Cloud storage is nothing new, but we're now starting to see real integration between on-premises enterprise arrays and as-a-service cloud storage solutions. I've recently written two pieces on this subject for Gestalt IT and thought I would direct you, my beloved readers, over there to have a look! Storage in the Cloud First up is NetApp Heads Into Microsoft’s Azure … [Read more...] about Storage is Getting Cloudier!
Before you read this, check out Today’s Storage: Same As It Ever Was for a bit of background... For the past few decades, some of the best minds in computer science have been drawn to the question of storage. How can data be better protected, shared, and exploited? Given the price and performance profiles of various storage devices, how can we maximize benefit for a given … [Read more...] about Waves of Storage Innovation
IT is changing, with new avenues for sales from cloud service providers and devops rising just as traditional datacenters are declining. But I'm always puzzled when a company tells me they're selling their boxes into the cloud services market. If there's a trend for cloud service infrastructure, it's using commodity hardware, not proprietary appliances. These vendors had better … [Read more...] about Cloud Services Don’t Buy Boxes, But Service Providers Might
All three of the array-scaling approaches I discussed last week preserve traditional client protocols for connectivity, an admirable goal to be sure. But the inflexibility of these protocols holds the storage industry back, often requiring extreme efforts to achieve simple goals like continuous availability. Attempts to evolve protocols to be more flexible have met with a great … [Read more...] about Scaling Storage At The Client
The computer industry loves buzzwords. "Greenfield" is a popular way to describe all-new infrastructure built with no regard for legacy compatibility. But what's the opposite? Lately, I've been hearing companies use the term, "brownfield" to describe a solution that is compatible with existing hardware or software. But a quick look at the dictionary (or Wikipedia or Flickr) … [Read more...] about “Brownfield” Is A Terrible Antonym for “Greenfield”