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IT in Europe - March 2012

Vendor consolidation is a fact of economic life. The bigger a company is, the more it can push economies of scale. The cloud is threatening to accelerate this consolidation significantly. IT and storage are not commodities today, but that may not always be the case. If the cloud takes off, processing and storage could become a service, delivered to the customer from giant remote processing and disk farms. It is surely only a matter of time before bandwidth and security are up to the task.   Access >>>

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    • Enterprise flash: Three implementation options for virtualisation by Manek Dubash

      Enterprise flash now comes in a variety of form factors aimed at speeding I/O beyond what’s possible with spinning disk in server and desktop virtualisation scenarios.

    • Determining the real cost of storage by Jeff Boles, Contributor

      Vendors tout dollars per gigabyte per I/O, but figuring out what a data storage system will really cost your company is a much more complicated process.

    • “Big data” conspiracy theories abound by Rich Castagna

      Could the latest and greatest buzzword in the storage biz be killing off some of the most useful storage technologies around?

    • Storage networking alternatives by Dennis Martin

      All the old standards -- FC, iSCSI and NAS -- are still going strong, but FCoE and virtualized I/O are waiting in the wings to help remake our storage networks.

    • Status report: Solid-state storage by Phil Goodwin, Contributor

      Solid-state storage has carved out a niche in the storage ecosystem, establishing itself as a viable alternative for high-performance applications.

    • Occupy Storage! by Jon William Toigo

      Data storage technologies keep getting better, but storage vendors may just be up to their old tricks.

    • Cloud backup is ready for the enterprise by Jacob Gsoedl, Contributor

      Cloud backup services have seen increased adoption by SMBs, but with a choice of methods and tighter controls, cloud backup is now also a viable enterprise alternative.

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