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The power of three

Growing businesses need to adopt three good habits: caching, tiering and automatically tuning their storage, argues Joe Disher, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Overland Storage

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Forward thinking

With the New Year already fading in our memories, Storage magazine asks a selection of industry leaders what they think 2014 will bring to the sector and to the wider IT marketplace

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Simple affordable storage for SMBs

HP aims to accelerate sales in the entry-level segment

Toshiba Announces 5TB High-Capacity Nearline Enterprise HDDs

Industry's first enterprise capacity drives to feature Persistent Write Cache technology

Simplified Hybrid Cloud backup from WD

New WD Arkeia 10.2 network backup software reclaims orphaned deduplication blocks incrementally without need for dedicated maintenance windows

The 'internet of things' gets served

New Everyware Server connects devices to enterprise applications

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In it for the long term

The data storage market isn't set to slow down any time soon, argues Steve Mackey, VP EMEA at Spectra Logic

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Product review:

GFI MAX Backup

The growth in cloud backup solutions is now exponential but GFI MAX Backup puts a new spin on this technology

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Case study

Hybrid flash arrays take off with Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus, Ireland's national airline, has solved its storage problems by implementing flash driven storage arrays

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Keeping one eye on the future

Even Oscar winners need tools to cope with the rapid transition from film to digital. In the case of leading post-production studio Framestore, that meant improving digital workflow and automating data management, increasing efficiency by as much as 60 percent

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Storage Awards 2013

Storage - Tape Based Product of the Year 2013

WINNER: Quantum - Scalar i6000

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Storage - Disk Based Product of the Year 2013: Small/Mid-range

WINNER: IBM - FlashSystem Family

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This issue of the Storage magazine newsletter includes an article from our last print edition that has been stoking arguments in boardrooms and bars alike ever since it was published - our annual roundup of predictions from industry leaders and commentators.

This year's crystal ball gazing was more controversial than ever, including thinly veiled criticism of the industry itself from more than one contributor. As Gavin McLaughlin of X-IO commented: "2014 will be the year that businesses stand up to the storage industry and demand fairness from storage vendors. There are a lot of common misconceptions in the industry, ranging from the statement that 'hardware only lasts 3 years' to 'it's normal for a system to slow down once capacity fills up'. Businesses need to stop being made to replace their storage every three years."

Tarkan Maner of Nexenta echoes the view that "the storage industry has been in hock to the big vendors for too long", adding that this year, "Software-defined Storage will shake up the market. Software-defined storage is the commoditisation of storage and will separate the software function from hardware and give service providers a less expensive alternative to take to customers."

Let us know what you think, we'd love to hear your views for future issues.

David Tyler, Editor

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