Managing enterprise data storage grows more difficult by the day. Organizations are more reliant than ever on their data and the intelligence and insight it produces, and the ability to quickly unlock the value of data capital is key to competitiveness. But rapidly growing data volumes and performance-hungry applications are making it increasingly challenging and more costly to make data available to users and analytics platforms. Organizations that want to get the most from their data resources need powerful yet cost-efficient solutions that can help to simplify data management, reduce latency, enable stronger data protection and make data continuously available. Dell EMC, a global leader in enterprise data storage solutions, provides a broad range of products to solve the data storage needs of organizations large and small.
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Data today is more diverse than ever and resides in more locations, thanks to next-generation technologies like the Internet of Things, mobile computing, hybrid/multi-cloud applications and cloud-native Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions, in addition to traditional on-premise enterprise applications and databases. The challenges for managing enterprise data today include:
The overarching challenge of enterprise data storage is to build systems that can support the entire data footprint and enable intelligent and efficient data management at any scale in order to deliver timely insights and business value.
Dell EMC provides a portfolio of data storage technology for modern and legacy applications. Architected for a variety of data sets – including unstructured, semi-structured and structured data – Dell EMC solutions provide a variety of I/O characteristics and service level agreements that enable IT teams to choose the optimal balance of performance, cost and flexibility.
The Dell EMC enterprise data storage portfolio includes:
Dell EMC data storage technologies enable you to:
Dell EMC’s Optimize for Storage service provides IT teams with ongoing guidance from a designated storage expert to make sure mission-critical systems are configured and operating at peak performance. Optimize for Storage delivers personalized guidance and actionable next steps that result in significantly less risk of data loss, downtime and business delays. A Dell EMC storage expert orchestrates a host of tools and resources to analyze, evaluate and report on storage health through daily system monitoring, deep-dive configuration and performance evaluations, and annual strategic planning sessions.
What is data storage?
Data storage refers to the task of keeping or archiving digital data on different kinds of media for use by computers and other devices.
What are the types of data storage media?
Main types of storage media include hard disk drives (HDDs), solid-state disks (SSDs), optical storage and tape. HDDs read and write data to spinning discs coated in magnetic media. SSDs store data on nonvolatile flash memory chips and have no moving parts. Optical data storage uses lasers to store and retrieve data from optical media, typically a spinning optical disc. Tape storage records data on magnetic tape.
What are primary and secondary data storage?
Primary data storage is used to store data that is highly important and/or frequently accessed and requires faster responses. Secondary storage is used to archive less important or inactive data that must be kept for operational or historical purposes.
What is flash vs. hybrid storage?
Flash storage is essentially synonymous with solid-state disks and provides some of the fastest response times in the storage industry. Because flash also tends to be more costly, companies may use a hybrid storage solution that combines fast flash storage with more economical forms (but less responsive) forms of storage media, storing data on one media or the other based on its value and criticality.
What is network storage vs. object storage?
Network-attached storage is a data storage device that can be accessed by users via a local area network. Network storage is typically a file storage device, where data is stored hierarchically using files and folders much like paper is organized in a filing cabinet. Object storage is a data storage system where data is stored as objects in a flat structure, with attached metadata that describes it, and a unique identifier that allows it to be found among a highly distributed array of storage devices.
What is tiered storage?
Tiered storage is an approach to data storage that balances cost and performance by using high-performance media for data that is frequently accessed, and less expensive media for data that does not need to be accessed as frequently or as quickly.
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