I've written and spoken quite a bit on the "software-defined" future, what it means and how it will come about. Although it seems like a marketing buzzword to some, I feel it is a fairly accurate description of the future of the enterprise and service provider data center. That's why I'm working to organize the next Software-Defined Data Center Symposium, and am happy to … [Read more...] about Software-Defined Data Center Symposium, April 22 in Santa Clara, CA
Everyone is talking about “software-defined” everything lately, so it was only a matter of time before industry buzz turned to software-defined storage. VMware and EMC really stoked the flames with a constant barrage of marketing directed in this direction. But how exactly do you software-define storage? And what does this mean? It’s always amusing to see how others react … [Read more...] about Making a Case For (and Against) Software-Defined Storage
You might remember my October post, Datacenter History: Through the Ages in Lego. Now it's available as a handy infographic, thanks to my friend Aditya Vempaty of Coho Data. It's pretty cool how this turned out - I think he's got a real talent for this kind of thing! Click the image below to download a high-res PDF of my datacenter history graphic! Special thanks to … [Read more...] about Infographic: Datacenter History In Lego
It is amazing that something as simple-sounding as making an array get bigger can be so complex, yet scaling storage is notoriously difficult. Our storage protocols just weren’t designed with scaling in mind, and they lack the flexibility needed to dynamically address multiple nodes. Data protection is extremely difficult and data movement is always time-consuming. This is … [Read more...] about Scaling Storage In Conventional Arrays
Let me set the record straight: Tech Field Day events don’t have official themes. We don’t select companies based on what sort of technology they are selling or tell our presenters what to focus on. But it sure seems like we do sometimes! At Storage Field Day 3 in April, it seemed like everyone was talking about flash caching. Delegates at that event saw the launch of Pernix … [Read more...] about Scale-Out Storage Field Day?