The End of Centralised Storage

{% img right /images/NetappClustering.jpg %}That is a pretty drastic title, especially given that I spend a significant part of my day job working with EMC storage arrays. The other day I replied to a tweet by Scott Lowe :

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Open Source Virtual SAN thought experiment

Okay, I know I am little slow on the uptake here, but I was on holiday at the time. The announcement of Virtual SAN at VMWorld the last week got me thinking a bit.

Very briefly, Virtual SAN takes locally attached storage on you hypervisors. It then turns it into ...

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EMC ViPR thoughts

I have been a little slow on the uptake on this one. I would like to say it is because I was carefully digesting the information, but that is not true; the reality is that I have just had 2 5 day weekends in 2 weeks :-).

The big announcement at ...

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Stop the hate on software RAID

{% img right /images/NetappClustering.jpg %}I've had a another bee in my bonnet recently. Specifically, it has been to do with hardware vs software RAID, but I think it goes deeper than that. It started a couple of months back with a discussion on Reddit. Some of the comments ...

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The Linux to Storage

Martin "Storagebod" Glassborow recently wrote an interesting article where he asked "Who'll do a Linux to Storage?". As someone who is equal parts Storage and Linux, the same question runs around my head quite often. Not just that, but how to do it. It is safe to say that ...

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Something from the shadows

An intriguing startup came out of stealth mode a few days ago. Pernix Data was founded by Pookan Kumar and Satyam Vaghani, both of who were pretty near top of the pile in VMware's storage team.

What they are offering is, to me at least, a blinding flash of ...

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What will HP do next?

HP recently announced a new range of 3Par based arrays that are aimed at mid-range enterprise. There now appear to be 2 ranges for the future:

  • HP StoreServ 10000 is the big boy, scales up to 1.6PB, 192 FC ports, 32 10Gb iSCSI - the works.
  • HP StoreServ 7000 is ...
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EMC ExtremIO Thoughts

There has been quite a bit of musing recently on the web about EMC and what will come out of their ExtremIO acquisition. They have recently (finally) started demonstrating an all-flash array. The name says it all: ExtremIO. It is for super high IOPS applications - Virtual desktops, enormous DBs, that ...

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