Processors back under the spotlight for 2019

This is just a quick post to highlight the developments we’re seeing in processors at the moment.  Intel has announced Foveros, enabling more efficient component stacking.  AMD has EPYC, with more PCIe performance for external peripherals like storage.  And of course, we’re seeing a whole host of ARM processors being put into public cloud.  Let’s… Read more »

Thoughts from Hitachi NEXT 2018

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 Cloud File Service Now Available on Google Cloud

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 »

Western Digital Redefines DRAM Caching

In a recent press release, Western Digital announced the release of an interesting if not curious solution for extending DRAM with fast storage.  The Ultrastar DC ME200 extends server DRAM using proprietary caching software in an attempt to fully exploit the capabilities of modern multi-core processors.  In an age where in-memory computing is increasing in… Read more »

ESXi on ARM – Why?

This is certainly a question I’ve been pondering for a few weeks since the announcements at VMworld 2018 and where Ray O’Farrell presented ESXi running on an ARM Cortex A72 device.  Since my last post covering some VMware news, I’ve been asking – is there any logic in running a hypervisor on an IoT platform… Read more »

Technology First? Requirements First!

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 »

HDD Capacity Threshold Reaches 15TB

Western Digital has announced what is currently the largest capacity hard drive available on the market today.  The Ultrastar DC HC620 has 15TB of capacity in a helium-filled 3.5″ form-factor.  This is a 7% increase (or obviously 1TB) over the 14TB drive announced in October 2017. Incremental The new capacity drive looks more like an… Read more »

IBM Buys Red Hat

Probably the biggest talking point this week is the announcement that IBM intends to buy Red Hat Inc, purveyor of the open source Red Hat operating system and an entire ecosystem of products around it.  The acquisition is interesting, firstly because of the attention it has garnered, but also for the implications to public cloud,… Read more »

Database Replication is Hard

I can only feel sympathy for the team at GitHub, after they suffered an outage recently, due to issues with database replication.  The problem was caused by a mere 43-second break in network connectivity.  We’ve all been there – keeping replicated data in sync is a thankless task and one that can be a nightmare… Read more »

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 »

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  • Pure Storage Announces New Hardware Platform – FlashArray//m

      This week has been an interesting one in the world of all-flash storage.  Both Pure Storage and HP have announcements; this post covers Pure and their new “FlashArray//m”. The new FlashArray//m platform is touted as a “modular upgradeable architecture” and claims to deliver 50% increase in performance, 2.6-fold increase in storage density and a… Read more »

  • SFD7: Exablox – Scale-Out Object Storage for NAS

    Exablox is one of those companies I’ve followed for some time and it was great to see them presenting at Storage Field Day 7 earlier this year.  The company sells a scale-out NAS platform, supporting the CIFS, SMB and NFS protocols, making it a perfect file server environment for small and medium enterprises. Technology View… Read more »

  • Rumours of Cisco Acquiring Nutanix – Hyper-Converged Consolidation?

    According to Jared Rinderer, via an article that appears in Storage Newsletter, Cisco is on the verge of making a bid to acquire Nutanix, a vendor of hyper-converged systems.  The rumour has been quashed by none other than Nutanix CEO Deeraj Pandey, via an article on The Var Guy website.  In fact, Pandey intimated that… Read more »

  • Why VSAN and VVOLs are Not Software Defined

    Every so often another attempt is made by the vendor community to put a definition to what we call “software defined storage” or SDS.  The current discussion is on VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) and VVOLs, software features focused on storage within the vSphere hypervisor ecosystem. This seems like a good opportunity for me to review what… Read more »

  • SFD7 – Primary Data and Data Virtualisation

    Storage virtualisation is a technology that is well established in our industry.  In the current “x86” era, I’ve been using and talking about it for over 10 years, using it to reduce costs, extend the life of older assets and in data migration. All of the original storage virtualisation solutions (with the exception of Invista) sat… Read more »

  • vSphere vDS SPAN port with Wireshark in 2 minutes

    I often find myself searching for facts to dispel “hearsay” and guesswork in troubleshooting discussions between the Network and Windows VM teams.  This article is intended to show just how straightforward it is to use the VMware distributed switch SPAN port capability, to put a virtual sniffer on a virtual port on a virtual distributed… Read more »

  • Storage Field Day 7 – Initial Thoughts

    Storage Field Day 7 (11-13 March 2015) proved to be yet another impressive and thought provoking event, with lots of new ideas demonstrating that the storage industry is one of the most innovative and competitive sections of the technology landscape.  Over the next few weeks, I’ll deep dive into some of the more interesting presentations… Read more »

  • SanDisk Enters The Already Crowded All-Flash Market with InfiniFlash Product Line

    Earlier this month SanDisk announced InfiniFlash, their first entry into the All-Flash storage array (AFA) market.  I briefly blogged on the market impacts over on my company blog at Langton Blue; here I’m going to look a bit more into the specifics of the platform. First of all, let’s look at the detail here.  From a… Read more »

  • HDS Top with Latest SPC-1 All-Flash Benchmark

    Following hot on the heels of NetApp and their SPC-1 benchmark figures for the EF560 all-flash array, HDS have announced that the VSP G1000 has delivered the fastest benchmark figures to date, as highlighted in the graph shown here (borrowed from Hu Yoshida’s blog post on the news).  Links to the various SPC-1 results are… Read more »