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Nine Critical Features for Object Stores

Object storage is a relatively new market segment that has continued to grow steadily and is starting to find more reasons for adoption.  For the uninitiated, object stores are used to hold large volumes of unstructured data, where each “object” is essentially a file with no specific format (also called a binary file).  Object stores… Read more »

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Building Data Storage With Containers

Note: Updated on 18 January 2017 to include OpenEBS. There’s an almost religious divide between those who see containers as entirely stateless objects and others taking a more pragmatic approach that says state and containers is an inevitable thing.  In the stateless model, data is assumed to be replicated and protected by many container instances,… Read more »

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HPE Demos 3PAR with Intel Optane (3D-XPoint)

There’s been a lot of coverage and potential hype around the impending release of Intel and Micron’s 3D-XPoint persistent storage technology.  Now it seems we have a good example of how Optane (as Intel are branding it) could be deployed into existing storage platforms.  During HPE Discover London (December 2016), the 3PAR team ran a demo… Read more »

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AWS Getting Serious About Enterprise On-Prem with Dockerised Linux AMI

AWS just announced the availability of an on-premises version of their Linux AMI, delivered as a Docker image (link).  This may seem an innocent and rather subdued announcement, but don’t forget that we also recently had the release of the AWS Server Migration Service (link) at the end of October.  AWS and VMware just became… Read more »

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Focus on High Performance NAS

Block-based storage (and particularly that based on Fibre Channel) has always been the favoured child when it comes to vendors talking about their products and solutions.  All of the high-end performing devices tend (but not exclusively) to be block-based.  However we’re seeing an increased focus on high performance NAS platforms, especially those with scale-out capabilities…. Read more »

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Peak VMware

Updated: AWS is pushing on with getting workload into the cloud directly too – see the new AWS Server Migration Service (link) Last week, VMware announced a new service called VMware Cloud on AWS (abbreviated  by some people to VMC).  I’ve been taking a little time to digest the news and views of others before… Read more »

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SNIA has high hopes for Swordfish

Probably the most annoying and frustrating part of being a storage manager in the 1990s was the lack of decent management and automation tools.  Each storage vendor had some good and some bad software for managing their arrays.  EMC’s Symmetrix/DMX/VMAX range, for example, had a great and well thought out CLI management tool; Solutions Enabler…. Read more »

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Cloud Will Not Consume IT – Apparently

Public cloud will not consume all of IT, at least that’s what Michael Dell is claiming.  In his opinion, cloud will become just another form of computing and a choice will be made by users to do cloud on-premises or rent from a cloud provider.  Bearing in mind Dell is in the hardware business, we… Read more »

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Cache or Tier – Does it Matter?

Who would have thought such an innocent comment would have created a stream of conversation?  Well, that’s what happened after I called out the Avere folks on the use of the term “tiered file system” during their presentation at Storage Field Day 11.  We even followed the discussion with a podcast, in an attempt to flesh… Read more »

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Storage Field Day 11 Previews: Intel, HGST

This is the second of two posts previewing the presenters at Storage Field Day 11, due to take place in San Jose 5-7 October 2016. In my previous post I discussed how the three companies in question (Avere, Primary Data and Scality) were focused on software-based data management.  In this post I cover the two… Read more »

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    Dell Acquiring EMC – The Facts

    As I’m not a journalist, I don’t have a need to leap in and make commentary when big announcements/acquisitions are made. Instead I’ve taken the time to look at all of the comments already out there and formulate a more considered opinion. I doubt the acquisition of Dell by EMC has escaped most people’s attention… Read more »

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    PernixData FVP – Feature or Platform?

    A couple of weeks ago I was briefed on the latest technology to come out of PernixData; a software suite known as Architect, which provides insight into the I/O workload of virtual machines in a VMware vSphere environment.  The company’s previous (and still current) product is FVP, a caching software layer for the hypervisor that… Read more »

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    Standard SSDs or Custom NAND Modules?

    At VMworld last week I took part in a Tech Field Day presentation from Violin Memory, one of the earliest all-flash array start-ups.  Violin are “relaunching” the company, following on from many senior management changes and a lot of work to make their products more relevant.  One point of discussion (specifically from me) was whether… Read more »

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    Kaminario Releases K2 v5.5 With $1/GB Price Point

    Last week Kaminario Inc, a start-up vendor of all-flash storage solutions released an upgrade to their K2 platform.  The release, introduces three main new features: 3D TLC NAND, achieving a $1/GB price point (usable). Native data asynchronous replication, based on snapshots. A feature called “Perpetual Array” to take some of the operational and financial cost… Read more »

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    Flash Economics: Choosing The Right SSD

    This post first appeared on the Kaminario Blog – http://kaminario.com/blog/flash-economics-choosing-right-ssd/ At a superficial level, it’s easy to assume that all solid-state disks (SSDs) are the same. In reality, that assumption couldn’t be further from the truth. SSDs continue to evolve and are dividing into a broad product category, in much the same way that hard disk… Read more »

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    Avoiding The Forklift Upgrade – Kaminario Guest Post

    I’ve recently started working with Kaminario, an all-flash array startup vendor and will be publishing a series of posts and papers on the Kaminario site.  I’ll also be linking them here for convenience.  The first post covers scale-out architectures as a way to avoid the continual replacement of technology – the so called forklift upgrade…. Read more »

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    Nutanix Goes After Private Cloud with XCP

    This week Nutanix held their .NEXT conference in sunny Miami, around plenty of anticipation for what was to be announced.  In the hyper-converged market-place there’s not a lot of love lost between the incumbents like VMware and the upstarts like Nutanix, as can be seen from recent blog posts that play on the polarisation of… Read more »

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    HP Expands 3PAR Range with New 20800 Arrays

      In what has become somewhat of a tradition at HP Discover, the HP 3PAR StoreServ platforms were extended this week with the announcements of new products and features, including the massively scalable 20800 series.  HP released two new models: 20800 “Converged Flash” – a hybrid system, scaling up to eight nodes, 33.8TB of cache,… Read more »

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    Pure Storage Announces New Hardware Platform – FlashArray//m

      This week has been an interesting one in the world of all-flash storage.  Both Pure Storage and HP have announcements; this post covers Pure and their new “FlashArray//m”. The new FlashArray//m platform is touted as a “modular upgradeable architecture” and claims to deliver 50% increase in performance, 2.6-fold increase in storage density and a… Read more »