ClearSky: object storage at enterprise block speed

October 17, 2016

Can object storage ever be as fast as block storage? It turns out the answer is yes. And we already know how to do it. I was speaking to the CTO of ClearSky Data, Laz Vekiarides, about their block storage system for enterprise applications. They offer . . . a Global Storage Network that manages […]

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Everspin’s MRAM IPO

October 10, 2016

Everspin has filed for their IPO. They’re looking to raise $40 million from the public market. They’ve been shipping product for over 10 years, so this is a real company, not a dream and a slide deck. Why MRAM? Everspin’s Magnetic RAM has a number of advantages over flash and DRAM: DDR RAM write latency […]

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Is 3D XPoint in trouble?

October 6, 2016

The Register’s Chris Mellor and SemiAccurate’s Charlie Demerjian are throwing shade on Intel’s claims for 3D XPoint. While it’s great fun to tweak the giants of tech – as I often do – I think they are likely wrong in their interpretation of the data backing their arguments. As Mr. Mellor wrote: In contrast to […]

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Nutanix IPO: the big score

October 5, 2016

Nutanix – NTNX – has started off with a bang: opening at $16 a share and quickly rising to almost $30. It’s trading at $36 as I write. Now for the hard part Everyone is no doubt counting how much they’ve made on that spectacular beginning. But there’s a six month lock-in, meaning insiders have […]

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Dell vets: buff up your resumes this weekend

September 9, 2016

Now that Dell has completed the EMC acquisition, you are in for a rude awakening. While Dell may own EMC, EMC owns you. Richard Egan, one of the founders os EMC, fostered an exceptionally aggressive sales culture. The company liked to hire guys from blue collar families who’d played football in college, and then set […]

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Artisanal science doesn’t scale

September 8, 2016

Big data will overwhelm artisanal science. That’s what I conclude from a recent paper that lays out the stark statistics: Science is a growing system, exhibiting 4% annual growth in publications and 1.8% annual growth in the number of references per publication. Together these growth factors correspond to a 12-year doubling period in the total […]

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Nantero NRAM: ARM’d and dangerous

September 7, 2016

Intel’s 3D XPoint non-volatile RAM has sucked up most of the attention in the NVRAM space, but Nantero’s NRAM has taken a giant step forward. So far forward that Intel may get ARM’d again if they aren’t careful. NRAM? Nantero is the 15 year old startup pioneering carbon nano-tube RAM, or NRAM. 15 years is […]

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Notes on VMworld 2016

August 31, 2016

Spent the day on the show floor at Vmworld 2016 in sunny Las Vegas. Saw some interesting things. Panzuraa now offers byte-range locking on their global collaboration platform. They’ve been having great success in the Autodesk Revit market. M&E seems like a natural as well. This is hard to do and few have done it […]

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VMworld next week

August 26, 2016

The StorageMojo crack analyst team is busy polishing their cowboy boots and ironing their jeans to get respectable (why now?) for next week’s VMworld in Las Vegas. Las Vegas is a short – by Western standards – 4 to 5 hour drive from the high pastures of northern Arizona, and a favorite place for the […]

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Excel may be dangerous to your health – and your nation

August 26, 2016

Over on ZDNet I’ve been doing a series looking at the issues we face incorporating Big Data into our digital civilization (see When Big Data is bad data, Lying scientists and the lying lies they tell, and Humans are the weak link in Big Data. I’m not done yet, but I wanted to share a […]

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NetApp’s surprising Q1

August 23, 2016

NetApp’s Q1 was a happy surprise for Wall Street: earnings blew past estimates and the stock spiked over 16%. But the quarterly 8k report was more downbeat. Product revenues Net revenue was down $41 million year over year. Products the company calls Strategic – presumably hybrid cloud and flash, but not defined in the 8k […]

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World’s largest manufacturer of vinyl records

August 22, 2016

A story from the byways of data storage. Vinyl audio records have been making something of a comeback. Fans prefer the sound, and DJs like to “scratch” them, which is pretty cool the first hundred times you hear it. A series of pieces in the UK paper the Guardian, describes the current state of vinyl, […]

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Flash Memory Summit next week

August 1, 2016

And sad to say, for the first time in years, StorageMojo won’t be there. Dang it! A physical condition is cramping my style. It’s temporary and will be fixed by early next year. So I’ll be looking for whatever gets posted online, but missing the show floor. The StorageMojo take For a few years the […]

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A look at Symbolic IO’s patents

July 22, 2016

Maybe you saw the hype: Symbolic IO is the first computational defined storage solution solely focused on advanced computational algorithmic compute engine, which materializes and dematerializes data – effectively becoming the fastest, most dense, portable and secure, media and hardware agnostic – storage solution. Really? Dematerializes data? This amps it up from using a cloud. […]

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Bandwidth reduction for erasure coded storage

July 12, 2016

In response to Building fast erasure coded storage, alert readers Petros Koutoupis and Ian F. Adams noted that advanced erasure coded object storage (AECOS) isn’t typically CPU limited. The real problem is network bandwidth. It turns out that the same team that developed Hitchhiker also looked at the network issues. In the paper A Solution […]

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