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Data volumes are growing, access requirements are changing business expectations are escalating. These are the issues that define the storage world. With this in mind, we would like your views on how requirements are evolving, and particularly how well storage suppliers are meeting your needs. So get stuck into our latest reader survey, and as usual, we will report back once we’ve crunched the numbers and formed some conclusions.
We would like to start with some questions about your online storage environment. What we mean by this is storage in the network, rather than capacity held on client machines (e.g. PCs, tablets, smartphones) or residing off-line (e.g. tape, optical, etc.). So basically we are interested in NAS, SAN, server-attached storage and hosted storage that is managed as an extension of your infrastructure (e.g. as part of a co-location or cloud hosting arrangement).
Turning to another emerging idea, applications, hypervisors and operating systems are now available to create a fully operative and resilient storage system that’s functionally similar to many proprietary big-brand solutions, but built from commodity servers and commodity disks. This approach allows you to mix and match the grade of components to meet your operational needs. This is often termed 'Software Defined Storage' (SDS).
In our last main section, we'd like to finish off with some questions around how you are managing the evolution of your storage infrastructure going forward...
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