• What is NAS and how do NAS servers excel at corralling unstructured data?
    by Ann Bednarz on February 21, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Network-attached storage (NAS) is a category of file-level storage that’s connected to a network and enables data access and file sharing across a heterogeneous client and server environment.“Ideally, NAS is platform- and OS-independent, appears to any application as another server, can be brought online without shutting down the network and requires no changes to other enterprise servers,” says research firm Gartner in its definition of NAS.BE SURE NOT TO MISS:What do users […]

  • Best external drives for backup, storage, and portability
    by Gordon Mah Ung on January 26, 2018 at 12:44 am

    Anyone who uses a PC should have an external drive. It’s not only a useful means of data backup and storage, it also allows you to transport files from your desktop or laptop to another device.External drive cheat sheet Our quick-hit recommendations:Best external backup drive: Western Digital My Passport 4TB [] Best external performance drive: Samsung T5 [] ·Xbox One X one users, as well, would be wise to invest in an external drive as a way of […]

  • What is disaster recovery? How to ensure business continuity
    by Keith Shaw on January 23, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Disasters come in all shapes and sizes. It’s not just catastrophic events such as hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes, but also incidents such as cyber-attacks, equipment failures and even terrorism that can be classified as disasters.Companies and organizations prepare by creating disaster recovery plans that detail actions to take and processes to follow to resume mission-critical functions quickly and without major losses in revenues or business.BE SURE NOT TO MISS:REVIEW: 4 top […]

  • Blockchain and cryptocurrency may soon underpin cloud storage
    by Lucas Mearian on January 23, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Through blockchain, Roberto Galoppini sees an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone: His organization, FileZilla, can offer users free online data storage while also allowing them to earn valuable cryptocurrency.Galoppini, director of strategy for FileZilla, the popular, open-source FTP client, said his service is planning to shift direction this year by using a peer-to-peer (P2P), distributed storage platform from Atlanta-based Storj Labs Inc. that will be managed via blockchain.[ […]

  • What is blockchain? The most disruptive tech in decades
    by Lucas Mearian on January 18, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    Blockchain is poised to change IT in much the same way open-source software did a quarter of a century ago. And in the same way that Linux took more than a decade to become a cornerstone in modern application development, Blockchain will take years to become a lower cost, more efficient way to share information between open and private networks.But the hype around this seemingly new, secure electronic ledger is real. In essence, blockchain represents a new paradigm for the way information is […]

  • Server vendors push flex pricing to challenge cloud providers
    by Andy Patrizio on January 17, 2018 at 11:00 am

    For some time now, server unit sales have been steadily dropping for the major x86 server vendors as enterprises draw down their on-premises hardware in favor of cloud services.The response from the hardware vendors is if you can’t beat 'em, clone 'em. Vendors are adopting a pay-as-you-go model not unlike that of a cloud provider, where you pay for how much compute time you use and hand back the hardware when you are done rather than buying it outright.+ Check out our review of rack […]

  • Vexata all-flash systems aim to reduce storage latency
    by Ann Bednarz on January 11, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Startup Vexata is tackling a vexing problem: how to eliminate input-output bottlenecks in storage fabrics without requiring customers to rearchitect their IT infrastructures.“If you look at the world today, all these IoT environments with [machine learning] and AI ecosystems, where the desire is mass volumes of data that need to be accessed with very high throughputs, at super low latencies and massive scale – how do you do this economically? How do you do it simplistically so that […]

  • 25% off SanDisk 256GB iXpand Base for iPhone charging and backup - Deal Alert
    by DealPost Team on January 4, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Here's something you probably didn't know existed. With SanDisk's iXpand iPhone base, you'll never have to worry about losing your memories again. Every time you charge your iPhone with the iXpand Base, it automatically backs up your photos, videos and contacts. The iXpand Base offers plenty of room to save your files in their original quality with no worry about recurring monthly fees for Internet-based storage. Designed for everyday use with a soft rubber top, a sturdy base, and a […]

  • Tech luminaries we lost in 2017
    by Ken Gagne on December 29, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    In memoriamImage by IDG / ThinkstockOur everyday lives rest upon the inventions and innovations of the scientists and engineers who came before us. Whether they developed programming languages, carbon nanotubes, data classification systems, video games, or the Internet itself, these 12 men and women are among the tech luminaries we lost in 2017. Their legacies, however, live on.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • 30% off APC 1500VA Compact UPS Battery Backup & Surge Protector
    by DealPost Team on December 18, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    An APC UPS provides backup power power and surge protection to power and protect your PC or Mac, network router, gaming consoles like Xbox and PS4, AV and other business electronics from the dangers of power surges, spikes, lightning and power outages. By powering your critical electronics with a backup battery during blackouts, you ensure personal and professional connectivity when it matters most. Improvements in efficiency, size and surge protection come at an affordable price, making the […]

  • Enterprise network trends to watch 2018
    by Network World staff on December 4, 2017 at 11:00 am

    What's going to shake things up in 2018? IT pros will have their hands full with technologies that have been hyped for some time and are now ripe for adoption, including software-defined WAN, hybrid cloud computing, hyperconvergence, and Internet of Things. See below for our collection of enterprise picks, predictions and prognostications.Why 2018 will be the year of the WAN ThinkstockSoftware-defined WAN technology is sweeping across the industry, growing from an emerging technology in 2017 […]

  • Hyperconvergence gathers speed in 2018
    by Ann Bednarz on November 29, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    IDGHyperconvergence is on a roll.Enterprises are shifting storage investments from legacy architectures to software-defined systems in an effort to achieve greater agility, easier provisioning and lower administrative costs. Hyperconverged systems – which combine storage, compute and network functionality in a single virtualized solution – are on their radars.Enterprise interest in hyperconverged systems as potential replacements for legacy SAN and NAS storage systems has in turn […]

  • Micro-modular data centers set to multiply
    by Ann Bednarz on November 29, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    IDGMini data centers are sprouting up on the edges of networks – in factories, on container ships, and piggybacked on cellular base stations – as enterprises and service providers look to embed compute and storage capacity closer to where data is being generated.So-called micro-modular data centers (MMDC) aren’t new, and they’re not the only distributed edge computing solution. But they’re growing in popularity with a compound annual growth rate of 42% over the […]

  • How to fix a hard disk in Windows using the command prompt
    on October 30, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Computerworld Windows expert Preston Gralla walks you through the steps needed to easily repair a corrupted hard disk using the command line or PowerShell. […]

  • 25% off SanDisk Ultra 32GB microSDHC UHS-I card with Adapter - Deal Alert
    by DealPost Team on October 16, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    SanDisk has discounted some cards today on Amazon. Their Ultra 32GB microSDHC UHS-I card with Adapter is currently listed for $11.19, which is $0.61 cheaper than the 16GB model. Today they've also priced the 64GB model at $17.99, 128GB for $36.99, and 200GB for $62.99. See these discounts on Amazon, today only.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Save Hundreds on The Microsoft Private Cloud Solutions Training Bundle
    by DealPost Team on September 18, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Microsoft Certified. Sounds pretty impressive. Add that to your CV five times over when you prep to ace five Microsoft certification exams with the Microsoft Private Cloud Solutions Bundle, on sale for $79. Eighty percent of Fortune 500 companies are on Microsoft Cloud.* That makes for a pretty compelling reason to add certifications to your résumé that prove you're ready to join the team of one of those organizations. With this five-course bundle, you'll learn […]

  • New SanDisk microSD card enables an app speed boost for Android users
    by Lucas Mearian on September 1, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    SanDisk this week introduced the 400GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card, which is not only the world's highest capacity microSD card but one from which smartphones, tablets or laptops can run applications.According to SanDisk, the micro SDcard achieves UHS Speed Class 1 – the best performance available for a microSD card and one that enables the speedy loading and running of apps."What this means for users is that, in theory, they will no longer be limited to only having apps on the main memory […]

  • 40% off Lexar microSD To Lightning Reader - Deal Alert
    by DealPost Team on August 28, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Lexar's microSD-to-Lightning reader makes it easy to move all your favorite content to & from your iOS device on the go. So whether you’re offloading stunning action photos from that sporting event, or dramatic video from your drone, or if you just want a simple solution to back up or move around your files while mobile -- it’s got you covered. With its small footprint, you can put it in your pocket and go. And the Lightning connector fits with most iOS cases, providing […]

  • 31% off WD 4TB My Passport Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive - Deal Alert
    by DealPost Team on August 16, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Safely store massive amounts of photos, videos and music with this 4TB external drive from WD. It comes equipped with WD Backup software so you can automatically back up photos, videos, music and documents on your preferred schedule. And built-in 256-bit AES hardware encryption with WD Security software helps keep your content private and safe. The 4TB My Passport model is currently priced just $10 higher than its 3TB counterpart with this 31% off deal. See it now on Amazon.To read this […]

  • Top storage certifications for IT pros
    by Ann Bednarz on July 20, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Skilled storage pros are in demand as enterprise IT teams take on exponential data growth and strategically migrate data assets from legacy systems to more modern options.For these professionals who are looking for a new job or aiming to advance in their current role, a certification could potentially differentiate them from other one candidates. And for hiring managers, certifications can help trim some of the risk from the recruitment process by validating to some extent expertise in areas […]

  • 48% off Inateck 2.5 Inch USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure External Case - Deal Alert
    by DealPost Team on July 13, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    This 3 port USB 3.0 hub converts any 9.5mm & 7mm 2.5-Inch SATA HDD/SSD into an external hard drive for ultimate mobility and convenience. Setup is tool free and easy to install and disassemble.  A built-in foam pad protects the hard disk. This device features automatic sleep and spin-down, and goes into sleep mode automatically after 10 minutes in idle state. Currently receiving 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon (read reviews), it's discounted by 48% down to just $21.99,  See […]