Speed Is The SSD 'Killer App'
In a recent blog entry I provided a time line on when I thought SSD would become the dominant storage type for what is currently the active storage tier. One of the key enablers of this will be the increasing need for speed and mechanical hard drives' lack of ability to deliver it in a cost- effective manner.
Cloud Storage 2.0
Cloud storage 1.0 as it exists today has one primary service; it stores data. Not very exciting. Cloud storage 2.0 will have to provide the ability to do more with that data than just store it.
Quality of service is the ability to provide different priority to different applications, users, or data flows, or to guarantee a certain level of performance to a data flow. Up until we started virtualizing servers, you generally only needed this at the network switch level. Now with the multitenant nature of virtualization hosts, we need QoS at the network interface.
Interop: Green Strategies Needed For Storage
Storage industry leaders call for metrics and best practices for businesses to use to cut down on storage energy costs, similar to what the Green Grid has begun doing for data centers.
From VMworld To Houston...
Sorry for the delay in getting this entry posted. I arrived in Houston last night to a city that is about 60% blacked out, including my office. Thanks to the kindness (a common theme in Houston) of a local storage integrator, Unique Digital, I am able to be back in business and send you today's entry, "From VMworld to StorageWorld."
Survived Ike? Time Will Tell...
Ike tore through Houston, home one of our office and our lab. Once again, businesses have to learn that surviving the initial hit is only the beginning. The "P" part of a Disaster Recovery Plan is very critical to the long-term survival of the business.
FCoE Or iSCSI, Does It Really Matter?
There is a lot of debate about Fibre Channel over Ethernet and converged network adapters. A CNA is a 10-GbE network interface card that supports multiple data networking protocols, basically TCP/IP traffic and storage networking. These adapters are going to support Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). The plan is to reduce networking cost of ownership by converging the data and storage networks onto a single adapter, which results in lower adapter, cabling, switch, power, and cooling costs.
EqualLogic Releases Bigger Array, New Software
In the first announcement of new products since Dell acquired EqualLogic in January, EqualLogic's new PS5500E holds 48 SATA disk drives, boosting the maximum size of a single EqualLogic storage group to more than 500 TB. It also announced that it would release a software update for all EqualLogic arrays to support RAID-6 and software to offload the snapshot process from VMware Infrastructure hosts to the array.
SD Cards Will Soon Be Embedded
A standard has been developed for embedded Secure Digital memory cards that addresses mobile issues like power consumption and boot functionality.
Recycling Backup Tapes - Green Or Just Scary?
I got an e-mail today with the subject We Buy Used Tape Media, which got me thinking. In today's environment, where lost backup tapes get companies, and their storage administrators, in the newspaper, and possibly the unemployment line, who in their right mind would sell their old backup tapes?
NEC Updates HYDRAstor Deduping Grid
When NEC first briefed me on its Hydrastor product last year I loved the idea of a deduping backup target that used the RAIN (redundant array of independent nodes) architecture based on standard Xeon servers. Now NEC's releasing new storage and accelerator nodes that boost capacity to 12 TB (raw) on each storage node and the data ingestion rate to 300 MBs for each acceleration node.
Cloud Storage's Weakness
Cloud storage has one glaring weakness compared with traditional storage offerings; it does not get cheaper over time. Today, some services each year will increase your capacity at "no extra charge," but you are still paying the same amount of money for data written last year and data written this year.
In The Cloud, Architectures Matter
There is a common statement that I hear when talking with members of the cloud community, that the user should not be concerned with what is the architecture of the cloud. I disagree -- details matter.
Dell Launches Inspiron Mini 9 Notebook
The computer maker's entry into the sub-$500 ultra-portable PC market includes an 8.9-inch LED display, an Intel Atom processor, and free online backup.
The ability to steal company data is no more real today than it was five years ago, but the volume of data that can be stolen is.
Auditing File Access
During a recent briefing with Cofio Software on its new AIMstor product, the discussion of file auditing or file logging came up. File auditing is the ability to see who has created, modified, or deleted a file and to take appropriate measures.