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  • Four ways to beat data bloat

    It is estimated that unstructured data - everything from email to spreadsheets, documents and digital media - accounts for at least 90% of an organisation's data. You systems are bloated with everything from personal iTunes playlists to the early versions of that PowerPoint presentation you delivered in March. To make matters worse, analysts at Gartner and IDC predict that data growth in IT organisations will grow by as much as 800% in the next five years.

  • Amazon tablet - Five features needed to battle the iPad

    Amazon?s unreleased tablet is not expected to arrive until November, but it is already being pitted as the number one rival to Apple?s iPad. Analysts and pundits alike are placing their bets on Amazon, as other Android tablets failed to captivate much consumer interest. But can Amazon get it right where others didn?t succeed?

  • A simple guide to thin provisioning

    While provisioning all the capacity of an external disk to a given application, known as full provisioning, ensures the app has plenty of growth potential, it results in poor utilisation rates, a costly problem that can be addressed with thin provisioning technology.

  • The best way to maximise server uptime

    In an IT world full of elusive goals, there's probably no target as slippery and generally elusive as server uptime.

  • What the Dell/HP 3Par buyout really means

    The bidding war for 3Par ramped up this week when HP raised its offer to $30 per share, a $3 increase over Dell's bid, bringing the bidding to $2 billion. Dell had launched the opening salvo in mid-August when it had offered just over $1 billion to buy 3Par. As of this writing, 3Par had deemed HP's bid "superior" and Dell was mulling over its response.

  • 3Par is not the only cloud storage game in town

    Two weeks ago most of the world had never heard of 3PAR. Now, it has been the centre of tech headlines and doubled in value thanks to a bidding frenzy between Dell and HP. HP appears to have the edge right now, but the good news for whichever tech giant ultimately loses the battle for 3PAR is that there are other virtualised storage providers out there.

  • Virtual private servers makes recovery affordable for SMEs

    As recently as five years ago, business continuity and disaster-recovery topics would make IT executives in small to mid-size enterprises grumble that neither was affordable. Now companies of all sizes are realising they can have both using virtualisation technology.

  • Reasons to protect corporate data

    Sensitive data left unprotected in the enterprise is on the rise. It is amazing the number of internal-use databases that carry credit card information. When it comes to unauthorised access, these databases - SQL and Access in particular - are prime and constant targets.

  • Five questions for prospective storage vendors

    Sure, the specs are important, but when you're building a primary storage tier, it's all about the relationship

  • Say 'No' to SQL

    The NoSQL meet-up in San Francisco last month had a whiff of revolution about it. With nearly 150 attendees cramming into a meeting room at CBS Interactive, NoSQLers came to share how they had overthrown the tyranny of slow, expensive relational databases in favour of more efficient and cheaper ways of managing data.

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A shift is underway in the enterprise data storage market. The need to cost-effectively store large amounts of data is growing exponentially. Nexenta uniquely complements virtualized environments?from the datacenter to the cloud?by delivering best-of-breed data protection with the most efficient and scalable storage infrastructure. NexentaStor provides 70-80% savings over proprietary solutions, and capitalizes on the benefits of ZFS technology to manage cloud and other massive storage deployments.
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Helium Taking HDDs to New Heights

HGST's HelioSeal HDD technology is intersecting the HDD market at the right time as enterprise datacenter customers require a clear path to sustained storage TCO reductions. The platform will also ease the way for the integration of future HDD technologies such as SMR, HAMR, or bit-patterned media (BPM) to deliver even higher-capacity disk drive products designed to address an array of diverse enterprise storage applications and use cases, including cold storage solutions. This white paper demonstrates how HGST?s HelioSeal HDD technology can deliver against the increasing capacity demands of the enterprise and the Cloud whilst also drastically reducing TCO by up to 30%
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Lab validation report

Flash storage has become a staple in the modern data centre. This is due not just to the declining prices, but also to the increased number of implementation options. More organisations are finding ideal locations to use flash technology to meet their application requirements. Download this lab validation report to discover an end-to-end hybrid flash storage solution to meet your business needs.
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Red Hat as a storage solutions provider

Many organisations admit that controlling an explosion in unstructured or semistructured data is one of the biggest challenges they face today. This is primarily driven by an increasingly mobile and socially connected workforce that is now also resorting to a BYOD strategy. Download this white paper to discover why IDC anticipates that by 2015, over 38% of total disk storage systems capacity will be shipped to support file-level data.
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Performance comparison versus conventional NVRAM+SSD+Disk Architecture

Conventional hybrid storage solutions use NVRAM to cache data before writing to disk, then augment performance with an SSD read cache. While such solutions generally offer acceptable performance for small datasets, they are ultimately limited by the configuration and number of SSDs that can be deployed. Download this white paper to discover how best to overcome such challenges.
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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving

Enterprise information archiving is contributing to organisational needs for e-discovery and...

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