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Application-Aware Storage

Definition - What does Application-Aware Storage mean?

Application-aware storage is a type of storage architecture that monitors and optimizes storage resources in line with how different applications use it. Application-aware storage enables the optimal management of storage operations, particularly for applications that often use the underlying storage media for storing and extracting data.

Techopedia explains Application-Aware Storage

Application-aware storage primarily uses machine learning capabilities to understand how a specific application uses the base storage. To achieve this, application-aware storage requires close integration and collaboration between the operating system and all storage interfaces. The data collected/evaluated by an application-aware storage system/medium is used to improve storage allocation, utilization, disk caching, optimization and overall quality of service. For example, a virtualization application-aware storage technology will enable the monitoring, management and optimization of storage operations within a virtualization environment and/or for all virtual machines.

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