Infinidat’s sweet AFA challenge

June 5, 2017

StorageMojo has observed, many times, that great marketing of a mediocre product beats mediocre marketing of a great product all the time. Thus it is always of interest when someone comes up with an innovative marketing wrinkle. That’s what Infinidat has done with their Faster than all flash challenge. Their claim is that their system […]

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Hike blogging: Devils Creek Road

June 3, 2017

Taking a vacation from the usual slog in NoAZ. I’m some 60 miles north of Seattle, working on my rain tan. The weatherman claims we’ll break 70 degrees sometime during my visit, but I’m not counting on it. Occasional patches of blue sky remind me of what is possible, if not likely. Took a 4.5 […]

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Routing the I/O stack

May 30, 2017

Lots of energy around the concept of Rack Scale Design (Intel’s nomenclature) in systems design these days. Instead of depositing a cpu, memory, I/O, and storage on a single motherboard, why not have a rack of each, interconnected over a high-bandwidth, low-latency network – PCIe is favored today – and use software to define bundles […]

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Liqid’s composable infrastructure

May 8, 2017

The technology wheel is turning again. Yesterday it was converged and hyperconverged infrastructure. Tomorrow it’s composable infrastructure. Check out Liqid a software-and-some-hardware company that I met at NAB. The software – Element – enables you to configure custom servers from hardware pools of compute, network, and, of course, storage. I met Liqid co-founder Sumit Puri […]

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NAB 2017 storage roundup

May 4, 2017

Spent two days at the annual National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) confab in Las Vegas. With 4k video everywhere, storage was a hot topic as well. Here’s what caught my eye. Object storage – often optimized for large files – continues to be a growth area. Scality, Dynamic Data Pool, Object Matrix, HGST, Data IO, […]

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Is NetApp still doomed?

April 20, 2017

A reader wrote to ask for the StorageMojo take on NetApp now, as opposed to the assessment in How doomed is NetApp? two years ago. Q3 had some good news for NetApp. In their latest 10Q filing, they noted that while revenues for the first 9 months of the year were down 3%, for the […]

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Spin Transfer Technologies: next up in the MRAM race

April 19, 2017

MRAM technology is hot. I’ve written about Everspin – they’ve been shipping for years and just IPO’d – and now I’d like to introduce Spin Transfer Technologies. They’ve kept a low profile – they AREN’T shipping, are sampling protos, and they do have some nice Powerpoints. I spoke to their CEO, Barry Hoberman, and the […]

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Sizing the overconfig effect on the array market

March 30, 2017

For decades customers routinely overconfigured storage arrays to get performance. Customers bought the most costly hard drives – 15k SAS or FC – at huge markups. Then they’d short stroke the already limited capacity of these high cost drives – turning a 900GB drive into a, say, 300GB drive – in order to goose IOPS […]

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Hike blogging: Deadmans Pass panorama

March 25, 2017

I’ve been hiking a lot the last couple of weeks, getting in shape after a long hiatus. Today I took a loop that I’ve never done counterclockwise and even though it shouldn’t have made much difference, it was a much more enjoyable hike. The loop began with an easy walk of about a mile on […]

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DSSD’s demise

March 22, 2017

A couple of weeks ago Dell EMC announced the demise of the once promising DSSD all flash array. They are planning to incorporate DSSD technology into their other products. As StorageMojo noted 4 years ago, DSSD developed a lot of great technology. But for whatever reason – perhaps turmoil associated with Dell’s purchase of EMC? […]

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Avere closes new round – with a twist

March 21, 2017

Avere announced this afternoon that they’ve closed a Series E round of $14 million, bringing their total funding to a cool $97 million. Existing investors Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Tenaya Capital and Western Digital Capital all re-upped, always a good sign. But the twist? Google Inc. joined the round. The StorageMojo […]

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HP offers to buy Nimble Storage

March 7, 2017

HPE’s has offered to buy Nimble Storage for $1.09B. The StorageMojo take This is a good move for both companies. HPE has the enterprise footprint that Nimble was spending big to build, and Nimble has an advanced and forward looking storage platform that will bring new ideas into HPE’s enterprise storage group, as well as […]

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fsck interruptus and your data

March 2, 2017

Today is the last day of FAST 17. Yesterday a couple of hours were devoted to Work-in-Progress (WIP) reports. WIP reports are kept to 4 minutes and a few slides. One in particular caught my eye. In On Fault Resilience of File System Checkers, Om Rameshwar Gatla and Mai Zheng, posed an interesting question: how […]

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StorageMojo’s Best Paper of FAST 2017

March 1, 2017

StorageMojo’s crack analyst team is attending the Usenix File and Storage Technology (FAST) ’17 conference. As usual, there is lots of great content. But only one paper – this year – gets the StorageMojo Best Paper nod. The conference awarded two Best Paper honors as well – so you have plenty of reading to catch […]

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It’s simple arithmetic: why Trump’s immigration stance is 100% wrong for America

February 25, 2017

An editorial comment This isn’t complicated. America has 325 million people, out of the world’s 7.4 billion, or about 4.4% of world’s population. Despite the numerical imbalance, America also has the world’s largest economy by most measures. There are two countries, China and India, which are several times the population of the United States. China’s […]

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