DataGravity just released their embargo and my little techie corner of the Internet is on fire. There's a very good reason for that, but it might not be obvious at a glance. Read on to learn why DataGravity is a Big Deal even though it might not work out. Let's start with the hardware: DataGravity just introduced a pretty ordinary storage array aimed at the fat middle of … [Read more...] about Why is DataGravity Such a Big Deal?
Data storage isn't as easy as it sounds, especially at enterprise or cloud scale. It's simple enough to read and write a bit of data, but much harder to build a system that scales to store petabytes. That's why I'm keenly focused on a new wave of storage systems built from the ground up for scaling! No More Monoliths Traditional storage arrays are integrated monoliths: A … [Read more...] about Scaling Storage Is Hard To Do
GreenBytes today introduced Solidarity, and all-SSD evolution of their HA-3000 dual controller storage array. Solidarity is a major move forward for GreenBytes and allows the veteran startup company to compete in the new solid-state storage market. It is a respectable entry in the “disk replacement” segment of the market, with a reasonable balance between price, features, and … [Read more...] about GreenBytes introduces Solidarity, an all-SSD storage array
The list of VMware storage integration features in vSphere is growing at a rapid pace. From backup to enterprise array offload, VMware is staking their claim. But information about one new storage feature in vSphere 5 has been scarce: The true nature of the Storage API for Storage Awareness (VASA) is only just beginning to be revealed. VASA: Born of Necessity vSphere has some … [Read more...] about What is VMware VASA? Not Much (Yet)
I am often questioned during my Storage for Virtual Environments seminar presentations about VMware's Pluggable Storage Architecture (PSA). This system is fairly straightforward and concept: VMware provides native multipathing support for a variety of storage arrays, and allows third parties to substitute their own plug-ins at various points in the stack. But the profusion of … [Read more...] about VMware PSP and SATP in Plain English