IT teams in search of a distributed file system that supports object storage must carefully map out their requirements -- and remember that no two products are exactly alike
"Today's dynamic data storage market can make it a challenge to classify products in a meaningful way. Even when products are similar in nature, they often go by different labels and descriptors
This is especially true when it comes to the distributed file systems and object storage market.
The only way for storage admins to make sense of this product category is to dig into the details of vendor offerings, determine exactly what they provide and gauge whether they meet their data storage needs..."
But questions of where and when remain, and better visibility being top priority
"The third-party survey examines the challenges and opportunities with unstructured data in the enterprise with responses from 300 storage IT decision makers at companies in the United States and in the UK.
The majority of organizations surveyed are managing more than 1PB of data and spending more than 30% of IT budgets on storage and protection - a cost overhead that's showing no signs of slowing down..."
Keeping pace with the heat of the action
"Professional sports are a hotbed for next-generation technology and data right now. As each season passes, hours upon hours of digital content is created. From tracking player statistics and performance analytics, to video footage capturing each piece of the action in every single game, from multiple camera angles, in stadiums across the globe. That's a lot of data and it all needs to be stored somewhere..."
NVMe arrays are the highest performance storage solutions available, offering a massive speed boost for enterprises willing to make the investment. Here's how to select the right NVMe solution for you.
"Storage will never be as fast as system memory--that's just the nature of system architecture. But thanks to NVMe (nonvolatile memory express), SSDs can deliver such blazingly fast performance, the penalty of 'going to disk' tends to be miniscule.
NVMe encompasses a family of specifications for how software talks to storage. It works over a number of transport methods, including PCI Express, RDMA, and TCP. Storage arrays that support the NVMe standard are the sports cars of storage, exposing super-fast storage media more directly and efficiently than any other mainstream method allows..."
The latest revisions of the SNIA Computational Storage Architecture and Programming Model Version 0.8 Revision 0 and the Computational Storage API v0.5 rev 0 are now live on the SNIA website
"Interested to know what has been added to the specifications, SNIAOnStorage met 'virtually' with Jason Molgaard, Co-Chair of the SNIA Computational Storage Technical Work Group, and Bill Martin, Co-Chair of the SNIA Technical Council and editor of the specifications, to get the details.
Both SNIA volunteer leaders stressed that they welcome ideas about the specifications and invite industry colleagues to join them in continuing to define computational storage standards. The two documents are working documents - continually being refined and enhanced. If you are not a SNIA member, you can submit public comments via the SNIA Feedback Portal..."
QLC flash memory is best for most read-intensive workloads, while TLC is suited to write-dominant workloads. Discover how QLC vs. TLC NAND are coexisting in the data center.
"IT professionals tend to see the march of technology as monotonic and progressive -- always moving in one direction toward greater improvement, however that's measured. The impression is generally valid: No one makes CRT TVs, rotary landline phones or cassette recorders anymore because there's no market for them, given the vastly superior replacement technologies..."
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