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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  • Using SSD for Write-Intensive Workloads

    Yesterday I appeared as a guest speaker on a BrightTalk Webinar covering storage for Big Data.  One subject raised was the suitability of flash (SSD) over hard drives for write-intensive workloads.  The comments from another speaker implied that SSDs aren’t good with write intensive workloads as this wears the devices out too quickly.  Hard drives… Read more »

  • SanDisk Acquires Fusion-io

    It has been widely reported and confirmed through a press release, that Fusion-io is to be acquired by SanDisk at a value of around $11.25 per share in cash with the deal expected to close this year.  Assuming everything goes through, this closes a chapter on a flash storage company who’s IPO has failed to… Read more »

  • Flash News: Tegile, Nimble, Fusion-io and 3PAR

    Another week goes by and more news on flash storage arrives in my inbox.  This week we’re talking about Tegile Systems Inc, Nimble Storage Inc, Fusion-io and HP’s 3PAR line of arrays. Tegile Launch Intelliflash If you’re not doing things intelligently with flash, you’re not doing it right, as we will see from these announcements…. Read more »

  • Containers vs Virtualisation

    With the announcement of the release of Docker 1.0, Linux Containers are one of IT’s current hot topics.  How does Docker and Containers in general fit into the world of virtualisation and is the technology simply riding a hype curve? Background The idea of containers isn’t a new one.  Sun Microsystems’ Solaris operating system introduced… Read more »

  • VMware – Software is Not Enough

    In an interesting turn of direction, rumours abound that VMware might be about to enter the hardware business with a converged server/storage offering – details are here in The Register. According to the article update VMware have stressed that they are a software-only company but do collaborate with OEM partners.  So if VMware was to… Read more »

  • Iaas Series: Amazon S3 Version Objects Lifecycle Management

    S3, or Simple Storage Service is Amazon’s high capacity, high resiliency object store.  The company recently announced a new feature, which allows versioned objects (those objects where multiple versions are retained for historical archive purposes) in S3 to be managed with lifecycle rules that either move data to AWS Glacier or assign a time period… Read more »

  • EMC Acquires DSSD – But for What?

    One of the interesting announcements from the recent EMC World event in Las Vegas was the news that EMC are acquiring stealth startup DSSD.  Not a great deal is yet known about this company, as they are not currently shipping any product (and presumably don’t have any existing customers).  However we do have a few… Read more »

  • What Does The Future Hold For Pure Storage?

    Timing is everything in this game and following my last post (by mere minutes) on Pure Storage’s new FlashArray announcements, Chris Mellor at The Register wrote an article discussing Pure’s future evolution. The inevitable comparison is made with NetApp and their “single” platform of 20 years, namely Data ONTAP.  Forgive me for sounding like a… Read more »

  • Pure Storage Release 4th Generation of FlashArray Hardware

    Last week Pure Storage released the 4th generation of their all-flash FlashArray branded hardware.  This saw the introduction of two new models and a range of new software features in the parallel release of Purity 4.0, FlashArray’s operating system. Hardware The FlashArray platform now has three generation 4 models, the FA-405, FA-420 and FA-450.  The… Read more »