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18 May 2017
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Where All-Flash Storage Makes No Sense [63531]
Enterprise Storage Forum, May 18th 2017

"'Go all-flash, young man,' appears to be the current mantra of the storage industry. Vendor after vendor is urging enterprises to ditch hard disk drives (HDDs) in favor of solid state drives (SSDs). You also hear about flash-first strategies that urge organizations to look at flash storage first, last and always.

While this approach makes sense in many cases, what about existing storage assets? And in particular, are there any times when all-flash storage just doesn't make sense?

Here are some possible situations where it might be wise to skip the flash:..."
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17 May 2017
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6 Steps For A Future-Ready Cloud Storage Strategy [63471]
CIO, May 17th 2017

"Blame it on poor copy data management, compliance requirements or the internet of things (IoT), but data storage volumes are growing exponentially, and that growth shows no signs of abating. Managing skyrocketing storage demands on limited resources is a top challenge for many enterprises. To alleviate the burden, many organizations have turned to the cloud.

A survey of 451 Global Digital Infrastructure Alliance members illustrates the extent to which businesses are growing their off-premises storage footprint. Thirty-five percent of the 647 enterprise technology and IT professionals surveyed said are considering cloud-based storage for immediate purchase. While currently only 20 percent of storage is in the cloud, survey respondents estimate that within two years one-third will reside in either the public cloud or a SaaS environment..."
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15 May 2017
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2017 Strategic Roadmap For Storage By Gartner [63464]
StorageNewsletter.com, May 15th 2017

"Emerging storage hardware and software enable I&O leaders to lower acquisition costs per terabyte and improve manageability. In addition to focusing on agility, automation and cost reductions, IT leaders should address the cultural changes and skill set shortages caused by digital business projects..."
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10 May 2017
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63% Of Enterprise IT Pros Heading To Software-Defined Storage In Coming Year [63295]
StorageNewsletter.com, May 10th 2017

"Software-defined storage (SDS) is becoming reality in the enterprise, as 95% of companies express an interest in the flexible storage approach, and nearly two-thirds - 63% - say their organization will realistically begin to adopt a SDS approach in the next 12 months.

That's according to an international study of IT professionals commissioned and released by enterprise open source infrastructure solution provider SUSE LLC..."
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10 May 2017
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Backblaze Releases Its Q1 2017 Hdd Reliability Results [63296]
StorageReview.com, May 10th 2017

"Backblaze has released its latest HDD reliability results, withthe results are for the first quarter of 2017. This time Backblaze is looking at over 80,000 HDDs, increasing it from the previous 70,000. And a new addition to the testing is enterprise HDDs...

The setup/testing environment is still the same as we mentioned last time: Since 2007 Backblaze has been offering an online backup service. For the backup service Backblaze uses storage pods that holds at least 45 HDDs (the newer pods hold 60 HDDs). They put 20 storage pods together to make a storage vault that can hold up to 1,200 HDDs. Backblaze uses hard drives from primarily four main vendors: Seagate, WD, HGST, and Toshiba..."
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05 May 2017
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Can You Justify An All-Flash Data Center? [63021]
SearchStorage, May 5th 2017

"The elevated cost of flash technology is a reason to limit flash usage. Find out what other factors go into a flash purchase and how it's used in today's data centers...

The concept of an all-flash data center has been floating around for several years, driven by the continual decrease in cost of the media and ongoing improvement in the technology that surrounds it. The result is almost every all-flash vendor is claiming price parity with hard disk-based systems..."
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