How to find the perfect storage array

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server rackIf your organization is like most, your storage array is one of your most valuable assets and also one of your biggest headaches to manage. But it doesn’t have to be this way. In a perfect world, there would be an ideal storage array, one that not only solves the most common problems in maintaining storage but also makes it easy and simple to get the best performance out of the system.

Here are five of the most common issues that limit how quickly and how effectively organizations can use their arrays, and how the perfect array might solve them: Continue Reading…

State of the hybrid cloud: Report from EMC World 2014

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The message last week at EMC World 2014 was loud and clear: The mega trends of mobile, social, cloud, and big data have organizations of all sizes, in every industry, racing to develop next-generation applications and better leverage big data analytics to redefine their overall enterprise and IT strategies.

The culmination of these mega trends and the opportunities and threats they introduce across all industries is what’s being called the Third Platform of IT.

It starts with new mobile applications that emerge daily, changing the way organizations interact and transact. These applications support more users and generate more information than their predecessors, leading organizations to redefine themselves with software, and transform data centers into fully virtualized and automated private clouds. At the same time, they’re also running certain applications in a public cloud.

Tasked with providing more strategic value to their organizations’ bottom lines than ever before, IT is seeking ways to become more efficient, agile, and cost-effective, meaning this hybrid cloud is where almost all applications will eventually live.

Suggesting a significant move toward adoption of a hybrid cloud model, the Economist Intelligence Unit published a report that found 63 percent of business executives plan to increase reliance on corporate IT to deliver both internal and external IT resources.

The announcements coming out of EMC World further support the prevalence of these themes and the movement toward hybrid cloud solutions. Here’s a recap of some of the big ones. Continue Reading…

SAN, NAS, or both: Which is best for your users?

Posted by at 11:40 AM

When customers outgrow their current storage environment, or are trying to add new storage to their networks, I’m often asked what type of storage they should buy. The answer is easy. Customers should go with the top storage solutions that have always been available: network attached storage (NAS) and storage area network (SAN). What’s harder is determining which solution is ideal for different scenarios. Today, I’ll be outlining the differences between the two, and going over when customers should combine them.

NETWORK ATTACHED STORAGE: File-level storage used for collaboration

NAS, the first type of storage solution available, is file-level storage, and it’s mainly used for collaboration. So if a customer needs a solution that will accommodate many users all collaborating on a single project simultaneously, NAS is the way to go. It eliminates the confusion of keeping and storing multiple copies of a document as it goes through revisions in local storage, and cluttering up the storage space. NAS also provides data protection, so if you lose your laptop or your hard drive crashes, the files you’re working on are not lost. Continue Reading…