Way back in the 1990's, UNIX admins delighted in upgrading from NFSv2 to NFSv3. Then NFSv4 came around and ... crickets. Now VMware has become the first major/useful/mainstream application for NFSv4.1, so the floodgates are open! But are they? A Little History A long, long time ago, when Sun was the dominant server company and x86 was still a desktop CPU, computers needed … [Read more...] about vSphere 6: NFS 4.1 Finally Has a Use?
As I’ve written about what I’m calling the “Rack Endgame”, the specter of converged infrastructure hasn’t been far from my thoughts. As others have pointed out, disaggregation of servers, networks, and storage doesn’t require a rack-sized stack; it can exist in a rack-mountable chassis and is already on sale! Disaggregation and Convergence Let’s get two key terms out of … [Read more...] about The Rack Endgame: Converged Infrastructure and Disaggregation
Industry watchers like me have long wondered when Cisco will transform itself into a full-line IT infrastructure vendor. This strategy was tipped in 2009 as Cisco barged into the server market with UCS. But one leg of the stool is still missing: Storage remains the province of Cisco partners like EMC and NetApp. The Rack Endgame I recently wrote about “The Rack Endgame”, a … [Read more...] about Cisco’s Trojan Horse
Although today’s enterprise storage arrays target "the fat middle" of the market, virtualized and distributed storage change everything. What form does enterprise storage take in the new data center? Think top-of-rack flash, bottom-of-rack capacity, and a whole world of new interconnects! Here's the Rack Endgame series: The Fat Middle: Today’s Enterprise Storage … [Read more...] about The Rack Endgame: A New Storage Architecture For the Data Center
I've posted before about the spot where most successful enterprise storage arrays sit: The "fat middle" between performance and capacity. But software is driving a wedge into the SAN, and I see radical architectural change on the horizon. There are so many storage virtualization technologies sneaking into server architecture that it's impossible to think one won't take hold. … [Read more...] about Virtualized and Distributed Storage: This Time For Sure!