I'm really excited about the prospects of memory-addressable flash. Moving flash closer to the CPU and addressing it as memory rather than block storage brings tremendous performance benefits, and is a once-in-a-generation radical change to system architecture. But questions remain as to how it can be integrated with today's applications. Now Plexistor is here with a promising … [Read more...] about Plexistor Integrates NVDIMM for Every Application
Storage Field Day
I've talked a lot about the I/O blender in the last decade or so.[1. I've even been told I invented the term!] I've always said that information is the solution, allowing arrays to de-multiplex data. But a new enterprise storage company, Infinidat, claims that they can beat the I/O blender using math. Here's their concept. You should check out my I/O Blender series: History, … [Read more...] about Infinidat’s Solution For the I/O Blender: Math
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
It is amazing that something as simple-sounding as making an array get bigger can be so complex, yet scaling storage is notoriously difficult. Our storage protocols just weren’t designed with scaling in mind, and they lack the flexibility needed to dynamically address multiple nodes. Data protection is extremely difficult and data movement is always time-consuming. This is … [Read more...] about Scaling Storage In Conventional Arrays
Let me set the record straight: Tech Field Day events don’t have official themes. We don’t select companies based on what sort of technology they are selling or tell our presenters what to focus on. But it sure seems like we do sometimes! At Storage Field Day 3 in April, it seemed like everyone was talking about flash caching. Delegates at that event saw the launch of Pernix … [Read more...] about Scale-Out Storage Field Day?