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The Shift to Shared: A New Approach to Optimizing IT Operations

Ask any data center architect what keeps them up at night and they will likely mention downtime and how to avoid it. In order to plan for anticipated usage, companies often throw money at the problem, over-spending on IT resources that may sit idle most of the time. Sure, there might be peak loads that come with seasonal upticks or promotions and it’s important to be ready for those, but what about the rest of the time? Just as a...

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What Happens After Moore’s Law?

The assumption that every technology will continue to get faster and better has become second nature much in thanks to Moore’s Law. As Moore’s Law predicted, the number of transistors on an integrated circuit have doubled at a steady pace since 1965 (initially every year, later adjusted to roughly every two), bringing exponential increases to computing power. For more than half a century Moore’s Law held true with stunning...

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What Is “Next-Gen”? How SSDs are Shaping Gaming’s Evolution

In November, Sony and Microsoft released their newest home video game consoles. Along with a bevy of new games and features, the releases also mark the return of the ever elusive “next-gen” descriptor. “Next-gen” has historically attempted to quantify the unquantifiable; there’s no number of polygons that qualifies a game as “next-gen.” It seeks to describe a feeling, an experience, something that wasn’t possible until...

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The Project That Never Sleeps

Perched on the window in the top left corner of his living room sits a mounted DSLR camera that peers across the Hudson River, to a perfect view of New York City. The camera capturing the iconic skyline is part of a time-lapse project, created by filmmaker and photographer Joseph DiGiovanna, called NYC TimeScape. What started with one photo of the sun rising over the city, has grown into a multimillion photo collection of a sprawling...

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The Real Impact of 8K TVs on Storage

By Craig Lamb Our TV viewing experience and how we consume content was radically changed by Digital Video Recorders (DVR) long before on-demand streaming services even existed. They allowed satellite, cable, and terrestrial DVB to feed DVRs with a constant stream of content which was stored on a drive beneath the TV.  This model still works very well. Millions of consumers leverage subscription TV alongside newer streaming services...

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Working with OSNEXUS to Make SDS Adoption Easy

Traditional storage arrays (feature-rich, powerful, and proprietary) have seen a revolution over the last decade with the dawn of Software-Defined Storage (SDS). I spoke with Western Digital partner Steven Umbehocker, CEO & Founder of OSNEXUS Corporation, to learn more about the state of SDS today, and how businesses and MSPs are taking advantage of SDS to better scale applications and workloads to meet today’s data demands. [...

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Flash Forward: Why Industrial-Grade Storage Matters

Today at Flash Memory Summit, Western Digital introduced the Western Digital IX SN530 industrial-grade NVMe™ SSD, specifically designed for today’s industrial IoT (IIoT) and automotive applications. No stranger to the unique needs of these markets, whether it’s supporting smart factories or autonomous cars, the company is delivering its fourth generation of industrial-grade storage solutions. But taking a step back, what does it...

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COVID to the Cloud—Can you Handle Me?

By Ronni Shendar. Illustrations by Aisha Alkinaey. As the world was scrambling to adjust to the new COVID-19 reality, cloud usage has been indisputably soaring.[1] It seems like no matter how many video meetings, streaming binges or viral dance challenges we throw at it, the cloud never says no. While many feared that the sudden increase in activity would cause the internet to break, or that cloud outages would prevail, the cloud has...

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How is AI Clearing the Vision of Smart Video?

New Survey Finds Hard Disk Drives Leading Storage in Smart Video Systems while High-Endurance Flash is Fueling Smart Cameras Ask the security systems integrators we polled in our recent survey, and they will tell you that storage is the backbone for capturing, retaining and analyzing data. More than ever, they’re relying heavily on hard disk drives (HDDs) and flash because capacity and endurance matter. The industry is moving beyond...

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From Rebel to Innovator

Yan Li encourages more women to submit patents and drive innovation Yan Li has 214 patents. She’s been with Western Digital for 22 years. She has a Ph.D. in Materials Science. And she’s a rebel. In fact, Yan, currently Vice President of Design Engineering in Memory Technology, attributes her innovation achievements in NAND flash to a healthy dissatisfaction with the status quo. A Problem-Solving Focus A mindset centered on...

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Nerd Alert! Hard Drive Puzzle – Win a Prize

How about some fun? Let’s take a little pause from the daily grind and marvel over hard disk drives (HDDs). They’re kind of magical! With thousands of mechanical parts, magnetic platters with billions of sectors spinning at incredible speeds, HDDs are a paragon of atom-level precision. If HDDs make your head spin, too, let’s test your knowledge. If you complete this puzzle (it’s interactive!), you can enter for a chance to win...

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NVMe-oF™: Will Fabrics Change SSDs?

The proliferation of NVMe™ devices in the data center has catalyzed the adoption of NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF™). Yet now, as NVMe-oF matures, it may need us to go back and rethink how we architect the integration of fabrics and SSDs. NVMe — Current State of Affairs As NVMe penetration across public and private cloud infrastructure increases, it helps data center architectures to shift from scale up systems to commodity scale out...