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  • enterprise storage

    Enterprise storage is a centralized repository for business information that provides common data management, protection and data sharing functions through connections to computer systems.

  • disk array

    A disk array, also called a storage array, is a data storage system used for block-based storage, file-based storage or object storage.

  • optical storage

    Optical storage is any storage type in which data is written and read with a laser. Typically, data is written to optical media, such as compact discs (CDs) and DVDs.

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Application storage

Whether your organization is using enterprise databases, ERP systems, or productivity tools for Windows or Mac computers, you need to know how to best manage your application storage. Each application requires unique application storage services to run efficiently and give users the best experience.

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  • enterprise storage

    Enterprise storage is a centralized repository for business information that provides common data management, protection and data sharing functions through connections to computer systems.

  • storage at the edge

    Storage at the edge is the collective methods and technologies that capture and retain digital information at the periphery of the network, as close to the originating source as possible.

  • rack-scale flash

    Rack-scale flash is flash-only storage that uses a high-speed interface to connect the storage more directly to the CPU than with a traditional storage array.

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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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  • enterprise storage

    Enterprise storage is a centralized repository for business information that provides common data management, protection and data sharing functions through connections to computer systems.

  • NetApp

    NetApp, formerly Network Appliance Inc., is a company in the computer technologies industry specializing in data storage hardware and associated management software.

  • private cloud storage (internal cloud storage)

    Private cloud storage, also called internal cloud storage, is a service delivery model for storage within a large enterprise.

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Flash memory

This topics page includes the latest news, tips and tricks for flash memory topics. Learn about the many types of flash memory, including non-volatile memory, NAND and NOR flash, and the solid-state drives powered by NAND memory. Flash is increasingly becoming a fundamental part of enterprise storage. And keep up with new developments such as NVMe, Optane and 3D XPoint.

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  • NVRAM (non-volatile random-access memory)

    NVRAM (non-volatile random-access memory) refers to computer memory that can hold data even when power to the memory chips has been turned off.

  • Secure Digital card (SD card)

    SD cards use flash memory to provide nonvolatile storage. They are more rugged than traditional storage media and are used in more portable storage media.

  • SmartMedia card

    A SmartMedia card (originally called a solid-state floppy disk card, or SSFDC) is a memory card developed by Toshiba that uses flash memory to store data and to make it portable among devices, such as digital cameras, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and other handheld devices.

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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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  • Dell EMC Atmos

    Dell EMC Atmos is an object-based cloud storage platform that was released in November 2008 by EMC.

  • cloud storage service

    A cloud storage service is a business that maintains and manages its customers' data and makes that data accessible over a network, usually the internet.

  • cloud hosting

    Cloud hosting is the process of outsourcing an organization's computing and storage resources to a service provider that offers its infrastructure services in a utility model.

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Primary storage devices

Primary storage devices refer to storage hardware for data in active use, in contrast to storage used for backup purposes. They include SAN and NAS primary storage devices, non-volatile flash storage and other types of storage media. Find resources about primary storage and storage hardware, including RAID arrays and storage arrays, on this topic page.

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  • disk array

    A disk array, also called a storage array, is a data storage system used for block-based storage, file-based storage or object storage.

  • enterprise storage

    Enterprise storage is a centralized repository for business information that provides common data management, protection and data sharing functions through connections to computer systems.

  • optical storage

    Optical storage is any storage type in which data is written and read with a laser. Typically, data is written to optical media, such as compact discs (CDs) and DVDs.

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Software-defined storage

Software-defined storage is part of a larger software-defined data center trend. Software-defined architecture places an emphasis on services rather than the hardware. Software-defined storage can be used to virtualize x86 servers or other storage hardware, or manage multiple storage systems. It is a key piece of hyper-converged and other server-based storage architectures.

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  • enterprise storage

    Enterprise storage is a centralized repository for business information that provides common data management, protection and data sharing functions through connections to computer systems.

  • optical storage

    Optical storage is any storage type in which data is written and read with a laser. Typically, data is written to optical media, such as compact discs (CDs) and DVDs.

  • virtual memory

    Virtual memory is a memory management capability of an operating system (OS) that uses hardware and software to allow a computer to compensate for physical memory shortages by temporarily transferring data from random access memory (RAM) to disk storage.

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Solid-state storage

Solid-state storage is becoming common for SAN, NAS and even emerging systems such as hyper-converged infrastructure. Look for guidance and advice on solid-state storage topics such as solid-state drives (SSDs) and devices, SSD prices and performance, solid-state memory, flash memory, and emerging flash technologies such as NVMe, Optane and 3D XPoint.

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  • disk array

    A disk array, also called a storage array, is a data storage system used for block-based storage, file-based storage or object storage.

  • Pure Storage

    Pure Storage is a provider of enterprise data flash storage solutions designed to substitute for electromechanical disk arrays.

  • Flash Storage

    Flash storage is any type of drive, repository or system that uses flash memory to keep data for an extended period of time.

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Storage management and analytics

Find the latest news and buying advice about storage management and analytics on this topics page. Storage data analytics collects metrics and data logs for predictive analysis. Modern analytics applications are often SaaS-based and can be understood and used without the expertise required to use comprehensive third-party storage resource management tools.

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  • enterprise storage

    Enterprise storage is a centralized repository for business information that provides common data management, protection and data sharing functions through connections to computer systems.

  • backup

    Backup refers to the copying of physical or virtual files or databases to a secondary location for preservation in case of equipment failure or catastrophe.

  • exbibyte (EiB)

    An exbibyte (EiB) is a unit used to measure data capacity.

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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 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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  • Pure Storage

    Pure Storage is a provider of enterprise data flash storage solutions designed to substitute for electromechanical disk arrays.

  • Actifio

    Actifio is a software vendor in Waltham, Mass., that specializes in copy data management (CDM).

  • LTO (Linear Tape-Open) tape

    LTO (Linear Tape-Open) tape is an open-format tape storage technology created by Hewlett-Packard (HP), International Business Machines (IBM) and Seagate Technology.

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    Virtual disaster recovery is a type of DR that typically involves replication and allows a user to fail over to virtualized ...

  • tabletop exercise (TTX)

    A tabletop exercise (TTX) is a disaster preparedness activity that takes participants through the process of dealing with a ...

  • risk mitigation

    Risk mitigation is a strategy to prepare for and lessen the effects of threats faced by a data center.

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  • disk array

    A disk array, also called a storage array, is a data storage system used for block-based storage, file-based storage or object ...

  • enterprise storage

    Enterprise storage is a centralized repository for business information that provides common data management, protection and data...

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    Optical storage is any storage type in which data is written and read with a laser. Typically, data is written to optical media, ...

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