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The age of data center convergence gives storage a boost
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of June 2017, Vol. 16, No. 4
The question is not if, but when IT pros and decision-makers must rethink their data storage environments and the benefits they can expect from them. That's because the storage world is undergoing a seismic shift away from hardware-centric products to those driven almost completely by software and commodity hardware. The goal of the emerging platforms is to replace complex storage systems with simpler and more-agile approaches. Learn how your organization can thrive in this new world order of fluid, agile and software-defined storage and data centers. From whence we came Regardless of how many times we're told to "adapt or die," human nature dictates that we avoid change because it's uncomfortable. And regardless of how frustrating our legacy storage systems are, over the years, we've learned how to manage and deal with their many nuances, including the following: Cost. Traditional storage has often been one of the most expensive, if not the most expensive, resources in the data center. But changing budget dynamics are forcing ...
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Convergence takes the emphasis from complexity and expense of enterprise-class storage by making it simple, agile and reducing total cost of ownership.
With support for block, file or both types of data on the same device, unified storage architecture is a flexible storage option for the modern data center.
Adoption of protocols such as NVMe and memory bus-based flash DIMMs helps flash storage devices keep pace with the most demanding use cases.
Discover the must-have features organizations of any size should keep top of mind when shopping for a cloud-based DR provider. Future services may include converged offerings.
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Cloud storage services offer convenience and can cut IT spending, but not in every case. Make sure to do the math before you commit to putting your critical data in the cloud.
Do your storage DR plans factor in weather-related issues? Sometimes, a low-tech approach to protecting your precious data works better than the cloud.
It's time organizations take a more mature and sophisticated approach to data management techniques and make the most of the data they generate and consume.
Hyper-converged products take your data center and network to new heights by leveraging industry-first infrastructure innovations to improve storage and more.