There is no longer any doubt in my mind that tape will be around long after I am gone. Not only did Spectra Logic announce a new tape library (the T-Finity) that is targeted at the very largest of enterprise accounts this week, but a disk storage system representative made the tongue-in-cheek comment that partly serves as the title for this week’s blog while we were talking about the possible sunset of specific disk and tape technologies.
Pliant Looks to Break Enterprise Storage Glass Ceiling with SSD Brick; Cloud Storage Encroaches on Server Virtualization
Solid State Disk (SSD) is showing up across the technology spectrum from consumer grade laptops and PCs to enterprise storage systems. But until this week it can be argued that there really was not an SSD drive that was ready to withstand the scrutiny that some mission-critical enterprise environments are certain to put it under. This week’s announcement from Pliant Technology may well be the proverbial brick that breaks this glass ceiling that has been preventing SSD from entering some enterprise environments.
The Third Generation BlueArc Titan Puts Oomph in Networked File Systems; Is There an “Oops” in its Support?
It isn’t enough for a vendor to make claims about their storage system; they should have to prove it. In a recent briefing with BlueArc it was quite clear that it was ready to back up its claims which really shouldn’t have surprised us since BlueArc has taken control of its destiny from the beginning. A quick look at various U.S. Patents shows BlueArc’s ingenuity, direction, and leadership.
Spinning Down Production Disk Drives and 200:1 Dedupe Ratios; New Vendors Claim to Fame at NYC Storage Decisions
My visit to this fall’s Storage Decisions conference in New York City on Wednesday, September 24, was an abbreviated stay. I only had the afternoon to spend at the conference before leaving in the evening for another set of meetings the next day. So while my time was short, I did catch a couple of briefings as well as a little industry chatter. Some of the talk on the exhibit hall floor had to do with the current crisis facing the banking industry and what that may mean for technology as a whole. One of the sentiments expressed which I generally agree with is that the financial crisis is probably not good news for the larger storage vendors at the show but likely bodes well for emerging storage technologies in the market as it will force some companies to look beyond traditional solutions..
Day 2 at VMworld has come and gone and probably my biggest regret was that I had to miss this morning’s keynote by VMware’s new CEO, Paul Maritz. In reading through some other blogs this evening about the event and assuming Storagezilla called it right, it was a doozey essentially declaring open war on other operating systems. In any case, my day was focused on catching up with a number of vendors to get some of the latest behind the scenes scoop in the storage world. In fact, as one walks into the exhibitor hall in VMworld, it is hard not to mistake this conference for a storage conference.
Enter FalconStor with its NSS Virtual Appliance, which is the first software vendor to receive this ratification from VMware in the SRM landscape. FalconStor brings a very open approach to this solution. By placing a FalconStor NSS appliance in between the ESX Server’s and the storage farm the solution can now become truly hardware independent as the FalconStor appliance can virtualize some or all of the storage on the back-end.
Years ago when I first got involved in storage, I couldn’t figure out why storage management was so difficult. In fact, I initially had a hard time even keeping myself busy in my job as a storage administrator. While I was on a storage management team that was extremely knowledgeable, all of my co-workers worked on mainframe storage. As a result, they were of a little or no help in helping me prioritize what tasks I needed to accomplish. In fact, about the only thing we shared in common was that we were responsible for managing storage systems that had round, brown and spinning disks in them.
Ever since Dell acquired EqualLogic, the entire reseller community has openly and secretly expressed their reservations about this acquisition. Too many have been burned by Dell in the past and are now hesitant to fully believe that Dell is as committed to the channel as it proclaims. So when I read this press release that Richard Shea had joined LHN, it brought all of those concerns to the forefront of my mind so I asked Richard if would join me on the phone for a few minutes to discuss his rationale for joining LHN.
I believe a new way on thinking should be applied to the deployment on Infiniband technology in the storage landscape. Most of you probably think of Infiniband as predominately a backend transport for storage, and/or the interconnection mechanism for high compute clusters (HPC). Or, “Oh yeah, I heard something about that 5-6 years ago, isn’t that only used in super-computing or giant research labs?”
“You know things are tough when companies finally stop throwing capacity at their infrastructure problems and start thinking about how they provision and allocate storage.” Those are the sentiments that Craig Nunes, 3PAR’s VP of Marketing, expressed in a recent conversation I had with him in regards to how the economy is affecting 3PAR’s business. In short, the economy is not affecting 3PAR badly at all.