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Reimagining Legacy Storage Strategies

As the amount of unstructured data continues to soar, managing this content has become overly complex and expensive. 30-year-old RAID-based strategies are not a scalable solution for the future. Organizations of all sizes need to reevaluate their storage strategy for both primary and data protection storage. Next generation solutions designed to easily scale capacity and performance are a must to support ever-changing business requirements.
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