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While object storage has been around for quite some time, many are unfamiliar with it due to its cumbersome architecture and design. That’s because unlike traditional storage architectures, which rely on the application knowing where to access the data, object storage architectures don’t require the application to know where or how the data is stored. Instead, object storage architectures assign unique identifiers to the data, which allows a server or end user to retrieve data without needing to know its physical location.

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The NetApp EF560 all-flash array has demonstrated improvements in storage performance to offer the absolute and consistent latency, IOPs, and bandwidth for enterprise database and third-platform analytics applications. Based on new Storage Performance Council SPC-2 and SPC-1 results, the all-flash EF560 achieved the No. 1 ranking for SPC-2 bandwidth performance, and the No. 6 ranking for SPC-1 Price-Performance for all-flash arrays.

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As manager of the database team in NetApp IT, I manage more than 400 databases, some of which are business-critical to the company’s operations. As a 25-year industry veteran, I’m seeing huge changes in the way I do my job that I never would have anticipated even 10 years ago.

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Is your organization storing its valuable information in multiple places, both on-premises and in the cloud? If so, you are not alone. IDC predicts that 65% of enterprise IT assets will be off site by 2018. IT operations will be spread across colocation sites, hosting partners, and cloud data centers. And one-third of all IT “staff” will actually be employees of third-party service providers. Data security used to be a serious challenge when all of your data was in one place. It’s now a multi-dimensional management nightmare for nearly every IT organization.

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It’s been about a year since I first got involved with OpenStack. I will not lie—during the first few weeks, I couldn’t figure out what all the hype was about. My perception of OpenStack was that it was an open source alternative to Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure, and that was it. But then I realized why the OpenStack community was so passionate about the project. All the hype made perfect sense.

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