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It would appear that yet another new podcast has sprung to life from the storage blogging community.  This week saw the first episode of HP Techcast from Calvin Zito and Geekazine’s Jeffrey Powers.  You can find the link to the podcast at the end of this post.  Sounds like the [...
A few weeks ago I recorded a podcast with HP and a few other bloggers (Hans De Leenheer and Luigi Danakos) in which we discussed the new HP SSD version of the Lefthand P400 array.  SSD is becoming more prevalent in storage arrays, not just from the simple inclusion of [...]
Last week we took a trip to what is fast becoming our favourite local Indian restaurant; Aroma Spice in Sundon Village.  Based in a converted pub, the restaurant has been around for some time, but we’ve only recently discovered it.  Locally “Gourmet Nights” are usuall...
Last week we heard about the death of NekkidTech, Greg Knieriemen‘s follow-on podcast vehicle after leaving the InfoSmack fold.  After only 23 episodes, this format of podcast is over and I hear that something new may be coming this week.  InfoSmack itself seems to have evolved ...
At the end of April I will be attending the first Storage Field Day, part of Stephen Foskett’s Tech Field Day events.  It seems a little odd to be having a dedicated storage day, as most or a majority perhaps of the preceding presentations have been storage focused.  However ther...
Here’s a link to a podcast I did last week with my good friend Rick Vanover.  It’s a discussion on SSD and where we stand today.  With the wealth of SSD information around today, this podcast could have been 2 hours long! VEEAM Community Podcast #59 – SSD State [...] ...
This weekend I took the kids to Staples to pick up supplies for the start back to school.  Adam (Son #2) was looking for a folder to keep his homework and other assorted books in, when he spotted Filofax folders and decided that would work for him.  It took me a while to [...]
It’s probably fair to say that data migration is one of the most tedious tasks in storage management.  Moving data from one array to another, simply to decommission a piece of hardware or for load and capacity balancing, doesn’t ever inspire me. But it’s a necessary e...
Yesterday EMC finally revealed the details on their not-so-secret Lightning and Thunder flash projects.  Fortunately this launch event didn’t include cramming small people into minis or firing Chad Sakac out of a cannon, but was more focused on the market and products EMC are bri...
Last month I briefly took part in Nekkid Tech Podcast #14.  This was recorded in London at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub on Fleet Street.  The evening itself was quite entertaining and loud as you can hear from the podcast.  Greg and Ed interviewed a number of the Dell management team on...
It’s never a good day at the office when your shares drop by 20% in a single day.  However the relentless drive to produce better results quarter-on-quarter is what the US stock markets demand of publicly listed companies such as Fusion-IO.  Poor results this week saw their share...
As I write this post, 2012 is already 6.3% completed.  So, for the remaining 93.7% of the year, what can we expect the storage themes to be?  What will companies be focused on and what can we expect from the vendors? Data Reduction The recent flooding in Thailand has had everyone on hi...
Storagezilla calls out hard disk availability in his recent post.  In fact, I discussed the subject of drive prices last week with James Carter of Touchdown PR on my way to Storage Expo.  James highlighted he was seeing prices on standard drives having doubled recently. I went back and...
At SNW Europe this week I took some time to talk to Emulex about their OneCommand product.  It’s been upgraded to version 2.0, which will be the subject of a post for another day, once I’ve had a chance to install and review it. I also discussed the core of Emulex’s b...
As the vendor who introduced flash drives into traditional arrays some 2+ years ago, we shouldn’t be surprised that EMC has released an all-flash version of its mid-range array, the VNX.  The new device, codenamed VNX5500-F can support up to 250 200GB drives for a maximum all-fla...
One of the attendees at TFD#8 was SolidFire Inc, another startup company focusing on selling entirely solid-state disk arrays.  As you’d expect, they have their own niche and part of the market they are targeting with their all-flash drive product.  So how do they compare to the ...
This week I’ll be attending IP Expo, which has probably become the UK’s biggest IT event.  You can find more details out at the IP Expo Website, but if you’re quick, entry is free. I’ll be there both days and I’m pretty busy with vendor briefings, but if y...
A clear focus of the recent Tech Field Day #8 event was the use of flash storage (or SSDs) for storage arrays or within hybrid solutions.  Pure Storage offers an all flash storage array, which they say can be delivered at the same cost or less than traditional solutions.  It’s a ...
I’ve a busy few weeks planned for the end of October and November.  One event I’ll be attending is SNW Europe 2011. The event takes place in Frankfurt between 2-3 November 2011, with the strapline “Powering The Cloud” – you can find a link to the website h...
Following on from my previous post, I thought I would do a little more work on cloud server performance.  First, it’s worth looking at the underlying hardware serving virtual servers in the cloud.  As I’ve been using CentOS as the base O/S for my testing, it’s pretty ...
Last week I was invited on to Greg Knieriemen‘s new podcast called Nekkid Tech.  You may remember Greg (who doesn’t) as the host, until recently, of Infosmack.  You can find a link to the download here (Nekkid Tech #3 – Chasing Amazon).  As usual I haven’t liste...
One of the benefits of delivering Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) through the cloud is an abstraction from the underlying hardware delivering the service. There’s no requirement to understand what technology is being used to deliver, for example, cloud servers. The specification o...
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last two years, you can’t have failed to notice that solid state storage is here and is here in a big way.  Two weeks ago at TFD#8, we had presentations from two all-flash array startups, Pure Storage and SolidFire.  I’ll...
If you haven’t read it already, I urge you to have a look at the following post on Claus Mikkelsen’s (@yoclaus) blog over at HDS.  It’s a guest post from Ian Vogelesang, who seems to have held many jobs in HGST and Hitachi, but focusing on the disk drive [...]
Last week VMware issued this advisory on their knowledge base, recommending the disabling of VAAI Thin Provisioning reclaim in ESXi 5.0.  Apparently it seems to be causing “poor performance’ during certain vSphere actions like Storage vMotion.  The “cause” secti...
Probability says that with an infinite number of monkeys and typewriters given an infinite amount of time, at some stage the monkeys will produce the entire works of Shakespeare. According to this BBC News article, a programmer in the US has tried to do just that, using AWS (Amazon Web...
There’s lots of news over the last 24 hours about the release of the latest Kindle device (the Kindle Fire) and yet another browser coming to the marketplace.  The Fire will have it’s own browser, named Silk, using the analogy of silk cloth of being made up of many individu...
It’s hard to believe that over three years ago I asked a question on where hybrid drive technology had reached. I was thinking of the Enterprise market at the time and as far as I am aware, at this stage, no Enterprise storage array manufacturers have yet integrated these devices into...
During one of the Intel presentations at the Developer Forum last week the presenter made the statement that Intel processors are deployed in 70%-80%  of storage arrays shipped today.  Initially this may seem like a surprise but on closer inspection, it’s pretty obvious to see th...
While I was at the Intel Developer Forum last week I recorded a podcast with Allyson Klein, Director of technology Leadership marketing for the Data Center Group at Intel.  You can find this and other podcasts here: http://www.intel.com/design/chipchat.htm  
With yet another HDS/VAAI post coming out from Scott Lowe (here), the irrelevant debate continues as to who is in and who is out of VMware’s inner circle of trusted storage vendors.  Previously my friend Stephen Foskett discussed HDS’s position regarding VMware integration ...
A few months ago I received a test ioSafe SoloPro external disk drive.  This heavyweight unit is designed to withstand fire and water and so could be used as a home backup device for the worst kind of catastrophe.  For a few months I ran the device as a Time Machine backup for my main ...
I don’t talk about company acquisitions too often but I can’t let the purchase of BlueArc by HDS pass me by without adding my opinion.  First of all, for those of you who don’t know, BlueArc sells NAS hardware which has been resold by HDS for some years under the HNAS...
Next week I’m travelling again and will be in the San Francisco area for the week.  For Tuesday & Wednesday I’m at the Intel IDF (http://www.intel.com/idf/) and for Thursday & Friday I’ll be attending Tech Field Day #8 (http://techfieldday.com/2011/tfd8/). I&#...
I have to admit I was quite shocked to read on holiday that HP had decided to kill off the Touchpad and webOS after what can only be 2 months since launch. In fact at HP Discover 2011 in June, the Touchpad was centre-stage in all presentations, forming a consistent presentation layer f...
Last week I heard about a large organisation that experienced a double-disk failure on one of their storage arrays.  As a result, major systems were down for nearly 8 hours.  Double-disk failures (where a second disk fails within a RAID group while the first failed disk is being rebuil...
I few weeks back I paid a visit to Boston Ltd, a VAR based in St Albans in the UK.  Boston sell server hardware and have a number of storage offerings, based on Supermicro hardware and various storage software platforms, in this instance the NexentaStor software.  This first of two vid...
I had a tweet this morning from Leo Tudisca following on from the latest Infosmack Deep Dive podcast discussing storage and virtualisation.  Leo’s question was regarding sub-LUN virtual machine replication and how it can be achieved.  This requirement is something I’ve been...
Yesterday’s post generated a few comments that focused on the cost and ease of use of the Chromebook.  Now it’s time to put a data management spin onto it. Today we keep our primary data either directly on our PC/laptop or on a file server.  File server can mean many things...
I’ve just been watching a discussion on the Google Chromebook on BBC Breakfast.  Surprisingly the presenters had some half decent questions to ask Rory Cellan-Jones as he showed them the latest attempt by Google to grab a further hold on the IT market.  But what makes Google thin...