How Hybrid Storage Solves IT Challenges
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How Hybrid Storage Solves IT Challenges

Social, mobile, analytics, cloud ... SMAC has reshaped the IT department more quickly and thoroughly than any other innovation since business computers became mainstream. These innovations, however, bring IT challenges, including finding enough space and the right infrastructure to handle big data and the IoT, compatibility and integration problems trying to add mobile devices to your infrastructure, and the sheer costs associated with taking on all these new projects. As it happens, the cloud is actually an excellent solution for what social, mobile, and analytics bring to the table. Here is how the hybrid storage solves IT challenges today.

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How On-Premise Storage-as-a-Service Works

By now, most people, especially those in the position to shop for IT products and services, are aware of the "aaS" or "as a Service" offerings. Currently, you can get a wide range of aaS offerings, including infrastructure, platform, application, storage, disaster recovery, database, monitoring, communications, and in case you can't narrow it down: XaaS or "Everything as a Service" (also sometimes called "Anything as a Service"). To date there is no Kitchen Sink as a Service, but stay tuned. Since it's new to the industry, many people wonder how On-Premise Storage-as-a-Service works.

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Looking for Innovative Storage Technology? Check Out Object Storage
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Looking for Innovative Storage Technology? Check Out Object Storage

It hasn't been that long, really, since most companies dealt mostly with data that could be measured in gigabytes. Today, businesses are commonly dealing with terabytes and petabytes - and larger companies are working with much more. Traditional storage architectures often were not designed to deal with these quantities of data, and many businesses are already looking beyond -- to the era of the Internet of Things (IoT), in which exabytes of data aren't uncommon at all. Many companies are looking for an alternative, innovative storage solution that addresses these enormous capacities and meets their cost goals. The answer is object storage.

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What are the Differences Between Software-Defined Storage and Traditional SAN & NAS?
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What are the Differences Between Software-Defined Storage and Traditional SAN & NAS?

If you've paid any attention to the IT blogs, news magazines, and tech journals, you've likely noticed the trend toward everything being 'software defined'. You've probably heard of software-defined data centers, software-defined networking, and more. Software-defined storage marks a revolutionary new way of building and managing storage -- one which costs less, yet is more agile, more reliable, and better supports multi-tenancy. So, what are the differences between software-defined storage and traditional SAN and NAS?

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How to Solve Your Top Enterprise Storage Problems By Moving to the Cloud

As data capacity grows within the organization, so does the importance of that data. Today's businesses depend on data for customer relationship management and marketing, operational intelligence, business intelligence, and even planning and forecasting for the future. However, as the capacity and the value of the data has grown, users are faced with a significant challenge: how can we store and manage all of it? Today, businesses have a variety of options to store their data using either on-premises or cloud-based solutions, depending on things like budget, regulatory issues, and the preferred IT infrastructure. With advancements in connectivity and security, cloud storage can provide a level of performance and security that rivals onsite solutions. Learn how to solve your top enterprise storage problems by moving to the cloud.

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Enterprise Cloud Storage Glossary of Key Terms
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Enterprise Cloud Storage Glossary of Key Terms

If you're looking to further expand your enterprise cloud storage knowledge, join us for Tech Tip Tuesdays! When comparing the offerings of various cloud service and storage vendors, there are a lot of terms, acronyms, and outright jargon. While part of the issue is simply that cloud computing is a rather complex subject, and there are an overwhelming number of different types of services and products available, there is another side to the coin. At times, it may even seem that vendors are intentionally trying to confuse the customer. Here is a simple, enterprise cloud storage glossary that you can bookmark for future reference.

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Choose Your Cloud Storage Protocol

We all love choice in our lives; in many ways it allows us to express our uniqueness, whether that’s in the clothes we wear, the cars we drive or the style of music we like to listen to. Too much choice, however makes decision-making difficult and sometimes it seems easier to do nothing and follow the previous path. In the storage world, block and file protocols have been dominant for many years and are probably the most well known formats for storing and retrieving data. In recent years there has been a new kid on the block (no pun intended) – object storage. So, how do these three protocols differ and how should we use them in the context of cloud and software defined storage solutions? Read on to find out more about choosing your cloud storage protocol.

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How to Evaluate Cloud Storage Vendors and Find Your Perfect Match

When evaluating cloud storage vendors, it's easier than you might think to compare apples to oranges, or even apples to orangutans. Some services are geared toward small businesses, and simply aren't adequate for enterprise use. Others offer only cloud-based solutions, when you need onsite solutions or a hybrid solution incorporating both onsite and offsite options. Still more might not offer practical solutions for your projects, such as Big Data or collaboration. Here are some questions to keep you on track when you evaluate cloud storage vendors.

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SAN Versus NAS: What’s the Difference and What Do You Need?
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SAN Versus NAS: What’s the Difference and What Do You Need?

SAN Versus NAS: What's the difference? First, let's define what they are. SAN (Storage Area Networks) and NAS (Network Attached Storage) are both network storage solutions, and may seem very similar at first glance. In many cases, either will work about as well as the other. Both usually utilize RAID, and both typically offer a variety of storage management and data protection features. In a cloud-based solution like Zadara's, SAN and NAS are both supported, so that users can choose the architecture that makes the most sense for them.

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Making the Case: Cloud NAS Benefits
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Making the Case: Cloud NAS Benefits

More and more companies are recognizing the value of moving their IT infrastructure to the cloud. The benefits of this are well documented, so there is no need to cover this topic here. As companies move their compute infrastructure to cloud environments such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and others, the next logical step is to determine the best cloud-based storage infrastructure.

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