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W d d W describe traditional storage technologies, those traits are part of what is drawing so many organizations to a newer software- storage (SDS) controls storage using software instead of hardware, allowing managers to more easily shift workloads and data sets from one part of the storage infrastructure to another. It also enables all storage from multiple locations including on commodity hardware and integrates well with existing storage. Even so, the concept of SDS can be confusing. Here is what you need to know: Q How does SDS work, and how is it different from what we've probably got now? A Most organizations still have large storage arrays with hundreds of terabytes or even petabytes of storage attached, each but often isn't as agile and dynamic as agencies require today. Because SDS is software-based, you can communicate with all of your storage using a common language and move services and workloads around easily. In addition, you can deploy it on whatever platform you want. Q Why would my agency want to get involved with yet another storage technology? A It can help you handle the bottlenecks that can occur when you're dealing with a lot of different types of data simultaneously. It does proactively by shifting and provisioning storage to It also includes tools that allow you to manage all of your data, regardless of storage medium, as one entity. Q: Does SDS work with the cloud? A It's optimized for the cloud. In fact, SDS is usually deployed through the cloud. Often, it is part of a software- It works with public, private and hybrid clouds. G m GAME CHANGING ECHNOLOG O MEE AGENC MI ION SPONSORED REPORT STORAGE Storage in a Flash Flash storage has always been a good choice for situations where speed is critical. It's widely acknowledged to be a superior solution for intensive I/O applications, because it provides high performance with low latency. Until recently, however, until it has been too expensive to go mainstream. All of that has changed; the the price has dropped and the technology has matured---a one-two punch that is causing many more organizations to adopt it. Here is a rundown of the most popular methods of incorporating flash into the storage model: All-flash arrays hese storage systems have no hard drives; they are pure solid state drives with features like snapshots, replication, deduplication, thin provisioning and volume management. hey can be used to replace hard disk drives, as well as to boost performance to an existing disk-based storage system. hey are also useful in situations where specific applications require more speed. Hybrid flash arrays hese systems combine hard disk storage with flash memory. his method is less expensive and provides a lot of flexibility; most of the data can be stored on lower-cost hard disk, while more urgent data can be stored on faster flash memory. Features including aching and tiering and performance monitoring, as well as deduplication, data compression and other storage features, are part of the hybrid flash design. his is a common design for applications such as data warehousing, email and online transaction processing (OL P). 33 Percentage of organizations using cloud-based storage in some capacity today 31 Percentage of organizations that keep enterprise database/data warehouse data indefinitely Source: http://reports.informationweek. com/abstract/24/12015/Storage-Server/ Research:-2014-State-of-Storage.html 58.5 he compound annual growth rate of flash storage from 2012 to 2016 Source: CERT Insider Threat Team 32 Percentage of organizations that consider storage automation the top integration requirement for cloud projects Source: http://public.dhe.ibm.com/ common/ssi/ecm/en/til14072usen/ TIL14072USEN.PDF 34 Percentage of government respondents experiencing one day or more of unplanned downtime over the past 12 months Source: http://www.netapp.com/us/ media/wp-agile-it-infrastructure.pdf 49 he percentage of data today in a typical organization that is unstructured or semi- structured Source: http://www.tcs.com/ SiteCollectionDocuments/Trends_ Study/TCS-Big-Data-Global-Trend- Study-2013.pdf 60 Percentage of government organizations that are looking to the cloud for data storage in the future Source: http://www.hds.com/assets/ pdf/all-flash-infographic.pdf STORAGE BY THE NUMBERS
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