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Going hyper

Stephen Chew of Curvature explains how to embrace Hyperconverged Infrastructure - on a budget

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Beyond disasters: doing more with DR

Geographic redundancy and replicating critical workloads can keep businesses up and running during catastrophic events, but there are many more everyday use cases for DRaaS (Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service) that can drive additional value from the investment, argues Jason Clark, Enterprise Solutions Architect at iland

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Public perceptions

Conventional wisdom around public cloud is wrong, suggests Gary Watson, Founder and VP of Technical Engagement at Nexsan

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Acronis releases '15 year anniversary' backup product

Technology 'stopped more than 200,000 ransomware attacks on 150,000 customers' last year alone

Nexsan, Drobo snapped up

Newly formed storage solutions company StorCentric acquires both

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New 14TB HDD range from Seagate

For NAS, surveillance, desktop or hyperscale

Virtual Instruments partners with SANBlaze

To offer 'unprecedented insight into FC-NVMe workloads' for storage vendors and Enterprise IT alike

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Case study

Cold storage

Despite a notoriously inaccessible location, Unalaska's City School District is enjoying a nearly instantaneously recoverable storage infrastructure thanks to OneBlox from StorageCraft

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Storage Awards 2018 Winners

The Storage Awards 2018 Winners

A packed venue at the Tower Hotel saw the winners announced for the 2018 Storage Awards

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Welcome to the September edition of the Storage magazine eNewsletter, which includes a thought-provoking piece on the benefits of a hyperconverged infrastructure, described as ‘allowing innovation but with old hardware’. Curvature’s Stephen Chew describes seeing customers evolve their three-tier architecture (server, SAN, and storage) into a two-tier hyperconverged (server/storage) environment while using existing network infrastructure for connectivity. In short, legacy systems are being leveraged as building blocks for today's environments.

The hyperconverged approach eliminates the need for siloed operations and puts greater focus on a consolidated infrastructure, reducing reliance on precious real estate while consuming less power. It also, argues Chew, opens up the possibilities of software-defined storage: “Software-defined storage has been proven to be much more efficient than native hardware storage, and it reduces the number of hardware storage units you need to maintain and replace. Also, as a virtual computing platform, hyperconvergence gives you continued access to your data in the event of a malfunction or disaster, and it provides the necessary redundancies for data protection, backup, and recovery.”

As an alternative to ‘rip and replace’, this approach has a lot going for it - we expect to see this topic covered more in our pages.

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

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