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Big Data, and What It Means for the Data Center

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Wednesday’s Structure Big Data explored the world of huge datasets and the technology needed to mine its secrets and convert them into business intelligence. From the data center perspective, storing and processing all that data becomes more important as improved analytics tools unlock value from it. Read More

Facebook’s Appetite for SSD Boosts Fusion-io

A look at the new Facebook data center in Prineville, Oregon, which will soon be adding a second building. (Photo credit: Chuck Goolsbee, Facebook).

Facebook’s appetite for solid-state storage has made it the largest customer for Fusion-io, which this week announced plans for an initial public offering. Facebook’s use of SSD aligns with the company’s relentless focus on performance and speed. Read More

Big Data and Data Center Analytics

Although there is a fair amount of hype about the words “big data,” it’s also clear that there is value in scale and efficiencies of the information factories. Here’s a look at some of the big numbers and trends in this area. Read More

Roundup: Western Digital Buys Hitachi GST

Western Digital, whose  WD-RE4 hard drive is pictured above, has bought Hitachi  Global Storage technologies for $4.3 billion.

In a major deal in the storage industry, Western Digital announced Monday that it will acquire Hitachi Global Storage Technologies for about $4.3 billion. Here’s a roundup of notable analysis and commentary from around the web. Read More

2011: Year of the SSD?

Disk manufacturers are putting a new spin on an old product: Solid State Drives. EMC reports that it shipped more than 10 petabytes of SSD capacity last year. Will 2011 be the Year of the SSD? Read More

Does SAN Make Tape Backups Obsolete?

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Corporations have tried unsuccessfully to ditch tape in favor of other media for years. The arguments for replacing tape with SAN are compelling, but tape has two significant advantages over other media: cost and portability. Read More

StorageTek’s New Exabyte Storage Silo

Exabyte? You may not need a 1,000 Petabytes today, but wait 10 years. But size isn’t the most impressive thing about the new Oracle StorageTek T10000C tape drive. It uses a new head/media combo to deliver high capacity and performance. Read More

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