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  • Hyper-converged infrastructures: Game changer or vendor push?

    Hyper-converged infrastructures, which combine computing, storage, networking and virtualization in the same box, promise hardware cost savings and IT efficiency. Or at least that's what hyper-convergence product vendors tout. But does the technology live up to the vendor hype? Moreover, could the promised benefits of hyper-converged systems oust conventional on-premises architectures and public cloud?

    In this SearchCIO handbook, Site Editor John Moore explores the possible benefits of hyperconverged infrastructures and why some IT execs say not to focus solely on the cost benefits. In our second piece, CTO Niel Nickolaisen outlines five critical questions he asked before making the decision on a hyper-convergence vendor. In our last piece, Taneja Group analyst Mike Matchett goes through the five major benefits of hyper-converged architectures.

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  • Which Amazon storage options balance performance and cost?

    Amazon Elastic Block Store volumes are offered as magnetic hard disk and solid-state drives. How should we use each storage type to ensure proper workload performance? Continue Reading

  • opportunity cost

    Opportunity costs are benefits that aren't realized because an alternative option is chosen. For example, if you choose to buy a mobile app rather than building it, you forego the benefits you would have gained if you'd built the app in-house. Continue Reading

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  • Tape capacity, technology continue to advance

    Though some folks mistakenly view tape as an outdated technology -- thanks in no small part to the fact that disk companies keep predicting its demise -- there's no denying its importance at the table of backup products. A recent Enterprise Strategy Group report indicates that 56% of organizations are still using tape. Perhaps not surprisingly, the larger the overall IT environment, the more likely that organization is to embrace tape as part of its data management strategy. There are two main reasons for this: The existence of more data heightens the importance of finding ways to store the data efficiently and, as an organization grows, it has a greater responsibility to store data for longer periods of time.

    As a result, when looking at the Opex and Capex numbers, not to mention the ease of long-term data retention, tape moves to the forefront of the data management platform. When the LTO Consortium announced the release of LTO-7 as part of the Linear Tape File System in fall 2015, it reinforced the notion that tape technology is continuing to move forward. This three-part guide will take a closer look at what's out there and what's coming in terms of tape backup and tape libraries. It will also explain why archiving does not need to be complicated or expensive. In fact, when done correctly, it will actually save organizations money while meeting archival needs.

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  • Explore SciQuest source-to-settle e-procurement software

    SciQuest has an array of source-to-settle applications, containing its e-procurement software Spend Director, so customers can decide which modules fit their organization best. Continue Reading

  • Flash appears as a viable hospital data storage option

    Healthcare facilities looking to boost their storage performance should be looking into flash, if they haven't invested in it already. Nicole Lewis, a contributor to SearchHealthIT, begins this handbook by describing how one hospital system converted to flash technology and subsequently experienced a noticeable improvement in clinical data processing. That increase in computing speed also helped the hospital system greatly shrink its physical storage setup and reduce the amount of time its employees take to complete financial reports.

    Next, contributor Brien Posey explains how facilities that practice telehealth should use flash for their hospital data storage needs. Telehealth is performed through videoconferencing, something that requires plenty of available network bandwidth. Poor storage performance can interfere with telehealth. That issue can be prevented with flash, Posey reasons.

    Lastly, Posey breaks down the deciding factors for organizations that are considering going entirely with flash or using a tiered approach for their hospital data storage.

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