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ALSO CALLED: SAN Architecture, Storage Network, Server Area Networks, Storage SANs, Storage Area Networks
DEFINITION: Oversubscription, in a SAN (storage area network) switching environment, is the practice of connecting multiple devices to the same switch port to optimize switch use. Each SAN port can support a particular communication speed and a Fibre Channel switch may offer 1 Gb, 2 Gb, or 4 Gb FC ports. However, because ports are rarely run at their maximum speed for a prolonged period, multiple slower devices  … 
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Endicia Case Study: Next-Gen Flash Storage Transforms System Response Times
sponsored by NetApp SolidFire
CASE STUDY: Learn how to support business growth with the agility to meet burgeoning IT needs with an all-flash scale-out storage architecture. Access this study to read about a 24/7 infrastructure that maximizes customer uptime, automates capacity management, and guarantees consistently low latency.
Posted: 12 Oct 2016 | Published: 12 Oct 2016

NetApp SolidFire

Worldwide Hyperconverged Systems Vendor Assessment
sponsored by Nutanix
RESEARCH CONTENT: This IDC report examines the evolution of software-defined and hyperconverged infrastructure, paying special attention to the ways in which businesses approach their computing and storage needs differently. Read on to uncover key considerations for evaluating hyperconvergence platforms and to access a comprehensive vendor assessment.
Posted: 27 Sep 2016 | Published: 31 Dec 2014


Boost the Availability of Your Storage with SUSE Enterprise Storage
sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise & SUSE
WHITE PAPER: This white paper provides a step-by-step guide for a unified, streamlined implementation of a block-storage infrastructure. Explore how this solution can provide your enterprise with all the features and benefits of a traditional SAN storage infrastructure with the scalability necessary to enable future growth.
Posted: 08 Sep 2016 | Published: 08 Sep 2016

Hewlett Packard Enterprise & SUSE

IBM Spectrum Storage Suite: Meeting Industry Needs for Software Defined Storage
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: This white paper highlights 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: 16 Aug 2016 | Published: 31 Jan 2016


Rubrik and VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN)
sponsored by Rubrik
WHITE PAPER: Download this white paper for an introduction to software-defined storage and VMware VSAN, VSAN as an object datastore, Rubrik converged data management, and how Rubrik and VSAN work together to simplify your data center.
Posted: 11 Aug 2016 | Published: 11 Aug 2016


HPE MSA Storage Family Chalktalk
sponsored by NTT ICT
VIDEO: Tune into this video to get an overview of the MSA family from HP, focusing on the new MSA 1040—an entry-level SAN array. In simple terms, you'll get the facts on how these virtualized array data services will fit in your IT budget, and leverage it for entry-level consolidation, ROBOs, and more.
Posted: 05 Aug 2016 | Premiered: 18 Feb 2016


Boost Your Efficiency and Resiliency with Object Storage
sponsored by HGST
WHITE PAPER: Object storage solutions can provide solutions to common storage management challenges that most enterprises face in today's big data environments. Along with boosting efficiency and resiliency, discover how your enterprise can benefit from an object storage solution with attributes such as
Posted: 17 Jun 2016 | Published: 31 May 2016


All-Flash and Hybrid Flash Systems Simulator: An Overview
sponsored by Dell EMC
VIDEO: Looking to seamlessly extend data storage to the cloud, streamline management, and speed deployment? In this brief video, tune in to access an all-flash simulator that will accelerate your application infrastructure.
Posted: 13 Jun 2016 | Premiered: 13 Jun 2016

Dell EMC

Hyper-converged Appliance for Your Software-Defined Data Center
sponsored by Avnet Technology Solutions
PRODUCT OVERVIEW: Read this resource to examine an exclusive hyper-converged infrastructure appliance that experts say provides the easiest and fastest way to stand up a fully virtualized Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) environment.
Posted: 06 Apr 2016 | Published: 06 Apr 2016

Avnet Technology Solutions

Research Report: Software-Defined Storage Meets Industry Needs
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: Traditional SAN- and NAS-based architectures are being replaced by software-defined storage (SDS) in many cases. But why? This research report highlights the benefits of SDS, and explores a portfolio of SDS offerings that offer a broad range of functions supported on heterogonous storage platforms and architectures.
Posted: 08 Mar 2016 | Published: 31 Jan 2016


Case Study: Uplands Community College Improves Student Performance with Flash
sponsored by DataCore Software Corporation
CASE STUDY: The following case study examines how by deploying DataCore's SANsymphony-V10 with Flash Storage, Uplands Community College was able to drastically reduce login times, reduce storage cost by 50%, improve student and staff performance, and much more. View now and see what this system can do for your own business.
Posted: 29 Feb 2016 | Published: 29 Feb 2016

DataCore Software Corporation

DataCore Virtual SAN Overview
sponsored by DataCore Software Corporation
WHITE PAPER: This solution brief examines the importance of finding the right virtual SAN for clustered servers and introduces a system that can accelerate performance, improve uptime, and can even keep costs to a minimum.
Posted: 29 Feb 2016 | Published: 29 Feb 2016

DataCore Software Corporation

Purpose-Built Storage for Virtual Machines
sponsored by Tintri
EGUIDE: With the introduction of virtualized environments, storage strategies have shifted from SAN/NAS to purpose-built virtual server storage. This exclusive e-guide takes a look how this change has impacted the storage industry and explores the virtual server storage architecture vendor market.
Posted: 03 Feb 2016 | Published: 01 Feb 2016


Picard Caters to Data-Hungry Users with Pure Storage Flash Array
sponsored by Pure Storage
CASE STUDY: This case study illustrates how Picard unlocked the full potential or their SAP ERP and SAP BI systems by implementing an all-flash array into their environment. Read on to see how the right flash system coupled with compression and deduplication can improve the efficiency of your supply chain and the capabilities of your systems as well.
Posted: 11 Sep 2015 | Published: 11 Sep 2015

Pure Storage

Software-Defined Storage: What it Means for the IT Practitioner
sponsored by VMware, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This white paper introduces Software-Defined Storage, a new approach to storage that enables a fundamentally more efficient operational model that fits in with our virtualized world.
Posted: 26 Mar 2015 | Published: 31 Jan 2015

VMware, Inc.

Scale-out Set to Eclipse Scale-up for Enterprise Storage
sponsored by Curvature
EGUIDE: Scale-up storage has served us well for the last two decades. Now, scale-out is poised to take over. Despite the scale-up market's current strength, the move into hyperscale computing, and the thought of increasingly larger arrays is causing concern.
Posted: 30 Aug 2016 | Published: 25 Aug 2016


SAN System Buying Guide
sponsored by Icomm Technologies
EGUIDE: In this e-guide, discover expert tips on how to determine if a SAN system is right for your enterprise's storage environment with comparisons to NAS and DAS systems. You will also learn how to sift through the SAN array market so that you can choose the right solution for your enterprise.
Posted: 23 Feb 2016 | Published: 17 Feb 2016

Icomm Technologies

Hyperconverged Systems Provide Viable SAN Alternative
sponsored by SimpliVity
EGUIDE: IT professionals are rethinking their assumptions about how to approach their on-premises infrastructure needs -- especially storage. In this e-guide, you will discover why hyperconverged systems prove a viable alternative to SAN and learn how small IT environments can integrate these appliances if they can't stomach a full-fledged SAN.
Posted: 19 Feb 2016 | Published: 19 Feb 2016


ESG 8000 Series Lab Report
sponsored by Microsoft
PRODUCT REVIEW: This lab review discusses a hybrid cloud storage solution that allows organizations to benefit from the performance and capacity of an on-premise SAN storage solution with the elasticity and agility of cloud-based storage. Read on to learn how this solution can provide your enterprise with simplified architecture, consolidated management, and more.
Posted: 16 Dec 2015 | Published: 30 Jun 2014


Product Overview: Cloud-Integrated Storage
sponsored by Microsoft
DATA SHEET: This brief data sheet provides an overview of a cloud-integrated storage solution that integrates advanced SAN technologies with the cloud. Access now to see the benefits this storage solution can provide to your enterprise, such as infrastructure consolidation, simple backup and recovery, lower overall storage costs, and more.
Posted: 15 Dec 2015 | Published: 31 Mar 2014


Storage 101: Getting Smart about Scaling Up
sponsored by Dell, Inc. and Intel®
WHITE PAPER: This white paper introduces a new SAN system, powered by an Intel® Xeon® processor, that grants small and midsized businesses the ability to handle massive data growth and complexity at a far lower cost than other enterprise-grade solutions. Access now to learn more.
Posted: 17 Aug 2015 | Published: 17 Aug 2015

Dell, Inc. and Intel®

Asean Storage Magazine ezine February 2015
sponsored by
EZINE: How data protection laws in the Asean region affect cloud5 storage.
Posted: 04 Feb 2015 | Published: 04 Feb 2015

Latest Storage Trends for Australia & New Zealand
sponsored by
EZINE: This fascinating e-zine gives you insight on exactly what the storage landscape in Australia and New Zealand looks like.
Posted: 04 Feb 2015 | Published: 04 Feb 2015

Deconstructing unstructured data
sponsored by Dell, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Use this expert paper to help deconstruct unstructured data. Learn why flexibility and value are the best answers for uncontrolled growth, and how to manage unstructured data through an optimized storage infrastructure.
Posted: 30 Jul 2014 | Published: 30 Jul 2014

Dell, Inc.

HP Storage MSA Overview ChalkTalk
sponsored by HPE and Intel®
VIDEO: This video gives an overview of two SAN storage arrays that are the entry-level performance leader and entry-level cost leader respectively. The video breaks down the capabilities, functions, and specifications of each.
Posted: 25 Jun 2014 | Premiered: 24 May 2014

HPE and Intel®
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SAN DEFINITION (continued): …  may fan in to a single port to take advantage of unused capacity. For example, a single storage server may not be able to sustain 4 Gbps to a switch port, so two 2 Gb servers or four 1 Gb servers may all be aggregated to that 4 Gb switch port.Oversubscription makes good technical and financial sense. Switch ports can be expensive and dedicating ports one-on-one is not the best use of switch ports and their available bandwidth. Fanning multiple devices into a single port can improve that port's utilization. This saves money and reduces the total number of switch ports that need to be configured … 
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