It seems like every other startup I talk to is pitching VMware-integrated caching, and a spate of acquisitions and announcements from flash companies are legitimizing the idea. Even VMware has gotten in on the game with vFlash Read Cache (vFRC). But integrating caching with VMware vSphere isn't nearly as easy and effective as everyone is making it sound! A Whole Datacenter Of … [Read more...] about VMware-Integrated Caching? Not So Fast!
Archives for October 2013
As a rule, I don't participate in contests: There's usually little reward, considering chances of winning. But when Juniper Networks asked me to build a datacenter from Lego bricks, I took a second look. And, seeing that the winner can support a charity of their choice, I felt that this was an excellent opportunity for me to have some fun while doing some good! Update: I won! … [Read more...] about Datacenter History: Through the Ages in Lego
This week, SpectraLogic announced DS3 and "BlackPearl", an innovative product for tape storage using a cloud API. Although BlackPearl sounds like an Amazon Glacier clone, it's really nothing of the sort. BlackPearl extends the S3 API for tape storage but this "DS3" API requires well-behaved clients and disciplined access. BlackPearl is exciting, it's novel, and it's useful. But … [Read more...] about Despite Appearances, SpectraLogic’s BlackPearl Isn’t An Amazon Glacier Clone
Today marks the launch of a new enterprise storage company, Coho Data. I'm very excited about the core technology within Coho's storage solutions, and am pleased to present two video discussions about this. Note that Coho Data did not hire me to make some promo videos. I was pre-briefed on their product (back when they were known as Convergent.io) and spent some time with … [Read more...] about Wherein I Weigh In On Object Storage, SDN, And Commoditization (and Coho Data!)
I was thrilled by the possibilities of adding a professional-quality camera sensor and lens to my iPhone, so I immediately pre-ordered Sony's DSC-QX100 "lens camera". It held so much promise, not just as a real innovation but also as a major productivity tool. That's why I'm angry to write this, a scathing review of the horrid software that ruins the QX10 and QX100 experience. … [Read more...] about Sony QX100 Lens Camera: Ruined by a Flaky iOS App