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HPE Brings Nimble Skynet to 3PAR Arrays

Who doesn’t like the idea of having six 9’s of uptime for their storage?  Availability is a major consideration for any storage, public or private.  Of course, having great availability isn’t the only measure of storage quality.  We also value performance, low latency and consistency.  But making storage behave in a predictable manner isn’t always… Read more »

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Accelerating Workloads with NetApp Plexistor

I hadn’t realised that NetApp acquired Plexistor earlier this year.  Depending on which site you look at, the acquisition was a pretty cheap $20m or $32m, based on an A-round investment of around $4.5m in September 2014.  NetApp demonstrated application acceleration using the Plexistor technology at Insight in Berlin last week (see the day 2… Read more »

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VMAX – The Mainframe of Storage

This post title may sound a little controversial, but that’s far from my intention.  Anyone who knows me will be aware that I started out in the mainframe era.  I like the mainframe’s reliability and maturity of features, many of which took a long time to arrive in today’s IT world.  However, the mainframe is… Read more »

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Storage Field Day 14 Preview: E8 Storage

I initially held off reviewing E8 Storage as we had a podcast scheduled with CEO Zivan Ori, which went live last Friday.  Rather than make assumptions about the technology, I wanted to ensure I was giving some credit to the architecture.  I’m glad I did wait because there were one or two fundamentals I hadn’t… Read more »

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With LTO-8, Tape Capacities Show No Sign of Slowing Down

On 17 October 2017, the LTO consortium announced the availability of LTO-8, the next generation of LTO tape technology.  LTO is run by three technology provider companies (TPCs), namely HPE, IBM, and Quantum.  Since the first products were released in 2000, LTO media has increased from 100GB capacity with LTO-1 to 12TB on LTO-8.  The… Read more »

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Storage Field Day 14 Preview: Scality

I’ve followed Scality for a long time, through many previous presentations at Tech Field Days (see the further reading below) and at UK events too.  I also recently presented at Scality SDS Day in London talking about the future of Software Defined Storage.  So what is object storage and what do Scality do? Object Storage… Read more »

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Storage Field Day 14 Preview: EMC

Update: Looks like we’ll be seeing XtremIO again!  (link) It’s over a year since I did a full Tech Field Day event.  Where does the time go?  Next week I’m attending Storage Field Day 14, based in the Silicon Valley area.  Compared to most events, this one looks (at first glance) relatively quiet, with only… Read more »

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Object Storage Essential Capabilities #2 – Data Protection

This is a series of posts covering critical features for object storage platforms and extends on this post from the beginning of 2017. Previous Posts Object Storage Essential Capabilities #1 – Scalability Protecting data in an object store represents different challenges to those for traditional storage.  In block-based storage, for example, capacity reaches a level… Read more »

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Windows Server, Release Cycles and HCI

The discussion on Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) seems to have generated a lot of interest and a lot of defensive posts. These posts seem to think that what has been written is either wrong or misinformation.  Actually, the issue is poor communication on Microsoft’s part.  However, what’s subsequently been said has left more questions than… Read more »