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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  • 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

    The term Software Defined Storage has generally accepted within IT as a process for delivering storage without the lock-in of hardware from the vendor.  How has our understanding of the term evolved over recent years? It’s easy to use the examples of server virtualisation and networking as reasons why thinking of storage virtualisation for SDS… 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 »

  • Violin Memory acquires Gridiron Systems

    Yesterday, Violin announced that they have acquired Gridiron Systems, a vendor of cache acceleration hardware and software.  At the outset it may seem odd that an all-flash vendor would want to acquire a company offering acceleration for traditional arrays, however this could be a very smart deal indeed in a number of ways. Software is… Read more »

  • Storage QoS – How Hard Can It Be?

    Following up from yesterday’s post and the comments received, I thought it was worth considering how hard it would actually be to implement quality of service within a storage array. Almost all storage arrays available today (whether physical or virtual) work on the assumption that I/O should be delivered as fast as possible.  This is… 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 »

  • Vendor Lock-in with Cloud Storage – Good or Bad?

    There have been two interesting and contrasting announcements covering cloud storage in the last couple of weeks.  The first was NetApp, who have announced “NetApp Private Storage for AWS”.  which seems to a proprietary way of replicating data into the AWS cloud.  The second comes from Nirvanix and Violin Memory; Violin have deployed their all-SSD… 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 »