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Facing up to a virtual reality
Virtualisation can bring improve cost, performance and data management, says Tarkan Maner, CEO of Nexenta - but it is crucial to future-proof the storage that underpins that virtualised environment...


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...

Entry-level object storage from WDC
Scaling from 720 TB to 19 PB ...


Actifio goes Pure
New strategic partnership...

High-performance NAS from Buffalo
From just £739 for the 2-bay desktop ...

HDS enhances flash line-up
'Accelerating flash transition'...

First all-flash NAS from Synology
All-flash solution built for small and medium-sized enterprises...

Nexsan goes private
Spinning off from Imation...

Veritas increases data visibility
NetBackup 8.0 'powers enterprise data management'...

Micron targets the all-flash data centre
With 8TB capacity enterprise SATA SSD...

New high density storage solution from Nexsan
Performance more than doubled for read and write...

Storpool partners with Vesper
Expanding European channel...

Research and development
Quantum delivers petascale storage for research bodies...

Throw out the old tapes
Solid state replacement for end-of-life drives...

Dell completes acquisition of EMC
Dell has announced completion of its acquisition of EMC, creating a unique family of businesses that provides the essential infrastructure for organisations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important asset, information. ...

Softbank invests in all-flash
SoftBank, headquartered in Tokyo, has adopted the SanDisk InfiniFlash all-flash storage platform for its software-defined storage solution...

Super storage
NetApp has been chosen by Dunelm, the UK's leading home furnishings retailer, to update its data infrastructure and support its rapid growth...

A Quantum leap in deduplication?
The new DXi6900 series from Quantum has twice the density and quadruple the sustained performance of the current DXi6900 deduplication appliance...

Storwize choice
IBM has announced the IBM Storwize V7000F and IBM Storwize 5030F, their new enterprise class, all-flash storage designed to provide small-midsized organisations and global enterprises with primary storage for cloud or cognitive applications and workloads...

Instant access to long-term data
Actifio has announced OnVault, a low-cost, long-term data retention (LTDR) solution that enables data re-use for business intelligence, analytics, and compliance, while also providing data warehousing tools to unlock business value...

Pearly kings
Spectra Logic has expanded the Spectra BlackPearl Deep Storage Gateway family with two new products...

Are you an expert data hoarder?
Veritas has released research showing that 82 per cent of IT decision makers admit they are hoarders of data and digital files...

Done in sixty minutes
Furniture manufacturer JJO is able to back up its 68TB IT estate in just one hour, and its PCs are now backed up ten times faster than previously, thanks to a unified data protection approach from Arcserve...


Removing the barriers to virtualisation
A software-defined approach has meant significant cost savings and improved performance for one Berkshire school...

Cooking up faster orders
Online kitchen components supplier PWS Distributors has seen improved performance and response times from ERP and SQL database systems since implementing Flash and SDS solutions...

Just the ticket
Yorkshire-based hosting company Millennia Computer Services has overhauled the disaster recovery capabilities of its data centre to support the mission critical systems of its leisure and theatre ticketing customers...

Invaluable insight
Leading European entertainment company Sky has increased efficiency and achieved a staggering 73% drop in backup administration time ...

The right formula
Thanks to a software-defined infrastructure, chemical company LERG is benefiting from high availability data protection, enhanced business continuity and improved productivity - all while reducing storage-related expenses by 50% and improving performance by more than 500% ...

Keeping the customer satisfied
A simplified storage landscape has massively reduced purchase and ongoing costs for M&S, yet still delivered capacity and performance improvements...

Turbo-boosting financial data
Financial technology specialist Intelliflo has given its database engines a turbo boost including a 75% improvement in wait times and a 90% reduction in batch processing...

Stocking up on Flash
Waitrose, one of the UK's largest grocery retailers, has implemented Pure Storage technology to reduce its data centre footprint, improve the customer experience and refine in-store decision making...

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...

This year's model
It is time to look at a 'true consumption model' when assessing the potential costs and benefits of Cloud-based DR, argues Rick Powles of Druva ...


A disaster waiting to happen?
Monica Brink of iland offers some insights into the company's recently published report, 'The State of IT Disaster Recovery Amongst UK Businesses'...

Data access for all?
The 'Next Generation Enterprise' needs to be elastic, enlightened and effective in how it manages data, argues Isabelle Nuage, big data product marketing director at Talend...

Hybrid to the rescue for SME sector
Hybrid cloud architecture has been a while maturing, but now offers businesses unparalleled flexibility, ROI and scalability. Andrew Stuart, MD for EMEA at Datto, argues that the smaller the business, the more vital these traits are - making hybrid cloud the number one choice for SMEs in 2016...

Things ain't what they used to be
Gerard Marlow, general manager at specialist distributor Hammer, describes how the Internet of Things will lead to data volumes soaring...

Storage wars
How does Cloud storage really compare to more traditional physical storage? Kong Yang of SolarWinds explores the advantages and disadvantages of both, looking at how each can affect business processes and strategy...

Survival of the fittest
Mark Young of Tintri looks at the evolution of storage virtualisation...

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....

Is your storage strategy just window dressing?
Daniel Gilfix of Red Hat Storage debunks the 'emperor's new clothes' approach to IT, as he shares the findings of a recent study examining the challenges of traditional and legacy storage solutions...


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...

id7 VS-fusion
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Overland Storage SnapServer DX2
...

OCZ VXL Enterprise Storage Accelerator
...

Boston Igloo NXStor SBB
...

DataCore Software SANsymphony-V
...

Facing up to a virtual reality
Virtualisation can bring improve cost, performance and data management, says Tarkan Maner, CEO of Nexenta - but it is crucial to future-proof the storage that underpins that virtualised environment...


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...

Storage by definition
One fair measure of how established a technology concept has become is to look at how often the buzzwords associated with it crop up in magazines such as ours; in which case it is not unreasonable to suggest that Software-Defined Storage is not just the next big thing, it is the current big thing, the last big thing, and possibly even the only big thing we ever need to know about...


Stuff about things
If you've ever bemoaned the lack of performance of your smartphone, you're definitely not alone...

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 ...

The big picture
Kirill Sokolinsky, Director of Hardware Solutions for Smart Cities & Public Safety at Hitachi Insight Group, discusses the inexorable rise of what he calls 'Big Video'...


Finding a path through the SDS hype
If you're wondering whether Software-Defined Storage is right for your business, this 'seven step plan' is crucial, explains Paul Ennion, UK&I Country Manager, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Storage Division...

Into the open
Jason Phippen of SUSE argues that businesses need to 'open up' to the possibilities of an open source approach...

Tape measures
Jon Toigo of Iron Mountain asks whether tape storage could save us from the 'Zettabyte Apocalypse'...

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...

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 ...


Avoiding
Tired of fixing one data centre bottleneck only to see another one emerge somewhere else? Jeff Richardson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at LSI has some reassuring advice...