on a new data center installation: Continue Reading…

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What is flash storage, and why do I need it?

storageIf you’ve been in this business long enough, you know the Solid State Drive (SSD) has been around since the late 70s/early 80s. Fast and unbelievably reliable compared to spinning disk drives, SSDs for many years were a favorite only at financial institutions, investment houses, and stock markets – some of the few companies that could afford them and needed the speed and reliability of a non-stop system.

Today, organizations of all shapes and sizes can benefit from the ultra-high speeds and friendly price tag of SSDs. But it’s crucial to understand the uses of flash storage in a data center environment and how it relates to your organization’s business needs. That way you can make the right decisions about solid state drives and related storage units. Continue Reading…

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