This is the second entry in my Top-Ten in Storage series. Not every innovative product can succeed in the market, and no matter how good some ideas seem, they can fail to make much of an impact. The truth is, people buy solutions, not technologies. This list includes products so cool, so ahead of their time, that they just couldn't fail. But they did. … [Read more...] about Top Ten Coolest Enterprise Storage Flops
There is a battle shaping up in the enterprise storage industry. On one side are those who see flash storage as an upgrade for the disk drive, and on the other are those who see it as a cache between the CPU and the drive. It's a fundamental difference of opinion - flash chips can be used either way, and each approach has its unique benefits and drawbacks. The Register did a … [Read more...] about Is Flash A Disk Or A Cache?
Sure, hybrid drives are going nowhere fast in enterprise storage. But what about solid state disk technology? It's been "almost there" for decades - anyone remember EMC's solid-state Orion Atom (or was it Adam) array? Now a handful of storage players are talking about SSD's again, including some respectable names like LSI and Xiotech and some lesser-known outfits like Solid … [Read more...] about Wherefore Art Thou, Solid State Disks?
Marc Farley’s challenge of listing all the devices on our home networks got me thinking —I’ve got an awful lot of Linux devices, but all of them are infrastructure rather than interactive PCs. Of the 10 devices currently attached my home network, four are Linux based (two TiVos, a Linksys router, and Linksys NAS), three are Windows PCs (two Vista, one server 2003), and the rest … [Read more...] about Where is Linux in Storage?