I began by introducing the core problem: Storage isn't getting any cheaper due to storage utilization and provisioning problems. Thin provisioning isn't all it's cracked up to be, but it has a place. So what's wrong with it? The problem with thin provisioning starts with the telephone game. Did you ever play the telephone game as a kid? Maybe you whisper "I like … [Read more...] about Thin Provisioning: Playing the Telephone Game
I began by introducing the core problem: Storage isn't getting any cheaper, even though raw capacity is cheap. Then I talked about storage utilization and provisioning problems. Now we're going to talk about thin provisioning. So, what is thin provisioning? I imagine everybody can just figure it out by the name. It means that instead of allocating storage that we're not even … [Read more...] about De-Allocating is the Core Issue for Thin Provisioning
The first part of my discussion centered on the core issue in enterprise storage: Despite the cost of capacity dropping rapidly, storage really hasn't gotten any cheaper. Thin provisioning doesn't change the actual cost of capacity. Instead, thin provisioning attacks the overhead of inefficient provisioning. Not all overhead is inefficiency, and not all that is can be … [Read more...] about Thin Provisioning: Attacking Storage Utilization
Since all the cool companies are offering capacity guarantees these days, I thought I might as well throw my hat into the ring and offer one, too. Starting now, I guarantee any takers an easy plan to write 50% more production data to your existing storage environment. Even better, I'll do it with no additional hardware or software to purchase and install and no complicated … [Read more...] about Stephen Foskett’s 50% Free Capacity Guarantee!