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  • Quick guide: 25 tips and tricks for Google Drive power users

    Posted July 21, 2014 - 12:33 pm

    Google Drive is an important tool that can deliver even more value with these 25 tips, tools, and tweaks
  • The ultimate guide to proper SSD management

    Posted March 26, 2014 - 11:16 am

    From file management to housecleaning, these tips and tricks will help you get the most out of your supercharged storage.
  • 12 ways to disaster-proof your critical business data

    Posted March 5, 2014 - 3:13 pm

    How can you keep critical data safe when disaster strikes? There is no one magic answer, but there are steps your business can and should take to protect important files and applications in the event of a disaster.
  • Big moves in store for big data [SPECIAL REPORT]

    Posted February 12, 2014 - 4:34 pm

    Business leaders and decision-makers set the scene for big data's next stage, including its impact on storage, security, and IT jobs.
  • 4 tech innovations that improve data center scalability

    Posted December 10, 2013 - 12:19 pm

    These four technological advances will help firms scale up -- and down, when necessary -- so growth doesn't turn into a bad thing.
  • How to beat storage bottlenecks in a flash

    Posted October 10, 2013 - 3:54 pm

    When a data visualization and analysis software provider found that its backend storage was slowing down its developers, it resisted the urge to add capacity. Instead, it turned to a software solution that scales storage performance using virtualization.
  • IT grapples with personal cloud storage use

    Posted October 7, 2013 - 1:41 pm

    The BYOD trend is driving increased use of personal cloud-based storage services such as Box, Copy, Dropbox, Evernote, Mozy and SugarSync. But are enterprises ready for the results? Insider (registration required)
  • Don't live in fear of your cloud storage provider going under

    Posted October 3, 2013 - 9:12 am

    The closure of cloud storage provider Nirvanix sent a chill through the cloud storage industry and its customers, but is it really a big deal?
  • Storage administrators demand simplicity

    Posted March 25, 2013 - 9:53 am

    IT staffers at all levels are now tasked with managing data storage. They demand simplicity (but want power, too).
  • New storage technologies to deal with the data deluge

    Posted March 25, 2013 - 6:17 am

    Enterprise storage demands are reaching a critical point, and vendors are scrambling to develop new products to deal with the data deluge. We look at how these technologies will help manage the major pain points for storage administrators.
  • How big is the sound of music?

    Posted March 21, 2013 - 6:07 am

    Music fans and major recording artists are adopting lossless audio file formats to keep copies of their music thats as close to a master recording as possible, leading to multi-terabyte-sized home music storage systems.
  • Tape Storage Finds New Life in the Enterprise and Beyond

    Posted January 23, 2013 - 11:45 am

    Tape is not dead--far from it. In fact, many enterprises depend on it for cost-effective long-term storage. Tape is also finding new applications in the virtualized and increasingly video-centric world of IT. As enterprises deal with bigger sets of data, tape will play a vital role going forward.
  • 2012: The year in quotes

    Posted December 12, 2012 - 9:45 am

    Some of the most memorable IT-related quotes were uttered in courtrooms this year, which involved a steady stream of legal challenges about intellectual property. In no particular order, these are some of the comments that stuck with us as 2012 winds to a close.
  • "The Human Face of Big Data" offers a geek-out-worthy coffee-table book

    Posted November 30, 2012 - 5:25 pm

    "The Human Face of Big Data" is an ambitious and attractive new large-format book that aims to give readers, through photography and short articles, a glimpse of how powerful new data processing capabilities are changing people's lives. Author Rick Smolan is a photographer who gained fame for his "Day in the Life" series, which included an edition focused on the Internet in 1996, "24 Hours in Cyberspace." He says that his latest work is based on the premise that "our planet is beginning to develop a nervous system."
  • A tour of DreamWorks Studios' data center

    Posted October 20, 2012 - 7:20 am

    DreamWorks Studios is busy producing eight to 10 films at any given time, and each film produces 120,000 frames of film and uses 200TB of storage. In recent years, 150 engineers have been working on creating software that can take advantage of 25,000 CPUs in a parallel fashion.
  • Creating cohesive storage management

    Posted October 8, 2012 - 2:43 pm

    Vendors of storage management tools are moving toward a 'single pane of glass' product that can automatically provision, resize, back up and recover storage across multiple public and private clouds, across systems from different vendors and for virtual machines running hypervisors from multiple vendors.
  • Hello cloud storage, goodbye Rolodex (and other workplace trends)

    Posted September 26, 2012 - 3:17 pm

    LinkedIn names the top workplace trends and items headed for obsolescence--and also lists what's becoming mainstream. Here's a look at those items, plus three tips for ensuring you don't go the way of the fax machine.
  • 7 hard truths about the NoSQL revolution

    Posted July 16, 2012 - 5:04 pm

    Forgoing features for speed has its trade-offs as these NoSQL data store shortcomings show
  • Spotlight on Big Data

    Posted July 2, 2012 - 4:41 pm

    Digital data is expected to continually double every 20 months until the year 2020. How is your business poised to analyze it?
  • Can flash live up to the hype?

    Posted June 26, 2012 - 10:58 am

    The popularity of flash memory has soared over the last year because flash has definite advantages over conventional media. It often isn't clear however, what distinguishes one flash offering from another. Here is a review of four common flash design implementations, each of which has strengths and weaknesses.
  • Could cloud computing change how we communicate?

    Posted June 26, 2012 - 10:12 am

    At least one CIO has already done away with email and Office.
  • Google Drive begs the question: Who owns your data in the cloud?

    Posted May 3, 2012 - 7:26 am

    Google Drive raises several concerns about cloud storage. Many of these consumer-level questions -- who owns your data, how data can be used and what happens if the data is lost or stolen -- are ones enterprise IT executives should be asking, too.
  • Spotlight on storage

    Posted April 30, 2012 - 9:18 pm

    28% of IT leaders expect to significantly increase spending on Storage Area Networks in the next 12 months. Here's what you need to know to stay ahead of the curve.
  • Best practices for selecting storage services for big data

    Posted April 25, 2012 - 10:07 am

    Big data is fueling the need for ever-growing storage repositories. If you're looking to meet scalability concerns without breaking the bank, selecting a storage platform that can meet the needs of big data can be a challenge--but it doesn't have to be an overwhelming one.
  • How to use Hadoop to overcome storage limitations

    Posted April 19, 2012 - 8:50 pm

    Big data is all about storing and accessing large amounts of structured and unstructured data. However, where to put that data and how to access it have become the biggest challenges for enterprises looking to leverage the information. If you haven't yet considererd the open source Hadoop platform, now's the time.
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