Object storage: why, when, where… and but.

Good post by Enrico Signoretti (thank you)

In one of my latest posts I wrote about private object storage not being for everyone… especially if you don’t have the size that makes it viable… But, on the other hand we are all piling up boatloads of data and users need to access it from many different locations, applications and devices at anytime.

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HP Announces A Series Of Innovations To Speed Flash Adoption In The Datacenter

Post by Adam Armstrong (thank you)

Today HP made a series of announcements around its 3PAR StoreServ Storage family. These announcements include lowering the price of flash capacity, new highly scalable all-flash arrays, and flash-optimized data services. These new innovations are aimed at accelerating the adoption off all flash in datacenters.

As we’ve seen over the past few years, flash technology is continuing to be adopted in many areas. With their increased density, performance, and predictability, all-flash arrays will continue to grow, in fact IDC forecasts that flash arrays will see a 46% compound annual growth rate over the next five years. Customers are looking to extend the benefits of flash into the datacenter.

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The State of Deduplication in 2015

Good post by George Crump (thank you)

At its core, deduplication is an enabling technology. First, it enabled disk based backup devices to become the primary backup target in the data center. Now it promises to enable the all-flash data center by driving down the cost of flash storage. Just as deduplication became the table stake for backup appliances, it is now a required capability for flash and hybrid primary storage.

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HP 3PAR, 360° storage

Good Post by Enrico Signoretti (thank you)

This is the first time in a while that I won’t be attending HP Discover. It’s a pity, not only because I have the chance to get updates directly from the horse’s mouth there, but also because it is always well frequented by good bloggers and other interesting people. At the event, HP usually organizes what they call “coffee talks” and you have the chance to get briefed and also have a lot of confrontation on each single line of their business (not that I’m really interested in everything they do, but Storage, Cloud and Enterprise IT in general are all well covered). BTW, thanks to my friend Calvin Zito I got news in advance and even though I’m overseas at the moment, I want to comment on what I discovered a few days ago.

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How moving data to the cloud can replace all, or most, onsite storage

Post by Howard Marks (thank you)

Moving data to the cloud is cheaper, can be expanded endlessly and needs little attention; but how much data can a company realistically park in cloud storage?

It finally happened. The CIO just got back from his favorite analyst firm’s annual cloud conference and golf tournament and promptly decreed the company was going to move all its data, not just the archives, to public cloud storage.

Apparently, he was sold on an analyst’s view that the cloud was the future of computing and anyone storing data in their own data centers in the years to come would be considered a Luddite.

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Enterprise File Sync and Share: Issues and Vendors

Post by Christine Taylor (thank you)

“File sync and share” is shorthand for sharing files among multiple users and devices, and synchronizing the shared files to retain file integrity. The process is very familiar to most users as a consumer-level file sharing application, typified by vendors like Dropbox.

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Designing Enterprise-class Multi-Tenant Storage

Post by George Crump (thank you)

Cloud Providers and enterprises must be able to guarantee performance to specific applications or groups of applications. They also need ways to distribute some of their storage management workload directly to the users or ‘interests’ they support. In the cloud provider use case this is typically divided up by subscriber. In the enterprise this may be divided up by line of business (finance) or by service type (Exchange group). In both cases the overall goal is to drive down the cost by making storage self-serviceable while assuring predictable application performance.

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Will object replace file?

Good post by Randy Kerns (thank you)

I keep hearing this question, and I keep responding “not anytime soon,” rather than with a flat “no.” I can understand why some may consider replacing file storage with object storage given developments that are occurring, but file storage still has plenty of life.

Object storage has several substantial benefits over file storage when it comes to solving a couple of problems

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Files Vs. Objects: the difference is in the value

Good post by Enrico Signoretti (grazie !)

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about object storage and NAS. As a follow-up, this time I would like to go on with my rants and try to explain why I think that Object storage is a good option as NAS backend and why it could be a big leap forward in how you can exploit the real value of your data.

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