ZFS should have been great, but I kind of hate it: ZFS seems to be trapped in the past, before it was sidelined it as the cool storage project of choice; it's inflexible; it lacks modern flash integration; and it's not directly supported by most operating systems. But I put all my valuable data on ZFS because it simply offers the best level of data protection in a small … [Read more...] about ZFS Is the Best Filesystem (For Now…)
Cloud storage is nothing new, but we're now starting to see real integration between on-premises enterprise arrays and as-a-service cloud storage solutions. I've recently written two pieces on this subject for Gestalt IT and thought I would direct you, my beloved readers, over there to have a look! Storage in the Cloud First up is NetApp Heads Into Microsoft’s Azure … [Read more...] about Storage is Getting Cloudier!
Although not discussed in today's keynote, Apple is adding a new "universal" filesystem to iOS and macOS. Apple File System (APFS) will likely replace HFS+ as the default filesystem for Macintosh computers, iPads, and iPhones and brings a wealth of modern features. But judging from the initial developer documentation, that's not going to happen for a few more years. And there's … [Read more...] about macOS Sierra Includes a New Apple File System, APFS
Last week I headed to Austin, Texas to attend the semi-annual OpenStack Summit there. Along with the usual socializing, I was looking to understand the current state of the technology: What does OpenStack really mean these days, and where is it going? Let's start with "free". As "the Internet" is quick to point out, this critical word has multiple meanings, and corporate … [Read more...] about Free as in Coffee – Thoughts on the State of OpenStack
As of today, there's one more all-flash storage array on the market: Nimble Storage convened a big San Francisco shindig to roll out their own "AF" array, complete with lots of XtremIO and Pure Storage comparisons. Finally, Nimble no longer has to suffer the competitive digs and nasty rumors about this missing product, but there's a lot more to this launch than an array sans … [Read more...] about Nimble Storage Rolls Out an All-Flash Array