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Backblaze HDD Statistics for 2017

For the last four years, Backblaze has been producing statistics from their pool of hard drives.  The company provides cloud storage that started with backup and now covers S3-like capabilities.  The figures for 2017 were recently released and make interesting reading. SMART Backblaze now has a set of data spanning just over 93,000 live drives. … Read more »

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Cache or Tier – Does it Matter?

Who would have thought such an innocent comment would have created a stream of conversation?  Well, that’s what happened after I called out the Avere folks on the use of the term “tiered file system” during their presentation at Storage Field Day 11.  We even followed the discussion with a podcast, in an attempt to flesh… Read more »

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M.2 SSD Drive Format is Under-rated by Enterprise Storage

Last week I was reading this article on Ars Technica discussing the latest Samsung M.2 format drives to hit the market.  In something similar to a DIMM format, you get up to 2TB of capacity and read/write speeds of 3.5GB/s and 2.1GB/s respectively.  M.2 comes in a range of sizes and was originally developed for… Read more »

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NetApp, Storage Class Memory and Hyperconvergence

Chris Mellor at The Register has an interesting article following up on rumours of NetApp moving into the hyper-convergence market.  This intention shouldn’t be a surprise in some respects.  As the storage market fragments, the incumbents have to adapt to the needs of customers and hyper-converged systems are – by any measure – popular. Storage… Read more »

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HPE Sells off “Non-Core” Software Assets

On the day the Dell/EMC acquisition/merger completed, HPE announced it was selling off a load of non-core software assets in a “spin-off” merger with UK’s Micro Focus.  HPE gets $2.5 billion in cash and HPE shareholders get a 50.1% ownership of the new entity, which will continue to be called Micro Focus.  In addition SUSE… Read more »

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Storage Field Day 10 Preview: Kaminario

This is one of a series of posts discussing the presenters at Storage Field Day 10, occurring 25th-27th May 2016 in Silicon Valley, at which I am an attending delegate.  See links at the end of this post to other presenting vendors.  Details of the event can be found on the Storage Field Day 10 page… Read more »

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A Quick Comment on IBM FlashSystem

It’s been pointed out to me from time to time that I don’t give IBM a fair mention when talking about all-flash systems.  According to Gartner, IBM are in the top right quadrant of the AFA MQ and therefore classed as leaders and visionaries.  So, let’s spend a few moments to discuss their strategy and products. TMS IBM… Read more »

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FlashForward – A New UK-Based Conference on Flash Storage

Flash storage (and in particular, NAND flash) has taken the IT world by storm and is quickly set to replace the majority of HDDs as the choice for primary storage systems.  We now have every major storage vendor delivering all-flash solutions.  Most recently, EMC finally showed more details on DSSD, a new product in the… Read more »

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Do we need Storage QoS?

I recently had a discussion with a vendor (who shall remain nameless) as to whether we really needed Quality of Service in shared storage arrays.  His thinking went as follows; if we have a storage array and network with sufficient bandwidth/IOPS, then why bother implementing QoS?  At first this seems like a reasonable assumption; if… Read more »