As I mentioned earlier, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show is one of my favorites, with the wonderful variety of companies and products in attendance. Everything from professional video and broadcast equipment to IT infrastructure gear to celebrities (including the cast of Arrested Development) are on display at NAB. But what were the highlights? Here are my … [Read more...] about NAB Show 2012: My Initial Thoughts
Solid-state drives (SSD's) have been around for a while, but they have never been a mainstream alternative for enterprise server booting and applications. SSD's were positioned as high-performance storage for special use cases and were too expensive for mainstream adoption. But that might change with the latest generation of SSD's, as exemplified by the new Micron P400e that … [Read more...] about Micron Builds a Ford Taurus: The P400e SSD Hands-On Review
Last week, at WWDC, Apple introduced many of the features found in their next operating system, OS X “Lion”. At that time, I posted an article about the storage features found in this new release, including integrated revision control, a major update to the FileVault encryption package, and additional enterprise storage protocol support. But, like Snow Leopard, Lion still lacks … [Read more...] about Three Key Storage Features Missing in Mac OS X “Lion”
I am so relieved finally to be able to talk about my experience using USB 3.0 on a Mac. It's a wonderful, seamless experience that is so well-integrated you might not notice it except for the performance. At over 200 MB/s, though, it blows FireWire out of the water and is even faster than nearly any device you're likely to throw at it. CalDigit USB 3.0 PCI Express Card … [Read more...] about USB 3.0 For Mac Is Here!
ZFS wasn't the only AWOL storage technology in Apple's OS X 10.5 - early builds of Leopard included a built-in iSCSI initiator. When the operating system was finally released in October of 2007, both ZFS and iSCSI were quietly dropped, making room for 300 other features Apple felt were more prime-time-ready. With the next major OS X release, 10.6 "Snow Leopard", just around … [Read more...] about Will Snow Leopard Finally Bring iSCSI To The Mac?