Cloud Field Day 3 Preview: Oracle

This post is one of a series of previews of companies presenting at Cloud Field Day 3, an invitation-only event in Silicon Valley, taking place 4-6 April 2018.  For more information, see the dedicated CFD3 events page There are few people in the IT world who haven’t heard of Oracle.  The company has dominated the… Read more »

Dude, Here’s Your 100TB Flash Drive!

It’s been only a month since I wrote about Samsung’s 30TB solid state disk and already the bar has been set higher.  This week Nimbus Data announced a 100TB 3.5″ SSD (the DC100) that blows past the proof of concept 60TB drive demonstrated by Seagate only a few years ago.  How real is 100TB in… Read more »

Cloud Field Day 3 Preview: Rubrik

This post is one of a series of previews of companies presenting at Cloud Field Day 3, an invitation-only event in Silicon Valley, taking place 4-6 April 2018.  For more information, see the dedicated CFD3 events page Over my career, data protection has never been one of the most exciting areas for which I’ve been… Read more »

Cloud Field Day 3 Preview: NetApp

This post is one of a series of previews of companies presenting at Cloud Field Day 3, an invitation-only event in Silicon Valley, taking place 4-6 April 2018.  For more information, see the dedicated CFD3 events page NetApp has been an interesting company of late, with an evolving portfolio of cloud-related products.  Historically, NetApp was… Read more »

Podcast #1 – Serverless and Containers 101

In what might become a more regular series, I spent some time yesterday chatting with Christian Beedgen, CTO and co-founder of Sumo Logic and Alex Chircop CTO and co-founder at StorageOS.  We recorded the conversation as a live podcast, which is an introduction to the concepts of containers and serverless computing.  The aim here was… Read more »

Rent Out Your Spare Disk Space With Storj

As I think I’ve mentioned a few times on this and other blogs before, around the late 1990s I looked at the practicality of creating a distributed storage platform that would act as a backup for personal storage.  As the amount of data being personally stored was increasing (via photos, video and other content), being… Read more »

The Risk of Shared Service Level Agreements

Wikipedia defines a service-level agreement (SLA) as an “official commitment that prevails between a service provider and a client.  Particular aspects of the service – quality, availability, responsibilities – are agreed between the service provider and the service user”.  In my experience, I’ve always seen an SLA as a contractual agreement for services, with penalties… Read more »

Storage Market Shows Growth – But Not In External Arrays

It’s been about six months since I last looked at the IDC quarterly storage market figures.  The latest data for 4Q2017 has just been released, so it’s time for an update.  I’ve also found some missing data, which means I can show the annual growth figures for both 2016 and 2017, providing 7 years of… Read more »

ScaleIO Becomes Software Defined on Hardware

Chris Mellor posted an article on The Register yesterday that follows up on the recent Dell EMC re-organisation.  ScaleIO, originally a pure SDS (software-defined storage) play will now only be sold in conjunction with Dell hardware (in VxRack FLEX), as it moves into the server business unit.  At a time when vendors are starting to… Read more »

Modern Storage Architectures: Datrium

This is one of a series of posts that will cover new storage architectures for the enterprise data centre and form part of an Architecting IT white paper later this year. Storage platforms for primary workloads have generally fallen into a few standard categories, such as dual-controller or scale-out.  With spinning media, the overhead of… Read more »

  • Performance Tier or Capacity Tier? – No It’s the Working Set

    There have been a couple of articles on The Register over the last couple of days talking about EMC CTO John Roese and his use of the terms “Capacity Tier” for VMAX storage and “Performance Tier” for their flash solutions.  Sadly this shows EMCs CTO has an outdated view of the industry, is perpetuating old-school… Read more »

  • ScaleIO, EMC’s New Baby

    Keeping up the theme of innovation in storage (yes, it exists, you just have to look), earlier this week I had a chat to one of the UK folks at ScaleIO, the startup now acquired by EMC. ScaleIO are a software company selling a product called Elastic Converged Storage (ECS) that turns ordinary servers into… Read more »

  • The Fall of STEC and Rise of Western Digital

    In a news announcement yesterday, STEC Inc, makers of solid state flash drives (SSDs) announced a “merger” with (i.e. was acquired by) Western Digital, one of the leading hard disk drive manufacturers.  It’s a spectacular fall for a company that at one stage had a share price of over $41/share in September 2009.  However an… Read more »

  • HP 3PAR 7450 All Flash Array

    I mentioned in a previous post that I would delve a little deeper into what HP have done to optimise performance on the new 3PAR 7450.  I was lucky to be able to catch up at the 3Par booth with Priyadarshi Prasad, who works in marketing for HP 3PAR.  We took some time to talk… Read more »

  • ViPR – Frankenstorage Revisited

    Cast your minds back to 2009.  At that time, Chuck Hollis wrote a blog post that quoted the following definition: “Frankenstorage appears to be a new twist on [the Frankenstein] idea — storage arrays, assembled from various parts from multiple vendors, brought to life by the magic of powerpoints and press releases.” The crux of the… Read more »

  • Defining Software Defined Storage

    Chuck Hollis’ recent post reminded me that I must commit my ideas to paper (or to WordPress for that matter) on what constitutes Software Defined Storage (SDS).  Without a doubt, “Software Defined” will be overused as this year’s favourite storage marketing phrase, as we see less and less use of the terms “cloud” and “big… Read more »

  • Review: AWS Storage Gateway

    Cloud Storage Gateways provide the ability to write data directly into a cloud service/storage provider, either via a physical or virtual onsite appliance.  There are many vendors in the marketplace today and some are making serious money, (as reported by Chris Mellor today in The Register).  Amazon Web Services, seen as a leader in Infrastructure… Read more »

  • Storage QoS In The Cloud

    Last year I did some research and wrote up a couple of posts on Cloud Compute performance.  One feature that seems to get left out somewhat is storage I/O performance; the cloud offerings talk about capacity, but rarely reference performance. Recently, I reviewed the options available from the major providers and found two new storage performance offerings…. 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 »