I've long been critical of poorly-executed performance comparisons and the "fastest is always best" mentality behind them. Who really cares if a Honda minivan accelerates quicker than a Toyota when no real-world owner will ever keep the accelerator floored from stop to highway speed? The same goes for enterprise gear: Is an over-subscribed backplane really a problem when most … [Read more...] about In Praise of Performance Comparisons
STEC may not have been quite ready to reveal their next-generation ZeusRAM solid-state disk (SSD), but they are demonstrating it anyway at EMC World in Boston this week. The ZeusRAM is a fundamentally different animal from the existing ZeusIOPS drive in one critical way: Rather than using flash memory for primary data storage, the ZeusRAM uses DRAM. This improves reliability … [Read more...] about STEC Spills the Beans on ZeusRAM SSD
Ever since Microsoft and Intel declared that the combination of Windows and Nehalem could deliver over a million iSCSI IOPS, I've been curious about just how they did it. What black magic could push that many I/Os over a single Ethernet connection? And what was on the other end? Now Intel has revealed all in a whitepaper, and the results are surprising! What iSCSI Did Let's … [Read more...] about How Did Microsoft and Intel Get 1 Million iSCSI IOPS?