Simple Talk Storage 101 by Robert Sheldon

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Gone are the days when implementing storage was simply a matter of standing up a few disk drives. Today’s data-intensive workloads require a variety of storage solutions to handle the unprecedented amounts of heterogeneous data. At the same time, storage technologies are quickly evolving, with new options available every day. Learn about the wide range of storage types and configurations.

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When monitoring storage systems, engineers should track a variety of metrics to ensure the systems continue to meet application requirements. Learn about the most important and commonly cited metrics which provide valuable insights into storage performance.

Most discussions around storage inevitably lead to the topics of data security and privacy. You cannot operate in today’s climate without careful attention to both. If data protection is not built into your storage infrastructure, you’re doing something wrong. Understand the risks involved with handling data and the steps to take to minimize those risks.

Current storage technologies are going to have a tough time keeping up with the predicted growth of data. They’re already having a tough time keeping up. With the explosion of mobile devices, followed by the influx of the Internet of Things (IoT), more data than ever is being generated—by people, by applications, by machines. The only way to derive meaning from all that data is to develop innovative high-performing, high-capacity storage solutions. What we’ll do with all that data once we figure out how to store it is another matter altogether. In terms of storage, however, the sky is indeed the limit.

 

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Robert Sheldon

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Robert is a freelance technology writer based in the Pacific Northwest. He’s worked as a technical consultant and has written hundreds of articles about technology for both print and online publications, with topics ranging from predictive analytics to 5D storage to the dark web. He’s also contributed to over a dozen books on technology, developed courseware for Microsoft’s training program, and served as a developmental editor on Microsoft certification exams. When not writing about technology, he’s working on a novel or venturing out into the spectacular Northwest woods.

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