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Flash Tiering – HP 3PAR Adaptive Cache

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I recently completed a white paper for HP on a new feature in the 3PAR StoreServ platform called Adaptive Cache.  In disk-based 3PAR systems, flash SSD devices can be used to augment the DRAM cache and act like a second level of memory tiering by cascading cached pages to flash rather than simply flushing them out.  The benefit is increased ... Read More »

Avere Systems Releases Virtual Edge Filer To Deliver Data to Compute

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It’s been a little over three years since I first was introduced to Avere Systems at what was SNW Europe (now Powering The Cloud) in Frankfurt.  At the time, the positioning on their FXT hardware platform was as an edge “caching” filer to allow core NAS assets to be extended to branch offices without sacrificing on performance.  The technology could ... Read More »

SolidFire Raise a Further $82m and Releases 3rd Gen Hardware

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Last week, SolidFire Inc, a startup in the “all-flash array” sector of the storage market announced a further $82 million in funding for the company, bringing their total investment to date to $150 million.  The new funds will be used for further expansion of the company’s business.  As well as raising money, two new hardware node options were announced.  SolidFire ... Read More »

EMC XtremIO Destructive Upgrade Demonstrates Architecture Matters

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News has emerged about a potential upgrade issue with the latest version of O/S code for the EMC XtremIO all-flash platform.  As discussed in this blog post, the upgrade to XIOS 3.0 is not simply disruptive but is destructive.  According to Chris Mellor’s post, the reason for the destructive nature of the upgrade is to change the on-disk de-duplication block ... Read More »

Gartner Reveals Increasingly Irrelevant All Flash Array MQ

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Chris Mellor has posted a new ‘Register article that covers the inaugural Gartner Magic Quadrant for Solid State (or all-flash) Arrays.  It’s an interesting read, with EMC and Pure Storage topping the polls and IBM not far behind.  However as the use of flash within the enterprise has increased, the idea of a magic quadrant just for all-flash arrays looks ... Read More »

Compression – Table Stakes for Next Generation Storage Platforms

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The storage world of tomorrow will see a divergence of technology into two main camps; storage will be either capacity or performance focused.  At the performance end, today’s newest generations of storage platforms are taking advantage of technologies such as flash to deliver high throughput and low latency I/O for the latest generation of performance hungry applications and hypervisors.  High ... Read More »