It seems like every other startup I talk to is pitching VMware-integrated caching, and a spate of acquisitions and announcements from flash companies are legitimizing the idea. Even VMware has gotten in on the game with vFlash Read Cache (vFRC). But integrating caching with VMware vSphere isn't nearly as easy and effective as everyone is making it sound! A Whole Datacenter Of … [Read more...] about VMware-Integrated Caching? Not So Fast!
I've been a storage revolutionary for quite a while, looking for new ways of data storage rather than technologies that perpetuate the same old approaches. That's why I'm excited about the implications of two very different API access methods announced by Dropbox at DBX and by Fusion-io today at OSCON. Dropbox App Storage On the consumer side, there's Dropbox, who … [Read more...] about Thinking About Storage In a New Way, From Cloud to Flash, with Dropbox and Fusion-io
The world of storage can be confusing, with obscure terms hiding massive differences in technology and performance. Such is the case for the latest PCI express SSDs: They are much faster than traditional SAS or SATA SSDs, but many aren't sure exactly why. In this article, I will try to explain the real difference. Let's get it out of the way from the start: All SSDs are fast … [Read more...] about Why Are PCIe SSDs So Fast?
Flash is hot right now, and solid-state storage is transforming every part of IT. From the iPad to the enterprise, every company is looking to figure out how best to deploy solid-state, and how it will transform their applications. Now the darling of the PCI-e card market, Fusion-io is taking its first steps into the enterprise storage array field with "ioN". The Solid State … [Read more...] about Fusion-io Steps Into the Flash Array Market with ioN
Tech Field Day, if you hadn't heard, is my signature event. I bring together a great group of independent "delegates" to meet with interesting IT product vendors. As you might expect, after three years and 34 events, many of our vendors have gone on to bigger and better things. After seeing today's acquisition of Xsigo by Oracle, I decided to go back and look at how many of our … [Read more...] about Where Are They Now? A Tech Field Day Presenter Retrospective