Hard disk drive makers are adding flash storage to their conventional spinning-platter drives to improve performance and are targeting the performance PC market. Wait a second, haven't we seen this before? As Rocky eventually said to Bullwinkle, "but that trick never works!" Flash as a Cache Using flash memory as a disk cache is a pretty good idea. Flash has awesome random … [Read more...] about Hybrid SSD/Hard Disk Drives: This Time For Sure!
It's that time again, when everyone who thinks they're a pundit (that would be everyone with a blog or Twitter account) has to make predictions for the coming year. But predictions are perilous: Get it right and you look like a mere trend-watcher; get it wrong and you look like a fool. It's such a hassle! So I'm doing something different this year: I'm going to make predictions … [Read more...] about My 2009 IT Industry Predictions
If the enterprise storage market was the auto market, who would be who?* … [Read more...] about If Storage Vendors Were Automakers…
There were some interesting events and blog posts last week. This new weekly feature highlights those! Enterprise IT Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Your Reliance On Backup Tapes - What's wrong with backup tapes? They're inaccessible, making them unsuitable for most applications. My latest post for my Enterprise Storage Strategies blog. Is Licensing Turning vSphere Into … [Read more...] about Back From the Pile: Interesting Content From the Week of May 2, 2009
Like clockwork, VMware has cranked out another update to their flagship enterprise product, ESX 3.5. The last update came out in early November, 2008, and included some major new functionality. What's in store this time to intrigue storage folks? Not much. For more information on earlier updates, see my articles: Storage Fixes in VMware ESX Server 3.5 Update … [Read more...] about Storage Changes in VMware ESX 3.5 Update 4