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
Every day, I'm briefed by another company with a range of products from entry-level to high-end. And every day I try to figure out their naming scheme: It seems most IT vendors follow the naming schemes of car companies, but few use the same naming system! As Micron explained the logic behind their three SSD lines (e, m, and h for entry-level, midrange, and … [Read more...] about What’s In A Name? And Which Product Is Better?
"Convergence" is a hot topic today but, like so many buzzwords, the term takes on many different meanings. But let's consider converged infrastructure for a moment - systems that seamlessly combine server and storage. A variety of offerings can be called "converged", from "stacks" of equipment curated by major vendors and resellers to integrated boxes with everything inside. … [Read more...] about Scale Computing HC3 – Converged Infrastructure For Everybody!
Back in February, after my 25-year-old IBM Model M keyboard toasted yet another USB converter, I decided it was time to update my keyboard. I am a fast typist, and like a keyboard with long travel, solid feedback, and no flex in the chassis. In other words, an updated IBM Model M! At the time, the Das Keyboard Model S for Mac had just been released, so I jumped on that … [Read more...] about Hands-On Review: Unicomp Spacesaver M Keyboard for Mac
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?