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Review: QSAN AegisSAN Q500-F21 SAN Array

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Despite all the talk about new technologies, there’s still a market for SMB/SME capable storage arrays.  I already have a QSAN P100V4 in the lab, which is my main iSCSI array and that has been working faultlessly for the last 18 months.  Recently reviewed the QSAN Q500-F21, part of the AegisSAN range that supports both iSCSI and Fibre Channel. Product ... Read More »

Review: Zadara Storage Virtual Private Storage Array

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Over the last week I’ve been working with and reviewing the Virtual Private Storage Array (or VPSA) offering from Zadara Storage.  VPSA provides dedicated storage resources for cloud computing environments within Cloud Service Provider data centres like Amazon Web Services.  It seems somewhat counter-intuitive to describe dedicated storage resources as “software defined”, but that’s exactly how the company is pitching ... Read More »

Windows Server 2012 (Windows Server “8″) – Data Deduplication

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This is one of a series of posts discussing the new features in Windows Server 2012, now shipping and previously in public beta as Windows Server 8.  You can find references to other related posts at the end of this article.  This post reviews the storage feature – data de-duplication. Background Everyone wants to reduce the amount of primary storage ... Read More »

Review: ToughTech Secure Mini-Q

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Over the last couple of years I’ve moved away from personal physical disk media to using technologies like Dropbox as my method of carrying around files.  This is a pretty obvious migration; Dropbox, Google Drive and others provide additional features, including the most obvious one; they keep all your data in sync. However, there’s one area where cloud-based synchronisation becomes ... Read More »

Windows Server 2012 (Windows Server “8″) – Resilient File System

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This is one of a series of posts discussing the new features in Windows Server 2012, due to be shipped this year and currently in public beta as Windows Server 8.  You can find references to other related posts at the end of this article.  This post reviews the new file system format known as the Resilient File System or ... Read More »

Windows Server 2012 (Windows Server “8″) – Storage Spaces

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This is one of a series of posts discussing the new features in Windows Server 2012, due to be shipped this year and currently in public beta release as Windows Server “8″.  You can find references to other related posts at the end of this article.  This post reviews the new Storage Spaces feature. Background Storage Spaces is a feature ... Read More »