Dude, Here’s Your 100TB Flash Drive!

It’s been only a month since I wrote about Samsung’s 30TB solid state disk and already the bar has been set higher.  This week Nimbus Data announced a 100TB 3.5″ SSD (the DC100) that blows past the proof of concept 60TB drive demonstrated by Seagate only a few years ago.  How real is 100TB in… Read more »

Cloud Field Day 3 Preview: Rubrik

This post is one of a series of previews of companies presenting at Cloud Field Day 3, an invitation-only event in Silicon Valley, taking place 4-6 April 2018.  For more information, see the dedicated CFD3 events page https://blog.architecting.it/events/cloud-field-day-3/. Over my career, data protection has never been one of the most exciting areas for which I’ve been… Read more »

Cloud Field Day 3 Preview: NetApp

This post is one of a series of previews of companies presenting at Cloud Field Day 3, an invitation-only event in Silicon Valley, taking place 4-6 April 2018.  For more information, see the dedicated CFD3 events page https://blog.architecting.it/events/cloud-field-day-3/. NetApp has been an interesting company of late, with an evolving portfolio of cloud-related products.  Historically, NetApp was… Read more »

Podcast #1 – Serverless and Containers 101

In what might become a more regular series, I spent some time yesterday chatting with Christian Beedgen, CTO and co-founder of Sumo Logic and Alex Chircop CTO and co-founder at StorageOS.  We recorded the conversation as a live podcast, which is an introduction to the concepts of containers and serverless computing.  The aim here was… Read more »

Rent Out Your Spare Disk Space With Storj

As I think I’ve mentioned a few times on this and other blogs before, around the late 1990s I looked at the practicality of creating a distributed storage platform that would act as a backup for personal storage.  As the amount of data being personally stored was increasing (via photos, video and other content), being… Read more »

The Risk of Shared Service Level Agreements

Wikipedia defines a service-level agreement (SLA) as an “official commitment that prevails between a service provider and a client.  Particular aspects of the service – quality, availability, responsibilities – are agreed between the service provider and the service user”.  In my experience, I’ve always seen an SLA as a contractual agreement for services, with penalties… Read more »

Storage Market Shows Growth – But Not In External Arrays

It’s been about six months since I last looked at the IDC quarterly storage market figures.  The latest data for 4Q2017 has just been released, so it’s time for an update.  I’ve also found some missing data, which means I can show the annual growth figures for both 2016 and 2017, providing 7 years of… Read more »

ScaleIO Becomes Software Defined on Hardware

Chris Mellor posted an article on The Register yesterday that follows up on the recent Dell EMC re-organisation.  ScaleIO, originally a pure SDS (software-defined storage) play will now only be sold in conjunction with Dell hardware (in VxRack FLEX), as it moves into the server business unit.  At a time when vendors are starting to… Read more »

Modern Storage Architectures: Datrium

This is one of a series of posts that will cover new storage architectures for the enterprise data centre and form part of an Architecting IT white paper later this year. Storage platforms for primary workloads have generally fallen into a few standard categories, such as dual-controller or scale-out.  With spinning media, the overhead of… Read more »

Dropbox Files for IPO

It’s arrived.  Dropbox, the ubiquitous file-sharing platform, has finally submitted a rather light S-1, indicating an Initial Public Offering is on the way.  From the various reports written so far, it’s likely the company is intending to raise around $500m. Subsidies The first thing that leaps out at me when looking into the announcement is… Read more »

  • ZeroStack – A Better Way to do OpenStack

    My first opportunity to see OpenStack in action was a 2011 event at Vinopolis in London (sadly Vinopolis closes at the end of this year, so that experience won’t be repeated).  Throughout the presentations I was surprised to see a focus on how fast code had been written (statements like, “we did that in 2 days”,… Read more »

  • Flash Consolidation: NetApp to Acquire SolidFire

    Amid much rumour, Monday finally saw the announcement that NetApp Inc intends to acquire SolidFire Inc, an all-flash storage startup.  The agreement sees the company acquired for $870 million in cash, somewhat short of the $1.2 billion rumoured value.  Those of you following my posts (and other work) will know I’ve talked about both companies… Read more »

  • AWS Provides Pricing via API

    At the beginning of December, AWS (Amazon Web Services) announced that pricing for their service offerings were now being made available via API (as well of course as via the web).  Customers and prospective customers can now query the cost of services such as EC2 and S3 through REST API calls, receiving the output either… Read more »

  • The Evolution of Storage Virtualisation

    Storage virtualisation is a technology that’s been around for many years and acts to abstract, in some form, the physical hardware from the LUN or volume the host/user sees.  The aim is to use this abstraction to reduce management overhead (for example with transparent migrations), to provide an ingest path (e.g. moving data from a… Read more »

  • The Ideal of Composable Infrastructure

    With the release of Synergy (see my recent post), HPE is moving towards a future that sees IT resources aggregated into applications deployed on-demand and in a totally automated fashion. In reality though, has HPE reached that stage with Synergy and can we put a definition on what Composable IT really means? If we look… Read more »

  • Composable IT – HPEs Next Big Thing

    At HPE Discover earlier this month HPE (or Hewlett Packard Enterprise as we now have to call them) announced their next evolution in managed infrastructure for which the company has coined the term Composable Infrastructure. The idea is to break down technology into its constituent parts and build or “compose” the pieces that allow for… Read more »

  • A New Paradigm for Computing

    The Christmas 2015 edition of Magpi magazine created a world’s first – an entire computer given away on the front of a magazine.  A free Raspberry Pi Zero is certainly a step up from a disk of software, or even the annoying AOL CDs that we know from years gone by.  This is an entire functional… Read more »

  • Do we need Storage QoS?

    I recently had a discussion with a vendor (who shall remain nameless) as to whether we really needed Quality of Service in shared storage arrays.  His thinking went as follows; if we have a storage array and network with sufficient bandwidth/IOPS, then why bother implementing QoS?  At first this seems like a reasonable assumption; if… Read more »

  • All Storage is Commodity

    Yesterday as part of the first A3 Tech Live event, I sat through a presentation from Memblaze, a vendor of NVMe and PCIe flash storage products.  Although the conversation was good natured and “robust”, I couldn’t help feeling that the company (like so many others in this market) have little to differentiate their products, other… Read more »