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August Server StorageIO Update Newsletter – NVM and Flash SSD Focus

August 19, 2015 – 5:11 pm

Non Volatile Memory (NVM), NVMe, Flash Memory Summit and SSD updates

August 18, 2015 – 6:00 pm
Non Volatile Memory (NVM), NVMe, Flash Memory Summit and SSD updates I attended the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara CA last week and not surprisingly there were many announcements about Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) along with related enabling technologies. Some of these announcements were component based intended for original equipment manufactures (OEMs) ranging from startup to established, systems integrators (SI), value added resellers (VAR's) while others were more customer solution focused. From a customer solution focus, some of the technologies were consumer oriented while others for business and some for cloud scale service providers. Recent NVM, NVMe and Flash SSD news A sampling of some recent NVM, NVMe and Flash related news includes among others: PMC Announces Flashtec NVMe SSD NVMe2106, NVMe2032 Controllers (Via TomsITpro) New SATA SSD powers elastic cloud agility for CSPs (Via Cbronline) Toshiba Solid-State Drive Family Features PCIe Technology (Via Eweek) SanDisk aims ...

Some August 2015 Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure Cloud Updates

August 14, 2015 – 1:30 pm
Some August 2015 Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure Cloud Updates Cloud Services Providers continue to extend their feature, function and capabilities and the following are two examples. Being a customer of both Amazon Web Services (AWS) as well as Microsoft Azure (among others), I receive monthly news updates about service improvements along with new features. Here are a couple of examples involving recent updates from AWS and Azure. Azure enhancements Azure Premium Storage generally available in Japan East Solid State Device (SSD) based Azure Premium Storage is now available in Japan East region. Add up to 32 TB and more than 64,000 IOPs (read operations) per virtual machine with  Azure Premium Storage. Learn more about Azure storage and pricing here. Azure Data Factory generally available Data Factory is a cloud based data integration service for automated management as well as movement and transformation of ...

Supermicro CSE-M14TQC Use your media bay to add 12 Gbps SAS SSD drives to your server

August 14, 2015 – 12:45 pm
Supermicro CSE-M14TQC Use your media bay to add 12 Gbps SAS SSD drives to your server Do you have a computer server, workstation or mini-tower PC that needs to have more 2.5" form factor hard disk drive (HDD), solid state device (SSD) or hybrid flash drives added yet no expansion space? Do you also want or need the HDD or SSD drive expansion slots to be hot swappable, 6 Gbps SATA3 along with up to 12 Gbps SAS devices? Do you have an available 5.25" media bay slot (e.g. where you can add an optional CD or DVD drive) or can you remove your existing CD or DVD drive using USB for software loading? Do you need to carry out the above without swapping out your existing server or workstation on a reasonable budget, say around $100 USD plus tax, handling, shipping (your prices may vary)? If you need implement ...

Breaking the VMware ESXi 5.5 ACPI boot loop on Lenovo TD350

August 3, 2015 – 12:02 am
Breaking the VMware ESXi 5.5 ACPI boot loop on Lenovo TD350 Do you have a Lenovo TD350 or for that many other servers that when trying to load or run VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5 u2 (or other versions) and run into the boot loop at the “Initializing ACPI” point? VMware ACPI boot loop The symptoms are that you see ESXi start its boot process, loading drivers and modules (e.g. black screen), then you see the Yellow boot screen with Timer and Scheduler initialized, and at the “Initializing ACPI” point, ka boom, either a boot loop starts (e.g. the above processes repeats after system boots). The fix is actually pretty quick and simple, finding it took a bit of time, trial and error. There were of course the usual suspects such as Checking to BIOS and firmware version of the motherboard on ...

Part II – Intel and Micron new 3D XPoint server and storage NVM

July 31, 2015 – 10:43 pm
Part II - Intel and Micron new 3D XPoint server and storage NVM This is the second of a three-part series on the recent Intel and Micron 3D XPoint server storage memory announcement. Read Part I here and Part III here. Is this 3D XPoint marketing, manufacturing or material technology? You can't have a successful manufactured material technology without some marketing, likewise marketing without some manufactured material would be manufactured marketing. In the case of 3D XPoint and its announcement launch, their real technology shown, granted it was only wafer and dies as opposed to an actual DDR4 DIMM or PCIe Add In Card (AIC) or drive form factor Solid State Device (SSD) product. On the other hand, on a relative comparison basis, even though there is marketing collateral available to learn more from, this was far from a over the big-top made for TV or web circus event, ...

Part III – 3D XPoint new server storage memory from Intel and Micron

July 31, 2015 – 10:43 pm
Part III - 3D XPoint new server storage memory from Intel and Micron This is the third of a three-part series on the recent Intel and Micron 3D XPoint server storage memory announcement. Read Part I here and Part II here. What is 3D XPoint and how does it work? 3D XPoint is a new class or class of memory (view other categories of memory here) that provides performance for reads and writes closer to that of DRAM with about 10x the capacity density. In addition to the speed closer to DRAM vs. the lower NAND flash, 3D XPoint is also non-volatile memory (NVM) like NAND flash, NVRAM and others. What this means is that 3D XPoint can be used as persistent higher density fast server memory (or main memory for other computers and electronics). Besides being fast persistent main memory, 3D XPoint will also be a ...

Intel and Micron unveil new 3D XPoint Non Volatie Memory (NVM) for servers and storage

July 31, 2015 – 10:42 pm
Intel and Micron unveil new 3D XPoint Non Volatile Memory (NVM) for servers and storage This is the first of a three-part series on the recent Intel and Micron 3D XPoint server storage memory announcement. Read Part II here and Part III here. In a webcast the other day, Intel and Micron announced new 3D XPoint non-volatile memory (NVM) that can be used for both primary main memory (e.g. what's in computers, serves, laptops, tablets and many other things) in place of Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM), for persistent storage faster than today's NAND flash-based solid state devices (SSD), not to mention future hybrid usage scenarios. Note that this announcement while having the common term 3D in it is different from the earlier Intel and Micron announcement about 3D NAND flash (read more about that here). Twitter hash tag #3DXpoint The big picture, why this type of ...

July 2015 Server StorageIO Update Newsletter

July 26, 2015 – 3:04 pm
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May and June 2015 Server StorageIO Update Newsletter

June 28, 2015 – 7:17 pm
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EMCworld 2015 How Do You Want Your Storage Wrapped?

June 28, 2015 – 7:16 pm
EMCworld 2015 How Do You Want Your Storage Wrapped? Back in early May I was invited by EMC to attend EMCworld 2015 which included both the public sessions, as well as several NDA based discussions. Keep in mind that there is the known, there is the unknown (or assumed or speculated) and in between there are NDA's, nuff said on that. EMC covered my hotel and registration costs to attend the event in Las Vegas (thanks EMC, that's a disclosure btw ;) and here is a synopsis of various EMCworld 2015 announcements. What EMC announced VMAX3 enhancements to the EMC enterprise flagship storage platform to keep it relevant for traditional legacy workloads as well as for in a converged, scale-out, cloud, virtual and software defined environment. VNX 3200 entry-level All Flash Array (AFA) flash SSD system starting at $25,000 USD for a 3TB unified platform with full data services ...

VMware vCloud Air Server StorageIOlab Test Drive with videos

May 26, 2015 – 7:47 pm
VMware vCloud Air Server StorageIOlab Test Drive with videos Recently I was invited by VMware vCloud Air to do a free hands-on test drive of their actual production environment. Some of you may already being using VMware vSphere, vRealize and other software defined data center (SDDC) aka Virtual Server Infrastructure (VSI) or Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) tools among others. Likewise some of you may already be using one of the many cloud compute or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2), Centurylink, Google Cloud, IBM Softlayer, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace or Virtustream (being bought by EMC) among many others. VMware vCloud Air provides a platform similar to those just mentioned among others for your applications and their underlying resource needs (compute, memory, storage, networking) to be fulfilled. In addition, it should not be a surprise that VMware vCloud Air shares many common themes, ...

Modernizing Data Protection = Using new and old things in new ways

May 11, 2015 – 10:48 am
Modernizing Data Protection = Using new and old things in new ways This is part of an ongoing series of posts that part of www.dataprotectiondiaries.com on data protection including archiving, backup/restore, business continuance (BC), business resiliency (BC), data footprint reduction (DFR), disaster recovery (DR), High Availability (HA) along with related themes, tools, technologies, techniques, trends and strategies. Keep in mind that a fundamental goal of an Information Technology (IT) organization is to protect, preserve and serve data and information in a cost-effective as well as productive way when needed. There is no such thing as an information recession with more data being generated and processed. In addition to more of it, data is also getting larger, having more dependencies on it being available as well as living longer (e.g. retention). Proof Points, No Data or Information Recession A quick easy proof point of more data and it getting larger is your cell ...

April 2015 Server StorageIO Update Newsletter

April 30, 2015 – 3:58 pm
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