Evolving Enterprise Storage Buying Models

One of the most tedious of tasks I’ve had to undertake over the years has been the planning and deployment of new storage technology.  In that respect, I’m not referring to the physical installation, but rather the process of capacity planning, sourcing and agreeing terms on new storage capacity.  Increasingly, internal businesses consume storage on-demand… Read more »

Building a modern data platform – exploiting the cloud

This is a guest post by Paul Stringfellow from Gardner Systems and was originally posted at “Building a modern data platform – exploiting the cloud” where you can also find Paul’s “Tech Interviews” podcast. No modern data platform would be complete if we didn’t talk about the use of public cloud. Public cloud can play a very… Read more »

Building a modern data platform – Out on the edge

This is a guest post by Paul Stringfellow from Gardner Systems and was originally posted at “Building a modern data platform – Out on the edge” where you can also find Paul’s “Tech Interviews” podcast. In this series so far we have concentrated on the data under our control in our datacentres and managed clouds and protected… Read more »

Building a modern data platform – Prevention (Office365)

This is a guest post by Paul Stringfellow from Gardner Systems and was originally posted at “Building a modern data platform – Prevention (Office365)” where you can also find Paul’s “Tech Interviews” podcast. In this series so far, we have looked at getting our initial foundations right and ensuring we have insight and control of our data… Read more »

Building a modern data platform – Control

This is a guest post by Paul Stringfellow from Gardner Systems and was originally posted at “Building a modern data platform – Control” where you can also find Paul’s “Tech Interviews” podcast. In the first parts (here and here) of this series we have looked at ensuring the building blocks of our platform are right… Read more »

AWS and VMware Partner to Bring RDS for the Enterprise

At VMworld 2018, Amazon Web Services and VMware jointly announced a preview of AWS RDS, called RDS on VMware.  The Relational Database Service will in the future be able to run on-premises using VMware vSphere. VMworld 2018 – Divergent VMware VMware on Azure?  Great! Or Maybe Not Enterprise-Class Public Cloud How does this position the… Read more »

Enterprise-Class Public Cloud

Never throw away a good idea, they say (or at least I do).  The same applies to blogs that haven’t yet crystallised into a worthwhile topic.  Generally, I put them on the back-burner until a number of paths align.  After seeing the Oracle Cloud team present at Cloud Field Day 3 in April this year… Read more »

Building a modern data platform – Availability

This is a guest post by Paul Stringfellow from Gardner Systems and was originally posted at “Building a modern data platform – Availability” where you can also find Paul’s “Tech Interviews” podcast. In part one we discussed the importance of getting our storage platform right, in part two we look at availability. The idea that availability is a crucial… Read more »

Pure Storage – Seeding the NVMe Market

Interested in learning more about NVMe?  Download our free 21-page white paper report (no registration required) here   NVMe in the Data Centre I’m only just digesting the news from Pure Accelerate 2018, including some of the product updates we saw.  One aspect of the announcements was the positioning of FlashArray with NVMe.  Certainly a hot… Read more »

Building a modern data platform – The Storage

This is a guest post by Paul Stringfellow from Gardner Systems and was originally posted at “Building a modern data platform – The Storage” where you can also find Paul’s “Tech Interviews” podcast. It probably isn’t a surprise to anyone who has read my blogs previously to find out that when it comes to the… Read more »

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  • IBM Reuses Existing Tech in Latest FlashSystem Release

    This week IBM announced three new flash products, two of which are based on existing technology.  Mainframe/Power customers got the all-flash DS8888, with the A9000 and A9000R models covering the rest of the market.  What’s interesting about these latter two products is that they are based on Spectrum Accelerate, otherwise known as the software behind… Read more »

  • The Four Stages of All-Flash Storage

    This week has seen yet more stories and announcements on all-flash storage.  IBM released new FlashSystem products based on XIV and an all-flash version of their mainframe/enterprise platform, the DS8888.  I had another briefing from Violin (although that didn’t reveal anything new) and rumours started to swirl that X-IO Technologies might be stepping away from the AFA business…. Read more »

  • When Did Hard Drives Get Workload Rate Limits?

    A recent article on The Register reminded me that we’ve started to see hard drive vendors introducing warranty limits on their hard drives for the amount of data that can be written to them in any one year.  Solid state drives have always had this restriction, because we know that flash is damaged by being… Read more »

  • A Quick Comment on IBM FlashSystem

    It’s been pointed out to me from time to time that I don’t give IBM a fair mention when talking about all-flash systems.  According to Gartner, IBM are in the top right quadrant of the AFA MQ and therefore classed as leaders and visionaries.  So, let’s spend a few moments to discuss their strategy and products. TMS IBM… Read more »

  • Revisiting Seagate Kinetic Drives

    Around 2.5 years ago, I blogged about the release of new object-based hard disk drives from Seagate called Kinetic.  The idea is that the drives don’t use traditional storage protocols like SAS and SATA, but instead store objects written and retrieved over Ethernet.  Effectively each drive is a large key-value store that manages it’s own content.  You PUT… Read more »

  • Hybrid Cloud and Data Mobility

    Update: check out cloud migration posts: Cloud Data Migration – Database Import Tools Cloud Data Migration – Shipping Virtual Machines Cloud Data Migration – Data Transfer Using Physical Shipping & Appliances I remember going to an HP(E) event back in 2011 (Discover Vegas I think) when the idea of hybrid cloud and converged infrastructure was… Read more »

  • Pure //Accelerate 2016 – FlashBlade

    As already discussed in this recent post, Pure Storage announced new products and services at their first user conference, Pure //Accelerate 2o16.  The announcements included; FlashBlade, a scale-out all-flash NAS & object platform; FlashArray //m10, a new entry-level block-storage device and upgrades to FlashStack, Pure’s converged infrastructure solutions.  This post will discuss FlashBlade. FlashBlade There… Read more »

  • Build or Buy – A Tale of Two All-Flash Strategies

    Update: Andy Warfield of Coho Data has written a post on the FlashBlade architecture and decision choices to build/buy.  Find it here (link). Ever since flash was first added to traditional storage arrays back in 2008, there has been vigorous debate on the right approach to storage architectures for all-flash systems.  There are a number… Read more »

  • Storage Performance: Why I/O Profiling Matters

    With a significant amount of annual IT budgets being spent on storage (25% by some estimates), the focus on making storage deliver to the needs of the business has never been greater.  However, despite the advances in flash technology, larger disk drives, the move to commodity and software defined storage, the problems faced by customers… Read more »