How to Get Started with Software-Defined Storage

In the previous post, we explained software-defined storage (SDS) and why the SDS storage model is gaining traction. With SDS, control is separated from hardware, and storage infrastructure is automated and centrally managed with software. Storage resources are pooled, dynamically

Why Software-Defined Storage Is Gaining Traction

In a previous post, we discussed how VMware VSAN6, the latest version of VMware’s hypervisor-converged storage solution, responds to today’s storage demands by making storage more efficient and less complex in the software-defined data center. Mobility, big data analytics, the

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Scalable, All-Flash Storage Array

The writing has been on the wall for quite some time. Flash storage has offered a number of advantages over disk storage, such as better performance, greater flexibility and scalability, and lower latency. Of course, the biggest obstacle to more

Selecting the Right Deep Data Archival Solution

In our last post, we discussed how growing volumes of data and the need to retain data for long periods of time is casting new light on the importance of deep data archival. By moving seldom-accessed data off of primary

Why Deep Data Archival Has Become Critical to Business

Back in January we discussed the growing use of video surveillance technology and the demands it places on the storage environment. Because the “edge” storage devices in most video surveillance systems have limited capacity, video data must be offloaded to

Overcoming the Challenges of Virtualization Backup

While virtualization delivers a number of benefits, including greater cost-efficiency, scalability, resource utilization and management efficiency, backup in highly virtualized environments can be challenging. Because most legacy backup solutions aren’t virtualization aware, backup agents were often deployed to each virtual

How Purpose-Built Backup Appliances Simplify Data Backup

Every time a natural disaster strikes, we are reminded about the importance of data protection. In addition to the tragic loss of life caused by flooding in Texas, transportation officials in the state report that these severe storms are responsible

How WAN Link Load Balancing Optimizes Bandwidth

The demand for bandwidth is constantly increasing. Dispersed workforces, video and audio streaming applications, big data analytics, and cloud-based services have organizations scrambling to keep up with this demand. Given the expense associated with dedicated circuits, there is a growing

Why the Cloud Is Driving Renewed Interest in WAN Optimization

The perfect storm of mobility, the cloud, virtualization and big data have caused a spike in network traffic on corporate wide-area networks (WANs). This traffic growth, which will only continue to increase, has made it difficult for organizations to maintain

How Threat Intelligence and Sandboxing Help Fortify Security

Even the most security-minded enterprise is not immune to cyberattack. Major retailers, financial institutions and even the federal government have been hacked in recent weeks. Traditional defenses are nothing more than a speed bump to today’s ecosystem of highly skilled