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Strong all-flash sales and a new niche acquisition highlighted the NetApp earnings call this week. The vendor on Wednesday reported net revenue of $1.33 billion, up 2% year over year and above the ...

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  • nearline storage

    Nearline storage is the on-site storage of data on removable media.

  • application-aware storage

    Application-aware storage is a storage system with built-in intelligence about relevant applications and their utilization patterns.

  • Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA)

    Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) is a technology that allows computers in a network to exchange data in main memory without involving the processor, cache or OS.

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Cloud storage

The cloud storage topics page provides news articles, tips, tutorials, guides, special reports and podcasts for data storage professionals looking for cloud storage best practices. Get advice on cloud storage services, cloud computing in a storage environment, cloud archive, hybrid cloud storage, cloud backup, private cloud storage, public cloud storage, cloud DR and more.

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Data Backup

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  • cold backup (offline backup)

    Cold backups are ideal for disaster recovery because they protect important data. But the process requires downtime, so it should be conducted during quiet periods.

  • backup storage device

    A data storage device for backup makes copies of data actively in use. Should the storage medium fail, the original data is recovered from copies on the backup hardware.

  • tape backup

    Tape can help fix an unstructured data backup issue and is a good archiving medium. Explore tape's strengths and weaknesses, plus important tips for protecting tape backups.

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Data Protection

Storage professionals now have the responsibility of keeping corporate data safe through disaster recovery planning, remote data protection and other security measures. News and resources on data protection can be found here.

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  • business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR)

    Business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) are closely related practices that describe an organization's preparation for unforeseen risks to continued operations.

  • data restore

    Data restore is the process of copying backup data from secondary storage and restoring it to its original location or a new location.

  • online data backup (remote data backup)

    Online data backup (remote data backup) is a method of off-site storage in which data is regularly backed up over a network on a remote server, typically hosted by a provider.

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Data storage management

Data management consists of an array of technologies and practices. They include tiered storage, data deduplication, data retention policies, storage virtualization and copy data management. All of these technologies require the right data storage management tools to implement. Find the latest news and resources for data storage management on this topic page.

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  • nearline storage

    Nearline storage is the on-site storage of data on removable media.

  • application-aware storage

    Application-aware storage is a storage system with built-in intelligence about relevant applications and their utilization patterns.

  • software-defined storage (SDS)

    Software-defined storage (SDS) is a computer program that manages data storage resources and functionality and has no dependencies on the underlying physical storage hardware.

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NAS (network attached storage)

Find information on network attached storage (NAS) clusters, NAS hardware or appliances, NAS management and NAS virtualization.

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  • unified storage (multiprotocol storage)

    Unified storage -- sometimes called network unified storage or multiprotocol storage -- is a storage system that runs and manages files and applications from a single device.

  • ZFS

    ZFS is a local file system and logical volume manager created by Sun Microsystems to control the placement, storage and retrieval of data in enterprise computing systems.

  • CIFS (Common Internet File System)

    CIFS (Common Internet File System) is a protocol that gained popularity around the year 2000, as vendors worked to establish an Internet Protocol-based file-sharing protocol.

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Object storage

Object-based storage is an alternative to file storage for unstructured data. Object technology contains extended metadata. Each object has a unique identifier that lets a server retrieve it from any physical location. Object storage use cases include cloud storage, photos, video, audio and large image files. Object storage systems can be software-only or hardware based.

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  • object storage

    Object storage, also called object-based storage, is an approach to addressing and manipulating units of storage called objects, in which files and metadata are combined.

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Primary Storage or Storage Hardware

Primary storage refers to storage that is in active use, in contrast to storage used for backup purposes. Find resources about primary storage and storage hardware, including RAID arrays and storage arrays, on this topic page.

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  • 3D XPoint

    3D XPoint is memory storage technology jointly developed by Intel and Micron Technology Inc.

  • non-volatile memory (NVM)

    Non-volatile memory (NVMe) is a semiconductor technology that does not require a continuous power supply to retain the data or program code stored in a computing device.

  • hybrid hard drive (HHD)

    A hybrid hard drive (HHD), sometimes known as a solid-state hybrid drive (SSHD), is a mass storage device that combines a conventional hard disk drive and a NAND flash module.

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SAN (storage area network)

SAN (storage area network) technologies cover Fibre Channel, iSCSI, SAN planning, switches, SAN routing and partitioning, SAN protocols, HBAs and RAID configuration. Find the latest news and resources within this topics page

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  • software-defined storage (SDS)

    Software-defined storage (SDS) is a computer program that manages data storage resources and functionality and has no dependencies on the underlying physical storage hardware.

  • unified storage (multiprotocol storage)

    Unified storage -- sometimes called network unified storage or multiprotocol storage -- is a storage system that runs and manages files and applications from a single device.

  • RAID (redundant array of independent disks)

    RAID (redundant array of independent disks) is a way of storing the same data in different places on multiple hard disks to protect data in the case of a drive failure.

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Storage and Virtualization

The Storage and Virtualization topics page provides news articles, tips, tutorials, guides, special reports and podcasts for data storage professionals who manage storage hardware and other storage resources in their company's data center. Look here for guidance and advice on storage and virtualization topics such as SAN virtualization, SAN storage consolidation, file virtualization, NAS virtualization, data storage solutions for a virtual environment, virtualization strategy, storage network virtualization and other technologies.

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  • I/O virtualization (IOV)

    I/O virtualization (IOV), or input/output virtualization, is technology that uses software to abstract upper-layer protocols from physical connections or physical transports.

  • thick provisioning

    Thick provisioning pre-allocates storage capacity on a disk rather than on an as-needed basis.

  • storage pools

    Storage pools are capacity aggregated from disparate physical storage resources in a shared storage environment.

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Storage market research reports

Storage market research helps any technology professional make educated decisions about which storage technologies to select. Find the latest news and reports in this topic section about the data storage market, including enterprise storage and cloud storage leaders, trends and analysis. The news section tracks product technology comparisons and market share reports.

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Storage Strategy

Storage strategies for the data center, outsourcing storage, small business storage, jobs and salaries, and storage vendors are all topics that you'll find covered in this section.

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  • open source storage

    Open source storage is data storage software developed in a public, collaborative manner that permits the free use, distribution and modification of the source code.

  • ZFS

    ZFS is a local file system and logical volume manager created by Sun Microsystems to control the placement, storage and retrieval of data in enterprise computing systems.

  • yottabyte (YB)

    A yottabyte is a measure of theoretical storage capacity and is 2 to the 80th power bytes, or, in decimal, approximately 1,000 zettabytes, a trillion terabytes or a million trillion megabytes.

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Storage vendors

This topics page collects the latest information on storage vendors and product information, including buying guides. It covers top enterprise storage vendors, data storage vendors, and cloud storage and online storage providers, and tracks mergers and acquisitions, executive shuffles and funding information. The news section tracks leading storage vendors and startups.

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  • Zadara VPSA and ZIOS

    Zadara Storage provides block, file or object storage with varying levels of compute and capacity through its ZIOS and VPSA platforms.

  • Dell EMC World

    Dell EMC World is an annual event for Dell EMC customers that showcases new and emerging technologies in the virtualization, cloud and data storage market.

  • Caringo Swarm

    Swarm is software designed to store unstructured data on an object storage platform. Unique indentifiers allow objects to be tracked using the search function.

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  • pure risk (absolute risk)

    Pure risk, also called absolute risk, is a category of threat that is beyond human control and has only one possible outcome if ...

  • risk assessment

    Risk assessment is the identification of hazards that could negatively impact an organization's ability to conduct business.

  • audit program (audit plan)

    An audit program, also called an audit plan, is an action plan that documents what procedures an auditor will follow to validate ...

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  • business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR)

    Business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) are closely related practices that describe an organization's preparation for ...

  • business continuity plan (BCP)

    A business continuity plan (BCP) is a document that consists of the critical information an organization needs to continue ...

  • call tree

    A call tree -- sometimes referred to as a phone tree -- is a telecommunications chain for notifying specific individuals of an ...

SearchStorage

  • nearline storage

    Nearline storage is the on-site storage of data on removable media.

  • application-aware storage

    Application-aware storage is a storage system with built-in intelligence about relevant applications and their utilization ...

  • Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA)

    Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) is a technology that allows computers in a network to exchange data in main memory without ...

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  • 3D XPoint

    3D XPoint is memory storage technology jointly developed by Intel and Micron Technology Inc.

  • RRAM or ReRAM (resistive RAM)

    RRAM or ReRAM (resistive random access memory) is a form of nonvolatile storage that operates by changing the resistance of a ...

  • JEDEC

    JEDEC is a global industry group that develops open standards for microelectronics.

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  • Google Cloud Storage

    Google Cloud Storage is an enterprise public cloud storage platform that can house large unstructured data sets.

  • RESTful API

    A RESTful application program interface breaks down a transaction to create a series of small modules, each of which addresses an...

  • cloud storage infrastructure

    Cloud storage infrastructure is the hardware and software framework that supports the computing requirements of a private or ...

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