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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  • Should We Worry About The S3 Outage?

    Last week, Amazon Web Service’s S3 (Simple Storage Service) suffered what was termed “high error rates” and essentially became unusable for a number of hours to users in the US-East-1 (Virginia) region.  There have been a lot of stories circulating talking about the number of SaaS-based applications that were affected, with people being quick to question the… Read more »

  • Google Spanner – fixing the problem of distributed SQL databases

    I’ve been messing about with databases for a long time.  I say “messing about” because I’ve never been a DBA, but as a systems programmer and storage administrator, I’ve been on the periphery of the application layer and of course I’ve deployed many personal databases.  I was intrigued to read about the new global distributed… Read more »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »