Have you ever wondered if mounting a hard disk drive on its side or even upside-down affects its lifespan or reliability? According to every drive manufacturer, it's perfectly acceptable to mount a hard disk drive in any orientation as long as it's not tilted and has sufficient cooling. File this under "now you know"... My new server case, the NZXT H440, has five drive … [Read more...] about It’s Fine To Mount Hard Drives On Their Side Or Even Upside-Down
TwinStrata is a technologically impressive cloud gateway for enterprise, and as of now it’s part of EMC. This was the biggest news so far from today’s “Redefine Possible” event in London, which I’m attending. TwinStrata was founded in 2007 and has been shipping product since 2010. Their “cloud integrated storage” product is mainly known for adding iSCSI access in the … [Read more...] about EMC Acquires TwinStrata
All three of the array-scaling approaches I discussed last week preserve traditional client protocols for connectivity, an admirable goal to be sure. But the inflexibility of these protocols holds the storage industry back, often requiring extreme efforts to achieve simple goals like continuous availability. Attempts to evolve protocols to be more flexible have met with a great … [Read more...] about Scaling Storage At The Client
Enterprise storage is perhaps the most innovative area of IT these days, with exciting startups springing up right and left. Today, that scene welcomes Qumulo, who are building a new storage platform focused on scalability, efficiency, and simplicity. Qumulo catches my eye for two reasons: The team is heavy with Isilon experience, and CTO Aaron Passey really impressed me with … [Read more...] about Qumulo: An Enterprise Storage Startup Focused on Scale, Simplicity, and Efficiency
When I say “cloud storage”, you probably think of Amazon S3: Big, slow, cheap, and distributed. That's probably why the people I talk to about SolidFire usually start shaking their heads and denouncing the company. After all, who would be crazy enough to create an all flash storage array for cloud storage applications? But maybe it's not so crazy; maybe SolidFire is simply … [Read more...] about Is SolidFire out in Left Field, or Are They Playing a Whole New Ballgame?