Lately, it seems like everyone just can't stop talking about containers. But I'm sensing a distinct lack of real understanding of the technology from many people, not to mention lots of confusion about what containers really mean for today's datacenter folks. So I set about learning more and figuring out for myself what the deal is with containers. Here's where I'm … [Read more...] about What’s the Deal with Containers?
It can be hard to keep up to date with the latest storage jargon, so some interesting technologies can be overlooked. When it comes to home storage, the advent of USB 3 has changed the game for external storage. Suddenly, enclosures can deliver multi-gigabit performance. Or they could, if only the storage stack could handle all this new speed! That's where a new external drive … [Read more...] about What Is A UASP Storage Enclosure?
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
This week I'm attending the Storage Developer Conference in Santa Clara, CA. This event always includes fantastic content for storage nerds like me, and I'm glad to be bringing along a few friends as well! We'll be holding live Tech Field Day Roundtable discussions at the event, and I'll be posting videos as well! What is SDC? The Storage Developer Conference is a unique … [Read more...] about Storage Developer Conference, Santa Clara CA
Thin provisioning needs communication to function, and zero page reclaim is only the array side of the story. WRITE_SAME helps reduce I/O load, but the server needs to use it. Wouldn't it be nice if the operating system, file system, or volume manager would use these commands to help recover capacity? We need a bridge. We need to cross the gulf between the storage array … [Read more...] about The Bridge: Veritas Thin (Provisioning) API