Storage - Infoworld en Tell us your tech priorities for a chance to win $500 <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="Tell us your tech priorities for a chance to win $500" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>Certain CIOs, mainly those who have come up through the business side, have been known to say, "Technology doesn't matter; it's all about business value."</p> Big Data Application Development Cloud Computing Computer Hardware Data Center Data Management Storage Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Eric Knorr 240402 at Dropbox for Business exits beta as storage vendor sets sights on workplaces <p>Dropbox unwrapped the enterprise edition of its cloud storage and file sync service on Wednesday, as it seeks to expand its customer base from consumers to businesses.</p> <p>Dropbox for Business, launched in beta in November, is now <a href="" target="_blank">generally available</a> and features a variety of IT administration controls intended to make it suitable for workplace use.</p> Applications Cloud Computing Cloud Storage SaaS Applications Storage Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:31:38 +0000 admin 240199 at Big data needs software-defined storage <p><em>The movement to smarten up every aspect of IT infrastructure rolls ever onward, from servers to the network to storage. We've deployed server virtualization and built automation frameworks to adapt elastically to changing workloads; we've also begun rebuilding our networks with SDN. Software-defined storage (SDS) is the next big trend.</em></p> Data Center Networking Storage IBM Storage Virtualization Storage Management Data Center Networking Storage Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 New Tech Forum 239954 at Hynix reveals world's first 128GB DDR4 memory module <p>SK Hynix <a href=";search.gubun=0014" target="_blank">on Monday announced</a> it has developed the world's first 128GB DDR4 memory module, twice the capacity of the company's current 64GB module.</p> <p>The new memory module, which is also being touted as the world's highest density module, is based on 8Gbit DDR4 chips created with 20nm process lithography.</p> Computer Hardware Storage Computer Memory Storage Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:28:21 +0000 admin 240031 at Review: Riverbed brings branch office storage back to the data center <p>Usually when someone talks about "collapsing" something, images of toppling towers, imploding buildings, tumbling bridges, and other destruction come to mind. But when IT organizations are able to collapse server and storage resources back to the data center by removing hardware and admin chores from remote offices, that's a good thing.</p> Data Center Networking Storage FibreChannel iSCSI Network Storage Wide Area Networking Data Center Networking Storage IDG Insider Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Doug Dineley 238461 at Storage spending growing again, but not quickly <p>Enterprises finally started opening their pocketbooks for external storage systems in the final quarter of last year, but economic uncertainty and the appeal of public cloud services continue to hold back the market, according to research company Gartner.</p> Storage Storage Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:11:33 +0000 admin 238564 at Google shrinks Drive cloud storage prices <p>Google has slashed the price of some Drive plans, as it battles Microsoft, Dropbox, Box and others in the red-hot cloud storage market.</p> <p>Google still offers 15GB of Drive storage free with a Google account, but it cut the monthly price of the 100GB plan from $4.99 to $1.99 and the 1TB plan from $49.99 to $9.99.</p> Cloud Computing Google Drive SaaS Storage Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:42:35 +0000 admin 238361 at Sony, Panasonic develop 300GB optical discs for enterprise storage <p>Sony and Panasonic have developed a next-generation optical disc for enterprise storage with an initial capacity of 300GB.</p> <p>Dubbed the Archival Disc, it will have the same dimensions as current Blu-ray discs and be readable for at least 50 years.</p> Data Explosion Storage Storage Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:17:28 +0000 admin 238036 at External disk storage market recovers from slump <p>The market for external disk storage systems has recovered from a slump, with factory revenues up 2.4 percent to $6.9 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to an IDC study.</p><p>Internal plus external disk storage systems produced $8.8 billion in revenue, up 1.3 percent from the last quarter of 2012 and jumping 17.2 percent from 2013's third quarter, which was seasonally slow.</p> Storage The Industry Standard Storage Technology Business Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:49:45 +0000 ccraig 237942 at Review: Netgear's ReadyData makes a splash with flash <div style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 200px; height: 150px;"><img src="" alt="Netgear ReadyDATA 5200" width="200" height="150" align="right" /></div> <p>Netgear's ReadyNAS appliances may be the <a href="">most polished entry-level NAS products</a> on the market.</p> Data Center Storage iSCSI Network-attached Storage Network Storage Solid State Drives Data Center Storage Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Doug Dineley 237805 at Storage on a budget: GlusterFS shines in open source storage <p>One alternative to buying expensive storage-area networks or other hardware-based dedicated storage is to deploy open source storage software on existing server hardware. For this test, we evaluated three such open source storage products: GlusterFS 3.3, Ceph 0.72, and Apache Hadoop 2.2.0.</p> Data Center Open Source Software Storage Network-attached Storage Storage Area Network Open Source Software Data Center Storage IDG Insider Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Pete Babb 237042 at VMware's Virtual SAN to address software-defined storage <p>VMware has been talking for the last couple of years about the ongoing evolution and transformation of the enterprise infrastructure into a <a href="">software-defined data center</a> (SDDC). As part of that discussion, the company said it is focusing on three key strategies in 2014: end-user computing, software-defined data center, and hybrid cloud, which VMware called a seamless extension of the SDDC into the public cloud.</p> Virtualization EMC VMware Server Virtualization Cloud Storage Storage Virtualization Private Cloud Storage Virtualization Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:21:37 +0000 David Marshall 236912 at Microsoft makes OneDrive transition official, gives away free storage <p>In January, Microsoft made it official: the company <a href="" target="_blank">rebranded its SkyDrive cloud storage service</a> to OneDrive. On Wednesday, Microsoft threw a ball for the OneDrive debutante, offering free storage as party favors to its guests.</p> Storage Microsoft Cloud Storage Storage Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:26:25 +0000 admin 236641 at Review: 4 NAS appliances deliver big storage cheap <div style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="Review: 4 NAS appliances deliver big storage cheap" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>Storage requirements are growing for everyone -- small offices, branch offices, and departmental workgroups included. On the flip side, so-called entry-level storage systems have never been more affordable, expandable, or capable.</p> Data Center Storage Network-attached Storage Data Center Storage Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Doug Dineley 236176 at Storage and servers will help boost IT spending, says IDC <p>Worldwide IT spending will grow by 4.6 percent this year, as enterprises look to upgrade storage, servers and networking equipment, according to market research company IDC.</p> <p>While overall industry growth has cooled, some areas of tech spending are heating up as businesses in the U.S. and Western Europe begin to invest in overdue infrastructure upgrades, IDC said on Wednesday.</p> Computer Hardware IT Strategy Servers Storage Wed, 05 Feb 2014 13:28:51 +0000 admin 235760 at Facebook uses 10,000 Blu-ray discs in low-power storage system <p>If you thought Netflix and iTunes would make optical discs a thing of the past, think again. Facebook has built a storage system from 10,000 Blu-ray discs that holds a petabyte of data and is highly energy-efficient, the company said Tuesday.</p><p>Facebook said last year that it was exploring Blu-ray for its data-center storage needs, and on Tuesday it showed a prototype system at the Open Compute Project summit meeting in San Jose, Calif.</p> Storage Facebook Social Networking Storage Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:45:37 +0000 ccraig 235226 at SDN success in the real world <p><em>We've all heard about how software-defined networking will let us run applications and custom code on our switches, but there haven't been many examples of exactly what that means in the real world.</em></p> <p><em>In this week's New Tech Forum, Andrew Warfield, co-founder and CTO of Coho Data takes us through how Coho uses SDN applications to get past bottlenecks imposed by flash storage and file-sharing protocols such as NFS. -- Paul Venezia</em></p> Data Center Networking Storage SDN Data Center Networking Storage Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 New Tech Forum 235210 at Storage: The stumbling block on the road to perfect server virtualization <p>Server <a title="Computerworld coverage of virtualization" href="" target="_blank">virtualization</a> has revolutionized the way we deploy systems in our data centers. It has sparked a gold rush along the way, creating outlandish wealth. It has also left a wake of destruction, and it very well may cause catastrophic failures in a lot of shops.</p> <p>It certainly is going to raise blood pressure and cause hair loss among admins.</p> Storage Virtualization Server Virtualization Storage IDG Insider Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 uphan 234787 at Your guide to InfoWorld's best tech of the year <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 192px; height: 145px;"><img src="" alt="Your guide to InfoWorld's best tech of the year" width="192" height="145" align="right" /></div><p>The Technology of the Year Awards is InfoWorld's most important article of the year.</p> Big Data Application Development iOS NoSQL Applications Cloud Computing Computer Hardware Data Center Storage Virtualization Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Eric Knorr 234555 at Technology of the Year 2014: The best hardware, software, and cloud services <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 192px; height: 145px;"><img src="" alt="Technology of the Year 2014: The best hardware, software, and cloud services" width="192" height="145" align="right" /></div><p>A bumper sticker philosopher once said, "The best things in life aren't things." We can't be sure the deep thinker had cloud computing in mind, but the same thought occurred to us as we drew up <a href="</p> Application Development Big Data Business Intelligence Cloud Computing Computer Hardware Data Management Microsoft Windows Mobile Technology Networking Open Source Software Security Storage Virtualization Application Development Open Source Software Business Intelligence Cloud Computing Data Center Data Management Mobile Technology Networking Operating Systems Security Storage Virtualization Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Doug Dineley 234193 at