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  • Dell networking chief: taking on Cisco in the data centre

    It is just over a year since Dell completed its acquisition of Force10 Networks, but the company already has big plans to challenge Cisco's dominance in the data centre.

  • Scale Computing CTO: Big Data demands scale-out storage

    The only reason that scale-up storage is still so predominant in the enterprise is because most business applications were built to run on scale-up architecture, but as demand grows for big data applications, enterprises will increasingly be looking to adopt a scale-out model.

  • Data centre in a box? The era is approaching

    Start-up SimpliVity is the latest vendor to emerge from the development stage with an all-in-one array that performs all the functions of a complete IT stack with the addition of deduplication and data replication. More companies and products are preparing similar launches.

  • Big Data causing big changes, analysts predict

    The unprecedented growth in the volumes and complexity of business information is ushering in the era of ?Big Data?. The phenomenon is not a "thing" but instead a strategic approach that crosses many IT borders and so poses one of the biggest challenges currently facing CIOs from companies of all sizes.

  • Supercomputer to connect to 400PB of storage via Ethernet

    The National Center for Supercomputing Applications in the US is rolling out a storage infrastructure that will include 380 petabytes of magnetic tape capacity and 25 petabytes of online disk storage made up by 17,000 SATA drives.

  • Can Fibre Channel survive Ethernet's assault?

    Expensive and specialised Fibre Channel SANs have been under assault as companies consolidate data traffic over Ethernet. With Fibre Channel disks already largely eliminated from the market by SAS, can networking gear be far behind?

  • Private cloud storage - Is there a best way to set up your solution?

    Given that cloud computing is still emerging, it shouldn't come as a surprise that opinions vary widely on the best way to architect the storage. In fact, it seems likely that there is no such panacea - different types of private cloud almost always require different approaches.

  • Storage virtualisation

    Server virtualisation places significant new demands on traditional storage, says Terri McClure, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. ?The standard storage architecture was originally designed for monolithic mainframes?not the abstraction and pooling of resources.?

  • Hitachi Data Systems CTO: virtualised machines need bullet-proof storage

    Virtualisation is widely recognised to be a game-changing technology, helping organisations to reduce their capital and operational costs, as well as improve underlying business processes. But the impact that this technology is having on the storage layer at the bottom of the stack is often overlooked.

  • A first look at Windows 8 - the OS for everything

    The first public beta for Windows 8 is expected to be released in February, but we've been testing pre-beta code in our lab. Our overall impression is that Windows 8 represents an aggressive effort by Microsoft to deliver a single OS that runs just about everywhere and takes on all of Microsoft's key rivals.

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