I’ve been thinking a lot lately about microprocessors, from the many-core CPUs that AMD and Intel introduced recently to the massively scalable GPGPU processing that’s taking machine learning by storm. After years of consolidation on commodity x86 CPUs, it seems that the computing paradigm is turning again to specialized offload processors. This trend towards heterogeneous computing will change the face of hardware, from mobile devices to the datacenter.
I woke up this morning 7 miles over Chicago and 40 years old. How did I get here? Where am I going?
Although deduplication of storage is nothing new, with Data Domain and other making hay with the technique for years, it has never been ready for prime time – reduction of active primary storage applications like email and databases. Instead, deduplication has been relegated to second- or third-tier status, deduplicating archives and backup data. But change is in the air, and deduplication vendors are starting to bustle towards the bright lights of primary storage.
Marc Farley challenged us storage geeks to wave our junk flags and reveal just how many computers we have. Well, I’m really not sure… Let’s see – in order of usefulness… Networked: Dell XPS M1210 laptop (killer!) with 120GB internal and 500 GB Western Digital My Book backup drive TiVo Series 3 with 250 GB […]