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ALSO CALLED: Hard Drives, HDD
DEFINITION: In a personal computer, a hard disk drive (HDD) is the mechanism that controls the positioning, reading, and writing of the hard disk, which furnishes the largest amount of data storage for the PC. Although the hard disk drive (often shortened to "hard drive") and the hard disk are not the same thing, they are packaged as a unit and so either term is sometimes used to refer to the whole unit.
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SSDs vs. HDDs – How Do They Compare?
sponsored by SanDisk Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Free infographic shows how SSDs provide better performance, reliability, power usage and savings when compared to HDDs.
Posted: 07 May 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

SanDisk Corporation

SanDisk Case Study: SSD Upgrade Initiative
sponsored by SanDisk Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Free white paper on how SanDisk replaced the HDDs in 4,600 of their employee laptops with SSDs.
Posted: 07 May 2015 | Published: 07 May 2015

SanDisk Corporation

Toshiba Storage: The Big Fight
sponsored by Toshiba
WHITE PAPER: Watch this video to learn why lackluster storage performance can spell disaster for your team and discover what you can do to knock out storage performance problems.
Posted: 08 Apr 2015 | Published: 06 Feb 2014

Toshiba

Supporting 24x7 Operations with Enterprise HDD
sponsored by Toshiba
WHITE PAPER: This white paper closely examines several classes of enterprise HDDs that support a range of IT management needs.
Posted: 07 Apr 2015 | Published: 07 Apr 2015

Toshiba

ESG: Economics of Flash Compared to Hard Disk
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to learn about the economic value of flash compared to hard disks, and decide for yourself if flash is worth the investment.
Posted: 17 Mar 2015 | Published: 28 Feb 2015

IBM

Busting Solid-State Storage Myths: Maximizing the Impact of Flash
sponsored by Dell, Inc. and Intel®
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to bust common solid state storage myths, and find out exactly how some companies are using flash to reach their data storage goals.
Posted: 12 Mar 2015 | Published: 31 Jul 2014

Dell, Inc. and Intel®

Gartner Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays
sponsored by HP and Intel® Xeon® processors
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to discover Gartner's report comparing vendor strengths and weaknesses in the general purpose disk array market.
Posted: 05 Mar 2015 | Published: 20 Nov 2014

HP and Intel® Xeon® processors

Flash Storage Tailored to Your Needs
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company
WHITE PAPER: This white paper examines a flash-optimized storage architecture that makes innovative use of flash-based storage technologies and provides storage managers a choice between all-flash arrays and solid-state disks tiered with spinning media.
Posted: 05 Feb 2015 | Published: 05 Feb 2015

Hewlett-Packard Company

Enterprise SAS SSDs - Bring the power of flash to your data center
sponsored by Dell, Inc. and SanDisk®
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to discover how solid-state drives offer an efficient way to replace traditional hard disk drives. Find out how two organizations are teaming up to offer a variety of enterprise flash storage and server solutions tuned to specific application workloads.
Posted: 22 Jan 2015 | Published: 22 Jan 2015

Dell, Inc. and SanDisk®

Red Hat JBoss Data Grid 6.2 Compared to Terracotta BigMemory Max 4.1
sponsored by Red Hat
WHITE PAPER: Read this white paper to compare two data caching solutions that use memory-based storage.
Posted: 30 Dec 2014 | Published: 30 Apr 2014

Red Hat

Guide: VMware virtual SAN deployment best practices
sponsored by Dell, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Access this guide that provides information to assist in the deployment of VMware virtual SAN, and get recommendations on supported configurations, best practices, and additional resources.
Posted: 27 Dec 2014 | Published: 27 Dec 2014

Dell, Inc.

Hybrid Array Leaves Competition in the Dust
sponsored by Dell, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This short resource examines a next-generation hybrid array storage system that integrates the power of SSD and SAN storage capabilities. Read on now to learn about the benefits this cutting-edge technology can provide.
Posted: 23 Dec 2014 | Published: 10 Dec 2013

Dell, Inc.

Analyst Report: Vendor of Choice for SSDs
sponsored by Dell, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: SSG recently surveyed 550 IT professionals about their SSD deployment plans. Learn why Dell leads SSD vendors and more.
Posted: 23 Dec 2014 | Published: 19 Nov 2013

Dell, Inc.

5 Critical Considerations for Enterprise Cloud Backup
sponsored by Druva Software
WHITE PAPER: Read this whitepaper for help in choosing the right cloud backup service. Listed are 5 key considerations to keep in mind when assessing providers.
Posted: 21 Nov 2014 | Published: 21 Nov 2014

Druva Software

Hybrid Approach Rewrites the Rules for Backup Storage
sponsored by Imation Corp.
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, discover an innovative hybrid technology that is combining the speed of SSDs with the capacity and economy of HDDs to bring affordable high-performance backup storage within reach of your budget.
Posted: 13 Oct 2014 | Published: 22 Aug 2014

Imation Corp.

Analyzing the Economic Value of Flash Storage Compared to Traditional Disk
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to learn about the economic value of flash compared to traditional hard disks.
Posted: 02 Apr 2015 | Published: 28 Feb 2015

IBM

IBM FlashSystem V840 Enterprise Performance Solution
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: This white paper explains the benefits of a solution that combines the unique capabilities of flash storage and software-defined storage. By combining the easy management of software-definied storage with the scalable performance of flash, organizations can easily meet their growing storage requirements.
Posted: 10 Jun 2014 | Published: 31 Mar 2014

IBM

Faster DB2 Performance with IBM FlashSystem
sponsored by CDW and IBM
WHITE PAPER: This IBM® Redbooks® Solution Guide provides an overview of IBM FlashSystem™ running in a DB2® environment with a focus on performance and the benefits gained from running DB2 with Flash storage.
Posted: 09 May 2014 | Published: 09 May 2014

CDW and IBM

Extreme Storage Performance Equals Extreme Business Value
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: This informative guide acknowledges the extreme performance that solid-state flash storage systems can deliver, and points out that flash scales further and faster than hard disk drives.
Posted: 22 Apr 2014 | Published: 22 Apr 2014

IBM

A Hybrid Storage Pitch in an All-Flash Landscape
sponsored by Nimble Storage
WHITE PAPER: With Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout (CASL) architecture as a key differentiator for this vendor's storage systems, read on to discover what else sets them apart from incumbent vendors that offer midrange and entry-level storage systems.
Posted: 22 Apr 2014 | Published: 31 Oct 2012

Nimble Storage

FlashSystem—Driving Productivity and Efficiency in the Healthcare Industry
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: This informative paper describes how IT pros in the healthcare industry are adopting solid state disks (SSDs) instead of legacy hard disk drive systems that cannot deliver "hot" files fast enough for demanding customers.
Posted: 21 Apr 2014 | Published: 30 Apr 2013

IBM

Answering the Call for Storage Performance in the Telecom Industry
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: This white paper presents a large vendor's storage system that allows your "hot" data to be served quickly – satisfying your customers with the best user experience while freeing up your processors for other value-added features to stay ahead of the competition.
Posted: 18 Apr 2014 | Published: 30 Apr 2013

IBM

Accelerating eCommerce with IBM FlashSystem
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: This white paper offers guidance to stay competitive in today's marketplace by reducing storage access latency and increasing performance for both read and write access while improving user response experience.
Posted: 18 Apr 2014 | Published: 30 Apr 2013

IBM

Top Five Reasons Why Customers Deploy a Flash 1st Strategy on EMC VMX Storage
sponsored by EMC & Arrow
WHITE PAPER: This brief guide gives the top 5 reasons why customers deploy a Flash 1st strategy on EMC VNX storage and explains the benefits of this innovative approach to storage.
Posted: 03 Apr 2014 | Published: 30 Sep 2013

EMC & Arrow

Unlocking the Power of Flash with the MCx- Enabled Next- Generation VNX
sponsored by EMC & Arrow
WHITE PAPER: This resource examines the reasons that organizations are moving from HDDs to higher-performance media and adopting MCx technology to manage the higher I/O intensity. It also examines the evolution of storage controllers, from traditional HDD controllers to "hybrid array"controllers capable of optimizing flash media and multi-core CPUs.
Posted: 02 Apr 2014 | Published: 30 Aug 2013

EMC & Arrow
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