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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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16 Questions to Consider When Buying Flash Storage
sponsored by Prosys- HPE
WHITE PAPER: What questions should you really be asking to ensure you make the right flash buying decision down the road? Here are 16 questions to consider when buying flash storage. Download now to learn what it takes to make the right buying decision the first time around.
Posted: 13 Jan 2017 | Published: 13 Jan 2017

Prosys- HPE

Flash Revelations From 1,000 Storage Users: Workload Performance and Adoption Sentiment
sponsored by Prosys- HPE
WHITE PAPER: Discover how 1,000 expert storage users responded to the question, "What surprises have you experienced since you started deploying flash storage in your organization?" and assess how well flash pairs with VDI, big data, Microsoft SQL Server, and more.
Posted: 13 Jan 2017 | Published: 30 Apr 2016

Prosys- HPE

Your Guide to Investing in the Right Flash Storage Solution
sponsored by Prosys- HPE
WHITE PAPER: If you're like your peers, then flash storage is more than just on your radar. How can you spend less time worrying about which flash storage option is right for you and spend more time reaping the benefits? Download this informative buyer's guide to find out.
Posted: 13 Jan 2017 | Published: 31 Dec 2015

Prosys- HPE

Your First HCI Deployment: A Step-By-Step Guide
sponsored by VMware
WHITE PAPER: Learn how to deploy hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) on Virtual SAN, as this essential resource guides you step-by-step through the pre-, mid-, and post-deployment processes. Read on to discover how to custom-tailor performance based on individual VMs with 7-step deployment instruction.
Posted: 30 Dec 2016 | Published: 30 Dec 2016

VMware

Journey to the Private Cloud: Replacing Roadblocks with Building Blocks
sponsored by VMware
WHITE PAPER: Discover how hyper-converged infrastructure facilitates a smoother path to private cloud—as well as to the software-defined data center. Read on to solve the challenges private cloud presents by utilizing HCI's fine-grain scalability, policy-driven automation, and more.
Posted: 28 Dec 2016 | Published: 28 Dec 2016

VMware

Reinvent Your Hardware Refresh Cycle with HCI
sponsored by VMware
WHITE PAPER: Because today's landscape of diverse apps and platforms requires a heightened need for speed and security, siloed storage systems just don't cut it. Download this resource to rejuvenate your refresh cycle with hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) that seamlessly supports an always-on virtualized environment.
Posted: 28 Dec 2016 | Published: 28 Dec 2016

VMware

Journey to the Cloud: Get There Faster with Hyper-Converged Infrastructure
sponsored by VMware
WHITE PAPER: Discover how to simplify cloud deployment with hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) built on virtual SAN. Read on to learn why HCI and cloud are fundamental building blocks for the software-defined data center, as well as how to achieve private cloud benefits with the high performance HCI offers.
Posted: 27 Dec 2016 | Published: 27 Dec 2016

VMware

Secure Cloud Storage (Infographic)
sponsored by Iron Mountain
WHITE PAPER: Cloud storage is an essential part of IT strategy for infrastructure, apps and enterprise data. To use cloud storage in the most efficient way, it's crucial that organizations be well informed about its current state. Quickly catch up on topics such as provider requirements, key drivers and challenges of cloud storage and more in this infographic.
Posted: 23 Dec 2016 | Published: 23 Dec 2016

Iron Mountain

10 Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Myths-Busted
sponsored by VMware
WHITE PAPER: Discover a software-defined approach to HCI. You'll learn what to look for in an optimal HCI solution—as well as what to avoid. Read on to cut past the HCI hype to build a software-defined environment by debunking the top 10 hyper-converged myths outlined here.
Posted: 23 Dec 2016 | Published: 23 Dec 2016

VMware

Taneja: The Role of Storage for Today's Mid-Sized Workloads
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: Storage virtualization's high-performance and affordability is the best at meeting mid-size and enterprise needs. In this paper, find out the top 6 requirements for mid-size storage and learn how effective one storage virtualization solution is at tackling mid-sized workload requirements.
Posted: 16 Dec 2016 | Published: 30 Jun 2016

IBM

Optimize Resources With Software-Defined Storage
sponsored by IBM FD
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, 200 IT professionals were surveyed to garner insight into the ever-increasing data storage burdens. Access now to learn three key findings from the survey, how the modern storage environment can benefit from SDS and six recommendations to address these storage challenges.
Posted: 15 Dec 2016 | Published: 31 Jul 2015

IBM FD

Simplify Storage Scaling with IBM Hyper-Scale
sponsored by IBM FD
WHITE PAPER: With data and our reliance upon it growing at an astronomical rate, we need an easier way to scale our storage. Looking at modern storage challenges, this white paper also introduces a family of high-end storage systems with a blend of powerful capabilities. Read on to see what sets it apart from traditional storage solutions.
Posted: 15 Dec 2016 | Published: 30 Nov 2015

IBM FD

Moving to the Cloud? Then It’s Time to Consider Software-Defined Storage
sponsored by IBM FD
WHITE PAPER: Building the right storage infrastructure is critical for successful cloud deployment but newer cloud models demand new approaches and require better capacity, performance and resilience. In this white paper, learn how software-defined storage can overcome storage challenges and improve cloud deployment success.
Posted: 15 Dec 2016 | Published: 30 Jun 2015

IBM FD

Top Five Things to Look for in Software-Defined Storage (SDS)
sponsored by IBM FD
WHITE PAPER: Software defined storage (SDS) offers a balance between modernizing data storage systems and keeping costs under control while also overcoming storage infrastructure challenges. Find the best SDS provider by discovering the top five SDS must-haves described in this white paper.
Posted: 14 Dec 2016 | Published: 30 Jun 2015

IBM FD

Advanced Software Defined Storage for Enterprise-Class Business Continuity
sponsored by IBM FD
WHITE PAPER: Data mirroring is an effective way of backing up data to avoid disastrous business outcomes due to disruptions such as equipment failure and natural disasters. This white paper delves into the benefits of data mirroring as well as how to measure the impact of data unavailability. Access now and discover four key requirements of data mirroring.
Posted: 14 Dec 2016 | Published: 27 Feb 2015

IBM FD

IBM Spectrum Accelerate: An Agile Software Defined Storage Solution for Enterprise and Cloud
sponsored by IBM FD
WHITE PAPER: With users demanding better performance at lower costs, storage standards are being raised across the board. Check out this white paper to learn about a new SDS program which can help you reduce ownership costs, increase availability with advanced data distribution, and more.
Posted: 14 Dec 2016 | Published: 31 Aug 2015

IBM FD

IBM Spectrum Storage Suite: Meeting Industry Needs for Software-Defined Storage
sponsored by IBM FD
WHITE PAPER: This white paper delves into IBM's portfolio of SDS offerings that offer a broad range of functions supported on heterogonous storage platforms and architectures. Access now to see how you can easily deploy this SDS platform and automate your storage management and operations.
Posted: 13 Dec 2016 | Published: 29 Jan 2016

IBM FD

Selecting the Right All-Flash Storage Array
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Enterprise
WHITE PAPER: This white paper tries to answer the question, 'How do IT managers differentiate one vendor's flash solution from another?' Beyond speed, uncover key metrics that affect IT's flash investments, like relationships and support, scalability and architecture, performance, and more.
Posted: 08 Dec 2016 | Published: 08 Dec 2016

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise

Agile Infrastructure and Storage for Healthcare IT
sponsored by Pure Storage
WHITE PAPER: This white paper explores how healthcare IT teams can architect more agile infrastructures that can keep pace with the velocity of care.
Posted: 08 Dec 2016 | Published: 08 Dec 2016

Pure Storage

Super Simple and Disaster Recovery Really Can Go Together
sponsored by Zerto
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to learn about a disaster recovery software that takes less than 3 people to install and manage in under an hour. Read on to see how easy it was for one U.S. based financial company to implement this software and cut their RTO from 8-24 hours to 15-30 minutes.
Posted: 07 Dec 2016 | Published: 07 Dec 2016

Zerto

Overcome Storage Capacity Conundrums of Genomics and Precision Medicine
sponsored by Pure Storage
WHITE PAPER: Today's fastest compute environments are prevented from delivering on their promise for genomics as a result of constrained performance of the underlying storage infrastructure. Download this resource to learn how to overcome the capacity constraints of legacy storage and harness the possibility of precision medicine.
Posted: 07 Dec 2016 | Published: 07 Dec 2016

Pure Storage

Meet the Flash Platform Transforming Customer Expectations of Enterprise Storage
sponsored by Pure Storage
WHITE PAPER: Download this IDC paper to assess the technical, financial, and business implications of implementing an all-flash storage offering that's shaking up the traditionally risky enterprise storage upgrade cycle with a system that is non-disruptive and requires no data migration.
Posted: 05 Dec 2016 | Published: 05 Dec 2016

Pure Storage

Dell Storage for HPC with Intel Enterprise Edition 2.3 for Lustre
sponsored by Dell EMC and Intel®
WHITE PAPER: In high performance computing, the efficient delivery of data to and from compute nodes is often complicated to execute. Discover how to deliver the high performance and availability your HPC system craves by deploying a scale-out storage appliance complete with an open source parallel file system.
Posted: 22 Dec 2016 | Published: 31 Oct 2015

Dell EMC and Intel®

Step Aside, Magnetic Tape: Long-Term Data Retention is Moving to the Cloud
sponsored by HDS and Veritas
WHITE PAPER: While we're not knocking tape drives, in this always-on environment, they're no longer the best option for long-term data retention. Access this white paper to see why cloud storage may be the better option and what to look for in a cloud-based data retention solution.
Posted: 14 Dec 2016 | Published: 14 Dec 2016

HDS and Veritas

Unifying Data Access with a Cross-Cloud Scale-Out File System
sponsored by Elastifile
WHITE PAPER: A scale-out file system may be able to deliver the data intelligence and workload consolidation services necessary to provide organizations with a competitive edge. Access this white paper to learn how it can solve the top ten storage challenges.
Posted: 28 Nov 2016 | Published: 28 Nov 2016

Elastifile
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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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