Why storage is getting simpler

May 2, 2016

Goodbye, old bottleneck StorageMojo has often asked buyers to focus on latency rather than IOPS thanks to SSDs making IOPS cheap and plentiful. This naturally leads to a focus on I/O stack latency, which multiple vendors are attacking. But what are the implications of cheap IOPS for enterprise data center operations? That’s what’s motivating the […]

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Storage surprises at NAB 2016

April 22, 2016

I did NAB a little differently this year: attended on Wednesday and Thursday, the last two days of the floor exhibits. Definitely easier, although many of the execs left Wednesday. But that wasn’t a surprise. Here’s what did surprise me: EMC seemed to have less of presence than in past years. I expected more. HGST […]

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NABster 2016

April 18, 2016

Tomorrow the top StorageMojo superforecasting analysts are saddling up for the long ride to the glittering runways of Las Vegas. The target: NAB 2016. As much as I like CES, NAB is my favorite mighty tradeshow. It is toy show for people with very large budgets – and we all know who gets the best […]

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April 18, 2016

I see a forecast in your future A few months ago I wrote about the best single metric for measuring marketing. That metric: It’s the forecast, when compared to actuals. If the forecast is accurate to ±3%, you’ve got great marketing. If ±10% you’ve got good marketing. So I was happy to see a book […]

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Smart storage for big data

April 15, 2016

IBM researchers are proposing – and demoing – an intelligent storage system that works something like your brain. It’s based on the idea that it’s easier to remember important, like a sunset over the Grand Canyon, than the last time you waited for a traffic light. We’re facing a data onslaught like we’ve never seen […]

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Hike blogging: Soldiers Pass

April 12, 2016

If you’ve been wondering why the dearth of hike blogging the last few months, wonder no more: I wasn’t hiking. A nasty bug made its way through Arizona and I caught it, thought I shook it, went to CES, and relapsed, big time. So I’ve been taking it easy. But I’ve started up again, and […]

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Qumulo comes of age

April 12, 2016

Qumulo is crossing the chasm: they have 50 paying customers with over 40PB in production. Real production, not POCs. That includes clusters from 4 nodes to more than 20 nodes with over 4PB at a large telco. They practice agile development with 24 software releases in the last year. Roughly a drop every two weeks. […]

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Plexistor’s Software Defined Memory

April 5, 2016

What is Software Defined Memory? A converged memory and storage architecture that enables applications to access storage as if it was memory and memory as if it was storage Unlike most of the software defined x menagerie, SDM isn’t simply another layer that virtualizes existing infrastructure for some magical benefit. It addresses the oncoming reality […]

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So, how much will Optane SSDs cost?

April 1, 2016

I opined recently on ZDNet that I expected Optane SSDs would come out at $2/GB. Josh Goldenhar of Excelero had a thoughtful rejoinder: . . . I think Octane will be more expensive. You mentioned $0.20/GB for flash – but I think that’s for SATA flash or consumer flash. The Intel NVMe p DC3XXX line […]

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StorageMojo’s 10th birthday

March 29, 2016

On March 29, 2006, StorageMojo.com published its first posts to universal indifference. The indifference didn’t last long: the second week of StorageMojo’s existence I published 25x Data Compression Made Simple. The post was /.’d and the vituperation rolled in claiming no such thing was possible: over 400 mostly negative comments on /. and dozens more […]

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CloudVelox: building a freeway into the cloud

March 23, 2016

You have a data center full of Windows and Linux servers running your key applications. How do you migrate them to the cloud; or, at the very least, enable cloud-based disaster recovery? That’s the question CloudVelox is trying to answer. Their software enables enterprises to move their entire software stack to a public cloud. I […]

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Integrating 3D Xpoint with DRAM

March 21, 2016

Intel is promising availability of 3D Xpoint non-volatile memory (NVM) this year, at least in their Optane SSDs. But Xpoint DIMMS are coming soon, and neither will give you anything close to 1,000x performance boost. In a recent paper, NOVA: A Log-structured File System for Hybrid Volatile/Non-volatile Main Memories Jian Xu and Steven Swanson of […]

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RRAM vendor inks deal with semi foundry

March 11, 2016

I’ve been a fan of RRAM – resistive random access memory – for years. It is much superior to NAND flash as a storage medium, except for cost, density and industry production capacity. Hey, you can’t have everything! But Crossbar announced today that they’ve inked a licensing deal with the Chinese Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation […]

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The cult of memory

March 11, 2016

Persistent digital storage is an absolute requirement for a persisting digital civilization – and I remain concerned that with the exception of M-disc we don’t have digital media with a 500 year life. But I also take a broader view of storage, including that which we carry around in our heads, which has way more […]

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Asymmetric innovation: legacy vs cloud

March 9, 2016

Here’s a good question: why are cloud vendors able to innovate so much faster than legacy vendors? AWS brags about the hundreds of new features and services they implement every year – and their accelerating pace. But here’s a better question: why don’t enterprise buyers accept the same level of innovation from legacy vendors as […]

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