Has NVMe Killed off NVDIMM?

Update: I’ve added extra links at the end of this post, covering some background reading/watching from SNIA. According to a recent article on The Register, Diablo Technologies appears to have closed down.  Diablo was or is a manufacturer of NVDIMM and DRAM extension technology, including Memory1.  As previously reported, many of the original founders and… Read more »

Public Cloud Comparisons – Account Creation

I’m doing a little more structured work with public cloud, so have been going back and cleaning up and standardising the existing accounts I already have.  The first thing is to create accounts that are company, not user specific.  I like to use distribution groups or mailing lists for setting up accounts.  They are more… Read more »

Delivering File Protocols on Object Stores

When object stores first started to appear on the market, the aim was to target a very specific niche.  Unstructured data growth demanded better ways of storing data than file servers.  Object stores offered the ability to scale to billions of objects, without the issues of managing a file system.  However, rewriting applications for REST-based… Read more »

Is Private Cloud Dead?

Anyone who followed the announcements at AWS re:INVENT last week will have seen a clear theme that covered most of the announcements made at the event.  AWS is focused on bringing services to the public cloud that concentrate on machine learning, AI and generating insight from large volumes of data.  The AWS team seems to… Read more »

Four Platforms When One Will Do?

One of the more interesting discussions from SFD14 was the review of the various mid-range platforms that Dell EMC now offers.  The merger of the two organisations brought Unity and VNX(e) from EMC, while SC (Compellent) and EqualLogic came from the Dell side.  Each platform has very different characteristics.  Unity and VNX(e) have heritage from… Read more »

VMware on Azure? Great! Or Maybe Not

In recent days we’ve heard that Microsoft will assist VMware users in moving their workloads to Azure.  For the more “difficult” applications, customers can choose to simply run applications on vSphere hosted on the Azure platform.  This service will be delivered in conjunction with VMware-certified partners.  In response, VMware has released a blog indicating that… Read more »

Is NetApp Becoming A Service Provider?

One not-so-obvious presentation at NetApp Insight in Berlin (November 2017) was the announcement of NetApp Cloud Orchestrator.  This is a tool to manage not only storage but also compute resources across public cloud providers.  The technology comes from the acquisition of Greenqloud earlier this year. Joe CaraDonna presented the use of Cloud Orchestrator on-stage to… Read more »

HPE Brings Nimble Skynet to 3PAR Arrays

Who doesn’t like the idea of having six 9’s of uptime for their storage?  Availability is a major consideration for any storage, public or private.  Of course, having great availability isn’t the only measure of storage quality.  We also value performance, low latency and consistency.  But making storage behave in a predictable manner isn’t always… Read more »

Accelerating Workloads with NetApp Plexistor

I hadn’t realised that NetApp acquired Plexistor earlier this year.  Depending on which site you look at, the acquisition was a pretty cheap $20m or $32m, based on an A-round investment of around $4.5m in September 2014.  NetApp demonstrated application acceleration using the Plexistor technology at Insight in Berlin last week (see the day 2… Read more »

VMAX – The Mainframe of Storage

This post title may sound a little controversial, but that’s far from my intention.  Anyone who knows me will be aware that I started out in the mainframe era.  I like the mainframe’s reliability and maturity of features, many of which took a long time to arrive in today’s IT world.  However, the mainframe is… Read more »

  • Qumulo Releases QF2 – A Cross-Cloud Scale-Out File System

    Over the last few weeks, I’ve talked a lot about data mobility and exactly how we should get data into the public cloud from on-premises locations.  You can find links to the posts at the end of this blog entry.  Much of what I’ve talked about revolves around moving data in a relatively static way,… Read more »

  • Measuring the Size of the Storage Market

    Last week I posted a small comment on the latest IDC Storage Tracker figures.  The data shows ODM Direct as the largest category and the one with the most growth (73% year on year).  For some time I’ve wondered if the reporting of hardware really represents the state of the industry.  After all, it’s a… Read more »

  • Object Storage Essential Capabilities #1 – Scalability

    This is a series of posts covering critical features for object storage platforms and extends on this post from the beginning of 2017. Object storage has been positioned as a platform for storing vast amounts of unstructured data, the main area in which we’re seeing significant industry growth.  Systems need to have the capability to… Read more »

  • DigitalOcean Introduces Spaces Object Storage Service

    This week DigitalOcean introduced their own object storage platform called Spaces.  Initially the service will only be available in the NYC3 data centre but is expected to be expanded to other locations over time. Build Your Own With so many object storage platforms already out there, do we need another?  Well according to this blog… Read more »

  • Intel Ruler SSD and Chassis

    Flash Capacities and Failure Domains

    Chatting with good friend Enrico Signoretti earlier today on the subject of 1PB flash in 1U, I was reminded of the new Intel Ruler form factor.  In case you missed the news, in August Intel debuted a long, thin form-factor SSD dubbed the ruler that stacks back to front and vertically in a server, potentially… Read more »

  • Cloud Data Migration – Database Import Tools

    This is one of a series of posts discussing techniques for moving data to and from public cloud.  Previous posts have covered physical appliances and the shipping of virtual machines. Cloud Data Migration – Shipping Virtual Machines Cloud Data Migration – Data Transfer Using Physical Shipping & Appliances Amazon Web Services Another option for moving… Read more »

  • Seeding the Object Storage Market with Free Licences

    Last week, Caringo, an object storage startup, announced that the company would offer full licences of up to 100TB to qualified companies in the Media and Entertainment sector.  The assumption is, that once a company is hooked on the first 100TB and sees the simplicity of the solution, then they will come back for more. … Read more »

  • SanDisk 400GB MicroSD Card – QLC in Action?

    Yesterday SanDisk/Western Digital announced the availability of a 400GB microSD card, doubling the capacity of their previous offering.  In a press release WD said: Western Digital achieved this capacity breakthrough by leveraging its proprietary memory technology and design and production processes that allow for more bits per die. Is this the first, or at least… Read more »

  • VMware Cloud on AWS – What We Know So Far

    VMworld, VMware’s flagship user conference was held this week in Las Vegas, USA.  One of the main announcements was the eagerly awaited VMware Cloud On AWS (VMC) moving to general availability.  VMC provides the customer experience of VMware software running on AWS hardware in the public cloud. It potentially removes the need to run on-premises… Read more »