IT News - Storage

Persistent Memory In The Data Centre
architectingIT, July 15th, 2020
The traditional model of computing in use for the past 70 years is based on an architecture developed by John von Neumann in the 1940s

Chris Evans writes in architectingIT, "Computers execute instructions and operate on data in memory, while programs and inactive data are stored on a peripheral device or external storage. New storage devices have blurred this boundary, offering benefits for applications and storage array vendors alike.

External Storage

Peripheral devices such as hard drives and SSDs initially connected to a server or computer through a storage controller. The controller itself connects directly to the CPU, today generally using the PCIe bus..."

Flash storage continues to mature as vendors including Dell EMC, HPE, Hitachi Vantara, and Pure Storage adopt the latest technologies including NVMe, low-cost QLC flash, and Intel Optane while using software to help squeeze even more performance

Joseph F. Kovar writes in CRN, "The storage industry is an unusual beast, with untold millions of dollars being invested to increase the performance and capacity of the latest storage technologies even as the storage industry as a whole continues to see total spending fall. IDC in June published its latest Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, and reported that the total first quarter 2019 worldwide enterprise storage systems market revenue fell 0.6 percent despite a 14.1-percent growth capacity shipped over last year..."

Storage Comparison: Object vs. File vs. Block Storage
Network Computing, July 14th, 2020
Typically, there is no right or wrong storage option. What you need to assess is whether this storage option fits your current needs

"In today's increasingly digitized world, more and more storage solutions are introduced," opines Sagar Nangare in Network Computing.

"Each storage solution comes with a unique set of characteristics, which fit different use cases. While having options is a good thing, the downside is that you need to spend more time assessing each option. To help you choose the right storage for your data, this article reviews and compares three of the most popular storage options - object storage, file storage, and block storage..."

As we've talked about in the past, the focus on data - how much is being generated, where it's being created, the tools needed to take advantage of it, the shortage of skilled talent to manage it, and so on - is rapidly changing the way enterprises are operating both in the datacenter and in the cloud and dictating many of the product roadmaps being developed by tech vendors

Jeffrey Burt writes in TheNextPlatform, "Automation, analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, and the ability to easily move applications and data between on-premises and cloud environments are the focus of much of what OEMs and other tech players are doing. And all of this is being accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is speeding up enterprise movement to the cloud and forcing them to adapt to a suddenly widely distributed workforce, trends that won't be changing any time soon as the coronavirus outbreak tightens its grip, particularly in the United States.

OEMs over the past several months have been particularly aggressive in expanding their offerings in the storage sector, which is playing a central role in help enterprises bridge the space between the datacenter, the cloud and the network edge and to deal with the vast amounts of structured and - in particular - unstructured data being created. That can be seen in announcements that some of the larger vendors have made over the past few months. Dell EMC has bolstered its storage portfolio to address the needs of today's enterprises..."

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