A overview of Enterprise Storage in 2021
July 12, 2021

In recent decades, the development of information technology has been substantial. The enterprise data storage industry is no exception. As a result of rising competition and technological progress, there are many new products that are highly feasible in terms of function and cost efficiency or even better than black technologies. Currently, the most popular top enterprise storage devices would be:

1). Storage Area Network (SAN)

2). Peer-to-Peer Networking with Virtualization Technologies (Cloud)

3). Solid State Drives (SSDs)

4). Tape Libraries and Linear Tape Open (LTO) Technology

5.) Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks (RAID) 6). Near-Line Storage

Storage Area Network (SAN)

The SAN is a network that allows multiple hosts to share a single storage system over a high-speed data link. Usually, it stores large amounts of unstructured data on disk arrays; however, it can also use other forms of storage media such as tapes. A SAN allows a host computer to have low-cost, direct access to a disk storage device. SANs typically use Ethernet technology as the interconnect protocol between a number of servers and storage devices.

Peer-to-Peer Networking with Virtualization Technologies (Cloud)

The cloud is an internetworking service that provides shared network computing resources, such as servers, storage and software. It does not matter if the data are centralized or distributed across multiple locations. Cloud computing technology allows users to have access to applications that were previously stored on a single server using a specially designed software interface. These applications will be run off of an enterprise's internal cloud, which has been deployed from private sector data centers. Many companies have already implemented cloud storage through the use of private cloud, which is a technology for on-premises servers and software.

Solid State Drives (SSDs)

SSD stands for Solid State Drive, which refers to an electronic device that can be used as random access memory (RAM) or read only memory (ROM). SSDs are commonly used in enterprise data centers as a permanent data store for the operating system and software programs. This is because it can greatly reduce input/output (I/O) time, thus increasing the speed of processing compared to other traditional hard disk drives (HDDs).

Tape Libraries and Linear Tape Open (LTO) Technology

Tape libraries are automated tape systems that use robotic mechanisms to load and unload magnetic tapes. They can be used for backup, retrieval, and archive purposes. LTO technology includes a format or standard for reliable and cost-effective digital data storage on tape cartridges. It is designed for applications where large amounts of data need to be stored for a long period of time and retrieved in a short amount of time.

Tape libraries are used to store vast amounts of data, both at the enterprise level, as well as in a private setting. Enterprises use large tape systems that can hold between 10 and 656 standard tapes, depending on the device. At home users can choose from smaller units that can hold between 50 and 556 standard tapes. Linear Tape Open is also the technology used by LTO devices, which are now being implemented on a wider scale than ever before.

The advantages to using tape libraries are that data density levels range from 1 terabit (Tb) per square inch to 2 Tb per square inch, depending on the LTO technology used. They are able to have extremely high transfer rates, which can be up to 800 megabytes per second (MB/s). They also consume less power and are highly scalable.

The disadvantages of using tape libraries include cost, time needed for setup, and data creation needs a tape drive attached to the host computer.

Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks (RAID)

RAID is a data storage scheme that increases the reliability of storage by providing fault tolerance through redundancy. It allows for continuous access to data in case one or more hard disk drives fail. RAID technology provides performance improvement over traditional disk drives, because it distributes data blocks across multiple drives. There are several levels of RAID, so that you can choose the one that meets your requirements and budget.

The advantages of using RAID technology include better data throughput than non-RAID systems, as well as enhanced reliability over traditional disk drives. It also requires less power from your computer’s CPU because it is able to work faster.

The disadvantages of using RAID technology include the loss of data if a drive fails, as well as more expensive than non-redundant disk drives. While it is possible to use just two drives in fault-tolerance mode, with no performance gains, this is not recommended by experts and should only be used for archival purposes.

Cloud Storage

Cloud storage is a broad term that can be used to describe any type of storage system that utilizes a remote server on the Internet. Cloud storage includes use of private and public clouds, as well as software choices like Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, and Google Drive. The benefits of using cloud storage include no upfront investment in hardware or software, reduced capital spending and operating expenses, easy access to data from anywhere in the world, ability to work collaboratively with other users at the enterprise level, and reduced complexity in maintenance. There are also several disadvantages to using cloud storage including lack of control over the security of stored information; limited vendor support and standardization for cloud technology; reliance on a third party for the security of data; and concern about how long data will be stored.

The primary advantages to using cloud technology are that it is scalable, secure, easily accessible, and very affordable. All you need is an Internet connection in order to gain access to your information. Cloud storage can also provide enterprise level services at very low costs.

The main disadvantages to using cloud technology are privacy concerns and the possibility of data loss due to a third-party service provider being hacked, or because of internet connection issues. In addition, if you need your information immediately, rather than waiting for it to upload from one place to another, this may not be the best option for you.

Data De-Duplication

Data de-duplication is a storage efficiency technique that reduces redundant data on storage devices, saving space and providing faster access to that data. This article explains how it works and how you can use it.

The main advantages to using this technology include reducing the cost of storage by eliminating redundancy, as well as making an organization more efficient by only storing one copy of the data. It can be implemented with software or storage hardware, making it adaptable to any environment.

Data De-duplication also enables more efficient use of cloud storage and other IT resources without giving up reliability or performance. Users or administrators can choose whether they want to de-duplicate all data, or only specific data types.

Data de-duplication can provide a high level of security by encrypting the data before it is copied and then stored in the cloud storage system, as well as optionally storing encrypted backups on site. This means that if anyone were to access your cloud storage files or backups without authorization, they would be unable to decipher the information they contained.

Conversely, there are some disadvantages to using data de-duplication that include the removal of redundancy occurs gradually, so it may take a long time for performance benefits to be realized. It also requires additional processing power on any device that is performing the de-duplication process. This means you'll need a higher-end CPU, more RAM, and faster hard drives than you would if you were storing critical data redundantly.

It is also important to note that not all storage systems are compatible with this technology. Even those that are typically require separate hardware devices or software programs in order to implement it.

Information Technology organizations can be flooded with data on a daily basis. With the amount of information that is available to businesses today, it can be difficult for IT professionals to keep up with everything. One solution is to use Data Loss Prevention technology in order to help prevent loss through existing data storage technology, as well as new applications and hardware systems.

Data Loss Prevention

Data Loss Prevention solutions are designed to prevent data loss through proper management of information, as well as alerting administrators to possible threats. This allows businesses to focus on their core tasks and allows IT organizations more time to manage other projects. There are also several other advantages include reducing the amount of money spent on hardware and software maintenance; ensuring that your organization meets compliance requirements; preventing business disruption through unsecured data; and helping to protect your businesses reputation through protection against accidental disclosure of sensitive information.

The most common business threats are in the form of malware, loss of portable storage devices as well as lost or stolen documents, laptops and other electronic media. Data Loss Prevention can help IT administrators take steps to prevent these from happening within their organization.

Data Loss Prevention solutions can be software or hardware based. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, as well as varying in complexity. In some cases you may be able to use existing network management packages to help prevent data loss through the use of Data Loss Prevention tools. However, if something more complex is required then a separate product may need to be purchased.

The most basic types of Data Loss Prevention software solutions include encryption, password protection, file shredding, automatic deletion and remote wiping, while the more advanced products include real-time monitoring of activity across the network and storage systems in order to detect suspicious behavior such as unapproved data access or copying. This means that your hardware can be completely up to date while the software will help protect you from potential data loss.

In order to determine which Data Loss Prevention solution is best for your organization, it is important to consider the size and structure of your business as well as its industry. A large enterprise with standalone storage systems may require a more complex solution than a small business that uses cloud storage, for example.

Popular Storage Providers

  1. Pure Storage
  2. Tintri
  3. Netapp
  4. IBM
  5. EMC
  6. Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  7. Solidfire

Pure Storage is a company that offers data storage solutions for businesses. They are one of the few companies who also offer support with all of their products. This means that companies will not have to go to multiple sources for assistance with the different aspects of their infrastructure. Pure Storage is always focused on the customer's experience and they work hard to find ways to reduce downtime and maximize performance.

On the other hand, Tintri has been committed to transforming IT infrastructure for over 15 years now. They have been recognized by Gartner as a visionary in the IT industry and they offer a number of different solutions in order to meet different needs within an organization. Tintri has partnerships with various vendors such as Microsoft and Oracle in order to help businesses integrate their storage solutions into their existing infrastructure.

Netapp focuses on storage area network solutions (SAN). They provide data storage for large enterprises and are well known for providing reliable solutions. NetApp was one of the first companies to provide management software for SANs which has helped set them apart from the competition. NetApp is unique in the fact that they offer software solutions as well as hardware. This allows companies to easily put their data into the cloud and then access it from anywhere in the world.

IBM was originally started in 1911, which makes them one of the oldest IT consulting companies out there. While they have adapted over time, IBM still focuses on helping clients with their storage needs. This means that they have a wide variety of different products for various industries, and are constantly doing research to make sure that they continue to develop their products.

EMC was launched in 1979 with the goal of creating new ways to store data on magnetic media. They were one of the first companies to come up with solutions such as load balancing, and have continued to adapt to the changing needs of their customers.

EMC has always been focused on data protection as well as helping businesses improve their storage infrastructure. In 2014 they acquired VCE which is a cloud based product company. This was done by EMC in order to help make cloud storage easier for businesses in order to help them improve their data protection.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is another large company that has been around since the early 1900s. HPE offers a range of different solutions to businesses in order to help make storage easy and accessible. They offer innovative new ways for companies to manage their data, which allows customers to worry less about how they will store their data.

HPE has also invested in research and development to develop new ways to protect data. They have one of the most advanced encryption systems on the market, which helps companies ensure that they are keeping their sensitive information safe from potential hackers.

Solidfire is a newer storage company who has been named by Forbes as one of the most promising companies to watch in 2017. Solidfire offers data storage solutions for large organizations, and they are constantly improving their products in order to meet different needs within an organization.

They were originally founded by engineers from Cisco and VMware, which is a nice combination of two of the largest IT consulting companies out there. This gives them experience with new technologies in the IT industry and allows them to provide different solutions to help companies adapt.

The storage of data is a critical aspect for any company. With the amount of data that companies are storing today, it's crucial to have reliable solutions in place at all times. One way you can do this is by looking into enterprise storage devices such as those mentioned above. These storage systems offer better reliability and performance when compared with traditional hard drives while being more cost effective than cloud based services like Dropbox or Google Drive. If your business needs some help finding an ideal solution, don't hesitate to reach out!  

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