As of today, there's one more all-flash storage array on the market: Nimble Storage convened a big San Francisco shindig to roll out their own "AF" array, complete with lots of XtremIO and Pure Storage comparisons. Finally, Nimble no longer has to suffer the competitive digs and nasty rumors about this missing product, but there's a lot more to this launch than an array sans … [Read more...] about Nimble Storage Rolls Out an All-Flash Array
I am a heavy (and paying) user of Dropbox, using it both for business and personal storage and synchronization. Although I find the service incredibly useful, Dropbox is far from perfect, especially for business users. So I thought I would take a few moments to talk about what I'd like to see Dropbox improve. The Ultimate Honeypot I often wonder why Dropbox hasn't yet had … [Read more...] about What’s (Still) Wrong With Dropbox For Business
I recently wrote about compression, deduplication, and single-instance storage over at the IBM Storage Community. When I talk about the various state-of-the-art capacity optimization solutions that are now appearing in the market, the same comment usually arises: "Isn't this the same as zip?" Or a long-tenured storage pro will remind me that, "Stacker died out a long time ago, … [Read more...] about Link: What’s the Difference Between Compression, Deduplication, and Single-Instance Storage?
The next version of Microsoft Windows Server includes integrated data deduplication technology. Microsoft is positioning this as a boon for server virtualization and claims it has very little performance impact. But how exactly does Microsoft's de-duplication technology work? Introducing Windows 8 Deduplication Let's make one thing clear right from the start: Microsoft … [Read more...] about Microsoft Adds Data Deduplication to NTFS in Windows 8
I'm not a big fan of data reduction technology, yet I found myself talking compression and de-duplication all week. Between Storage Decisions and my recent posts over at SearchStorage and The Storage Community, I've had quite a bit to say on the subject. Funny enough, I'm not really a fan of data reduction technology for primary storage. Too often, data reduction is more … [Read more...] about Data Reduction: the Condensed Version