I've got a lot to say about storage, as you might have noticed from reading my blog. So I finally sat down and wrote a book on enterprise storage. Now you can download the e-book for free, thanks to support from my friends at SolarWinds! The book, "Essential Enterprise Storage Concepts", is intended as an introduction to the field of enterprise storage for technical … [Read more...] about Download My Free E-Book, “Essential Enterprise Storage Concepts”!
I've talked a lot about the I/O blender in the last decade or so.[1. I've even been told I invented the term!] I've always said that information is the solution, allowing arrays to de-multiplex data. But a new enterprise storage company, Infinidat, claims that they can beat the I/O blender using math. Here's their concept. You should check out my I/O Blender series: History, … [Read more...] about Infinidat’s Solution For the I/O Blender: Math
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
People call on storage devices and systems to do lots of things, from accelerating I/O to copying and sharing data. But at the heart of it all, storage arrays really have just one job: Do not lose data! That's right. Storage really only needs to store data. Nothing fancy; nothing exotic. I give you data, you give it back. Everything else you can do for me is … [Read more...] about The Prime Directive of Storage: Do Not Lose Data
The time has come to take sides on the core question of storage for virtual servers: Do you want storage intelligence to live in the hypervisor or the array? Most administrators are already lining up on one side or the other, unintentionally casting their vote while the rest flounder. But the storage industry must wake up and embrace the divide. Hypervisor Huggers … [Read more...] about Are You a Hypervisor Hugger or a Storage Stalwart?