Why it’s time to forget about flash

July 30, 2015

Post sponsored by Infinidat Flash has revolutionized storage, but the industry has lost sight of the customer problem: optimizing storage for availability, performance, footprint, power and cost. Industry analysts aren’t helping. Let’s forget about flash and remember why we’re here Gartner recently defined a Solid State Array segment. That was questioned by Chris Mellor at […]

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NVM is off to the races

July 29, 2015

With the Intel/micron nonvolatile memory announcement – said to be in production today – the race to produce next generation non-volatile memories has gotten serious. And not a moment too soon! What did they announce? You can read the press release here. Key quote: 3D XPoint technology combines the performance, density, power, non-volatility and cost […]

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The storage tipping point

June 29, 2015

Storage is at a tipping point: much of the existing investment in the software stack will be obsolete within two years. This will be the biggest change in storage since the invention of the disk drive by IBM in 1956. This is not to deprecate the other seismic forces of flash, object storage, cloud and […]

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Hike blogging: the Twin Buttes loop

June 21, 2015

Summer finally arrived in Northern Arizona, about 6 weeks later than usual. Good news: no wildfires, thanks to lots of rain. Bad news: I was freezing! I got out to the Twin Buttes before 7am – and was a little late. Shade is a valuable commodity in the Arizona summer! In another 10 days or […]

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Can NetApp be saved?

June 17, 2015

If NetApp is going to save itself – see How doomed is NetApp? – it needs to change the way it’s doing business and how it thinks about its customers. Or it can continue as it is and accelerate into oblivion. NetApp’s problem NetApp is essentially a single-product line company, and that product line is […]

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Why it’s hard to meet SLAs with SSDs

June 3, 2015

From their earliest days, people have reported that SSDs were not providing the performance they expected. As SSDs age, for instance, they get slower. But how much slower? And why? A common use of SSDs is for servers hosting virtual machines. The aggregated VMs create the I/O blender effect, which SSDs handle a lot better […]

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Make Hadoop the world’s largest iSCSI target

June 1, 2015

Scale out storage and Hadoop are a great duo for working with masses of data. Wouldn’t it be nice if it could also be used for more mundane storage tasks, like block storage? Well, it can. Some Silicon Valley engineers have produced a software front end for Hadoop that adds an iSCSI interface. The team […]

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Hospital ship Haven in Nagasaki, Japan, 1945

May 25, 2015

StorageMojo is republishing this post to mark this Memorial Day, 2015. In a few months we will be marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War two as well. My father was a career Navy officer and this is a small part of his legacy. See the original post for the comments, many […]

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No-budget marketing for small companies

May 13, 2015

You are a small tech company. You have a marketing guy but it’s largely engineers solving problems that most people don’t even know exist. How do you get attention and respect at a low cost? Content marketing. When most people think about marketing, they think t-shirts, tradeshows, advertising, telephone calls, white papers and brochures. Those […]

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Hike blogging: Sunday May 10 on Brins Mesa

May 11, 2015

The Soldiers Pass, Brins Mesa, Mormon Canyon loop is my favorite hike. It has about 1500 feet of vertical up to over 5000 ft and the combination of two canyons and the mesa means the scenery is ever changing. This shot is taken looking north from the mesa to Wilson Mt. It was a beautiful […]

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FAST ’15: StorageMojo’s Best Paper

May 11, 2015

The crack StorageMojo analyst team has finally named a StorageMojo FAST 15 Best Paper. It was tough to get agreement this year because of the many excellent contenders. Here’s a rundown of the most interesting before a more detailed explication of the winner. CalvinFS: Consistent WAN Replication and Scalable Metadata Management for Distributed File Systems […]

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EMC II’s ragged last quarter

April 27, 2015

As reported in a Seeking Alpha quarterly call transcript, EMC’s storage unit had a $75 million shortfall in Q1. CEO Joe Tucci said . . . we were disappointed that we fell a bit short of our Q1 revenue plan, approximately $75 million short. This $75 million revenue shortfall occurred in our storage business. That […]

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How doomed is NetApp?

April 13, 2015

The current turmoil caused by plummeting cloud storage costs, new entrants sporting modern architectures and the forced re-architecting due to flash and upcoming NV memories is a perfect storm for legacy vendors. Some are handling it better than others, but some, like IBM and NetApp, appear to be sinking. NetApp is signalling that their 2015 […]

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EMC’s DSSD hiring is exploding

February 18, 2015

DSSD, the Valley startup acquired by EMC last year (see EMC goes all in with DSSD) is continuing to hire at an accelerating rate. Informed sources put the current DSSD team at 160 heads with plans to grow it to 800 over the next year. This is a program in a hurry. Hiring such numbers […]

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Latency in all-flash arrays

February 17, 2015

StorageMojo has been writing about latency and flash arrays for years (see The SSD write cliff in real life), with a focus on data from the TPC-C and SPC-1 benchmarks. The folks at Violin Memory asked me to create a Video White Paper to discuss the problem in a bite-size chunk. Latency is the long […]

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