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Hybrid to the rescue for SME sector

Hybrid cloud architecture has been a while maturing, but now offers businesses unparalleled flexibility, ROI and scalability. Andrew Stuart, MD for EMEA at Datto, argues that the smaller the business, the more vital these traits are - making hybrid cloud the number one choice for SMEs in 2016

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Things ain't what they used to be

Gerard Marlow, general manager at specialist distributor Hammer, describes how the Internet of Things will lead to data volumes soaring

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New high density storage solution from Nexsan

Performance more than doubled for read and write

Storpool partners with Vesper

Expanding European channel

Research and development

Quantum delivers petascale storage for research bodies

Throw out the old tapes

Solid state replacement for end-of-life drives

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Case studies

Big data takes flight

A private cloud-based big data solution is helping Gulf Air understand how passengers feel about its products and services, as well as enhancing customer loyalty by delivering offers and promotions

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Class act

Outwood Grange Academies Trust has cut its backup window by 98%, reduced stored data volumes by 65% and saved 70% in licence costs

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Storage Awards 2016

Our thirteenth awards ceremony in June was a resounding success yet again, reflecting the ongoing recognition of the value of the awards right across the industry. Click here to see the full list of winners


Welcome to our October 2016 e-newsletter.

This issue of the Storage magazine e-Newsletter includes a thought-provoking piece from Hammer's Gerard Marlow which looks at the potential impact on IT infrastructure of the much-heralded Internet of Things. As UK energy providers continue to try to push consumers toward 'smart meters', we may be on the verge of one of the first properly visibly deployments of IoT, as every home becomes a hub of energy usage data feeding into central analytics systems and helping to manage demand and pricing.

Elsewhere the driverless car is an idea that is moving rapidly from 'sci-fi pipedream' to 'probably going to happen sooner rather than later' - which will mean smart cities managing traffic. All of these innovations will of course generate unimaginable volumes of new data. Cisco has already predicted that data created by devices that make up the Internet of Things will reach 507.5 Zettabytes per year by 2019. Marlow's article quotes a Verizon report from earlier in the year: "IoT encompasses almost everything that's digitally connected on the planet. Whether it's sensors in soil to monitor moisture, cameras at road intersections to monitor traffic, or flow meters in a pipe to monitor oil distribution, they are all generating data."

All of which could add up to the biggest shakeup that storage industry has seen in a very long time - we live in interesting times!

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

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