Essential Guide

The evolution of data center storage architecture

Changes in the data center storage architecture are at the forefront of how IT infrastructure evolves to tackle emerging workloads and handle new applications.


Big data and other new applications push forward advances in data center storage architecture, from hyper-converged infrastructure and server-side storage to data-awareness built into arrays.

This guide explores which technologies move storage in the data center forward, the ways in which storage is evolving, and how these evolutions affect enterprises.

1HCI pushes storage changes-

The converged and hyper-converged effect on storage

Converged and hyper-converged infrastructure needs have pushed the limits of data center storage architecture. Find out how it advanced.


SAN might not be what you need

Hyper-convergence cuts the traditional costs and required skills associated with storage and compute. So if you've always used a storage-area network, it's time to reevaluate. Continue Reading


The ins and outs of storage in a converged architecture

Storage I/O access should increase with converged infrastructure, but issues can arise. Consider creating a dedicated storage tier and a converged storage tier if predictable performance is a concern. Continue Reading


The storage benefits -- and quandary -- of HCI

The ease with which you can scale-out hyper-converged systems means increasing storage capacity is a breeze. But the fact that you add nodes rather than slotting in disks to expand storage does produce some downsides. Continue Reading


VCE pivots to become EMC's converged division

The once joint venture turned partially independent company VCE will now become the EMC Federation's Converged Platform Division , offering products like Vxblock. Continue Reading


The Twitterverse discusses their impressions of the Dell-EMC storage merger

Check out what analysts and IT pros think about the combination of Dell, EMC and VMware in a proposed blockbuster deal spanning many areas of a data center storage architecture. Continue Reading


Data center storage architecture terms

Don't let data center storage terminology trip you up. Reference these definitions to glean a better understanding of data center storage architecture.

3Storage becomes self-aware-

Make storage data-aware for intelligent Ops

Data-aware storage replaces regular storage arrays to manage and organize data automatically and efficiently. This awareness aids performance for the IT team, as well as for the business end users that rely on stored information.


Out with the old, in with the new

With companies looking to do more with the data they collect, data-aware storage provides them with insight into their data with minimal effort. Continue Reading


Businesses benefit from data-aware storage

Data-aware storage is an IT decision regarding vendors, storage management and data center storage architecture. The technology then helps companies make decisions, by turning data into business intelligence. Continue Reading


Data-aware storage provide IT pros with insightful information

Better regulatory compliance, stronger security of business information and easier management are some of the benefits that data-aware storage promises. Continue Reading


On-site storage arrays gain major IQ points

Companies considering switching to cloud storage may find the features of data-aware storage reason enough to keep them grounded. Continue Reading


Data-aware storage vendor spreads support to Hyper-V

In addition to supporting Microsoft Hyper-V, DataGravity added new file location monitoring, as well as security and support features. Continue Reading

4What's replacing OG storage?-

SSDs, object storage and increased flash resiliency

Innovations in storage pushed the technology to new standards for reliability, cost and speed. What type of storage, how much to buy and from whom, and how it changes your current data center storage architecture are all questions tackled below.


HDD become obsolete in 2016

The reasons for not migrating over to SSDs are tiny compared to the large lists of benefits, according to one expert in the field. Continue Reading


Server-side flash puts storage even closer to the app

Quell the "slow" complaints about more demanding applications with server-side flash, rather than an app rewrite. Continue Reading


Object storage, SSDs push out traditional data center storage

IT pros must change who, where and what they invest in when it comes to data center storage, as new technologies and advancements alter the decades-old landscape. Continue Reading


Increase data protection with object storage

Object storage provides a variety of data protection features, such as erasure coding to multicopy mirroring, which increases its value to businesses. Continue Reading


How to choose the best flash storage for your data center

While all-flash data centers are still far in the future for most enterprises, server-side and array-based flash storage allow you to deploy speedy storage at a variety of price and performance points today. Continue Reading

5Big data and IoT-

A shakeup in storage architectures for big data, IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) and big data are already changing data center storage architectures to match their demands. See how varied and rapidly growing data sets influence data center and cloud storage choices.


Which storage architecture best suits big data?

High throughput, scaling and I/O balancing mechanisms are key features for big data storage architectures to perform at their best. Continue Reading


Talena ActiveRx analyzes big data use

The new storage software in Talena Big Data Availability Management software, ActiveRx, adds predictable intelligence analysis on backup storage to predict application use. Continue Reading


Make sure the data center has room for IoT

IoT produces a constant stream of data that places a strain on the data center storage architecture's capacity. How will it evolve to ease the pain? Continue Reading


The importance of SSDs for big data analytics

While SSDs can speed up analytics, this type of storage should only be used in specific big -data processing environments to see measurable returns on the investment. Continue Reading


Everyone wants a piece of big data

Legacy, as a service and multiple cloud vendors are all building infrastructure products to support big data. But who leads the pack? Continue Reading