EMC's XtremIO is crapping on the badge; it's an immature ball of destruction that shows how much architecture matters. Or so my favorite storage bloggers say. But customers and resellers seem to have a different take on the destructive XtremIO 3.0 update: They don't care. Not at all. Although the numbers haven't been released officially, I'm hearing very, very strong … [Read more...] about EMC XtremIO Upgrade is Non-Disruptive to Customers
EMC made quite a few announcements today at their "Redefine Possible" event in London. There's a lot of coverage out there already, so I decided to present a summary of the whole thing in "too long; didn't read" (TL;DR) fashion. Note that this isn't an attempt to list everything from the event but rather to pull out what I found to be important. And check out "Stephen's Stance" … [Read more...] about EMC Redefine Possible (TL;DR Edition)
As a rule, I don't participate in contests: There's usually little reward, considering chances of winning. But when Juniper Networks asked me to build a datacenter from Lego bricks, I took a second look. And, seeing that the winner can support a charity of their choice, I felt that this was an excellent opportunity for me to have some fun while doing some good! Update: I won! … [Read more...] about Datacenter History: Through the Ages in Lego
Data storage isn't as easy as it sounds, especially at enterprise or cloud scale. It's simple enough to read and write a bit of data, but much harder to build a system that scales to store petabytes. That's why I'm keenly focused on a new wave of storage systems built from the ground up for scaling! No More Monoliths Traditional storage arrays are integrated monoliths: A … [Read more...] about Scaling Storage Is Hard To Do
Every day, I'm briefed by another company with a range of products from entry-level to high-end. And every day I try to figure out their naming scheme: It seems most IT vendors follow the naming schemes of car companies, but few use the same naming system! As Micron explained the logic behind their three SSD lines (e, m, and h for entry-level, midrange, and … [Read more...] about What’s In A Name? And Which Product Is Better?