Hard disk drive makers are adding flash storage to their conventional spinning-platter drives to improve performance and are targeting the performance PC market. Wait a second, haven't we seen this before? As Rocky eventually said to Bullwinkle, "but that trick never works!" Flash as a Cache Using flash memory as a disk cache is a pretty good idea. Flash has awesome random … [Read more...] about Hybrid SSD/Hard Disk Drives: This Time For Sure!
Using system memory for storage is something of a lost art these days. Although system RAM capacity has become plentiful, cheap and quick disk storage is just as common. But many of today's I/O intensive tasks can still benefit from the untouchable quickness provided by a ramdisk. Happily, most operating systems are still capable of creating and using ramdisks. This article … [Read more...] about Ramdisks: Back From the Brink of Extinction
EMC's Chuck Hollis is one smart guy, and a very verbose blogger. As usual, he sparked a bit of a storm recently when comparing unified storage on EMC's Celerra NX4 to NetApp's multiprotocol FAS2020 filer. But it was one phrase in particular that got the attention of Alex McDonald and Kostadis Russos of NetApp, Martin/Storagebod, and Tony Asaro: "just because a vendor says … [Read more...] about Of Emulated Fibre Channel, Virtualization, And The Right Tool For The Job