Convergence—the bundling of storage, compute, network and virtualization—is already evolving with new products that redefine ease of use.
Just a few short months ago, a number of vendors in the market started introducing flash-based, in-the-server, storage acceleration technologies that we label Server-based Storage Accelerators (which I also refer to as “accelerators” in this article).
Across the board, such devices were primarily PCIe form factor cards with on-board flash memory that plugged into a server motherboard slot. Through driver or other software inserted into the server OS’s software stack, the solution would intercept I/Os, cache data from SAN-attached disk onto a NAND-flash cache, and then redirect future I/O requests to that cache.
The fast developing solid-state storage market offers a variety of implementation choices. By carefully assessing your needs, you’ll be able to make the right product selection.
Recent Taneja Group research indicates tape technology is thriving, and that users are finding innovative and cost-effective ways of implementing tape systems.
Continuous data protection (CDP) was bleeding-edge a few years ago, but it’s re-emerging as the best technology for protecting organization’s virtual environments.
Data storage is a crucial part of a solution provider’s offering, whether they offer cloud services or are planning to. Regardless of whether you’re a large-scale cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provider or a small regional managed service provider (MSP), a strong storage platform can push you ahead of the competition and help you quickly expand your business.