Cloud Data Migration – Shipping Virtual Machines

Previously we discussed the use of content migration tools to get data into public cloud services.  Another alternative is to ship entire virtual machines into the cloud, including the application and data. Why VMs? Why would it be more practical to ship an entire VM than just the data?  In some instances and with some… Read more »

QLC NAND – how real is it and what can we expect from the technology?

Since NAND flash storage was first introduced into enterprise computing, we’ve seen a rapid explosion in the types and capabilities of flash products that can now be deployed in servers, HCI solutions and storage arrays.  QLC is the next evolution of cost reducing, space increasing flash technology.  What is it and what can we expect… Read more »

Flash Diversity: High Capacity Drives from Nimbus and Micron

The desire to provide cheaper and greater capacity storage devices knows no bounds and has been a focus of the industry for the last 60 years.  Following on from Seagate’s 60TB “concept” flash drive, we now have two vendors selling 50TB OEM flash drives from Nimbus Data.  Let’s put that into context – the largest… Read more »

Scale Computing Moves Deeper Into the Enterprise With All-Flash HCI Nodes

Sometimes a technology captures your imagination and shows real promise for developing into something of real value for the customer.  Scale Computing is one such company that has continued to demonstrate technical innovation and a continuning evolution in their platform.  The most recent announcements bring to the market higher performance and capacity appliances, including an… Read more »

Cloud Data Migration – Data Transfer Using Physical Shipping & Appliances

One of the most interesting challenges with using the public cloud is how to get data into cloud storage platforms so it can be used with services like analytics or e-discovery.  One scenario is to use “analogue” shipping services to send physical devices like hard drives and appliances to the cloud provider. Shipping a Drive… Read more »

Dude, Where’s My 100TB Hard Drive?

It wasn’t that long ago we were being promised hard drives of unimaginable capacities.  I’m sure that at some stage triple digit numbers were being talked about.  However today we’re stuck with a “mere” 12TB of capacity per drive.  So what went wrong, or are we just being a little too hopeful? I did some… Read more »

Scality Introduces Zenko – A Multi-Cloud Data Controller

When I met with Scality CEO Jerôme Lecat last week, he was at pains to ensure that Zenko – the company’s latest software product – wasn’t described as a storage gateway.  Jerôme sees gateways as protocol conversion devices, which as we will discuss is definitely not what Zenko is about.  So what is it exactly? … Read more »

Tintri IPO: What Next?

Despite a little hiccup and a delay of a day, Tintri Inc (NASDAQ:TNTR) finally successfully executed their Initial Public Offering of shares on 30 June 2017.  It looks like the extra day was used to rethink the opening share price, which reduced from $10 to $7 a share, netting the company around $60m.  So far,… Read more »

Pure1 META – Analytics for Pure Storage Arrays

It seems storage array analytics solutions are like opinions – everybody has one!  Pure Storage is the most recent entrant into the platform analytics game, with the introduction of Pure1 META at Pure Accelerate last month.  META claims to analyse the data from 1000’s of storage arrays, with over 7 petabytes of stored data and… Read more »

DataGravity Pointed The Way to Data Rather Than Storage Management

It’s interesting to see The Register report that DataGravity, a storage startup has been acquired.  At this stage there are rumours, but as yet the buyer has not been officially identified.  As a concept the company pushed a sensible idea; know more about the data your are storing to be able to offer value-add data… Read more »

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  • VSAN, VSA or Dedicated Array?

    I don’t normally write blog posts that follow up on other people’s discussions however having seen some of the tweets relating to Nigel’s blog post on VSA versus VSAN, I realised my comments on the subject would stretch to an entire post of their own.  So here it is. The discussion (although I haven’t listened… Read more »

  • Gartner Reveals Increasingly Irrelevant All Flash Array MQ

    Chris Mellor has posted a new ‘Register article that covers the inaugural Gartner Magic Quadrant for Solid State (or all-flash) Arrays.  It’s an interesting read, with EMC and Pure Storage topping the polls and IBM not far behind.  However as the use of flash within the enterprise has increased, the idea of a magic quadrant… Read more »

  • EMC Focuses on Services with VMAX3

    Last week EMC announced an upgrade to their flagship Symmetrix high-end enterprise storage platform and the release of VMAX3.  With a maximum capacity of 384 cores and 5760 drives, the new platform scales to capacities never before seen in a single storage array.  What’s possibly more interesting though, is EMC’s intentions with what’s being called… Read more »

  • EMC Announces XtremIO 3.0

    This week EMC held a launch event in London branded “Redefine Possible” covering announcements on VMAX, Islion, XtremIO and some of the software platforms.  This post covers a discussion of the changes to XtremIO. Background XtremIO was a startup company acquired by EMC in 2012, with the first products reaching general availability on 14 November… Read more »

  • Getting Started With Docker

    In my previous post, I talked about how Docker fits in with workload virtualisation.  In this post, I’ll look at getting started with Docker itself. Installation In this post I’ll look at the basics of installing Docker and creating a container.  I’ll reference the CentOS distribution initially, with more added as I validate and test… Read more »

  • Using SSD for Write-Intensive Workloads

    Yesterday I appeared as a guest speaker on a BrightTalk Webinar covering storage for Big Data.  One subject raised was the suitability of flash (SSD) over hard drives for write-intensive workloads.  The comments from another speaker implied that SSDs aren’t good with write intensive workloads as this wears the devices out too quickly.  Hard drives… Read more »

  • EMC Acquires DSSD – But for What?

    One of the interesting announcements from the recent EMC World event in Las Vegas was the news that EMC are acquiring stealth startup DSSD.  Not a great deal is yet known about this company, as they are not currently shipping any product (and presumably don’t have any existing customers).  However we do have a few… Read more »

  • EMC takes on Google and Amazon with Elastic Cloud Storage

    One of the more interesting announcements from EMC World 2014 last week was a new platform from EMC called Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS).  ECS is the “productisation” of the previously announced Project Nile, which I discussed last year.  At the time, the indications were that Nile was some kind of packaged VNX solution sold in… Read more »

  • Has NetApp Reached a Strategic Inflection Point?

    Chris Mellor recently covered IDC’s quarterly disk shipment report, which measures the market leaders in enterprise storage.  As Chris points out, NetApp continues to decline, with reduced revenue over the last three quarters.  I’ve talked for some time about NetApp reaching an inflection point with Data ONTAP, their storage array operating system.  Has the legacy of… Read more »