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Rethink your approach to data management

The challenges of Big Data and digital business could be best addressed by a Data-as-a-Service approach, suggests Andrew Griffiths of Q Associates

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Think tank

Storage magazine editor David Tyler discussed object store 'tanks', speedbumps and band-aids with Hitachi Data Systems' Technology Sales Director, Steve Lewis, at the company's recent Information Forum event in London

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Viva las VVols

The launch of VMware's vSphere 6 early in 2015 - complete with support for Virtual Volumes (VVols) - was heralded as a game changer for storage management. Six months down the line, Ibby Rahmani of DataCore Software discusses the true impact of VVols and suggests some short cuts to enablement

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NAS and easy does it

New Synology offering ideal for high quality video transcoding

HDS passes the test

Enterprise-class solution at University of Strathclyde

BT TV delivers with NetApp

For seamless live streaming and video on-demand

10TB helium HDD from Seagate

Merging high capacity with the industry’s lowest power and weight

Case studies

Ready for future growth

Employee and customer engagement specialist Grass Roots reached out to HGST and VMware in order to create a high-performance and high-capacity infrastructure that can support its rapidly growing business

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Flash helps students get back up to speed

Barnsley College needed to update its IT storage infrastructure to meet increasing demand from its thousands of users while reducing access and backup times

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Storage Awards 2015

Our 2015 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.

Solution of the Year 2015

WINNER: Arcserve, CMS Distribution and NCE Group for the Open University - MK:Smart Data Protection Project

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Archiving & Compliance

WINNER: Nexsan by Imation
RUNNER UP: Commvault

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Welcome to our February 2016 e-newsletter.

A recently released report from WD into storage purchasing trends suggests that reliability has become the key factor in buying decisions, rather than cost. When given a choice among five criteria, 39% of IT decision makers surveyed cite reliability as the most important factor in purchasing data storage, compared to only 25% that cite cost.

It may be that there is a larger shift occurring that is driving this change in perceptions. A huge majority of respondents (over 80%) said that the Internet of Things, big data and mobility are driving a need to change their data centres. Those surveyed also recognise that access to cold data is critical. Their plans for infrastructure investments demonstrate that traditional "store it and forget it" data archiving/cold storage solutions like tape are no longer sufficient for extracting the value of data, as more than half are not storing all the data they need to process and analyse.

Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised, then, to see cost becoming less of a concern when compared to the ability of a solution to reliably serve a business toward its long term aims? This is a topic I’m sure we will return to in the future, so feel free to share your own views via the email address below.

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

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