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14 Jun 2017
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Storage Performance Testing Vital, Says Ex-Morrisons It Chief [64319]
ComputerWeekly, June 14th 2017

"Former Morrisons head of technology says testing and monitoring storage performance is key to avoiding outages and getting the benefits from infrastructure upgrades...

Organisations need to regularly monitor storage performance or risk catastrophic failures. Testing is also vital during times of infrastructure change to ensure upgrades meet performance improvement targets..."
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13 Jun 2017
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Sector Roadmap: Object Storage For Enterprise Capacity-Driven Workloads - Gigaom Research [64315]
StorageNewsletter.com, June 13th 2017

"This report was written by Enrico Signoretti, analyst, advisor and blogger, founder of Juku Consulting and head of product strategy at OpenIO Italy for Gigaom, a technology research and analysis firm..."

"During the first decade of this century, we shifted fairly quickly from a relatively simple set of storage technologies and implementations to a very large spectrum of options, with vendors proposing solutions for all kinds of data and applications. They are responding to an increasing demand for storage specialization, introduced by the necessity for overall efficiency, cost reduction, and today's large capacities..."
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12 Jun 2017
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WW Enterprise Storage Market Down 0.5% Y/Y In 1Q17 At $9.2 Billion - IDC [64337]
StorageNewsletter.com, June 12th 2017

"Total worldwide enterprise storage systems factory revenue was down 0.5% year over year and reached $9.2 billion in 1Q17, according to the International Data Corporation's Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker.

Total capacity shipments were up 41.4% year over year to 50.1EB during the quarter.

Revenue growth increased within the group of original design manufacturers (ODMs) that sell directly to hyperscale datacenters. This portion of the market was up 78.2% year over year to $1.2 billion..."
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08 Jun 2017
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120 Companies In Software-Defined Storage [64114]
StorageNewsletter.com, June 8th 2017

"Condor Consulting Group has just released a new study about software-defined storage (SDS). Here is an abstract.

As an industry buzzword with a broad coverage, it deserves some clarifications. You find below an extract of the report.

Definition and segmentation First, it's important to define the SDS term we use and categories we have established to segment the SDS market offering

  • We define SDS as software that transforms commodity servers equipped with local storage into a storage pool and services exposed to applications with industry file sharing protocols, block access methods or object APIs.

We have identified a little bit more than 120 players segmented in 5 categories:..."
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07 Jun 2017
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Multiprotocol Unified Storage Systems Poised For Growth [64071]
SearchStorage, June 7th 2017

"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...

Having to support two types of storage architectures to run applications that use storage at the block- or file-level is a thing of the past for enterprises that have given unified storage systems a try. Unified arrays can store data and applications used to run and manage file, block or both protocols on the same device..."
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07 Jun 2017
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Calculating Hyperconvergence Costs [64097]
NetworkComputing, June 7th 2017

"Hyperconverged infrastructure is a hot area of IT right now. The realization that next-generation storage appliances look a lot like servers triggered a movement to make server storage sharable, bringing together the benefits of local storage in the server with the ability to share that storage across the whole cluster of nodes.

The key is a software package that presents all of the storage in the cluster as a single pool, with automated addition or subtraction of drives. This pool of storage, sometimes described as a virtual SAN, can be divided up and presented as smaller drive volumes, subject to access controls and sharing rules. The virtual SAN software handles issues such as replication and erasure coding groups and also deals with drive errors and data recovery questions..."
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