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Storage Innovation – Diablo Technologies


Although it doesn’t appear to be well taught these days, the fundamentals of computer architecture are important for understanding how our industry will evolve over time.  This knowledge is important in understanding some of the innovations we are seeing come to market.  I hear people talk about lack of innovation in the storage industry, however that couldn’t be further from ... Read More »

Performance Tier or Capacity Tier? – No It’s the Working Set


There have been a couple of articles on The Register over the last couple of days talking about EMC CTO John Roese and his use of the terms “Capacity Tier” for VMAX storage and “Performance Tier” for their flash solutions.  Sadly this shows EMCs CTO has an outdated view of the industry, is perpetuating old-school views of storage to meet ... Read More »

ScaleIO, EMC’s New Baby


Keeping up the theme of innovation in storage (yes, it exists, you just have to look), earlier this week I had a chat to one of the UK folks at ScaleIO, the startup now acquired by EMC. ScaleIO are a software company selling a product called Elastic Converged Storage (ECS) that turns ordinary servers into storage arrays.  We’ve heard that ... Read More »

Tech Trailblazers 2013


Last year I was fortunate to be a judge of the 2012 Tech Trailblazers awards.  After some intense scrutinising, awards were made across nine categories including storage and virtualisation.  A full list of the previous winners are included at the end of this post.  I’ve talked about a few of these companies in the past, including SolidFire and Nutanix and ... Read More »

SolidFire Update: New Products and Review


Last week SolidFire Inc announced the release of the latest evolution of their all-flash storage platform, the SF9010.  This new system uses 960GB 2.5″ using the same 1U form factor as previous models, however internally memory has been upgraded to 256GB and the dual processors are now 8-core 2.6Ghz models.  SolidFire supports up to 100 nodes in a single cluster, ... Read More »

Quick View: Micro SAS SSD


sTec have just posted a press release on their new Micro SAS SSD devices,which use the 1.8″ form factor.  There are two models, the s842, which comes in 200 & 400GB capacities and the s846, with the same specifications and including 256-bit AES self-encryption. In some respects these devices are little marvels.  They offer over 400MB/s sustained I/O rates and ... Read More »