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  • As a result of the deal, Azure customers can now deploy thousands of Azure HPC instances on demand.

  • VIDEO: ClusterHQ CEO Mark Davis discusses the Docker storage opportunity and how his company's open-source Flocker technology fits in.

  • Cirba provides analytics for storage supply and demand in the physical and virtual IT worlds.

  • Since HP wrestled 3PAR from Dell in a multibillion-dollar bidding war, the division has performed well for the corporation.

  • The alarming influx of accumulative business data is expensive to store, secure and make readily accessible for the right people so they can do business well. Small to medium-size businesses are particularly vulnerable to this challenge—preserving the integrity of their data but facing potential budget issues that may be related to acquiring more storage space. To be effectively managed, adequately protected and completely recovered, data stores must be lean, with backups kept to a minimum. Yet, research has shown that 13 copies of each business document exist within a storage system on average. This is why deduplication is a highly effective method to address ubiquitous data growth. It identifies and eliminates redundant information in a data set and allows organizations to reduce their storage space and network bandwidth needs. However, deduplication is often viewed as a standard capability within every backup and recovery solution—a one-size-fits-all feature. The truth is that deduplication processes vary significantly, and it can be hard to know which is best. In this eWEEK slide show, we offer insight into various deduplication practices that come from unified data protection provider Arcserve.

  • NexGen's multitier architecture is compatible with future-type technologies, such as NVMe, 3D flash and ReRAM.

  • Hitachi expands its lineup of all-flash and hybrid flash arrays, performance optimization software and data analytics products.

  • Spectrums are high-end systems designed to support cognitive and other data-driven applications across hybrid cloud environments.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: With the coming of enterprise-quality NAND flash, the scene was set for young storage companies to be swallowed. Why? We explain.

  • $19 billion deal follows by nine days Dell's record-setting $67 billion acquisition of world storage king EMC.

  • As Dell World 2015 gets underway, the vendor unveils the first systems from its new Datacenter Scalable Solutions business.

  • Dell has spent more than $15 billion buying more than 30 companies since Michael Dell returned as CEO in 2007, and the number will go up substantially should the vendor follow through on its $67 billion bid for storage giant EMC and its collection of business, including VMware. Michael Dell had built his company making PCs and mastering the direct selling model. However, he knew he had to diversify beyond PCs and commodity servers, and aggressively went about building out Dell's data center capabilities and transforming the company into an enterprise IT solutions and services vendor. He also engineered the $25 billion buyout of Dell two years ago and took it private, a move designed to accelerate its transformation. Much of that evolution has come through acquisitions, giving Dell reach in such areas as networking, storage, software, cloud, big data and security. With its offer for EMC—which isn't expected to close until sometime next year—Dell is proposing the largest deal in tech industry history, dwarfing Hewlett-Packard's 2002 $25 billion acquisition of Compaq and Avago Technologies' $37 billion deal to buy Broadcom, a merger announced in May. Here's a look at some of Dell's significant acquisitions in recent years.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: Dell's proposed $67 billion buyout of EMC is only the latest in a long line of mega-mergers that will continue to winnow out the biggest players in the enterprise IT field.

  • In a data fabric, public cloud providers, such as AWS, Dell Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and others, become de facto extensions of the data center.

  • Michael Dell has once again made headlines by announcing the largest-ever IT industry acquisition, according to the banks involved in the deal. Dell intends to buy EMC for $67 billion, creating a massive IT firm capable of delivering a wide range of enterprise IT systems and services—including storage, servers, virtualization, data security, cloud computing, analytics and data center management services for companies big and small. The Dell-EMC deal has sent shockwaves through the entire industry and could have a profound impact—not only on cloud service providers, but also top enterprise IT companies, such as IBM and Hewlett-Packard, that will have to contend with a much enlarged and diversified Dell. It's also the latest evidence of the consolidation that's being forced on the IT industry by the competitive challenge of cloud computing. If the deal is approved by regulators, it will allow Dell to complete its transformation from a maker of PC and server hardware to a soup-to-nuts IT systems and services company. It could also fully validate Michael Dell's costly move to take his company private. Read on to learn more about how the deal will affect the IT industry.

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