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 https://blog.architecting.it/events/cloud-field-day-3/. 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 https://blog.architecting.it/events/cloud-field-day-3/. 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 »

Dropbox Files for IPO

It’s arrived.  Dropbox, the ubiquitous file-sharing platform, has finally submitted a rather light S-1, indicating an Initial Public Offering is on the way.  From the various reports written so far, it’s likely the company is intending to raise around $500m. Subsidies The first thing that leaps out at me when looking into the announcement is… Read more »

  • Object Storage Essential Capabilities #3 – Searching, Indexing and Metadata

    This is the third in a series of posts covering object storage requirements.  Other posts in this series can be found at Object Storage Capabilities Series. Object stores are intended to store large volumes of data.  Capacities are usually measured in hundreds of terabytes or petabytes rather than smaller units.  As a result, an object… Read more »

  • Public Cloud is Still Hardware Focused

    Microsoft Azure has recently announced that the latest AMD EPYC processors will be available on a range of Azure compute instances.  The new instances are storage optimised, meaning they are aimed at high I/O workloads.  This isn’t surprising because the EPYC processors have typically 2-3 times more bandwidth capability than their Intel Xeon counterparts.  With… Read more »

  • Technology Choices for Data Mobility in Hybrid Cloud

    Over the past 12-18 months, I’ve done a lot of work looking at options for getting existing data into the public cloud.  You may have noticed that I’ve talked a lot about the subject over this period.  There are links at the end of this post to that content.  However, I thought it might be… Read more »

  • The Impact of Meltdown/Spectre for Storage & HCI

    Edit: Chris Mellor at The Register has some additional comment from vendors, including Scale Computing. (link).  Further Register emails (link) point to significant slow downs in workload.  And here’s another post regarding the need (or not) to patch storage appliances. Unless you’ve been 100% disconnected from technology (and the Internet) over the last few days,… Read more »

  • Performance Analysis of SAS/SATA and NVMe SSDs

    This is one of a series of academic paper reviews covering aspects of technology. Vendors like to tell us how the transition to NVMe-based storage will dramatically improve performance.  In fact, I’ve talked at length myself about the benefits of NVMe technology.  However, it helps to have empirical (and independent) evidence to back up the… Read more »

  • Avere Systems is Acquired by Microsoft

    Big congratulations to Avere Systems, who recently announced their acquisition by Microsoft.  Avere is a company I’ve followed since inception in 2008.  Their technology started as an edge NAS filer, extending data centre content to branch offices.  Over time, the platform became virtual and moved to the public cloud.  Today, vFXT (the cloud instance of… Read more »

  • The Four Stages of Cloud Adoption

    A quick look at the adoption of technology over the last 60 years shows us that no one vendor, technology or concept becomes 100% dominant.  Back in September 2017, I presented at Scality’s SDS day on what I thought the future of storage and cloud would be.  With technology and specifically cloud adoption in mind,… Read more »

  • Seagate Pre-announces Multi-Actuator Drives

    When your technology is based on mechanical motion, it’s inevitable that at some point the laws of physics will get in the way.  This has been a problem for hard disk drives for some time.  Spin speeds never exceeded 15K RPM except in some test drives.  As a result, throughput has been limited by this… Read more »

  • Survey – Give us Your Views of 2017 and Thoughts for 2018

    As we near the end of 2017, it’s a great time to reflect on the year and what’s been achieved.  As part of 2018 planning, we’d like to get your views on what you would like to see talked about in 2018. We ask that you complete a very short survey – so short it’s… Read more »