Thunder Mountain

by Robin Harris on Monday, 26 December, 2016

StorageMojo’s hike blogging has been on hiatus for a few months, due to a personal issue. But no worries! If all goes according to plan I will be better than new by the end of January.

I’m more than ready! I’ve had to skip too many industry events, such as Flash Memory Summit and the upcoming CES. But I expect to attend the Usenix File and Storage Technology (FAST) event in February.

Snowdona
Starting the day before Christmas, and continuing through much of Christmas day, it was snowing. Yes, Virginia, there is snow in Arizona. Parts of northern Arizona could easily be mistaken for Idaho or Montana – in climate as well as topography.

But after the storms, the sun comes out, and I hiked out onto my deck to take this picture of Thunder Mountain, aka Capitol Butte.

Click to enlarge.

The StorageMojo take
Despite my difficulties, this holiday is a more than usually joyous one for me. I hope you can say the same.

Happy New Year, to one and all.

Courteous comments welcome, of course.

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Kyle_Pheasant January 3, 2017 at 12:05 pm

Just stumbled onto your blog. Enjoyed your take on the topics. Hope your getting better and will be getting back at it soon. Was reading about all the all flash NAS systems that claim to be more cost efficient. Have you compared them lately? I know EMC has one but not sure of costs. I saw something about a up to 9GB/sec one from Opendrives but thought that was not realistic. Well hope you get back on your feet soon. Will continue to check back.

Robin Harris January 4, 2017 at 4:29 pm

Kyle, the NAS flash systems are comparing themselves to disk-based NAS boxes – AFTER – they perform compression, dedup, and higher capacity utilization. So yes, they’re as cost effective as disk, with a few asterisks.

With the right architecture – PCIe/NVMe in particular – and sufficient bandwidth, 9GB/sec is totally doable, although I don’t know about the specifics of the Opendrives implementation.

As for me, the first surgery went well, and I’m looking forward to getting all the work completed in time for FAST 17.

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