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(September 14, 2005) - Existing storage management methods and tools can't keep pace with exploding storage requirements. Application expansion, digital media formats, and regulatory compliance have all contributed to the fast-growing demand. According to IDC, storage administrator productivity has to increase 60% a year just to keep up with the anticipated growth in storage capacity. To make matters worse, 24x7 data access requirements are closing the management windows available to administrators to do management tasks. The Challenge A new approach is needed to dramatically simplify network storage management and drive improvements in capacity, performance, and tiered storage management. Any potential solution, however, mustn't introduce additional risk into storage environments. Administrators don't want to risk data integrity problems, disaster recovery issues, o... (more)

The Age of Big Data: How to Gain Competitive Advantage

We have entered the "Age of Big Data" according to a recent New York Times article. This comes as no surprise to most organizations already struggling with the onslaught of data coming from an increasing number of sources and at an increasing rate. The 2011 IDC Digital Universe Study reported that data is growing faster than Moore's Law. This trend points to a paradigm shift in how organizations process data where isolated islands and silos are being replaced by large clusters of commodity servers that keep data and compute resources together. Another way of looking at this para... (more)

Virtualizing NAS?

Managing the surge of file-based data has become increasingly difficult and complex. Virtualizing NAS through Network File Virtualization (NFV) simplifies storage management and enables administrators to easily address management and utilization challenges without affecting data access. With NFV, storage administrators need not be concerned about the impacts on end-user data access. Administrators can keep data always accessible and online. This eliminates a major constraint on the storage administration process. NFV lets end-users retain full read/write access to data as it is b... (more)