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ALSO CALLED: Thin Provisioning, Provisioning
DEFINITION: Fat provisioning (FP) is the conventional storage provisioning model, in which space is allocated beyond current needs, in anticipation of growing need and increased data complexity. As a result, the storage utilization rate is low. Large amounts of storage space are paid for but may never be used. A newer model, known as thin provisioning TP, was developed to optimize the efficient use of available  … 
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Computer Weekly storage case studies
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CASE STUDY: Antony Adshead takes a look at what made the winning entries stand out from the crowd in the Computer Weekly European User Awards.
Posted: 24 Feb 2014 | Published: 24 Feb 2014

Storage Efficiency University: SSDs and storage efficiency
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VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT: Learn more about how solid state storage is being used today to increase storage efficiency.
Posted: 13 Feb 2014 | Premiered: 17 Feb 2014

Gartner: Time to rethink backup procedures
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ANALYST BRIEF: IT leaders and storage managers can realise cost savings and improve their use of backup infrastructure by rethinking their back-up procedures, says Gartner analyst Dave Russell.
Posted: 04 Feb 2014 | Published: 04 Feb 2014

Special report on EMC
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ESSENTIAL GUIDE: This 12 page special report from Computer Weekly, updated for 2013, gives you the facts on EMC, its strategy, products and services and financial performance.
Posted: 04 Dec 2013 | Published: 04 Dec 2013

Are your storage arrays getting maximum efficiency?
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WHITE PAPER: In this comprehensive white paper, you will discover how your existing storage arrays can benefit from advanced efficiency technologies including thin provisioning, cloning, replication, deduplication, and data compression.
Posted: 12 Jun 2013 | Published: 31 Dec 2012


eGuide: Storage Challenges in Virtualized Server Environments
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EGUIDE: Access this exclusive, expert E-Guide from to learn about tools and tactics you can leverage to address and solve common storage challenges in virtual server environments, such as efficiency, speed, sprawl and end user expectations.
Posted: 26 Feb 2013 | Published: 26 Feb 2013

Hitachi Unified Storage VM: All Flash Solution
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WHITE PAPER: This white paper addresses the way all flash systems are helping storage pros handle the demands of their IT infrastructures. Read on to gain insight into 8 key features to look for when considering all flash system solutions.
Posted: 18 Feb 2014 | Published: 10 Jul 2013

Hitachi Data Systems

Unified Storage Comparison Guide
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WHITE PAPER: This useful comparative guide will help you understand the current entry-level enterprise unified storage landscape. Read on to compare the benefits of different offerings, and find a solution that meets your current and future storage requirements.
Posted: 13 Feb 2014 | Published: 31 Jan 2014

Hitachi Data Systems

6 Questions to Ask About Your Data Storage-Emily Wojcik byline for ILTA Peer to Peer Magazine
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WHITE PAPER: In this quick 1-page article, 6 questions are provided to help hash out what data is necessary to store, and what will only add clutter. Read on to discover how your organization can reduce long-term storage costs and improve records management by simply asking the right questions.
Posted: 10 Feb 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013


Flash Performance at Disk Economics
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DATA SHEET: View this brief data sheet to help ease your transition to flash, as it provides economic, performance, and efficiency numbers that can't be beat. Read on to learn more now.
Posted: 10 Feb 2014 | Published: 10 Feb 2014

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Optimizing IT Infrastructures for Today’s Workloads
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VIDEO: In this video, industry expert Deepak Advani explains how new analytics tools are changing the IT landscape and how departments can optimize storage capacity to drive technology and business innovations.
Posted: 05 Feb 2014 | Premiered: 05 May 2013


Choosing flash-based storage products and how to keep costs low
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EGUIDE: This e-guide helps guide organizations toward a flash system that won't break the bank. Read on about things to consider when choosing from the many all-flash array products, and find the match for your organization.
Posted: 04 Feb 2014 | Published: 04 Feb 2014


Choosing a solid-state storage system
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EGUIDE: Dive into this expert e-guide that covers the pros and cons of different systems ranging from hybrid storage to all-flash arrays. Read on and understand the differences in performance, capacity, and cost that make each system unique.
Posted: 03 Feb 2014 | Published: 03 Feb 2014


The Value of Off-Site Data Protection Services
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WHITE PAPER: This whitepaper describes an off-site data protection service that can keep electronic media secure while providing efficient retrieval with the help of high-specification service elements for magnetic, optical and solid-state media.
Posted: 23 Jan 2014 | Published: 23 Jan 2014

Iron Mountain

How to Wage War on Over-Provisioning
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WHITE PAPER: This short paper examines how one industry-leading storage solution can help you overcome over-provisioning obstacles, eliminate storage complexity and minimize costs in your virtualized environment. Read on now to learn more.
Posted: 26 Nov 2013 | Published: 09 Jul 2013


The Relevance and Value of a "Storage Hypervisor"
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WHITE PAPER: This ESG lab report delves into the relevance and value of a Storage Hypervisor, and focuses on what users need to get started when building and implementing this technology. Discover market dynamics driving more organization implementations toward a Storage Hypervisor strategy.
Posted: 22 Nov 2013 | Published: 31 Oct 2011


Saving Time and Money with Savvy Use of Flash in Automated Storage Tiering
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WHITE PAPER: This IDC white paper explores storage technologies that leverage the performance power of flash with storage optimization to provide improved storage and data management efficiency, increased application performance, reduced storage infrastructure costs and more.
Posted: 08 Nov 2013 | Published: 31 May 2012

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HP Simply StoreIT Solutions for Virtualization Brochure
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WHITE PAPER: Read this whitepaper to learn about navigating to the storage solution that’s right for your virtualization needs. Inside, you’ll learn about the steps you need to take based on your current virtualization experience or situation.
Posted: 15 Oct 2013 | Published: 15 Oct 2013

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Software Defined Storage - The Missing Link for Cloud and the Software Defined Datacenter
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WHITE PAPER: This resource provides the results from the Enterprise Management Associates research and analyzes the pain points when it comes to implementing cloud and an innovative software that can enhance VMware environments for increased cloud ROI.
Posted: 10 Sep 2013 | Published: 02 Apr 2013


Maximize Operational Efficiency in a Tiered Storage Environment
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WHITE PAPER: Check out this resource to explore how combining two storage tiering technologies can help you reduce costs through self-optimized use of storage tiers, eliminate manual data classification, achieve space efficiency through thin provisioning and much more. Read on to learn more.
Posted: 09 Sep 2013 | Published: 31 May 2012

Hitachi Data Systems

CNBC Interview: Maximizing Storage to Save Costs
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WHITE PAPER: Check out this resource to explore one leading vendor's storage solution that can help you deal with today's deluge of data and save you money by doing more with less. Access this now to learn more.
Posted: 09 Sep 2013 | Published: 09 Sep 2013

Hitachi Data Systems

Reduce your storage capacity requirements by 50 percent
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BROCHURE: Check out this informative paper to explore a storage platform with thin capabilities built into both array hardware and software in order to deliver the simplest, most efficient and most scalable thin provisioning solution available today
Posted: 26 Aug 2013 | Published: 31 Aug 2012

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Family Data Sheet: HP 3PAR Storage software
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DATA SHEET: This resource explores the various software options available on one leading vendor's solid state storage system that can increase storage efficiency, reduce administration time, offer advanced internal virtualization capabilities and much more.
Posted: 23 Aug 2013 | Published: 31 Dec 2012

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HP Thin Technologies A Competitive Comparison
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WHITE PAPER: This informative resource looks at thin provisioning technology from the major storage vendors in today's marketplace.
Posted: 23 Aug 2013 | Published: 23 Aug 2013

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Optimal storage for end-to-end virtualization with VMware
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WHITE PAPER: Access this two-pager to learn about a virtualized storage architecture that has proven to be a great fit for VMware environments and discover its perks, like improved storage visibility and automation, game-changing ease of management, optimal performance with VMware and more!
Posted: 15 Mar 2013 | Published: 31 Jan 2012

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STORAGE PROVISIONING DEFINITION (continued): … Fat provisioning (FP) is the conventional storage provisioning model, in which space is allocated beyond current needs, in anticipation of growing need and increased data complexity. As a result, the storage utilization rate is low. Large amounts of storage space are paid for but may never be used. A newer model, known as thin provisioning TP, was developed to optimize the efficient use of available space.
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