Friday hike blogging: West fork, new and improved!

October 17, 2014

Finding that the recent fire and monsoon rains had altered the west fork of Oak Creek made me want to go back further up the creek. Without a paddle. So last Sunday I did. That’s Steve in the corner. Manou is in the crowd up ahead. Spectacular! In case you couldn’t tell. . . .

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Shadow IT pt. 2

October 17, 2014

The first post on shadow IT looked at R&D spend. Now we look at CapEx spend – specifically PP&E – property, plant and equipment. That’s where new datacenters, servers, storage and networks go. Big Spend The FY13 PP&E spend in billions from major players: While R&D expense is a proxy for innovation velocity, PP&E is […]

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The shadow IT industry

October 14, 2014

The power of the big IaaS players – Amazon, Google, Facebook, Azure (AGFA) – constitutes a shadow IT industry. It is a shadow because its operations are outside the transparency we take for granted with legacy IT vendors like IBM, HP, Cisco and Oracle. AGFA announces new services, but the tech behind the services is […]

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Scale and intelligence: lessons from warehouse-scale computing

October 13, 2014

Why is enterprise infrastructure so costly and inflexible while warehouse-scale computing is cost-effective and flexible? Is it: a) Enterprise infrastructure is too capital intensive? b) Warehouse-scale people are smarter? c) High-scale systems can’t be reduced to enterprise-scale cost effectively? Lucky for you, this is an open-blog exam. Read on. People, machines and scale Greg Ferro […]

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Symantec to split – finally!

October 8, 2014

Multiple outlets are reporting that Symantec (SYMC), which bought storage software leader Veritas for $10.6 billion in 2005, is soon to break itself up into a security company and a storage software company. SYMC segments their business into User Productivity & Protection, Information Security, and Information Management. The Information Management segment includes backup and recovery, […]

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Friday hike blogging: the west fork of Oak Creek

October 5, 2014

The most popular local trail is the west fork of Oak Creek. It’s relatively flat and, thanks to the high canyon walls and riparian foliage, usually shady – a big plus in the summer months. The trail has been closed for the last 4 months due to the 21,000 acre Slide Rock fire. The Forest […]

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Reconstruction almost complete

October 4, 2014

Like reconstructing Leeloo from the Fifth Element, with no Milla Jovovich. Or a replacement drive in a RAID set. This has been a busy week, but not with research and blogging. Busy fixing the blog instead. WordPress 4.0 broke the StorageMojo theme. The themesters came out with an update with 4.0 support, but migrating to […]

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Friday hike blogging: Brins Mesa

September 27, 2014

I frequently hike the Brins Mesa-Soldiers Pass-Jordan Trail loop, but Wednesday Qing wanted to shake things up. So once we made the top of the mesa we turned north and hiked another mile and about 500 feet higher. That took us to the edge of the Mogollon Rim. On top of the Rim you’re on […]

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Macromolecular storage: the next frontier

September 26, 2014

Disk drives and flash are already pushing the limits of nanotechnology to increase density. But what if we went with encoding data directly into molecules? Does a petabyte per cc sound interesting? In Advances in Macromolecular Data Storage, Masud Mansuripur, a professor in the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, proposes a […]

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EMC’s “Federation” meme is so dead

September 24, 2014

With reports from the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times that EMC has been shopping itself to HP, Dell and perhaps Cisco and Oracle (pretty please!) it’s clear that the “EMC Federation” concept has cratered. Why did it take so long? While an activist investor – hedge fund Elliot Management – has pushed […]

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Friday hike blogging: Chicken Point

September 19, 2014

Got up at 6am last Sunday and headed off to the Broken Arrow trailhead. There are several possible loops but so far I’ve stuck with the longest one around Twin Buttes. It’s about 6.5 miles with over 1300 ft of total vertical, so it’s a decent workout. Lots of great views – I published one […]

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StorPool’s new distributed storage software

September 16, 2014

It was obvious in 2006 that Google’s clean-sheet GFS would revolutionize massive storage. The problem has been taking Google’s concepts and scaling them down to less than warehouse scale. A number of companies have tried – Nutanix is probably the latest – and there’s a new entrant. StorPool offers distributed block storage designed to be […]

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Friday hike blogging: Brins Mesa

September 12, 2014

With family visiting I only got out once this week: a 3 hour hike on the Brins Mesa, Soldiers Pass, Cibola and Jordan Trail’s loop. It’s a favorite: bracing vertical; much variety; not too many tourists (usually); and, of course, fabulous vistas. We’re just coming to the end of Arizona’s monsoon season, which has been […]

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Optimizing erasure-coded storage for latency and cost

September 12, 2014

Erasure coded (EC) storage has achieved remarkable gains over current RAID arrays in fault-tolerance and storage efficiency, but the knock against it is performance. Sure, it’s highly available and cheap, but it’s slo-o-w. Advanced erasure codes – those beyond traditional RAID5 and RAID6 – require a lot more compute cycles to work their magic than […]

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HGST & Amplidata to co-develop “ultra-dense” storage

September 8, 2014

Amplidata announced this morning that Western Digital Capital has made a $10m investment. HGST, a wholly owned subsidiary of Western Digital Corp., has selected Amplidata’s Himalaya software to jointly develop a family of ultra-dense storage solutions to address the rapidly growing demand to store data in public and private cloud data centers. . . . […]

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