August 2014 Server and StorageIO Update newsletter

August 31, 2014 – 3:05 pm
Welcome to the August 2014 edition of the StorageIO Update (newsletter) containing trends perspectives on cloud, virtualization, software defined and data infrastructure topics. This past week I along with around 22,000 others attended VMworld 2014 in San Francisco. For those of you in Europe, VMworld Barcelona is October 14-16 2014 with registration and more information found here. Watch for more post VMworld coverage in upcoming newsletters, articles, posts along with other industry trend topics. Enjoy this edition of the StorageIO Update newsletter and look forward to catching up ...

VMware VVOLs and storage I/O fundementals (Part 2)

August 24, 2014 – 9:11 pm
VMware VVOL's and storage I/O fundamentals (Part II)

VMware VVOLs and storage I/O fundementals (Part 1)

August 24, 2014 – 9:11 pm
VMware VVOL's and storage I/O fundamentals (Part I)

Are VMware VVOLs in your virtual server and storage I/O future?

August 24, 2014 – 9:11 pm
Are VMware VVOL's in your virtual server and storage I/O future?

Despite being declared dead, Fibre Channel continues to evolve with FC-BB-6

August 24, 2014 – 9:12 am
Despite being declared dead, Fibre Channel continues to evolve with FC-BB-6 Like many technologies that have been around for more than a decade or two, they often get declared dead when something new appears and Fibre Channel (FC) for networking with your servers and storage falls into that category. It seems like just yesterday when iSCSI was appearing on the storage networking scene in the early 2000s that FC was declared dead yet it remains and continues to evolve including moving over Ethernet with FC over Ethernet (FCoE). Recently the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) made an announcement on the continued development and enhancements including FC-BB-6 that applies to both "classic" or "legacy" FC as well as the newer and emerging FCoE implementations. FCIA is not alone in the FCIA activity as they are as the name implies the industry consortium that works with the T11 standards folks. T11 is ...

July 2014 Server and StorageIO Update newsletter

July 29, 2014 – 9:12 pm
Server and StorageIO Update newsletter - July 2014 Welcome to the July 2014 edition of the StorageIO Update (newsletter) containing trends perspectives on cloud, virtualization and data infrastructure topics. For some of you it is mid summer (e.g. in the northern hemisphere) while for others it mid-winter (southern hemisphere). Here in the Stillwater MN area it is mid-summer ...

AWS adds Zocalo Enterprise File Sync Share and Collaboration

July 10, 2014 – 6:16 pm
AWS adds Zocalo Enterprise File Sync Share and Collaboration In case you missed it today, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced Zocalo an enterprise class storage and file sharing service. As you might have guessed, by being file sync and share of cloud storage Zocalo can be seen as a competitor or option to other services including Box, Dropbox and Google among many others in the enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) space. AWS Enterprise File Sync Share (EFSS) Zocalo overview and summary: Document collaboration (Comments and sharing) including available with AWS WorkSpaces Central common hub for sharing documents along with those owned by a user Select AWS regions where data is stored, along with set up users polices and audit trails Sharing of various types of documents, worksheets, web pages, presentations, text and PDF among other files Support for Windows and other PCs, Macs, tablets and other ...

June 2014 Server and StorageIO Update newsletter

June 30, 2014 – 11:09 am
Server and StorageIO Update newsletter - June 2014 Welcome to the June 2014 edition of the StorageIO Update (newsletter) containing trends perspectives on cloud, virtualization and data infrastructure topics. June has been busy on many fronts with lots of activities, not to mention spring and summer are finally here in the Stillwater MN area. Speaking of busy, the spring rains came a month or two late, or the summer storms early as we will end up with one of the, if not rainiest Junes in history here in Stillwater MN area. Greg Schulz @StorageIO Industry and Technology Updates There has also been plenty of activity in the Information Technology (IT) and in particular the data infrastructure sector (databases, file systems, operating systems, servers, storage, I/O networking, cloud, virtualization, SSD, data protection and DCIM among others). SANdisk announced their intention to buy SSD vendor Fusion IO for a $1.1 Billion dollars as part of a ...

April and May 2014 Server and StorageIO Update newsletter

May 31, 2014 – 8:03 pm
Server and StorageIO Update newsletter - April and May 2014 Welcome to the April and May 2014 edition of the StorageIO Update (newsletter) containing trends perspectives on cloud, virtualization and data infrastructure topics. The good news is that while spring is running late (as is this newsletter ;) here in the Stillwater MN ...

Is there an information or data recession? Are you using less storage? (With Polls)

May 31, 2014 – 3:20 pm
Is there an information or data recession? Are you using less storage? (With Polls) Is there an information recession where you are creating, processing, moving or saving less data? Are you using less data storage than in the past either locally online, offline or remote including via clouds? IMHO there is no such thing as a data or information recession, granted storage is being used more effectively by some, while economic pressures or competition enables your budgets to be stretched further. Likewise people and data are living longer and getting larger. In conversations with IT professionals particular the real customers (e.g. not vendors, VAR's, analysts, blogalysts, consultants or media) I routinely hear from people that they continue to have the need to store more information, however they're data storage usage and acquisition patterns are changing. For some this means using what they have more effectively leveraging data footprint reduction (DFR) which includes (archiving, compression, ...

Enterprise SSHD and Flash SSD Part of an Enterprise Tiered Storage Strategy

April 24, 2014 – 8:56 pm
Enterprise SSHD and Flash SSD Part of an Enterprise Tiered Storage Strategy The question to ask yourself is not if flash Solid State Device (SSD) technologies are in your future. Instead the questions are when, where, using what, how to configure and related themes. SSD including traditional DRAM and NAND flash-based technologies are like real estate where location matters; however, there are different types of properties to meet various needs. This means leveraging different types of NAND flash SSD technologies in different locations in a complementary and cooperative aka hybrid way. Introducing Solid State Hybrid Drives (SSHD) Solid State Hybrid Disks (SSHD) are the successors to previous generation Hybrid Hard Disk Drives (HHDD) that I have used for several years (you can read more about them here, and here). While it would be nice to simply have SSD for everything, there are also economic budget realities to be dealt with. Keep in ...

Data Storage Innovation Chat with SNIA Wayne Adams and David

April 24, 2014 – 1:48 am
Data Storage Innovation Chat with SNIA Wayne Adams and David In this episode, SNIA Chairman Emeritus Wayne Adams and current Chairman David Dale join me in a conversation from the Data Storage Innovation Conference (DSICON) 2014 conference event. SNIA Chairman David Dale opening remarks SNIA DSICON 2014 SNIA DSI Conference (DSICON), CDMI Conformance Testing and other updates DSICON is a new event produced by SNIA targeted for IT professionals involved with data storage related topics, themes, technologies and tools spanning hardware, software, cloud, virtual and physical. In this conversation, we talk about the new DSI event, the diversity of new attendees who are attending their first SNIA event, along with other updates. Some of these updates include what is new with the SNIA Cloud Data Management Initiative (CDMI), Non Volatile Memory (think flash and SSD), SMIS, education and more. In addition to the DSICON event, SNIA also announced CDMI Cloud Interoperability Conformance Test ...

Chat with Cash Coleman talking ClearDB, cloud database and Johnny Cash

April 24, 2014 – 1:47 am
Podcast with Cash Coleman talking ClearDB, cloud database and Johnny Cash In this episode from the SNIA DSI 2014 event I am joined by Cashton Coleman (@Cash_Coleman). Introducing Cashton (Cash) Coleman and ClearDB Cashton (Cash) is a Software architect, product mason, family bonder, life builder, idea founder along with Founder & CEO of SuccessBricks, Inc., makers of ClearDB. ClearDB is a provider of MySQL database software tools for cloud and physical environments. In our conversation talk about ClearDB, what they do and whom they do it with including deployments in cloud's as well as onsite. For example if you are using some of the Microsoft Azure cloud services using MySQL, you may already be using this technology. However, there is more to the story and discussion including how Cash got his name, how to speed up databases for little and big data among other topics. If you are a database person, you ...

Lenovo TS140 Server and Storage I/O Review

March 31, 2014 – 9:37 pm
Lenovo TS140 Server and Storage I/O Review This is a review that looks at my recent hands on experiences in using a TS140 (Model MT-M 70A4 - 001RUS) pedestal (aka tower) server that the Lenovo folks sent to me to use for a month or so. The TS140 is one of the servers that Lenovo had prior to its acquisition of IBM x86 server business that you can read about here. The Lenovo TS140 Experience Lets start with the overall experience which was very easy and good. This includes going from initial answering some questions to get the process moving, agreeing to keep the equipment safe, secure, insured as well as not damaging anything (this was not a tear down and rip it apart into pieces trial). Part of the process also involved answering some configuration related questions and shortly there after a large box from Lenovo arrived. Turns out ...