rook.io – an attempt at Flocker 2.0

At the end of 2016 ClusterHQ, the developers of Flocker decided to shut down the project with a rather blunt blog post (link).  Rather than take additional funding, CEO Mark Davis (and presumably the board) decided to shut the company down on the assumption that it wasn’t clear where revenue would come from. Based on… Read more »

What Next for the new Tier 0 Storage?

As flash storage moves to mainstream adoption, a new breed of products are set to become the new tier 0 storage.  However with the demise of DSSD, is the market set to falter? Tier 0 has come to represent the fastest of the fast, almost a specialist category of super fast storage.  The tier 0… Read more »

Learning from The Instapaper Outage

Instapaper (the SaaS-based solution for keeping track of bookmarks and interesting websites) suffered a catastrophic outage to their service last month.  I’ve only just got round to reading the port-mortem account of the incident and it doesn’t make pretty reading.  First of all, it’s worth saying that we’ve all been there and experienced that awful… Read more »

Nimble, HPE and 20-Year Old Architectures

This week, HPE offered to acquire Nimble Storage for around $1.09 billion, plus another $200 million in share options.  Nimble sells all-flash and hybrid storage solutions, with a lot of intellectual property focused around storage analytics in the form of their “Infosight” SaaS platform. Commentators are seeing this as a good deal for both Nimble and… Read more »

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 »

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  • NetApp, Storage Class Memory and Hyperconvergence

    Chris Mellor at The Register has an interesting article following up on rumours of NetApp moving into the hyper-convergence market.  This intention shouldn’t be a surprise in some respects.  As the storage market fragments, the incumbents have to adapt to the needs of customers and hyper-converged systems are – by any measure – popular. Storage… Read more »

  • Unreliable Disks for Better Scale-out Storage

    Recently I was asked to review a document that used as a reference a piece of work from Google which talked about the need to relax the resiliency levels of hard drives and SSDs.  The premise is interesting; hyper-scalers claim they could do a better job in managing performance and availability if the HDDs they… Read more »

  • HPE Sells off “Non-Core” Software Assets

    On the day the Dell/EMC acquisition/merger completed, HPE announced it was selling off a load of non-core software assets in a “spin-off” merger with UK’s Micro Focus.  HPE gets $2.5 billion in cash and HPE shareholders get a 50.1% ownership of the new entity, which will continue to be called Micro Focus.  In addition SUSE… Read more »

  • Object Storage Leading the Advancement of Software Defined Storage

    Software Defined Storage (SDS) is one of those terms that has been readily hijacked by vendors over the past few years.  The term developed from the adoption of Software Defined Networking (SDN), used to define the separation of control and data traffic in the networking world that provides the abstraction needed to deliver more efficient… Read more »

  • Nutanix Acquires PernixData and Calm.io

    So it appears the rumours were true as Nutanix finally announces the acquisition of both PernixData and calm.io, a start-up focused on DevOps automation.  Naturally the blog post and press release from Nutanix puts a positive spin on things, with talks of shared vision, shared ambition and a “like-spirited” approach to IT operations. As I discussed in… Read more »

  • News: Rackspace Goes Private with Apollo Global Management

    In a deal worth $4.3 billion, Rackspace is being acquired by investment company Apollo Global Management for $32 a share.  From what I’ve read so far, the press releases are putting a spin on it that implies the private route allows Rackspace to transform the company without the stress and attention of being a public… Read more »

  • Opinion: Is Enterprise Storage a Stagnant Market?

    Earlier this year I was at HPE Discover in Las Vegas and talking to Calvin Zito (HP Storage Guy) about the latest IDC Storage Tracker results.  Calvin posted on the Around The Storage Block blog, covering details on both servers and storage.  He highlighted the fact HPE was now ahead of EMC in terms of… Read more »

  • Seagate Ups The Ante with 60TB SSD

    Hot on the heels of Samsung’s 15TB SSD, Seagate has announced their own hyper-capacity drive, an (as yet) unnamed 60TB SAS solid state disk.  The new product was announced at the recent Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California, USA.  So is 60TB setting a new standard?  Is it a practical device for every day… Read more »

  • Hardware Still Delivering – New Products from Nimbus and E8

    Despite all the recent noise around software defined storage (SDS), vendors still keep coming to the market with new hardware solutions.  Over the past weeks we’ve seen new products from Nimbus Data and emerging startup E8. Nimbus Nimbus Data has had what can only be called a ‘chequered’ history.  My first introduction to the company was… Read more »