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A natural migration
Bill Strain, CTO at iomart, describes some common sense considerations for any business looking at a data migration exercise...


Be prepared
Actifio CEO Ash Ashutosh suggests six key questions that any business needs to ask about its Disaster Recovery readiness...

Servers are the new storage
George Teixeira, CEO, DataCore Software, argues the case for unlocking the power and economics of multi-core servers to improve storage productivity and lower costs through Parallel I/O Software Technology ...

Flash to the rescue for SaaS providers
Flash technologies could turn out to be key to the future success - or otherwise - of SaaS vendors, suggests Tom O'Neill, CTO EMEA at Kaminario...

How to become a big data factory
Big data is meaningless unless it's helping make decisions that have a measurable impact, argues James Petter, VP EMEA at Pure Storage...

At your service
NCE snapped up the 'Storage service company of the year' award at the 2014 Storage Awards. Storage magazine editor David Tyler visited the company's Wiltshire offices to find out more about what has made them so successful in their field....

Plotting a safe journey
Andrew Carr, CEO of Bull Information Systems, offers a selection of Top Tips for 'getting there with Hybrid Cloud Storage'...

The generation game
The lack of cross-generation compatibility between technologies has led Fujifilm to introduce the concept of a 'future proofed archive'. Storage magazine speaks to Roger Moore, Strategic Business Unit Manager at the company's recording media division...

The need for speed
Enterprise-ready SSDs can help to eliminate the costly 'one size fits all' approach to storage infrastructures, argues John Scaramuzzo, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Storage Solutions at SanDisk...

The Virtual Reality of Big Data
The true value of Big Data comes when it is transformed into Big Intelligence, argues Michiel von der Crone, Field Advisory Services Team Director, EMEA, CommVault ...

Coming back around
In the second part of our special feature on tape, Warren Peel, MD of Trams, digs a little deeper into the business scenarios that make tape an attractive option, and summarises some of the technologies on offer ...

Virtually disaster-proof
Disaster recovery and business continuity planning are hard enough to manage, without the added complexities of increased virtualisation and Big Data infrastructures. Storage magazine examines the issues ...

Drive for perfection
To listen to some experts in the industry would lead you to believe that the hard disk is dead or dying, battered into submission by the upstart SSD. Users in the real world though will know that this is not the case. Storage magazine looks into what is really happening in the world of disk technologies ...

Alpha mail
For some, the Cloud offers a simple and straightforward solution to their email volume issues, but is it really a fix, or just moving a problem from one place to another? And if not the Cloud, then where for our ever-growing email archives? We spoke to a group of industry luminaries who were keen to offer insights into not just the technology issues, but the process and management problems that face organisations of all sizes. ...

Calling for backup
Is it possible to implement backup and data protection solutions that can scale to massive levels, reduce the complexity of the data centre, and lower cost, all at the same time? Storage magazine asks the experts...

Time to change the channel?
As users look for ways to balance their needs for storage efficiency, reliability, performance and capacity with the drive for cost control, they are demanding more from channel partners than ever before. How is the channel responding to these tough times? Storage magazine gets a selection of industry leaders to debate the issues...

The Whole Truth
Shahbaz Ali of Tarmin discusses how a multi-site replication approach can ensure 'a single version of truth for the whole organisation'...

Clouded judgement?
Many companies - especially SMEs - still view the cloud with caution. Storage magazine asks if the time is right to throw that caution to the wind...

Double trouble
Has virtualisation changed the replication market forever? Storage magazine speaks to some industry experts who suggest that, while there have been some irreversible shifts, some things - including the need for customer requirement planning - never change...

Flash in the pan?
There can be no question that SSD is disrupting the entire storage marketplace, but there are still strong barriers to wider adoption across the enterprise. Storage magazine reports on the latest technology and business trends affecting the sector...

New HA storage server from AIC
Eliminating single points of failure...


Unified solution from Nexsan
Solves the challenges of securely accessing, sharing and syncing enterprise data...

Got it taped
'World's most richly featured tape storage' from Spectra...

HDS ups its virtual game
Adds native NAS and cloud tiering to virtual storage platform...

Storage Awards 2016 - the winners!
Here are the winners of the 2016 Storage Awards, held on June 16th at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London's Covent Garden. ...

Raising the bar for NAND buyers
New Micron offerings reduce TCO and latency...

NetApp counts on 3-4-5 program
Helping to 'make the all-flash data centre a reality'...

Flash becomes 'part of the blend'
Nearly 90% of organisations using Flash in the data centre...

SUSE launches Enterprise Storage 3
'Helping customers adapt to changing data demands'...

Kaminario partners with Zerto on highly available flash storage for virtual environments
Kaminario has announced a partnership with Zerto which provides enterprises with highly available flash storage for virtual environments. ...

ITS highlights the Top 10 business continuity disasters over the last 12 months
Whether it was a fire that brought a halt to a bustling city centre, structural damage to a bridge that diverted 80,000 commuters daily or a 106-mph storm that disrupted 130 flights, the last 12 months had its share of incidents that kept businesses on their toes and put their revenue at risk....

Are we entering a new phase in memory storage?
For the first time, scientists at IBM Research have demonstrated reliably storing 3 bits of data per cell using a relatively new memory technology known as phase-change memory (PCM). ...

Hitachi upgrades VSP G series
Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has announced new upgrades and additions to its Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) G series portfolio, with the aim of reducing the ongoing costs of traditional environments and exploiting and monetising data, which is too often trapped in silos of technology...

Santricity itself
NetApp has announced new software for its NetApp EF-Series all-flash and E-Series storage arrays that dramatically boosts the performance and value of data analytics applications...

Largest Capacity Tape Library
The new TFinity ExaScale Edition from Spectra Logic is the first tri-media tape library compatible with LTO drives and media, TS1150 tape technology, and Oracle's StorageTek T10000D, T10000C, T10000B and T10000A enterprise tape drive technology...

STP program
SanDisk has introduced its SanDisk Technology Partner (STP) program, a collaborative platform for SanDisk and data centre partners to work together to design, develop and deliver integrated flash based storage solutions to joint customers...

All-Flash Array is built to scale
DDN Flashscale is a new family of all-flash scale-out and scale-up storage solutions from DDN that delivers an ultra-dense, high performance and low latency network attached shared flash storage solution for home directories, data analytics, databases and computational applications...

Highly available
AIC's new high availability storage server product, the HA201-TP, is optimised for mission-critical, enterprise-level storage applications...

A phase-change in memory
For the first time, scientists at IBM Research have demonstrated reliably storing 3 bits of data per cell using a relatively new memory technology known as phase-change memory (PCM)...

SanDisk get flashy for IBM
Collaboration to deliver software-defined all-flash storage ...

Big data takes flight
A private cloud-based big data solution is helping Gulf Air understand how passengers feel about its products and services, as well as enhancing customer loyalty by delivering offers and promotions ...


Class act
Outwood Grange Academies Trust has cut its backup window by 98%, reduced stored data volumes by 65% and saved 70% in licence costs...

Gaining the edge in a Game of thrones
Spanish VFX studio El Ranchito has seen instant improvements in latency and systems performance since implementing an optimised storage platform ...

Today's special: Thin Provisioning
The produce supplier behind numerous fast-food retail giants has gained performance and optimisation for its ERP systems, SQL databases and VMware environments using DataCore's SANsymphony...

Accelerating life sciences
Scientists at Public Health England are now able to access, analyse, and share large amounts of biological data quickly and effectively - and therefore potentially characterise major pathogens, which could prove pivotal in reducing major outbreaks and epidemics...

Tried and tested
Citrix has increased the performance and capacity of its software testing environment thanks to an all-flash solution from NetApp...

Educating neater
One of the UK's largest education providers has reduced its backups from 172TB to just 30TB, and its backup window by 80%...

The bee's knees
Agri-food specialists Fera Science Ltd was struggling to control Petabytes of data in its data centre, but has now achieved unified management; High Availability; reduced hardware TCO and vendor independence...

Risky move
Planned data migrations and operating system upgrades pose their own distinct set of data loss threats, according to a new survey...

Winning formula
The Mercedes F1 Team is using Pure Storage solutions to reinforce its data management processes in order to improve car performance and lap time...

Net benefits
Management tools have helped Young's Seafood to improve support and response to storage issues, to the point where problems are often resolved before users are aware of them having arisen...

Save the last dance
BBC Studios and Post Production uses Matrixstore within the post workflow for flagship show Strictly Come Dancing ...

A NAS at the museum
The Imperial War Museum has been impressed with the level of support and flexibility offered by NAS supplier Synology ...

Safeguarding a city's data
The Open University's MK:Smart project required a scalable and versatile backup solution to help manage access to data sourced from a multitude of data stores across the city...

Flash helps students get back up to speed
Barnsley College needed to update its IT storage infrastructure to meet increasing demand from its thousands of users while reducing access and backup times...

Ready for future growth
Employee and customer engagement specialist Grass Roots reached out to HGST and VMware in order to create a high-performance and high-capacity infrastructure that can support its rapidly growing business...

Winning the space race
Integrated solutions from Quantum, IPV and Telestream are providing end-to-end management of all digital assets at NASA's Kennedy Space Center...

Taking the heat off
PCI-e flash has been used to turbo boost flagging IOPS and propel OGN Group's highly virtualised data centre into the next gear...

After paper-free, should we go email-free?
EASY Software UK's Director of Sales and Marketing, Howard Frear, is frustrated with all the email in our lives - or rather, our lack of control of them...

Taking the drama out of storage
The makers of 'Hollyoaks' are enjoying the benefits of a single point of ingest, storage and archive...

DR in the Cloud: read all about it
It is more important than ever that businesses understand the difference between DRaaS and backup, argues Lilac Schoenbeck, VP, Product Marketing & Product Management at iland Cloud Infrastructure...


In-house, In-cloud, In-data-centre or hybrid – a range of choices
By Roger Keenan, managing director of London data centre, City Lifeline....

Making history
The race is on, says Nik Stanbridge, VP Marketing at Arkivum, to preserve our heritage and avoid a cultural 'memory failure'...

Flash in the pan?
While flash continues to win over converts seeking high IOPS and low latency, there is still undoubtedly a place in the enterprise for the 'humble' HDD, argues Chanaka Ekanayake, Lead Solutions Architect at Insight UK...

Dark matters
Businesses need to develop the ability to identify and efficiently manage information throughout its lifecycle to avoid the consequences of Dark Data, argues Julian Cook, Director of UK Business, M-Files...

The surveillance squeeze
Brian Grainger, Chief Sales Officer at Spectra Logic, discusses how video data can be stored and managed effectively in an increasingly data-driven age...

Re-think your approach to Data Management
The challenges of Big Data and digital business could be best addressed by a Data-as-a-Service approach, suggests Andrew Griffiths of Q Associates...

How will you read your data in 100 years?
…or even 200 years? Nik Stanbridge, VP Marketing, Arkivum, examines some of the issues of true long term archival and retrieval...

Frictionless security
Adam Boone, Chief Marketing Officer at Certes Networks sets out three principles for protecting applications in the modern enterprise...

Add all-flash arrays without adding complexity
Pete McCallum of FalconStor Software offers tips for successfully adding all-flash arrays (AFAs) to the data centre...

Inheriting issues
There are a number of options available to an organisation looking to effectively manage legacy backup migration, says Paul le Messurier, Programme and Operations Manager at Kroll Ontrack - but the 'do-nothing option' is not recommended...

'Change or die' for the storage industry?
Jason Phippen of SUSE predicts the inevitable decline of traditional enterprise storage and the 'unstoppable rise' of software-defined alternatives...

Backup to the Future
Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Acronis, looks to the future of backup software, with specific focus on the lessons small businesses can learn from large enterprises....

To infinity.. and beyond?
The ongoing epic journey of the Voyager space probe has parallels with the journey we are all making toward a Cloud-oriented future, suggests Paul Hickingbotham, Group Technical Director at Hammer...

Check the small print
It is crucial to consider the role of storage in the VDI solution stack, says John Greenwood of NCE Group - yet all too often this vital component is being overlooked until it is too late...

Why the data centre must support business growth
By Roger Keenan, managing director of the central London data centre, City Lifeline....

Big data - no big deal?
Geoffrey Noer, VP, Product Management at Panasas offers a guide to high-performance NAS in an increasingly data-centric world...

Preservation Order
Compliance, by its very nature, can only go one way, but some companies still falsely believe that they can demonstrate after the fact. Rich Turner, Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Marketing for C2C Systems, examines why there is no such thing as 'retrospective compliance' and what UK companies can do to effectively demonstrate compliance from the outset....

Right-size your flash: making flash storage work harder, more efficiently
By Rajesh Nair, Chief Technology Officer at Tegile....

The virtual CIO
Outsourcing I.T. strategic management is no longer the sole province of the large enterprise, argues Andrew Griffiths of Q Associates...

Ahead in the cloud
Cloud storage and how to manage it effectively is a key challenge for many businesses, explains Jack Bedell-Pearce, Managing Director, 4D...


Ahead in the cloud
Cloud storage and how to manage it effectively is a key challenge for many businesses, explains Jack Bedell-Pearce, Managing Director, 4D...

CIO: changing from gatekeeper to enabler
The rise of 'shadow IT' means that CIOs must develop a hybrid cloud infrastructure that meets the needs of their business before the business itself beats them to it, suggests Ian Finlay, Chief Operating Officer at Abiquo...

Must big data mean big risk?
As companies deploy Hadoop for big data, they open critical information to compromise. Tom Kemp of Centrify discusses some of the solutions that exist to solve the problem...

Stash the flash?
The "flash everywhere" trend is actually materialising as "flash where it makes economic sense". George Teixeira, CEO of DataCore Software, considers how a more mature adoption of flash is now bearing fruit through a strategy of cost-effective utilisation of flash technology spreading from servers to widespread usage across the board...

Three easy pieces
Hybrid cloud, OpenStack and Open Source Storage are three essential jigsaw pieces for the enterprise of the future, argues Jason Phippen, Head of Global Product Marketing at SUSE....

Guarding the valuables
Mark Edge, UK Country Manager & VP Sales at Brainloop says that a new approach to IT security is needed: one that guards data within a protected infrastructure...

Simple ways for SMBs to improve their data centres
Storage is at the core of all data and any network, argues Thomas Pavel, Channel Sales Director at LSI, and by concentrating on data protection, high availability and better storage performance, SMBs can accelerate applications in their data centres....

Backup: Spoilt for choice?
Recent years have seen a plethora of new technologies and approaches to the backup market. Bill Andrews, CEO of ExaGrid Systems, breaks down the options...

In it for the long term
The data storage market isn't set to slow down any time soon, argues Steve Mackey, VP EMEA at Spectra Logic...

Protecting your data in a BYOD world
Anders Lofgren, Director of Mobility Solutions at Acronis, discusses the explosion of personal devices in the workplace and the effect it is having on organisational productivity, collaboration and security ...

Making consolidation work
Paul Coates, regional vice president, UK, South Africa and Nordics at Riverbed Technology discusses how storage solutions can effectively address organisations' remote site requirements through improved use of IT assets, reduced IT resources and improved data retention and protection ...

Get the most from your virtual environment
Rob Pait, Nexsan Solutions Marketing Director, Imation Corp offers five key considerations for strategic virtualisation deployments ...

Object Lesson
Shahbaz Ali, President and CEO at Tarmin, lays out his company's vision for addressing the challenge of massive data growth ...

Big can be beautiful
Taking a "lean and mean" approach is the key to tackling Big Data issues, argues Tim Butchart, EMEA VP at Sepaton...

StorMagic SvSAN 5.2
Software defined storage is the way forward for enterprises that will not tolerate any downtime for their business critical applications...


Toshiba PX02SMB160 Enterprise SSD
There can surely no longer be any question that SSD technologies are making a significant inroad into the enterprise, and any remaining worries about reliability are being chipped away with every product release from the main vendors...

WD Sentinel DS6100 Windows Server
For smaller businesses some IT resources are out of reach, even though they can be justified through business need...

WD Sentinel DX4200 Windows Storage Server
Not all organisations require an application server, but most have enterprise class storage requirements for business data, requiring a clear, dependable approach...

IBM Storwize V7000 Gen2
Virtualising storage in the enterprise is essential for big data apps but if the solution is difficult to use then any cost benefits can easily be outweighed by management and support overheads...

CloudSpeed Eco SATA SSD
CloudSpeed is a range of SATA SSD drives from SanDisk targeted squarely at the enterprise user, and based on technologies acquired in the buyout last year of SMART Storage Systems...

SANsymphony-V10
Enterprise storage virtualisation offers many advantages over proprietary hardware solutions including cost effectiveness, no vendor lock-in and excellent scalability...

C2C PST Enterprise
If you need to take complete control of your user's PST files, C2C PST Enterprise comes highly recommended...

Barracuda Backup Appliance 390
No right-thinking business would intentionally avoid their data backup obligations, but the management overheads can accrue when running separate on-site, off-site and cloud backup resources...

GFI MAX Backup
The growth in cloud backup solutions is now exponential but GFI MAX Backup puts a new spin on this technology...

OCZ StoragePro XL
Deploying SSDs across your enterprise storage infrastructure is increasingly simple to do - but what about monitoring all those devices, and managing firmware updates? ...

GFI LanGuard 2014
Focusing on endpoint vulnerability assessment, patch management and auditing, LanGuard has been a stalwart member of GFI's security suite for many years. ...

Sepaton S2100-ES3
The S2100-ES3 is Sepaton's latest entry into the market for Purpose Built Backup Appliances (PBBAs), and aims to address two key concerns of enterprise IT managers: 'explosive' data growth, and increasing risk. Its patented DeltaScale scale-out architecture is designed to enable high performance alongside modular expansion...

Synology RackStation RS10613xs+
Synology has always had a sharp focus on the SMB network storage market but its latest RS10613xs+ moves its gaze firmly onto the enterprise...

Actifio Protection and Availability Storage 5.0
The demand for network storage is increasing exponentially and yet most of it will never be used for production data...

FalconStor FDS SA101
Data deduplication is currently one of the hottest storage technologies and FalconStor's latest FDS appliances deliver an affordable solution that can be deployed with the minimum of disruption...

Compellent Storage Center 5
Enterprise networks are no place for storage systems that waste valuable resources, are complex to manage and costly to maintain...

GFI Backup 2010 Business Edition
Businesses that fail to back up critical data are putting their own survival and their employees' futures at risk...

IronKey Enterprise
Businesses and government agencies know that they have a legal and moral duty to protect sensitive and personal data whilst it is in transit...

Overland Storage SnapServer SAN S2000
IP SANs have consistently proved to be a highly cost-effective alternative to FC SANs and Overland Storage has been in this game right from the start...

A natural migration
Bill Strain, CTO at iomart, describes some common sense considerations for any business looking at a data migration exercise...


Be prepared
Actifio CEO Ash Ashutosh suggests six key questions that any business needs to ask about its Disaster Recovery readiness...

Servers are the new storage
George Teixeira, CEO, DataCore Software, argues the case for unlocking the power and economics of multi-core servers to improve storage productivity and lower costs through Parallel I/O Software Technology ...

Flash to the rescue for SaaS providers
Flash technologies could turn out to be key to the future success - or otherwise - of SaaS vendors, suggests Tom O'Neill, CTO EMEA at Kaminario...

How to become a big data factory
Big data is meaningless unless it's helping make decisions that have a measurable impact, argues James Petter, VP EMEA at Pure Storage...

At your service
NCE snapped up the 'Storage service company of the year' award at the 2014 Storage Awards. Storage magazine editor David Tyler visited the company's Wiltshire offices to find out more about what has made them so successful in their field....

Plotting a safe journey
Andrew Carr, CEO of Bull Information Systems, offers a selection of Top Tips for 'getting there with Hybrid Cloud Storage'...

The generation game
The lack of cross-generation compatibility between technologies has led Fujifilm to introduce the concept of a 'future proofed archive'. Storage magazine speaks to Roger Moore, Strategic Business Unit Manager at the company's recording media division...

The need for speed
Enterprise-ready SSDs can help to eliminate the costly 'one size fits all' approach to storage infrastructures, argues John Scaramuzzo, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Storage Solutions at SanDisk...

The Virtual Reality of Big Data
The true value of Big Data comes when it is transformed into Big Intelligence, argues Michiel von der Crone, Field Advisory Services Team Director, EMEA, CommVault ...

Coming back around
In the second part of our special feature on tape, Warren Peel, MD of Trams, digs a little deeper into the business scenarios that make tape an attractive option, and summarises some of the technologies on offer ...

Virtually disaster-proof
Disaster recovery and business continuity planning are hard enough to manage, without the added complexities of increased virtualisation and Big Data infrastructures. Storage magazine examines the issues ...

Drive for perfection
To listen to some experts in the industry would lead you to believe that the hard disk is dead or dying, battered into submission by the upstart SSD. Users in the real world though will know that this is not the case. Storage magazine looks into what is really happening in the world of disk technologies ...

Alpha mail
For some, the Cloud offers a simple and straightforward solution to their email volume issues, but is it really a fix, or just moving a problem from one place to another? And if not the Cloud, then where for our ever-growing email archives? We spoke to a group of industry luminaries who were keen to offer insights into not just the technology issues, but the process and management problems that face organisations of all sizes. ...

Calling for backup
Is it possible to implement backup and data protection solutions that can scale to massive levels, reduce the complexity of the data centre, and lower cost, all at the same time? Storage magazine asks the experts...

Time to change the channel?
As users look for ways to balance their needs for storage efficiency, reliability, performance and capacity with the drive for cost control, they are demanding more from channel partners than ever before. How is the channel responding to these tough times? Storage magazine gets a selection of industry leaders to debate the issues...

The Whole Truth
Shahbaz Ali of Tarmin discusses how a multi-site replication approach can ensure 'a single version of truth for the whole organisation'...

Clouded judgement?
Many companies - especially SMEs - still view the cloud with caution. Storage magazine asks if the time is right to throw that caution to the wind...

Double trouble
Has virtualisation changed the replication market forever? Storage magazine speaks to some industry experts who suggest that, while there have been some irreversible shifts, some things - including the need for customer requirement planning - never change...

Flash in the pan?
There can be no question that SSD is disrupting the entire storage marketplace, but there are still strong barriers to wider adoption across the enterprise. Storage magazine reports on the latest technology and business trends affecting the sector...

Flash to the fore - again
In the last issue of Storage magazine we included an opinion piece on the prospects for the HDD market, so this time it seems only fair that we focus on flash, seen by many as the nemesis of the hard drive vendor...


Unlucky for some?
As I write this column, there is not very much time left at all for reader nominations to this year's Storage Awards: April 4th is the closing date for our 13th massive event, after which the 'serious business' of online voting begins...

Built to last
Our first edition of 2016 includes a raft of opinion and analysis pieces from vendors and experts across the storage sector...

Crystal balls
As this is our last edition of the year, we have taken the chance to ask a selection of movers and shakers from the industry to share their thoughts and predictions for 2016, and it has been fascinating to see how many times the same ideas and trends come up - and at the same time, how occasionally something completely off the wall is suggested...

Tape decked?
September saw the launch of the new LTO-7 specifications which set out the likely path for tape cartridge developments for the near future...

A lasting legacy
Despite the inexorable rise of software-defined storage, virtualisation and other 'hardware-agnostic' approaches, the real world of day-to-day IT still faces challenges around legacy systems and data...

Software-defined comes to the fore
This issue includes a couple of opinion/byline pieces around the topic of software-defined storage and its impact on the IT industry now and into the future...

Crossing the channel
It is sometimes easy to lose track of the fact that, for many IT buyers, there is little or no direct contact with most of the storage vendors who feature in our pages - almost all of their procurement is done through a partner channel that may include distributors and resellers (as well as 'value-added' variants on both of those) as well as systems integrators and consultancies...

Once in a lifetime
How long is a lifetime, exactly? I don't mean the traditional three-score years and ten that we all aspire to, rather the lifetime of a piece of data - or perhaps more importantly, the lifetime of the medium that data is stored on...

Talking heads
Unusually for Storage magazine, this last issue of the year features a whopping FIVE interviews in its pages...

Returning for duty
After last issue's focus on our recent awards winners, it's almost a relief to get back to focusing on some 'heavier-duty' storage industry-related editorial - and there's no denying we've plenty to offer in this issue...

Virtual CIOs versus real world IT issues
This issue is relatively light on 'proper' feature material, I'm afraid, as we have to sacrifice some editorial pages in order to share the full list of winners from June's Storage Awards ceremony...

Big data, copy data, junk data?
As ever, this issue of Storage magazine features a wide selection of case studies that illustrate some best practices and highly innovative uses of the technologies at the heart of the industry...

Who’s up for a heated debate?
Never let it be said that Storage magazine likes to stir up trouble, but I must admit that I do very much enjoy featuring editorial in our pages that suggests, shall we say, 'strong opinions' on a topic. ...

An increasingly cloudy future…
With a brand new year stretching out before us, there could be no better time for a little crystal-ball gazing: what will be the 'hot topics' in our sector over 2014 and beyond?...

The hybrids are coming…
No, not a new sci-fi blockbuster appearing soon at your local multiplex - we're talking about hybrid drives of course; the technology that promises to deliver the storage 'holy grail' of combining massive capacity with high speed performance ...

Keeping the platters spinning
By David Tyler
EDITOR ...

Ten 'Storries' High
by David Tyler
Editor ...

Clouding the issue?
By David Tyler, Editor...

Take your partners...
As a primarily end-user focused publication, it may seem odd for Storage magazine to want to discuss over several pages what's happening in the channel - but, as our major feature in this issue makes clear, the relationship between manufacturers, Sls, resellers, distributors, and of course end user buyers, is a very complex one...

Flash takes centre stage
Thomas Arenz of Samsung Semiconductor Europe predicts a future of flash-based data centres that exploit V-NAND and NVMe technologies...


Do you copy?
Copy data virtualisation can help to free an organisations' data from its legacy physical infrastructure, suggests Ash Ashutosh, CEO, Actifio ...

Flirting with disaster?
Peter Groucutt of Databarracks asks if you might be wasting money on disaster recovery technologies, simply because you don't have the appropriate practices in place around them...

Seamless co-operation - in a flash
As more organisations see I.T. performance as a way to differentiate their businesses, the case for flash in the data centre becomes ever stronger, argues Laurence James, NEMEA Products, Alliances and Solutions Marketing Manager, NetApp....

Object of desire
Has Object Storage over-promised and under-delivered so far? Mario Blandini of SwiftStack argues that while some might argue that it's been on a slow track, others believe that it's on the brink of shaking up the storage industry...

Viva Las VVols?
The launch of VMware's vSphere 6 early in 2015 - complete with support for Virtual Volumes (VVols) - was heralded as a game changer for storage management. Six months down the line, Ibby Rahmani of DataCore Software discusses the true impact of VVols and suggests some short cuts to enablement...

LTO-7: got it taped?
In September the LTO Program Technology Provider Companies - HP, IBM and Quantum - announced the specifications for LTO Ultrium format generation 7, or LTO-7 as it will doubtless be known. Storage magazine takes a closer look at the implications of the announcement...

Does SDS fit the Bill?
Tarkan Maner, CEO at Nexenta, discusses the impact that the proposed Investigatory Powers Bill will have on storage requirements, and how software-defined storage could help...

Bringing the enterprise up to speed
The Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) specification signifies a new age of SSD technology that exposes flash as memory, and unleashes non-volatile memory performance - delivering data faster to meet the needs of enterprise and client applications, says Scott Harlin, Director of Marketing Communications at OCZ Storage Solutions...

Enabling the next stage in VDI
Flash is playing a key role in the development of desktop virtualisation, says Marcos Burnett, Sales Director for Northern Europe, SanDisk....

Watching brief
We live an increasingly surveillance-heavy society, which brings with it challenges to storage technology providers, explains Nick Spittle, General Manager, Storage Products Division at Toshiba Electronics Europe...

Making 'dollar-sense' out of Flash
New ways of deploying Flash are reinforcing economic arguments that will see a growth in the market for 'Big Data Flash', argues Marcos Burnett, Sales Director for Northern Europe, SanDisk....

Storage re-defined
The rise of open-source-based software-defined solutions signals a new era of agile and scalable storage, suggests Jason Phippen, Head of Global Product Marketing at SUSE...

Hitting the hard drive 'sweet spot'
As the data centre evolves, so must the disk drives that populate it, explains Matt Rutledge, senior vice president of storage technology, WD...

Believe the hype about hyper-converged storage
Sushant Rao of DataCore Software details real-world scenarios of how a hyper-converged infrastructure is the right approach to combine storage, compute, networking and virtualisation in one unit...

Flash Arrays: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Is everything rosy in the flash array garden? Nikhil Premanandan, Marketing Analyst at IT management specialist ManageEngine, puts the technology under the microscope...

Reading ahead
OCZ's recently announced Saber 1000 SSD Series is perfect for read-intensive applications, as well as being targeted squarely at high-volume hyperscale and distributed computing environments, explains the company's Scott Harlin. ...

Transforming the enterprise - one tier at a time
Ken Oberman, VP of EMEA commercial sales at SanDisk, looks at the growth of flash in the data centre...

Two into one will go
Hybrid storage technologies look set to be a game-changer for backup and data protection, suggests Emily Ford, senior product marketing manager at Imation....

Increasing the life expectancy of your flash
Scott Harlin, Marketing Communications Director of Enterprise Solutions for OCZ, describes the factors involved in wear and tear on SSD flash as process geometries have got smaller....

A tale of two architectures
Bill Andrews, CEO of ExaGrid Systems Inc, argues that a scale-out approach is essential to safeguard data for the future ...