The Advantages of Universal Storage
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The Advantages of Universal Storage

Traditional storage has ruled the data center for over three decades. This has historically come with large CapEx expenditures, usually meaning you initially purchase more storage than you need so that you aren't faced with another data center upgrade in a couple of years. But the traditional storage model isn't working anymore. Like Uber has upended the taxi cab industry; smartphones have stumped the sales of products like alarm clocks and cameras; and music streaming services have revolutionized the music industry -- universal storage is turning traditional storage on its head. Here's why.

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4 Challenges CIOs and IT Managers Need to Overcome to Succeed

Today's CIO and IT manager have more lessons to learn, things to address, and challenges to overcome than any generation prior to now. New technologies burst on the scene in rapid-fire fashion, knocking aside older technologies faster than you can say, 'but we just bought that'. The datacenter is moving to the cloud, desktops are becoming virtualized, and security problems and solutions are more complex than ever. What are the most significant challenges that you must face and overcome to make it in today's fast-paced, highly competitive world of IT? Here are 4 challenges CIOs and IT Managers need to overcome to succeed:

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The Why and When of an Industry-Wide Shift to OpEx Everywhere
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The Why and When of an Industry-Wide Shift to OpEx Everywhere

Significant IT expenditures, such as servers, storage arrays, networking equipment and critical software systems have historically found themselves squarely in the CapEx expenditure pile. Capital expenses take longer to get approval, are generally larger and riskier expenditures, and essentially lock the company into a particular IT infrastructure, at least until the lifecycle of the expense is complete and the investment has delivered its expected ROI. But what if all that changed? What if many (potentially all) of those IT investments could be shifted to the OpEx side of the ledger? That's precisely what is happening now. Common "as-a-Service" offerings are IT solutions (both hardware and software, and occasionally a nice mixture of the two) are served up as cost-effective, pay-as-you-go alternatives to large, risky IT expenditures. So, why is there this industry-wide shift to OpEx?

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From Traditional Storage to Today: The Evolution of Zadara and Enterprise Cloud Storage

Five years ago, we started Zadara Storage with the idea that storage should be enabled by software rather than hardware. We saw the challenges IT managers were experiencing with traditional storage - it was rigid, it was costly, it was delivered in a way that made organizations slow to react and locked organizations into expensive, inflexible proprietary solutions.

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The True “Cost” of Enterprise Storage – Understanding Storage Management

It’s definitely a truism that the absolute cost of storage, measured per GB has continued to drop steadily over the last 15 years. In fact, when I was involved in purchasing storage hardware it was common to put in place a quarterly price reduction of around 5% on any long-term deals. Prices have dropped over time because the disk manufacturers have been able to continue to increase the capacity of data stored in a standard drive form-factor, delivering more capacity for the same physical amount of space, power and cooling.

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