There is a lot of talk in the technology industry of “software defining”, the idea that elements of our technology stack, traditionally based on a hardware appliance can be abstracted from it and made available as a software-only appliance that can be installed on any hardware. But why? Wouldn’t you rather your key assets were… Read more »
Here’s a little extra podcast Matt Leib and I recorded this afternoon in preparation for Storage Field Day 18. You can tell this wasn’t recorded in a studio, but actually Matt’s hotel room! Matt preps coffee in his mini-Nespresso device while we discuss each of the presenting vendors. The discussion is ad-hoc, off the cuff… Read more »
This is a guest post by Paul Stringfellow from Gardner Systems and was originally posted at Building a modern data platform – what have we learned? where you can also find Paul’s “Tech Interviews” podcast. As I reach the end of this series, it raises the question “what have we learned?”. If you’ve read through it all,… Read more »
Earlier this year I was invited to Hitachi NEXT in lovely San Diego. As part of my trip, I took the time to learn a little more about some of the technology Hitachi has been working on and bringing to market either directly through Hitachi Ltd or Hitachi Vantara. You may remember that Hitachi Vantara… Read more »
Elastifile has announced the availability of a fully managed scale-out file service for Google Cloud. This is more than just another marketplace offering. The company’s Cloud File Service is now fully integrated into the Google Cloud ecosystem. Storage is configured through GCP APIs and GUIs and billed by Google based on consumption. This is a… Read more »
As more an observer of the technology industry these days, something struck a chord with me as I listened to a recent podcast recording. Paul Stringfellow hosts a weekly podcast called Tech Interviews. In Episode 77, he spoke to Matt Watts from NetApp on “cloud first” as a strategy. The TL;DR of the discussion is… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Vendor Lock-in with Cloud Storage – Good or Bad?
There have been two interesting and contrasting announcements covering cloud storage in the last couple of weeks. The first was NetApp, who have announced “NetApp Private Storage for AWS”. which seems to a proprietary way of replicating data into the AWS cloud. The second comes from Nirvanix and Violin Memory; Violin have deployed their all-SSD… Read more »
The Evolution of Solid State Arrays
In the first wave of solid-state storage arrays, we saw commodity style SSDs (solid state drives) being added to traditional storage appliances. This solution provided an incremental benefit in performance over spinning hard drives, however the back-end technology in these arrays was developed up to 20 years ago and was purely focused around driving performance… Read more »
VMware vVOLS – More Than Just Individual LUNs?
During the VMware keynote session today there was a minor discussion on the upcoming concept of VMware vVOLS. Today, a virtual machine sits on a VMFS created on a storage LUN or on an NFS share. An individual virtual machine consists of many files and in the case of VMFS-based VMs, is sitting on a… Read more »
Optimising Storage Architectures for SSD
Last week I attended Hitachi’s 2012 Blogger Day. Aside from catching up with some old friends, we were presented with some NDA stuff which will see the light of day soon. In the meantime, I want to talk about a press release Hitachi made while I was still on holiday (and clearly missed as I… Read more »
August Storage Announcements – Pure Storage
August seems to have been the month for a huge raft of storage-related announcements and I’m still getting to grips with the detail, after being away on holiday for the whole month. As I start to pick out the news and make sense of how it fits into the storage landscape, I thought I’d start… Read more »
APIs Are Essential for Delivering Storage in Enterprise Cloud Infrastructures
It’s pretty easy to pick holes in the current legacy storage products, especially when it comes to integration within both public and private cloud deployments. However it’s worth discussing exactly what is required when implementing cloud frameworks, as the way in which storage is deployed is radically different from the traditional model of storage operations…. Read more »
Is Google Drive Too Late to the Party?
Like many people, the other week I downloaded and installed Google Drive. This is the long-awaited competitor to services like Dropbox and Microsoft’s SkyDrive. It offers free online storage with the ability to upgrade to higher capacity at a cost. Dropbox and the various other lookalikes have been around for some time, so is Google… Read more »
Primary Storage De-duplication: Only for SSD Arrays?
I recently wrote an article for TechTarget that looked at the implementations of data de-duplication in primary storage arrays. One of the things that stood out for me was the lack of de-duplication support in traditional (and some might say legacy) storage arrays. The cynical amongst us would say that the big 5 storage vendors… Read more »
EMC Enters The Market With “Me Too” Flash Products
Yesterday EMC finally revealed the details on their not-so-secret Lightning and Thunder flash projects. Fortunately this launch event didn’t include cramming small people into minis or firing Chad Sakac out of a cannon, but was more focused on the market and products EMC are bringing to it. There was also a large amount of Twitter… Read more »