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DEFINITION: Unified storage (sometimes termed network unified storage or NUS) is a storage system that makes it possible to run and manage files and applications from a single device. To this end, a unified storage system consolidates file-based and block-based access in a single storage platform and supports fibre channel SAN, IP-based SAN (iSCSI), and NAS (network attached storage). A unified storage system  … 
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The Details of How a Virtual SAN Functions
sponsored by VMware
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper for an in-depth, nuts and bolts explanation of exactly how a virtual SAN functions.
Posted: 23 Apr 2015 | Published: 31 Jul 2014

VMware

Test Results: Best Practices for a Virtual SAN
sponsored by VMware
WHITE PAPER: This white paper summarizes the results of a series of tests on one virtual SAN product. These results provide the basis for guidelines on optimal virtual SAN use.
Posted: 23 Apr 2015 | Published: 23 Apr 2015

VMware

How Software-Defined Storage is Redefining Storage Operations
sponsored by VMware
WHITE PAPER: This report looks at new technologies in software-defined storage and virtual SANs, and it discusses how they can solve the challenge of storage for virtualized environments.
Posted: 22 Apr 2015 | Published: 31 Jul 2014

VMware

Achieve the Promise of VDI with the Right Storage
sponsored by NetApp
WHITE PAPER: With input from virtualization expert Brian Madden, this quick visual guide can give suggestions for heading in the right VDI storage direction.
Posted: 22 Apr 2015 | Published: 22 Apr 2015

NetApp

Seven Reasons to Consider Virtual SAN
sponsored by VMware
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to get the scoop on virtual SAN, as well as 7 reasons why you should consider this technology. Read on to learn about how virtual SAN works seamlessly with VMs and provides a cost effective option for virtualized environments.
Posted: 21 Apr 2015 | Published: 21 Apr 2015

VMware

Case Study: Large University Finds a Storage Solution
sponsored by VMware
WHITE PAPER: In this case study, discover how a large university solved the storage challenges posed by a growing environment.
Posted: 21 Apr 2015 | Published: 31 Oct 2014

VMware

Case Study: IBC Bank Finds Virtual Storage Suited to Its VDI
sponsored by VMware
WHITE PAPER: In this case study, discover how a growing bank solved the storage challenges posed by a growing VDI environment.
Posted: 21 Apr 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

VMware

Lab Report: SIOS DataKeeper Replication for Windows Clusters With Intel Solid State Disk Storage
sponsored by SIOS Technology Corp
WHITE PAPER: Discover the difference in performance you can see in your SQL server with a Solid State Disk storage system vs. the newest in storage technology in this informative study. Read on to learn how your organization can maximize your SQL performance by switching up your storage system.
Posted: 17 Apr 2015 | Published: 17 Apr 2015

SIOS Technology Corp

Simplifying Storage Operations
sponsored by VMware
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, learn how and why software-defined storage and virtualized data centers have become so important to enterprise storage.
Posted: 17 Apr 2015 | Published: 17 Apr 2015

VMware

Enhance the IT Infrastructure of Your Remote Locations
sponsored by StorMagic, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This white paper discusses how you can address the infrastructure requirements of remote offices and branch offices.
Posted: 16 Apr 2015 | Published: 31 Jan 2015

StorMagic, Inc.

Solving Remote IT Challenges
sponsored by StorMagic, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This white paper examines the seven challenges presented by managing remote locations.
Posted: 16 Apr 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

StorMagic, Inc.

Industry Insight: IT in the Retail Store
sponsored by StorMagic, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This analysis lays out the challenges of retail store IT and suggestions for how to meet those challenges and enhance your retail stores' productivity.
Posted: 15 Apr 2015 | Published: 15 Apr 2015

StorMagic, Inc.

Lab Results: How This Virtual SAN Measures Up
sponsored by StorMagic, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This white paper presents test results for one cost-effective virtual storage solution designed for distributed enterprises.
Posted: 15 Apr 2015 | Published: 31 Aug 2014

StorMagic, Inc.

Centralized vs. Decentralized Storage: What's Right for You?
sponsored by StorMagic, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Advancements in cloud and data center consolidation have sparked a debate: is centralized or decentralized storage infrastructure better?
Posted: 15 Apr 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

StorMagic, Inc.

Discover how Customers are Taking a Radical Leap Forward with Flash
sponsored by Pure Storage
WHITE PAPER: This white paper takes a look at three companies who have made a transition to all-flash arrays and demonstrate how leveraging flash-based storage technologies can help businesses make a radical leap forward.
Posted: 14 Apr 2015 | Published: 14 Apr 2015

Pure Storage

Use Software-Defined Storage to Separate Storage Application and Hardware
sponsored by Hedvig Inc
WHITE PAPER: This expert guide presents a clear, technical summary of what SDS is and what it can do for you.
Posted: 14 Apr 2015 | Published: 14 Apr 2015


A Guide To Web-Scale Storage Management
sponsored by Coho Data
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to learn about one web-scale storage system that helps companies manage their virtual data, as well as data in the cloud. Read on to find out how web-scale storage revolutionizes the way that storage is managed by supporting VMware and eliminating the need to configure LUNs.
Posted: 14 Apr 2015 | Published: 14 Apr 2015

Coho Data

Case Study: Leading U.S. Retail Chain Eliminates Downtime
sponsored by StorMagic, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: In this case study, find out how one of the world's largest retailers got rid of inefficient local SANs and turned instead to a virtual storage platform that eliminated downtime, cut costs and more
Posted: 13 Apr 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

StorMagic, Inc.

Top 10 Reasons to Use Unified Computing with VMware
sponsored by NTT Communications ICT Solutions and Hitachi Data Systems
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to discover the top 10 reasons why you should use a unified computing platform with VMware. Read on to discover how this pairing can improve performance in areas such as cloud deployment, system reliability, storage management, and more.
Posted: 13 Apr 2015 | Published: 13 Apr 2015

NTT Communications ICT Solutions and Hitachi Data Systems

Gartner Report: Recipe For The Flash Revolution
sponsored by Pure Storage
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper featuring expert analysts from Gartner and learn how to make the most of flash storage improvements with all-flash arrays.
Posted: 10 Apr 2015 | Published: 10 Apr 2015

Pure Storage

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

Software-defined Storage Redefined
sponsored by Hedvig Inc
WHITE PAPER: In this infographic, discover a software-defined storage solution that offers extensive hardware independence, unlimited scalability, and cloud flexibility.
Posted: 06 Apr 2015 | Published: 31 Mar 2015


Advancements in Enterprise Flash Storage Technology
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, you'll learn about a new solution to cost-effective flash storage.
Posted: 03 Apr 2015 | Published: 03 Apr 2015

IBM

Enterprise Storage at the Speed of Flash
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper now to discover the all-flash enterprise storage solution that you've been waiting for.
Posted: 03 Apr 2015 | Published: 03 Apr 2015

IBM
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STORAGE MANAGEMENT DEFINITION (continued): …  simultaneously enables storage of file data and handles the block-based I/O (input/output) of enterprise applications. In actual practice, unified storage is often implemented in a NAS platform that is modified to add block-mode support. For example, Reldata Inc offers the SANnet universal IP storage system and Network Appliance Inc. offers a unified storage architecture. Numerous other products based on Microsoft's WUDSS (Windows Unified Data Storage Server) have been configured to support both block and file I/O.One advantage of unified storage is reduced hardware requirements. Instead of separate … 
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