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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 Storage Automation Report
sponsored by NetApp
WHITE PAPER: 75% of data center downtime is due to human error, so it's no wonder the word "automation" has gotten so much attention lately. Access this report for survey results from over 300 IT pros who were asked about storage automation and the benefits they were able to realize.
Posted: 28 Mar 2017 | Published: 31 May 2016

NetApp

9 Best Practices for Storage Management and Hosting
sponsored by NetApp
WHITE PAPER: What makes a successful storage system? Read this white paper todiscover 9 best practices for addressing critical business challenges with hosted storage management. Learn how to evaluate potential providers based on their ability to consolidate platforms, and more.
Posted: 24 Mar 2017 | Published: 24 Mar 2017

NetApp

Adoption of Object-Based Storage for Hyperscale Deployments
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: Data is growing at an alarming rate, and it's time to figure out a way to get a handle on it before it becomes a liability. One avenue for solving this problem is object based storage (OBS) systems. In this IDC white paper, learn the key points end users should consider before adopting OBS.
Posted: 24 Mar 2017 | Published: 30 Nov 2016

IBM

The Essential Guide to Data Protection and Disaster Recovery
sponsored by Tintri
WHITE PAPER: Today's storage environment isn't complete without built-in data protection and recovery protocols. Use this white paper to learn about 6 key features essential to a successful DR program.
Posted: 16 Mar 2017 | Published: 16 Mar 2017

Tintri

The Essential Guide to Storage for DevOps
sponsored by Tintri
WHITE PAPER: New technological innovations have allowed storage environments to be bolstered by DevOps. In this guide learn 5 capabilities to think about when buying your next storage system, how DevOps can help solve common storage issues, and more.
Posted: 16 Mar 2017 | Published: 30 Dec 2016

Tintri

Analyst Report: Justifying Investment in All-Flash Arrays
sponsored by Dell EMC and Intel®
WHITE PAPER: This vendor-neutral study delves beyond the performance benefits of flash usage for 3rd Platform computing—and into the economic benefits of flash deployment at scale, focusing on the TCO impacts that all-flash array adoption drives. Access now to learn why AFAs are trumping HDD-based alternatives.
Posted: 09 Mar 2017 | Published: 31 Dec 2016

Dell EMC and Intel®

Improve Performance and TCO with SQL Server and the Right Compute
sponsored by HPE and Intel® Xeon
WHITE PAPER: Recent technologies have emerged to strain databases, forcing expansion in both size and number. Access this white paper for best practices to improve database performance and TCO with SQL server and the right compute.
Posted: 02 Mar 2017 | Published: 31 Aug 2016

HPE and Intel® Xeon

How to Invest in the Right Flash Storage Solution
sponsored by HPE and Intel® Xeon
WHITE PAPER: If you're looking to boost performance of business critical apps and consolidate virtual servers, flash may be the way to go. But with a multitude of vendors offering flash, where should you start? Check out this easy-to-read guide and find 8 key considerations and questions to ask yourself before investing in flash.
Posted: 01 Mar 2017 | Published: 31 Dec 2016

HPE and Intel® Xeon

It's Time to Revisit VDI
sponsored by Dizzion
WHITE PAPER: Virtual desktops and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) didn't initially live up to the hype, but they have come a long way since their debut. Access this white paper to learn about the advancements in VDI that are making mobility more viable to organizations of all sizes.
Posted: 22 Feb 2017 | Published: 22 Feb 2017

Dizzion

Flash Stack Converged Infrastructure Solution Design Guide
sponsored by Pure Storage
WHITE PAPER: Deploying virtual desktops, especially in large numbers, can be a painful process. Access this extensive white paper to understand the ease of deploying a large number of virtual desktops using converged infrastructure and a flash-centric storage array.
Posted: 22 Feb 2017 | Published: 31 Dec 2015

Pure Storage

10 Ways to Flash Forward - Future-ready Storage Insights from the Experts
sponsored by Dell EMC and Intel®
WHITE PAPER: Read what 10 storage experts have to say about the future of storage technologies, and learn some strategies for choosing the best system for you, or maximizing the potential of the system you already have.
Posted: 09 Feb 2017 | Published: 09 Feb 2017

Dell EMC and Intel®

CoreOS Is Raising the Bar on Commercial Container Tools
sponsored by CoreOS
WHITE PAPER: How did one company reposition itself as the "go-to" for container solutions? In this paper, Enterprise Strategy Group covers the recent announcements made by CoreOS. Gain an understanding of what these announcements mean for the container market, end users, and more.
Posted: 08 Feb 2017 | Published: 31 Jan 2017

CoreOS

Software-Defined Storage: Delivering Greater Business Value and ROI
sponsored by Hedvig Inc
WHITE PAPER: Because apps, data, and business requirements are all rapidly evolving, legacy storage infrastructure simply can't keep up. Fortunately, software-defined storage (SDS) architecture delivers both the agility and the cost savings IT shops need. Read on to delve into SDS essentials and SDS's role in the modern data center.
Posted: 06 Feb 2017 | Published: 06 Feb 2017

Hedvig Inc

Meet the Next-generation SSD/Flash Storage Vendors
sponsored by Tegile
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper read about Solid State Drive (SSD) vendors who made waves in the market during 2016, as well as the capabilities that SSD and flash storage technologies provide. Access now to discover the density and data reduction capabilities of flash, find predictions about the future of SSD technology and more.
Posted: 23 Jan 2017 | Published: 20 Dec 2016

Tegile

Top Ten Reasons to Move to Composable Infrastructure
sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise
WHITE PAPER: Discover the top 10 reasons IT architects migrate their storage to composable infrastructure. Read this resource to learn how this infrastructure quickly provisions on-premises resources and delivers app stability with software-defined intelligence, unified API, and fluid resource pools.
Posted: 19 Jan 2017 | Published: 19 Jan 2017

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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

Three Key Scenarios for Leveraging Hybrid Cloud Infrastructures to Improve Availability
sponsored by Veeam Software
WHITE PAPER: This white paper outlines three scenarios to show organizations how they can leverage the benefits of hybrid cloud when combined with modern availability software. Read on to learn how to reduce costs, improve business agility and optimize self-service capabilities by eliminating legacy backups, extending the data center to the cloud and more.
Posted: 15 Dec 2016 | Published: 15 Dec 2016

Veeam Software

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

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

Redefine the Economics of Storage by Going Virtual
sponsored by Dell EMC and Intel®
WHITE PAPER: Are you ready to embark on the next chapter of virtualization? Access now to find the perfect virtual storage series for your business needs, whether you require a SAN or NAS appliance for efficient storage scalability, or software-defined storage suite to enhance IT flexibility and orchestration.
Posted: 20 Jan 2017 | Published: 31 Dec 2016

Dell EMC and Intel®

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

Modern Snapshot Management - Enhancing Application Protection and Recovery
sponsored by Commvault
WHITE PAPER: Discover how to unlock the power within your current hardware investments, improving recovery across all applications and delivering faster and more granular application-aware recovery performance.
Posted: 22 Nov 2016 | Published: 31 Dec 2015

Commvault
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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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