Is There Such a Thing as the All-Flash Data Center?

Ready or not, there are big changes happening in the world of storage infrastructure. The data your organization depends on continues to grow at an astonishing rate, but budgeting boatloads of money to spend on your IT infrastructure is out of the question. After all, what’s the point of throwing more money at the same [...]

Software-Defined Storage Is Awesome… If It Runs on Great Hardware!

It seems like everything is software-defined these days. You have software-defined networks, software-defined storage, and software-defined data centers. When did hardware get such a bad rap? After all, no matter what magic your software can do, it still requires hardware in order to run. I realize that what is really meant by software-defined is that [...]

A Storage Architect’s Analysis of the NetApp 3X Performance Guarantee

As a Sirius storage architect, I’ve designed and implemented NetApp’s Data ONTAP for enterprise clients for as long as the solution has been available. When I first heard about NetApp’s new 3X Performance Guarantee I was immediately curious, as I’m sure many of you are. For many IT decision-makers in both the public and private [...]

Flash Boldly Goes Where No HDD Has Gone Before!

For many IT decision-makers in both the public and private sectors, flash is the new frontier for storage. And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see why. Flash storage consumes as little as 20 percent of the power of traditional spinning disk, yet reads as much as 100 times faster. That means lower TCO, [...]

CommVault and NetApp Partner to Simplify Backup and Recovery

One aspect of IT infrastructure that has been heavily impacted by data growth is backup and recovery applications. It was once true that backup and recovery applications were just that -- singularly developed to address backup and recovery. Not anymore. Today, these applications have become true data management applications, incorporating functions such as deduplication, data [...]

NetApp Unveils Software Virtualization and Cloud Services

NetApp, a storage industry leader and FORTUNE 500 company, recently unveiled a portfolio of new software and services meant to simplify data management across multiple cloud platforms. According to an Oct. 28 press release issued by NetApp, this vision for a data-centric cloud architecture is designed to allow clients to utilize a hybrid cloud while [...]

The Future of Security Is Already Here

Information security has always been a game of doing the most with the least. Security teams have to watch a broad surface area with minimal tools and staff. Security has never been fully funded and because of this security leaders have focused the bulk of their monitoring budget on the biggest perceived threat, and the [...]

NetApp Introduces Its Highest-Performing Solution for Enterprise Storage

NetApp recently launched its FAS8080 EX enterprise storage solution, a high-performance shared array that is optimized for use with pure flash. The 8080 EX replaces NetApp’s 6290 array and is 75 percent faster for roughly the same price, according to a June 17 press release issued by NetApp, a FORTUNE 500 storage industry pioneer, market [...]