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 »

VMworld 2018 – Divergent VMware

Nobody likes to be wrong, least of all me, and it’s with fascination that I look at the news coming out of VMworld 2018 this week.  I’m comparing the news to my thoughts on VMware’s future two years ago in my Peak VMware post.  Did we reach peak VMware or did we actually reach peak… Read more »

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

Interested in learning more about NVMe?  Download our free 21-page white paper report (no registration required) here   NVMe in the Data Centre Update: This post was originally published on 11 August 2017.  It has since been updated to reflect the advances in QLC technology in the market. Since NAND flash storage was first introduced into… Read more »

Automating HCI Data Protection

I recently wrote a number of posts covering HYCU, a data protection software solution from HYCU Inc.  During the testing I was curious to understand how easy it would be to automate the build of a dedicated backup environment.  Here’s what I found. HYCU Recap HYCU is a software product that was written specifically for… Read more »

Rethinking Storage For Microservices

The New Stack had a very interesting article this week that talked about rethinking the way storage is mapped to microservices like containers.  The discussion took me back 12+ months to my own attempts to raise money for a startup that addressed the issues raised in the article.  I’m still not sure that the issues… Read more »

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  • Avoiding the Storage Performance Bathtub Curve

    We’re probably all familiar with the concept of the HDD or SSD reliability bathtub curve (figure 1).  This shows how over the lifetime of a drive, failures typically follow a pattern where failure rate increases over time to a steady state, then increases again as the device wears out.  But have you considered the idea… Read more »

  • The Britpop Battle of Rubrik and Cohesity

    Were you a Blur or Oasis fan?  Perhaps you were on the side of Jarvis Cocker and preferred Pulp.  Whatever your choice, the Britpop wars of the 1990s were memorable for building hype around the UK music industry and the idea of Cool Britannia. In lots of ways, the evolution of the data protection industry… Read more »

  • NVMe over Fabrics – Caveat Emptor?

    For the past 20 years, Fibre Channel has been the dominant enterprise data centre storage networking technology.  By this, I mean traditional Fibre Channel, not variants that work over IP or use Converged Ethernet (more on that in a moment).  It’s true that other protocols exist.  Smaller organisations have typically used iSCSI, because of the… Read more »

  • IDC 1Q2018 Data Shows a Rebound for Storage Hardware Sales

    The latest IDC Storage Tracker numbers are out and in the spirit of recent analysis, I’ve put the numbers into my tracking spreadsheet.  The figures represent data for Q1, which now has 12 years’ worth of coverage.  With around 42% growth in the general storage hardware figures and 20% in external storage sales, the numbers… Read more »

  • Avoiding All-Flash Missing IOPS

    We are living in a golden age of storage media, where new products come to market offering ever greater performance with lower latency than previous generations.  Today the hard drive and even early flash drives look positively archaic compared to modern NVMe drives built from 3D-XPoint, capable of delivering hundreds of thousands of IOPS and… Read more »

  • The Race towards End-to-End NVMe in the Data Centre

    The next greatest thing in storage hardware is the move to NVMe.  This is occurring in two ways – conversion of internal designs within shared storage platforms to use NVMe at the “back-end”, and front-end (or host connectivity) using NVMe over Fabrics in some form.  Vendors are starting to use the term “end-to-end” NVMe as… Read more »

  • Micron ushers in the era of QLC SSDs

    To date we’ve only seen QLC NAND storage in the consumer SD card format, however, that’s set to change as Micron announces the first QLC SATA SSD for the data centre.  The Micron 5210 ION SSD will deliver up to 7.68TB of capacity in a standard 2.5″, 7mm form factor.  But there’s a catch –… Read more »

  • Conflating Data Protection and Data Mobility

    Sitting on the sidelines, I’ve been watching some of the traffic and communications coming from VeeamON this week.  Chris Mellor just posted a quick article summing up the ambitions of Veeam as a company.  It struck me that we continue to conflate the idea of data protection and data mobility.  To me, these are two… Read more »

  • NetApp Extends Cloud Volumes to GCP

    Following their introduction on Microsoft Azure last year, native NetApp Cloud Volumes are to be made available through Google Cloud Platform.  NetApp now offers Cloud Volumes in some form on the three major (Western) cloud providers, AWS, Azure and GCP.  How should we view this, especially in respect of how cloud services are evolving? Maturity… Read more »