Tuesday, December 21, 2010
And if you are interested in a few more details about Facebook's storage infrastructure, read this post and technical paper.
New exciting developments on the side of the basic building blocks of any storage system: The HDDs and SSDs storing our data.
Hitachi delivers a new areal density record for HDDs with an amazing 636 Gbits per square inch and IBM announces its first MLC (multi-level-cell) SSD drives for enterprise storage use.
TRILL and converged networking news from IBM fellow blogger Tony Pearson who reports from the Data Center 2010 Conference in Las Vegas and Network Computing editor Mike Fratto, who summarizes his thoughts about CISCO's FabricPath implementation.
And lastly, two more articles about 2011 trends:
The "searchstorage.com" predictions of hot storage technologies and one more article about the fact that RAID will soon have to be replaced with other technologies to prevent data loss in entperprise storage systems.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Monday, December 13, 2010
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Friday, November 19, 2010
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010
- An increasing amount of signs that the increase of aerial density for magentic discs eventually will hit a ceiling.
- Probably related to that, an increased focus on offline and tape media. In this case Oracle agreeing with IBM on the importance of tape and rolling out the roadmap for their Tape and Library products inherited from Sun and STK.
- Steady progress and advancements in the area of FCoE and 10 Gbit/s Ethernet.
- Most recent acquisition object of desire: 3PAR. It will be interesting to see who ends up at the altar with the company who "invented" thin provisioning.
- And while Isilon is not (yet) being taken over, this company may be one of the future targets of acquisition plans.
- IBM takes over NAS data compression specialist Storwize and announces availability of V2 of its key management product TKLM (Tivoli Key Lifecycle Manager) which now supports the KMIP standard.
- Moshe Yanai, the founder and father of XIV off to new endeavors.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Another proof that not everything is going to be "cloud", "virtual", and "solid-state" in the future is the shutdown of EMC's Atmos Cloud Service established only a year ago. Even EMC does not seem to have identified a viable business model for cloud storage yet, folks like to know where stuff is and like to have some amount of control over their data I would assume.
Magnetic disk technology further improves capacity and Seagate will ship their first 3 TB drive priced at 250 USD very soon.
And lastly, former Brocade CEO Greg Reyes was sentenced to 18 months in jail after another trial in San Francisco last week. As you may guess, the storage community has very mixed feelings and emotions about this trial as you can read here.
Friday, June 25, 2010
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Thursday, May 27, 2010
As we all know, the use of computing systems is no longer limited to what we traditionally call a "computer" but we create, manipulate, and retrieve data on phones, TVs, kitchen appliances and GPS devices among many others. Computers control and manage buildings, planes, trains, and cars. And computers can and will be "hacked"!
And that's where this very funny but also scary story starts: Car manufacturers have used for a couple of years a technology dubbed "CAN" (car area network) to control the dozens or hundreds of sensors, motors, and systems of a modern car.
Read here what could happen if somebody tampers with your car's electronic systems!
Note that the car shown here is in "PARK" while the speedometer indicates 140 MPH!
IBM Redbooks are a unique institution in the industry and have helped thousands of customers in the past decades to understand the how's and why's of IBM systems and products. Watch this funny video and hear why we love Redbooks!And lastly, an update to the Fibre Channel market and the current trends in that segment of the industry as CISCO and Brocade announced their quarterly revenue numbers and are disputing who won and who lost market share.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
EPA - the US "environmental protection agency"- has started a project to develop product specifications for data center storage.
Computerworld's comment on the activity highlights the fact, that measuring standardized power consumption on storage systems will be
a difficult task, taking into account the complex internal architectures of storage systems and the multitude of optimizing tasks being performed under the hoods (e.g. defragmentation or deduplication).
While IBM and other vendors have announced LTO 5 and extended the roadmap for LTO up to generation 8 (with a quoted native capacity of 16 TB per cartridge!), Oracle went out of their way to convince Sun/STK customers that they will be continuing to develop and support the former STK tape products. The bad news: it will be more expensive and less flexible - as this article here outlines!
And lastly: more happy times ahead for the storage industry: IDC estimates that data created in 2020 will be around 35 zettabytes - an amazing number! Well, if today's situation is any indication, most of that data will not be created but duplicated or copied, not much of creativity around here!
Finally, if you think you hear lots of news and messages about FCoE but don't see many real-life implementations: you may be correct. Is FCoE overhyped?
Thursday, April 22, 2010
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Most noteably the SONAS system created lots of interest. You can find details about it on IBM's storage website.
In addition, I have summarized a couple of valuable press articles about the scale-out-NAS topic for you:
Related to the ever-present cost discussions in datacenters, this article discusses the real or perceived cost advantages of FCoE.
While Hu Yoshida in his well written post asks the question you have had in your mind probably as well: "If I'm doing more with less people and disks are getting cheaper, why are my costs increasing?"
His answer to the problem is "storage virtualization" and I absolutely have to agree!