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Watching brief

We live an increasingly surveillance-heavy society, which brings with it challenges to storage technology providers, explains Nick Spittle, General Manager, Storage Products Division at Toshiba Electronics Europe

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Three easy pieces

Hybrid cloud, OpenStack and Open Source Storage are three essential jigsaw pieces for the enterprise of the future, argues Jason Phippen, Head of Global Product Marketing at SUSE

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Bringing the enterprise up to speed

The Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) specification signifies a new age of SSD technology that exposes flash as memory, and unleashes non-volatile memory performance - delivering data faster to meet the needs of enterprise and client applications, says Scott Harlin, Director of Marketing Communications at OCZ Storage Solutions

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Product review

StorMagic SvSAN 5.2

Software defined storage is the way forward for enterprises that will not tolerate any downtime for their business critical applications

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Scale up to an iglu

New systems 'uniquely adapt between SAN and software-defined storage requirements'

Panasas takes scale-out NAS to the next level

ActiveStor 18 delivers increased density, performance and scalability

Nimble step it up

A single platform for "optimising Enterprise-wide applications, lowering costs, increasing IT productivity, enabling seamless growth and minimizing risk"

Seagate further into bed with Big Blue

IBM Spectrum Scale to integrate with ClusterStor HPC storage for new appliance

Case studies

Freed up for flexible working

A hosted desktop solution has meant the freedom to work flexibly for Chase Solutions\' field staff, combined with secure and manageable IT systems

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Storage Awards 2015

Storage Awards 2015

This year's awards ceremony in London on June 18th was our biggest and best yet, with hundreds of the industry's movers and shakers in attendance. Voting numbers were up yet again, and over 30 winners celebrated into the night. We'll be focusing on some of the big winners in our next e-newsletter, but to see the full list of winners and runners-up right now, visit www.storage-awards.com


Welcome to our August 2015 e-newsletter.

For better or worse, we live these days in an increasingly surveillance-oriented society - the UK has more CCTV cameras per head of population than any other Western country. So it is not really any surprise that the capture, movement and archiving of all that video footage is becoming big business. This newsletter includes an interesting article from Toshiba's Nick Spittle about the challenges that this particular environment can bring. As Nick explains: "With historical surveillance footage becoming increasingly important due to legislation, data is being stored for longer and longer. In combination with the increasing quality of video being collected, storage of surveillance data is becoming a real challenge."

As with most real world applications, there is no one simple solution that will work best for all types of user situation - SSD, HDD, RAID, and even cloud-based systems all have their place. But as so often happens, it may be that simple economics plays a bigger part than technology capabilities. In an era of ongoing austerity, councils are increasingly simply switching off their CCTV systems, or no longer employing staff to monitor the cameras. It may well be that there will have to be a high-profile PR disaster for buyers to realise that this is not a technology that can be simply left to rot. Let us hope that common sense prevails over economic drivers.

David Tyler, Editor david.tyler@btc.co.uk

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