Category

Networked Storage

Nanoseconds, Stubborn SAS, and Other Takeaways from the Flash Memory Summit 2019

By | All-Flash Array, Data Center Management, Fibre Channel, Flash Memory, InfiniBand, iSCSI, Networked Storage, Performance, SSD, Storage Systems | No Comments

Every year at the Flash Memory Summit held in Santa Clara, CA, attendees get a firsthand look at the technologies that will impact the next generation of storage. This year many of the innovations centered on forthcoming interconnects that will better deliver on the performance that flash offers today. Here are DCIG’s main takeaways from this year’s event.

Read More

iXsystems FreeNAS Mini XL+ and Mini E Expand the Reach of Open Source Storage to Small Offices

By | DCIG Sponsored Analysis, Hybrid, iSCSI, Networked Storage, Storage Systems | No Comments

On July 25, 2019, iXsystems® announced two new storage systems. The FreeNAS® Mini XL+ provides a new top-end model in the FreeNAS Mini product line, and the FreeNAS Mini E provides a new entry-level model. These servers are mini-sized yet provide professional-grade network-attached storage. 

Read More

Fast Network Connectivity Key to Unlocking All-flash Array Performance

By | All-Flash Array, DCIG, Fibre Channel, Networked Storage, Storage Systems | No Comments

The current generation of all-flash arrays offers enough performance to saturate the network connections between the arrays and application servers in the data center. In many scenarios, the key limiter to all-flash array performance is storage network bandwidth. Therefore, all-flash array vendors have been quick to adopt the latest advances in storage network connectivity.

Read More

The Early Implications of NVMe/TCP on Ethernet Network Designs

By | All-Flash Array, DCIG, Networked Storage, Storage Systems | No Comments

The ratification in November 2018 of the NVMe/TCP standard officially opened the doors for NVMe/TCP to begin to find its way into corporate IT environments. Earlier this week I had the opportunity to listen in on a webinar that SNIA hosted which provided an update on NVMe/TCP’s latest developments and its implications for enterprise IT. Here are four key takeaways from that presentation and how these changes will impact corporate data center Ethernet network designs.

Read More

DCIG Quick Look: iXsystems TrueNAS X10 Offers an Affordable Offramp from Public Cloud Storage

By | iSCSI, Networked Storage, Storage Systems | No Comments

For many of us, commuting in rush hour with its traffic jams is an unpleasant fact of life. But I once had a job on the outer edge of a metropolitan area. I was westbound when most were eastbound. I often felt a little sorry for the mass of people stuck in traffic as I zoomed–with a smile on my face–in the opposite direction. Today there is a massive flow of workloads and their associated storage to the public cloud. But there are also a lot of companies moving workloads off the public cloud, and their reason is cloud economics.

Read More

DCIG 2016-17 Midmarket Enterprise Storage Array Buyer’s Guide Now Available

By | Buyer's Guides, Hybrid, Networked Storage, Storage Systems | No Comments

DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of the DCIG 2016-17 Midmarket Enterprise Storage Array Buyer’s Guide as the first Buyer’s Guide Edition developed from this body of research. Other Buyer’s Guides based on this body of research will be published in the coming weeks and months, including the 2016-17 Midrange Unified Storage Array Buyer’s Guide and the 2016-17 High End Storage Array Buyer’s Guide.

Read More

Server-based Storage Makes Accelerating Application Performance Insanely Easy

By | All-Flash Array, Converged Infrastructure, Flash Memory, Hyper-converged, Networked Storage, Solid State Storage Flash Memory, Solid state storage Flash Memory SSD, SSD, SSD Flash High performance, SSD Storage Systems, Storage Systems, Virtualization | No Comments

In today’s enterprise data centers, when one thinks performance, one thinks flash. That’s great. But that thought process can lead organizations to think that “all-flash arrays” are the only option they have to get high levels of performance for their applications. That thinking is now so outdated. The latest server-based storage solution from Datrium illustrates how accelerating application performance just became insanely easy by simply clicking a button versus resorting to upgrading some hardware in their environment.

Read More

Fibre Channel (FC) HBAs Will Not Be Embedded on Server Motherboards Anytime Soon; Interview with QLogic’s Vikram Karvat, Part 2

By | Fibre Channel, Networked Storage | No Comments

Ethernet adapters began migrating to LAN on motherboard solutions in the late 1990s. Yet this practice never took hold for other technologies like Fibre Channel. The Fibre Channel (FC) market even today, as Gen 6 (32Gb) is being introduced, is dominated by host bus adapters (HBAs). In this second installment in my interview with QLogic’s Vice President of Products, Marketing and Planning, Vikram Karvat, he explains why 32Gb FC HBAs are still installed separately in servers, as well provides insight into what new features may be released in the Gen 7 FC protocol

Read More

All-Flash Arrays Driving Need for 32Gb Fibre Channel; Interview with QLogic’s Vikram Karvat, Part I

By | All-Flash Array, DCIG, Fibre Channel, Networked Storage, Solid State Storage Flash Memory, Solid state storage Flash Memory SSD, Storage Systems | No Comments

All-flash arrays, cloud computing, cloud storage, and converged and hyper-converged infrastructures may grab many of today’s headlines. But the decades old Fibre Channel protocol is still a foundational technology present in many data centers with it holding steady in the U.S. and even gaining increased traction in countries such as China. In this first installment, QLogic’s Vice President of Products, Marketing and Planning, Vikram Karvat, provides some background as to why fibre channel (FC) remains relevant and how all-flash arrays are one of the forces driving the need for 32Gb FC.

Read More

DCIG 2016-17 FC SAN Utility Storage Array and Utility SAN Storage Array Buyer’s Guides Now Available

By | @Ethernet Storage, Buyer's Guides, Fibre Channel, iSCSI, Networked Storage, Storage Systems | No Comments

DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of its 2016-17 FC SAN Utility Storage Array Buyer’s Guide and 2016-17 Utility SAN Storage Array Buyer’s Guide that each weight more than 100 features and rank 62 arrays from thirteen (13) different storage providers. These Buyer’s Guide Editions are products of DCIG’s updated research methodology where DCIG creates specific Buyer’s Guide Editions based upon a larger, general body of research on a topic. As past Buyer’s Guides have done, it continues to rank products as Recommended, Excellent, Good and Basic as well as offer the product information that organizations need to make informed buying decisions on FC SAN Utility and multiprotocol Utility SAN storage arrays.

Read More

DCIG 2016-17 iSCSI SAN Utility Storage Array Buyer’s Guide Now Available

By | @Ethernet Storage, Buyer's Guides, iSCSI, Networked Storage, Storage Systems | No Comments

DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of its 2016-17 iSCSI SAN Utility Storage Array Buyer’s Guide that weights more than 100 features and ranks 67 arrays from fourteen (14) different storage providers. This Buyer’s Guide Edition reflects the first use of DCIG’s updated research methodology where DCIG creates specific Buyer’s Guide Editions based upon a larger, general body of research on a topic. As past Buyer’s Guides have done, it continues to rank products as Recommended, Excellent, Good and Basic as well as offer the product information that organizations need to make informed buying decisions on iSCSI SAN utility storage arrays.

Read More

HP 3PAR StoreServ 8000 Series Lays Foundation for Flash Lift-off

By | Data Management, Data Protection, DCIG Sponsored Analysis, Flash Memory, HP Storage, Hybrid, iSCSI, Networked Storage, SSD, Storage Systems, Thin Provisioning | No Comments

Almost any hybrid or all-flash storage array will accelerate performance for the applications it hosts. Yet many organizations need a storage array that scales beyond just accelerating the performance of a few hosts. They want a solution that both solves their immediate performance challenges and serves as a launch pad to using flash more broadly in their environment.

Read More

My Top 3 Reasons as to What Went Wrong with Appliance and Storage Array-based Storage Virtualization Solutions

By | Networked Storage, Virtualization | No Comments

In the early 2000’s I was a big believer in appliance and/or array-based storage virtualization technology. To me, it seemed like the most logical choice to solve some of the most pressing problems such as data migrations, storage optimization and reducing storage networking’s overall management complexity that were confronting the deployment of storage networks in enterprise data centers. Yet here we find ourselves in 2015 and, while appliance and storage array-based storage virtualization still exists, it certainly never became the runaway success that many envisioned at the time. Here are my top 3 reasons as to what went wrong with this technology and why it has yet to fully realize its promise. It did not and still does not sufficiently scale to meet enterprise requirements. The big appeal to me of storage virtualization appliances and/or array controllers was that they could aggregate all of an infrastructure’s storage arrays and their capacity into one giant pool of storage which could then…

Read More

My Top 3 Reasons as to What Went Wrong with Appliance and Storage Array-based Storage Virtualization Solutions

By | Networked Storage, Virtualization | No Comments

n the early 2000’s I was a big believer in appliance and/or controller-based storage virtualization technology. To me, it seemed like the most logical choice to solve some of the most pressing problems such as data migrations, storage optimization and reducing storage networking’s overall management complexity that were confronting the deployment of storage networks in enterprise data centers. Yet here we find ourselves in 2015 and, while appliance and storage control-based storage virtualization still exists, it certainly never became the runaway success that many envisioned at the time. Here are my top 3 reasons as to what went wrong with this technology and why it has yet to fully realize its promise.

Read More

Four Early Insights from the Forthcoming DCIG 2015-16 Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide

By | Buyer's Guides, Fibre Channel, iSCSI, Networked Storage, Storage Systems | No Comments

DCIG is preparing to release the DCIG 2015-16 Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide. The Buyer’s Guide will include data on 33 arrays or array series from 16 storage providers. The term “Enterprise” in the name Enterprise Midrange Array, reflects a class of storage system that has emerged offering key enterprise-class features at prices suitable for mid-sized budgets. The DCIG 2015-16 Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide will provide organizations with a valuable tool to cut time and cost from the product research and purchase process.

Read More

10 Characteristics That Help to Define Today’s High End Storage Arrays

By | Fibre Channel, Networked Storage, Storage Systems | No Comments

It has been said that everyone knows what “normal” is but that it is often easier to define “abnormal” than it is to define “normal.” To a certain degree that axiom also applies to defining “high end storage arrays.” Everyone just seems to automatically assume that a certain set of storage arrays are in the “high end” category but when push comes to shove, people can be hard-pressed to provide a working definition as to what constitutes a high end storage array in today’s crowded storage space.

Read More

The Challenges of Delivering Inline Deduplication on a High Performance Production Storage Array

By | Data Reduction, Deduplication, Flash Memory, Networked Storage, Solid state storage Flash Memory SSD, SSD, SSD Storage Systems, Storage Systems | No Comments

The use of data reduction technologies such as compression and deduplication to reduce storage costs are nothing new. Tape drives have used compression for decades to increase backup data densities on tape while many modern deduplicating backup appliances use compression and deduplication to also reduce backup data stores. Even a select number of existing HDD-based storage arrays use data compression and deduplication to minimize data stores for large amounts of file data stored in archives or on networked attached file servers.

Read More

Five Technologies that Companies Should Prioritize in 2014

By | Cloud, Converged Infrastructure, Deduplication, Flash Memory, Networked Storage, Physical Tape, Solid state storage Flash Memory SSD, SSD Storage Systems, Storage Systems, Tape Systems | No Comments

One of the more difficult tasks for anyone deeply involved in technology is the ability to see the forest from the trees. Often responsible for supporting the technical components that make up today’s enterprise infrastructures, to step back and recommend which technologies are the right choices for their organization going forward is a more difficult feat. While there is no one right answer that applies to all organizations, five (5) technologies – some new as well as some old technologies that are getting a refresh – merit that organizations prioritize them in the coming months and years.

Read More

Drawing the Line between Open Source and Proprietary Code; Interview with iXsystems CTO Jordan Hubbard, Part V

By | Networked Storage | One Comment

Establishing a standard as to how an organization uses proprietary and open source code is at best difficult for most organizations. But iXsystems has essentially bet its future on the continued use of open source code in its product line. This makes it an imperative that it get this decision right to continue fostering support for its product in the open source community. This fifth entry in my interview series with iXsystems’ CTO Jordan Hubbard discusses his thoughts on iXsystems’ responsibility toward the open source community for their contributions and how it draws the line between proprietary and open source code.

Read More
image_pdfimage_print
Bitnami