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Three Reasons SDS Needs to go Back to School

Software Defined Storage (SDS) has fundamentally changed the way storage hardware is purchased by abstracting storage services from the physical hardware. But to reach its full potential SDS needs to go back to school. Join us for this live webinar with George Crump, Lead Analyst at Storage Switzerland and Andrew Flint, VP of Marketing at ioFABRIC as they discuss why SDS has more to learn to deliver the next level of efficiency in the data center.

In this webinar you will learn:

•How SDS can drive better storage efficiency
•How SDS solutions can become more automated
•Why SDS does NOT need to be hyper-converged
Recorded Jun 24 2015 59 mins
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  • Wolves in Sheep's Clothing? Recorded: Dec 4 2019 25 mins
    Storage Switzerland, HYCU
    Beware of Backup Software Claiming to provide Cloud Data Management

    Organizations are already multi-cloud. They often have a cloud-like infrastructure on-premises like VMware or Nutanix. They may also have cloud-native applications based on SQL, SAP HANA or PostgreSQL. Even if the organization doesn't have a cloud-native application, they may want to use the cloud for off-site storage or disaster recovery. In any of these uses cases the organization needs a multi-cloud data management strategy and backup software can deliver on many of the requirements. IT planners, however, need to closely examine the sacrifices that these solutions might force them to make. Legacy solutions may require an external and potentially foreign user interface, and so-called cloud-native applications may not provide on-premises protection.
  • Learn How To Solve Your DR Nightmare in Less Than 30 Minutes! Recorded: Nov 21 2019 27 mins
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    What is your disaster recovery (DR) plan? Most organizations today do not have a formalized process. When disaster strikes, IT scrambles, hoping to pluck victory from the jaws of defeat. A DR plan prioritizes recovery efforts so that personnel can focus on recovering the most critical applications and their dependencies first. DR Plans also enable anyone in IT to guide the organization through the disaster recovery process.  Not only does the lack of planning puts the company’s reputation at risk, but Storage Switzerland also finds that organizations without a DR plan often spend significantly more on data protection than those with a formal strategy.

    The reality though is most organizations don’t have the time to create a DR plan. Even if they do take the time to develop a plan, they don’t have the time to maintain it and ensure that it is up to date. The good news is the latest advancements in data protection solutions include orchestration and automation, which enables organizations to create, maintain and execute workflows that guide the organization to a successful recovery no matter how severe the disaster.

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    *. How orchestration and automation can make DR plan creation and maintenance possible for even the busiest IT teams
  • Are You Treating Unstructured Data as a Second Class Citizen? Recorded: Nov 5 2019 43 mins
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    Unstructured data is the fastest-growing segment of data within most enterprises today. This data set contains the creative output of the organization's employees as well as unique data captured by sensors and machines. Unstructured data is large in terms of capacity and number of files. It is also the prime target of ransomware. Organizations are paying hefty ransoms to regain access to their data.

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  • 15 Minute Webinar: Do You Really Need to Consolidate Backup? Recorded: Oct 21 2019 20 mins
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    To some, tape storage may seem like an outdated technology in the era of NAS and object-based storage. But— here’s a surprise – tape today is more relevant than ever. Even the most modern data centers can benefit from its low cost of ownership, scalability, reliability and security. In our next live webinar, Storage Switzerland is joined by Spectra Logic, Fujifilm and Iron Mountain to discuss why tape use shouldn’t just continue but actually expand, including in hybrid cloud environments.

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  • Panel Discussion: Is Computational Storage a Better Path to Extreme Performance? Recorded: Jul 25 2019 33 mins
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