IT News - Storage

There are advantages and disadvantages to using NAS or object storage for unstructured data. Find out what to consider when it comes to scalability, performance and workload type

"Unstructured data is among the fastest-growing data types out there," writes Scott D. Lowe in SearchStorage. "With organizations creating and attempting to store growing quantities of data year over year, this naturally leads to the question: What's the best storage for unstructured data?

Unstructured data is information that doesn't adhere to a traditional database format. Text in the form of email and documents, along with multimedia -- such as photo, video and audio files -- are common examples of unstructured data. When looking for the best way to store unstructured data, NAS vs. object storage are the two primary choices..."


2019 Is The Year Of NVMe
architectingIT, July 30th, 2019
Without sounding too cliched, 2019 looks to be the year of NVMe, as the technology moves to become the leading storage protocol for the enterprise

Chris Evans writes in architectingIT, "NVMe or Non-Volatile Memory Express is a new protocol that allows servers to talk to storage devices like solid-state disks. Within a server, NVMe SSDs connect to the PCIe bus using a range of different form factors. Across a storage network, NVMe-enabled devices communicate to a server using NVMe over Fabrics, or NVMe-oF.

We can compare NVMe to historical SAS, SCSI and SATA storage protocols. Within a server, these solutions required a controller that can be implemented directly on the motherboard or through an add-in card. Across the network, Fibre Channel and iSCSI allow a server to communicate to shared storage. This aligns with the capabilities of NVMe-oF..."


Top 15 Best Data Storage Books You Should Read
Solutions Review, July 31st, 2019
There are a few resources that can match the in-depth, comprehensive detail of a good book

Tess Hanna writes in Solutions Review, "There are loads of free resources available online (such as Solutions Review's buyer's guides and best practices), and those are great, but sometimes it's best to do things the old fashioned way..."

Looking into containerization? You're going to need these key terms to better understand the technology, how it works and which vendors are offering it

"Data storage containers have become a popular way to create and package applications for better portability and simplicity," writes Erin Sullivan in SeachStorage.

"Seen by some analysts as the technology to unseat virtual machines, containers have steadily gained more attention as of late, from customers and vendors alike.

Why choose containers and containerization over the alternatives? Containers work on bare-metal systems, cloud instances and VMs, and across Linux and select Windows and Mac OSes. Containers typically use fewer resources than VMs and can bind together application libraries and dependencies into one convenient, deployable unit..."

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