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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Building fast erasure coded storage

July 11, 2016

One of the decade’s grand challenges in storage is making efficient advanced erasure coded object storage (AECOS) fast enough to displace most file servers. Advanced erasure codes can give users the capability to survive four or more device failures – be they disks, SSDs, servers, or datacenters – with low capacity overhead. By low I […]

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The top storage challenges of the next decade

July 6, 2016

StorageMojo recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, which got me thinking about the next decade. Think of all the changes we’ve seen in the last 10 years: Cloud storage and computing that put a price on IT’s head Scale out object storage. Flash. Millions of IOPS in a few RU. Deduplication. 1,000 year optical discs. There’s […]

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July 4th, 2016: Mormon Canyon

July 4, 2016

July 4th is when the United States of America celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence. For most Americans Independence Day is the most important secular holiday of the year. Of course, July 4th wasn’t the actual date of the signing – July 2nd was – but no matter. Of greater interest is the […]

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Meeting young Mr. Trump

June 30, 2016

Back in 1980 I met Donald Trump. He came to a finance class to talk about real estate finance. I have no recollection of his talk. But I DO remember the visit and, given what I’ve read about Mr. Trump, some readers may find my recollection an interesting footnote. Ivana To set the scene, this […]

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Enterprise storage goes inside

June 20, 2016

Some interesting numbers out of IDC by way of Chris Mellor of the Reg. First up: the entire enterprise storage market in the latest quarter: Note that HPE is #1. Then the numbers for the external enterprise storage market: HPE is now #3 with $535.7 million. The difference is internal storage That means that HPE […]

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Hike blogging: Hog Heaven trail

June 12, 2016

Mountain biking is very popular in the surrounding national forest. Enthusiasts have built many challenging bike trails, which I like to hike – not bike. I’ve never broken a bone and don’t intend to start now. Hog Heaven is one of the toughest of the local trails, with a double black diamond rating. Yesterday morning […]

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EMC perfumes the pig

June 10, 2016

I feel sorry for EMC’s marketers: they have to make 10-20 year old technology seem au courant. It’s an uphill battle, but that’s why they get the big bucks. The latest effort to perfume the pig – hold still, dammit! – is EMC Unity. In a piece that – and this is a sincere compliment […]

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