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SSD, flash, Non-volatile memory (NVM) storage Trends, Tips & Topics

January 3, 2017 – 6:54 pm
SSD, flash, Non-volatile memory (NVM) storage Trends, Tips & Topics Will 2017 be there year of solid state device (SSD), all flash, or all Non-volatile memory (NVM) based storage data centers and data infrastructures? Recently I did a piece over at InfoStor looking at SSD trends, tips and related topics. SSDs of some type, shape and form are in your future, if they are not already. In my InfoStor piece, I look at some non-volatile memory (NVM) and SSD trends, technologies, tools and tips that you can leverage today to help prepare for tomorrow. This also includes NVM Express (NVMe) based components and solutions. By way of background, SSD can refer to solid state drive or solid state device (e.g. more generic). The latter is what I am using in this post. NVM refers to different types of persistent memories, including NAND flash and its variants most commonly used today in SSDs. Other NVM mediums ...

Cloud and Object storage are in your future, what are some questions?

January 3, 2017 – 5:56 pm
Cloud and Object storage are in your future, what are some questions? IMHO there is no doubt that cloud and object storage are in your future, what are some questions? Granted, what type of cloud and object storage or service along with for work or entertainment are some questions. Likewise, what are your cloud and object storage concerns (assuming you already have heard the benefits)? Some other questions include when, where for different applications workload needs, as well as how and with what among others. Keep in mind that there are many aspects to cloud storage and they are not all object, likewise, there are many facets to object storage. Recently I did a piece over at InfoStor titled Cloud Storage Concerns, Considerations and Trends that looks at the above among other items including: Is cloud storage cheaper than traditional storage? How do you access cloud object storage from legacy block and file applications? ...

Overview Review of Microsoft ReFS (Reliable File System) and resource links

January 3, 2017 – 4:39 pm
This is an overview review of Microsoft ReFS (Resilient File System) along with some resource links. ReFS is part of some Windows operating system platforms including Server 2016. Some context here is that review can mean an in-depth deep dive product or technology review, while another meaning is to simply to refresh what you may already know about ReFS. For this post, the focus is on the latter, that is a bit of overview that also functions as a refresh review of what you may already know. However click here to see how ReFS and NTFS compare. Click here to read more about Windows Server 2016, Storage Spaces Direct (S2D), Storage Replica (SR) and other related topics (or click on the image below). Windows Server 2016 Welcome Screen - Source Server StorageIOlab.com What Is Microsoft ReFS and Why It Matters Microsoft ReFS (Resilient File System) is part of Windows Servers 2012, 2012 R2, 2016 as ...

Server StorageIO Holiday Seasons Greetings 2016

December 23, 2016 – 5:07 pm
Server StorageIO 2016 Seasons Greetings

September and October 2016 Server StorageIO Update Newsletter

October 31, 2016 – 11:36 am
Volume 16, Issue IX Hello and welcome to this September and October 2016 Server StorageIO update newsletter. In This Issue Commentary in the news Tips and Articles StorageIOblog posts Events and Webinars Industry Activity Trends Resources and Links Connect and Converse With Us About Us Enjoy this edition of the Server StorageIO update newsletter. Cheers GS ...

Updated Software Defined Data Infrastructure Webinars and Fall 2016 events

October 17, 2016 – 11:12 am
Software Defined Data Infrastructure Webinars and Fall 2016 events Here is the updated Server StorageIO fall 2016 webinar and event activities covering software defined data center, data infrastructure, virtual, cloud, containers, converged, hyper-converged server, storage, I/O network, performance and data protection among other topics. December 7, 2016 - Webinar 11AM PT - BrightTalk Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Decision Making Are Converged Infrastructures (CI), Hyper-Converged Infrastructures (HCI), Cluster in Box or Cloud in Box (CiB) solutions for you? The answer is it depends on what your needs, requirements, application among other criteria are. In addition are you focused on a particular technology solution or architecture approach, or, looking for something that adapts to your needs? Join us in this discussion exploring your options for different scenarios as we look beyond they hype including to next wave of hyper-scale converged along with applicable decision-making criteria. Topics include: - Data Infrastructures exist to support applications and their underlying resource needs ...

Gaining Server Storage I/O Insight into Microsoft Windows Server 2016

October 13, 2016 – 1:48 pm
Server Storage I/O Insight into Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Updated 12/8/16 In case you had not heard, Microsoft announced the general availability (GA, also known as Release To Manufacturing (RTM) ) of the newest version of its Windows server operating system aka Windows Server 2016 along with System Center 2016. Note that as well as being released to traditional manufacturing distribution mediums as well as MSDN, the Windows Server 2016 bits are also available on Azure. Windows Server 2016 Welcome Screen - Source Server StorageIOlab.com For some this might be new news, or a refresh of what Microsoft announced a few weeks ago (e.g. the formal announcement). Likewise, some of you may not be aware that Microsoft is celebrating WIndows Server 20th Birthday (read more here). Yet for others who have participated in the public beta aka public technical previews (TP) over the past year or two or simply after the information coming out ...

The Value of Infrastructure Insight – Enabling Informed Decision Making

October 11, 2016 – 9:48 pm
The Value of Infrastructure Insight – Enabling Informed Decision Making Join me and Virtual Instruments CTO John Gentry on October 27, 2016 for a free webinar (registration required) titled The Value of Infrastructure Insight – Enabling Informed Decision Making with Virtual Instruments. In this webinar, John and me will discuss the value of data center infrastructure insight both as a technology as well as a business and IT imperative. Various Infrastructures - Business, Information, Data and Physical (or cloud) Leveraging infrastructure performance analytics is key to assuring the performance, availability and cost-effectiveness of your infrastructure, especially as you transform to a hybrid data center over the coming years. By utilizing real-time and historical infrastructure insight from your servers, storage and networking, you can avoid flying blind and give situational awareness for proactive decision-making. The result is faster problem resolution, problem avoidance, higher utilization and the elimination of performance slowdowns and outages. View the ...

EMC is now Dell EMC, part of Dell Technologies and other server storage Updates

October 11, 2016 – 12:21 pm
EMC is now Dell EMC and other server storage Updates In case you missed it or did not hear, EMC is now Dell EMC and is future ready (one of their new tag lines). What this means is that EMC is no longer a publicly traded company instead now being privately held under the Dell Technologies umbrella. In case you did not know or had forgotten, one of the principal owners of Dell Technologies is Michael Dell aka the founder of Dell Computers which itself went private a few years ago. The Dell Server division which sells direct as well as via channels and OEMs is now part of the Dell EMC division (e.g. they sell Servers, Storage, I/O and Networking hardware, software and services). Dell EMC Storage Portfolio - Via emc.com Other related news and activities include: Dell EMC sells Content Division (e.g. Documentum (bought in 2003), InfoArchive and LEAP) to OpenText ...

Back To Software Defined Data Infrastructure School, Webinar and Fall 2016 events

September 11, 2016 – 8:27 pm
Software Defined Data Infrastructure Webinars and Fall 2016 events Its September and that means back to school time, and not just for the kids. Here is the preliminary Server StorageIO fall 2016 back to school, webinar and event activities covering software defined data center, data infrastructure, virtual, cloud, containers, converged, hyper-converged server, storage, I/O network, performance and data protection among other topics. December 7, 2016 - Webinar 11AM PT - BrightTalk Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Decision Making Are Converged Infrastructures (CI), Hyper-Converged Infrastructures (HCI), Cluster in Box or Cloud in Box (CiB) solutions for you? The answer is it depends on what your needs, requirements, application among other criteria are. In addition are you focused on a particular technology solution or architecture approach, or, looking for something that adapts to your needs? Join us in this discussion exploring your options for different scenarios as we look beyond they hype including to next wave of hyper-scale converged ...

Like an Eagle Standing Tall and Proud, 9/11 2001 Never Forget

September 11, 2016 – 9:56 am
Like an Eagle Standing Tall and Proud, 9/11 2001 Never Forget Like an Eagle Standing Tall and Proud On this 15th anniversary of the September 11 (e.g. 9/11), 2001 terror attacks on the United States, instead of a lot of words, photos, videos, links and other items, standing tall and proud, never forget, always remember that fateful day (along with December 7, 1941) among others. My wife took the following photo (the flag was added later) of two adult bald eagles next to our backyard on a windy evening a few weeks ago. Something about the photo caught my eye, perhaps its the focus and look of the eagles or how they are standing tall together having each others backs. A picture is worth a hundred or thousands of words, photos, videos or links What This All Means Never forget, always remember, like the bald eagles in the photo united standing tall and proud. Ok, nuff said, ...

Server StorageIO August 2016 Update Newsletter

August 28, 2016 – 7:14 pm

Happy 20th Birthday Microsoft Windows Server, get ready for Windows Server 2016

August 3, 2016 – 2:39 pm
Happy 20th Birthday Windows Server, ready for Server 2016? In case you have not heard, Microsoft is celebrating the 20th birthday (or anniversary) of Windows Server. Microsoft has a nice site with info graphics and timelines of where Windows Server has been and accomplished over the past 20 years (view here). Some of you may remember from 20 years ago Windows Server with a different name aka Windows NT Server. Back in the day, if you recall (or read), server requirements were more in the 33 MHz vs. 3.3GHz range, 32MB of RAM Memory vs. 32GB to 320GB, 150MB HDD vs. 150GB SSD or 1.5TB HDD. Keep in mind that 20 years ago Linux was a relative new thing with Red Hat not yet quite household or more specific enterprise name. The various Unix (e.g. IBM AIX, HP HP-UX, Sun Solaris, DEC Unix and Ultrix among many others) were still dominate, OS2 had ...

Server StorageIO June July 2016 Update Newsletter

July 31, 2016 – 2:15 pm