The array IP implosion

May 23, 2016

We’ve seen this movie before The value of legacy array intellectual property is collapsing. This isn’t complicated: SSDs have made IOPS – what hard drive arrays were optimizing for the last 25 years – easy and cheap. Think of all the hard-won – well, engineered – optimizations that enabled HDD-based arrays to dominate the storage […]

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WD is not a disk drive company – and not a moment too soon

May 20, 2016

While you weren’t looking Western Digital stopped being a hard drive company, morphing into a storage company. Such transitions are nothing new for a company that started life making calculator chips in the 1970s, morphed into SCSI, ATA and graphics in the 80s, and built its disk drive business in the 90s and 00s. The […]

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Scale and the all-flash datacenter

May 9, 2016

There’s a gathering vendor storm pushing the all-flash datacenter as a solution to datacenter ills, such as high personnel costs and performance bottlenecks. There’s some truth to this, but its application is counter-intuitive. Most of the time, storage innovations benefit the largest and – for vendors – most lucrative datacenters. OK, that’s not counter-intuitive. But […]

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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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Superforecasting

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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