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What is hybrid storage? The emergence of a new technology

For the past decade or so, solid state drives (SSDs) have been the golden child of the storage world. These devices are basically hard disk replacements that use the same flash memory found in USB drives, mobile phones and SD cards, and they offer a long list of benefits against their electromechanical counterparts: they have no moving parts, are more resistant to impact and other forms of physical stress, and …Read More

Guest Post: Consider all the variables when deciding on storage

For those in the market for storage for their home or SMB, the discussion of the moment is deciding between local or cloud based storage. On both sides of the fence there are a wealth of options from several different brands but it’s critical that decision makers get down to the core of how these solutions operate, their demands on other infrastructure, and how it will affect you or your …Read More

But first, how do we store a #selfie?

In the world of social networks, the lifespan of data has been shortened to just a few moments. You upload your selfie, you enjoy the ‘likes’ for a couple of hours, and then you upload another one – pushing another batch of data into virtual oblivion. Have you ever wondered where your photos end up after their death? Yes – they go into a “cyber graveyard” or – if you …Read More

Can data storage technology get any smaller?

Data storage technologies for years have been going in one direction – data carriers needed to be ever smaller, with ever larger storage capacity, as well as energy-efficiency (economical), and fast. You cannot have everything at once, of course, but miracles do happen and sometimes an idea appears in line with the famous Apple slogan “think different”. The creator of shingled magnetic recording certainly thought differently. Until recently there was only …Read More

Sharing Confidential Information over the Cloud

The risks associated with access to data for certain individuals, namely those who don’t need access to it, needs to be taken into account when sharing business data with other people within the same company, but not necessarily everyone, or with other partners and corporate clients, but not necessarily all of them. Confidential data sharing is not actually difficult, but the operating environment must be designed for it. Anything that …Read More

A server for sharing content at home

The home is an area of investigation for the most enjoyable uses of data. There is a great common demand for a server to share content with others inside and outside the home or to access the content from outside the home. Since the content is data, sharing content in the home can be achieved in many ways, which are not always easy to grasp. Although, there are “classic” methods …Read More

CHKDSK: Using a sledgehammer to crack a nut

The power of CHKDSK may be mighty, but if you’re only cracking a nut is it too much? A little background: originating in 15th century England, a sledgehammer was a large iron hammer primarily used for construction. Most of us have encountered hard drive problems from time to time and many of us have resorted to the hard drive-equivalent known as CHKDSK which will destroy anything in its path to …Read More

A history of data storage & recovery [interactive infographic]

Nowadays we have computers with high storage capacity, we can store our data in the cloud and smartphones that can help us access it all at the drop of a hat.. We have grown accustom to technology which is becoming harder live without. But, of course, technology has had to evolve into what it is now. For example, you may know that in 1984 Apple launched its first Mac computer, …Read More

Limiting data loss from data stores: Virtualisation vs Physical Harware RAIDs

The advent of virtualisation in the IT industry has brought about many drastic changes in the way that corporate data is stored: administrators everywhere are looking at this technology in order to consolidate old hardware and to find a streamlined solution for their storage needs. The big question from a data recovery point of view is: which is safer, data stored in a virtualised environment or data stored directly on …Read More

Can you trust your backups? It’s the time of year for a spring clean (with infographic)

As winter turns to spring, (if at the moment in name only) many of us feel a need to de-clutter and clean our homes and offices.  It’s a timely reminder that data can also accumulate in organisations’ IT systems and archives, making it difficult to manage and expensive to store. An important part of any organisation’s data management strategy, along with aiming for 100% availability and securely deleting data that’s …Read More