Storage Management - Infoworld en Dell launches virtual storage accelerator, aims to boost SAN performance <p>Dell released a new virtualized storage accelerator appliance called Fluid Cache for SAN on Tuesday, designed to help customers keep data-intensive applications working quickly under load.</p> <p>The announcement, which was made at Dell's Enterprise Forum in Germany, outlines a virtual appliance meant to eliminate some of the performance problems associated with using SANs for responsive, customer-facing applications. Fluid Cache uses the Flash memory inside a server to act as an I/O cache for SAN systems, boosting throughput.</p> Virtualization Dell Storage Virtualization Storage Management Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:35:23 +0000 admin 240972 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 Samsung introduces first 1TB MiniSATA SSD <p>While most laptops rely on 2.5-inch drive formats, ultrathin PCs use 1.8-inch drives, which have limited the capacity such products can offer.</p> <p>Samsung Electronics moved to alleviate the limitations today by unveiling a high-capacity solid-state drive (SSD) line aimed at ultrathins. The new drives offer up to 1TB of capacity in a 1.8-inch, Mini-SATA (mSATA) format.</p> Storage Solid State Drives Storage Area Network Storage Management Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:06:31 +0000 admin 232353 at IBM lays plans to be a cloud storage broker <p>IBM is developing software that will allow organizations to use multiple cloud storage services interchangeably, reducing dependence on any single cloud vendor and ensuring that data remains available even during service outages.</p> PaaS Storage Management Storage Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:46:09 +0000 admin 232275 at 'Building blocks' snap together virtually to handle big storage <p>Easy expansion, lower costs and cloud-like internal services are common themes in storage today, and startup Coho Data is playing all three with a "micro-array" architecture that it's introducing on Tuesday.</p> Cloud Computing Storage Cloud Storage Startups Storage Management Storage Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:13:32 +0000 admin 228753 at Backup starts to scale out along with storage, data growth <p>Backup and recovery is starting to get some of the same capabilities as primary storage systems to handle the rising floods of data with less management overhead.</p> Storage Backup and Recovery Storage Management Storage Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:31:16 +0000 admin 228754 at IT grapples with personal cloud storage use <p>Eric Hawley knows he has stiff competition.</p> <p>The CIO at Utah State University, Hawley says he and his team must serve the university's employees and deliver the tools they need. But he realizes that many of the school's users are finding outside options, installing unsanctioned applications that they find easier to use.</p> Cloud Computing Cloud Storage Storage Management IDG Insider Mon, 07 Oct 2013 14:49:23 +0000 admin 228277 at Modernizing the storage stack <p><em>Not that long ago, properly aligned storage tiers were created by hand, with fixed purposes for fixed applications. This is changing rapidly, as new methods of ensuring data availability, speed, and redundancy are emerging.</em></p> <p><em>Automated tiering has only recently become possible due to advances in processing power, storage types, and bandwidth growth. Add in the cloud, and the situation grows even more fluid.</em></p> Storage Management Storage Wed, 28 Aug 2013 10:00:00 +0000 New Tech Forum 225741 at EMC integrates backup, archiving within storage system <p>With a new set of hardware and software releases, EMC is promising to simplify its customers' storage infrastructure by combining different types of operation into a single EMC system.</p> <p>"We see this convergence of storage with modern systems, where you can think about backup, archiving, and disaster recovery as an integrated process, rather than three separate processes," said David Goulden, president and chief operating officer of EMC.</p> Storage Backup and Recovery Storage Management Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:36:37 +0000 admin 222374 at Dell combines faster and cheaper SSDs in one box, with automatic tiering <p>Many enterprise storage systems include two or more types of hard disk drives, with data automatically moved between those two tiers of storage. The same concept has now been applied to two types of SSDs.</p> Storage Dell Solid State Drives Storage Management Wed, 05 Jun 2013 22:46:16 +0000 admin 220154 at Dell updates and rebrands Foglight for virtualization management <p>In the seven years the InfoWorld Virtualization Report has been following the virtualization ecosystem, I've seen my fair share of bigger fish swallowing up smaller fish to either consume the latter's technology or take it off the virtualization chess board as a possible competitor or threat.</p> Virtualization Server Virtualization Virtual Desktop Storage Management Systems Management Virtualization Mon, 06 May 2013 10:00:00 +0000 David Marshall 217942 at Dell consolidates, plans unified software and all-flash arrays <p>As Dell works with <a href="" target="_blank">three possible investment suitors</a> to take itself private, it has consolidated itself internally while also planning to build a bridge across its storage platforms.</p> <p>Over the past three months, Dell has consolidated its three storage product divisions -- PowerVault, EqualLogic and Compellent -- under one umbrella: Dell Storage. The company is now working toward tighter integration between those platforms in the form of a single systems management capability, said Pete Korce, general manager of Dell Storage.</p> Storage Dell Solid State Drives Storage Management Fri, 29 Mar 2013 15:57:28 +0000 admin 215456 at Storage administrators demand simplicity <p>The torrent of data that threatens to overwhelm many corporate IT departments has driven demand for new types of storage technology. Storage managers aren't asking for ever-larger, ever-more-complex boxes like those that play leading roles in traditional marketing campaigns and vendor bragfests.</p> <p>Storage managers need faster, higher-capacity hardware to keep up with volumes of data that nearly double every two years.</p> Data Center Storage Network-attached Storage Storage Management Data Center IDG Insider Wed, 27 Mar 2013 10:00:00 +0000 admin 215162 at New storage technologies aim to deal with the data deluge <p>Douglas Soltesz, vice president and CIO at Budd Van Lines, is facing a common problem: A seemingly endless flood of data.</p> <p>"If you gave me an infinite amount of storage, I could fill it," he says. The most recent four months of high-definition surveillance video from the company's offices and warehouses now consumes 60TB on his Nexenta Stor NAS and SAN platforms. That video is one reason his storage needs are growing 50 percent to 80 percent per year.</p> Storage Virtualization Data Deduplication Storage Virtualization Storage Management Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:30:15 +0000 admin 215144 at The impossible enterprise data security challenge <p>In my post last week, I described some of the basic challenges in <a href="">ensuring that data you delete actually stays deleted</a>. In the context of personal computers and removable drives, these concepts can be confusing for users but are usually fairly well understood by IT pros. But IT pros are often confused when deleting data in the context of storage virtualization in their data centers.</p> Data Center Data Explosion Data Management Storage Data Loss Prevention Data Security Storage Area Network Storage Management IDG Insider Mon, 25 Mar 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Matt Prigge 215085 at QLogic promises speed, simplicity with first cache-on-adapter products <p>QLogic's technology for clustered cache storage on SAN adapters will hit the market this month in the form of adapters with integrated 200GB or 400GB flash cards.</p> <p>The company announced the technology last year and called it Mt. Rainier. It will let enterprises add cache storage to physical servers just by installing a QLogic Fibre Channel adapter and one driver, and pool multiple caches across a cluster of servers, according to the company.</p> Storage Storage Area Network Storage Management Thu, 21 Mar 2013 18:01:57 +0000 admin 214986 at Deleting data is the critical step you're likely doing wrong <p>A key facet of the enterprise data explosion is the enormous disparity between the effort we expend on generating data compared to managing it. That isn't terribly surprising. In most business contexts, the generation of data goes hand in hand with the generation of revenue. The one element those endless piles of invoices, part drawings, production records, marketing proofs, and product photos have in common is that they were all created to chase after revenue.</p> Data Explosion Security Storage Backup and Recovery Data Loss Prevention Data Security Encryption Storage Management IDG Insider Mon, 18 Mar 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Matt Prigge 214664 at EMC unveils all-SSD array, one app to manage all flash <p>EMC today released its first, purpose-build, all-solid state drive (SSD) array that is based on <a href="">its XtremIO acquisition</a> last year, as well as new software that identifies server flash throughout a data center and allows it to be managed under one interface.</p> <p>Additionally, EMC has released six new PCIe flash cards for use in data center servers.</p> Data Center Storage Solid State Drives Storage Management Tue, 05 Mar 2013 15:21:40 +0000 admin 213852 at Test your SSDs or risk massive data loss, researchers warn <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="Test your SSDs or risk massive data loss, researchers warn" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>Companies adopting flash-based SSDs as a cornerstone to the data center storage systems are risking "massive data loss" due to power outages, <a href="" Cloud Computing Data Center Storage Backup and Recovery Disaster Recovery Solid State Drives Storage Management Cloud Computing Fri, 01 Mar 2013 11:00:00 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 213715 at GreenBytes attacks storage costs and IO bottlenecks within VDI <p>Discussions are once again heating up around the possibility that this may, finally, be the year of <a href="">desktop virtualization</a>. What's different this year from last -- or the year before that, when similar predictions were made?</p> Cloud Computing Storage Virtualization Virtual Desktop Solid State Drives Storage Management Cloud Computing Virtualization Mon, 25 Feb 2013 18:02:05 +0000 David Marshall 213368 at