Like Data They Protect For Now Quantum Revenues Continue To Grow

August 14, 2017 – 11:59 am
For Now Quantum Revenues Continue To Grow For Now Quantum Revenues Continue To Grow. The other day following their formal announced, I received an summary update from Quantum pertaining to their recent Q1 Results (show later below). Various IT and Cloud Infrastructure Layers including Data Infrastructures Quantums Revenues Continue To Grow Like Data One of the certainties in life is change and the other is continued growth in data that gets transformed into information via IT and other applications. Data Infrastructures fundamental role is to enable an environment for applications and data to be transformed into information and delivered as services. In other words, Data Infrastructures exist to protect, preserve, secure and serve information along with the applications and data they depend on. Quantums role is to provide solutions and technologies for enabling legacy and cloud or other software defined data infrastructures to protect, preserve, secure and serve data. What caught my eye in Quantums ...

Server StorageIO Industry Trends Perspectives Report WekaIO Matrix

August 12, 2017 – 10:47 am
Server StorageIO Industry Trends Perspectives Report WekaIO Matrix WekaIO is a scale out software defined storage startup vendor whose solution is Matrix. This Server StorageIO Industry Trends Perspective report looks at common issues, trends, and how to address different application server storage I/O challenges. In this report, we look at WekaIO Matrix, an elastic, flexible, highly scalable easy to use (and manage) software defined (e.g. software based) storage solution. WekaIO Matrix enables flexible elastic scaling with stability and without compromise. Matrix is a new scale out software defined storage solution that: Installs on bare metal, virtual or cloud servers Has POSIX, NFS, SMB, and HDFS storage access Adaptable performance for little and big data Tiering of flash SSD and cloud object storage Distributed resilience without compromise Removes complexity of traditional storage Deploys on bare metal, virtual and cloud environments Read more in this (free, no registration required) Server StorageIO Industry ...

Like IT Data Centers Do You Take Trade Show Exhibit Infrastructure For Granted?

August 11, 2017 – 9:57 am
Do You Take Trade Show Exhibit Infrastructure For Granted? Think about this for a moment; do you assume that Information Technology (IT) and Cloud based data centers along with their associated Data Infrastructure supporting various applications will be accessible when needed. Likewise, when you go to a trade show, conference, symposium, user group or another conclave is it assumed that the trade show, exposition (expo), exhibits, booths, stands or demo areas will be ready, waiting and accessible? Fire Disrupts Flash Memory Summit Conference Exhibits This past week at the Flash Memory Summit (FMS) conference trade show event in Santa Clara California, what normally would be taken for granted (e.g. expo hall and exhibits) were disrupted. The disruption (more here and here) was caused by an early morning fire in one of the exhibitor’s booths (stand) in the expo hall (view some photos ...

NVMe Wont Replace Flash By Itself They Complement Each Other

August 9, 2017 – 10:58 am
NVMe Wont Replace Flash By Itself They Complement Each Other Various Solid State Devices (SSD) including NVMe, SAS, SATA, USB, M.2 There has been some recent industry marketing buzz generated by a startup to get some attention by claiming via a study sponsored by including the startup that Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) Express (NVMe) will replace flash storage. Granted, many IT customers as well as vendors are still confused by NVMe thinking it is a storage medium as opposed to an interface used for accessing fast storage devices such as nand flash among other solid state devices (SSDs). Part of that confusion can be tied to common SSD based devices rely on NVM that are persistent memory retaining data when powered off (unlike the memory in your computer). Instead of saying NVMe will mean the demise of flash, what should or could be said however some might be scared to say it is ...

July 2017 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructures Update Newsletter

July 31, 2017 – 2:55 pm

Zombie Technology Life after Death Tape Is Still Alive

July 24, 2017 – 1:47 pm
Zombie Technology Life after Death Tape Is Still Alive A Zombie Technology is one declared dead yet has Life after Death such as Tape which is still alive. Image via StorageIO.com (licensed for use from Shutterstock.com) Tapes Evolving Role Sure we have heard for decade’s about the death of tape, and someday it will be dead and buried (I mean really dead), no longer used, buried, existing only in museums. Granted tape has been on the decline for some time, and even with many vendors exiting the marketplace, there remains continued development and demand within various data infrastructure environments, including software defined as well as legacy. Tape remains viable for some environments as part of an overall memory data storage hierarchy including as a portability (transportable) as well as bulk storage medium. Keep in mind that tapes role as a data storage medium also continues to ...

Who Will Be At Top Of Storage World Next Decade?

July 22, 2017 – 1:09 pm
Who Will Be At Top Of Storage World Next Decade? Data storage regardless of if hardware, legacy, new, emerging, cloud service or various software defined storage (SDS) approaches are all fundamental resource components of data infrastructures along with compute server, I/O networking as well as management tools, techniques, processes and procedures. Fundamental Data Infrastructure resources Data infrastructures include legacy along with software defined data infrastructures (SDDI), along with software defined data centers (SDDC), cloud and other environments to support expanding workloads more efficiently as well as effectively (e.g. boosting productivity). Data Infrastructure and other IT Layers (stacks and altitude levels) Various data infrastructures resource components spanning server, storage, I/O networks, tools along with hardware, software, services get defined as well as composed into solutions or services which may in turn be further aggregated into more extensive higher altitude offerings (e.g. further up the stack). Various IT and Data Infrastructure Stack Layers (Altitude Levels) Focus ...

New family of Intel Xeon Scalable Processors enable software defined data infrastructures (SDDI) and SDDC

July 11, 2017 – 2:19 pm
Intel Xeon Scalable Processors SDDI and SDDC Today Intel announced a new family of Xeon Scalable Processors (aka Purely) that for some workloads Intel claims to be on average of 1.65x faster than their predecessors. Note your real improvement will vary based on workload, configuration, benchmark testing, type of processor, memory, and many other server storage I/O performance considerations. Image via Intel.com In general the new Intel Xeon Scalable Processors enable legacy and software defined data infrastructures (SDDI), along with software defined data centers (SDDC), cloud and other environments to support expanding workloads more efficiently as well as effectively (e.g. boosting productivity). Some target application and environment workloads Intel is positioning these new processors for includes among others: Machine Learning (ML), Artificial Intelligence (AI), advanced analytics, deep learning and big data Networking including software defined network (SDN) and ...

Stillwater St Croix Backyard Black Bear aka Yogis

July 3, 2017 – 10:18 am
Stillwater St Croix Backyard Black Bear aka Yogis Various images from the stillwater St Croix River area of backyard black bear aka yogis. If you are wondering what yogi and black bears have to do with server storage I/O networking, data infrastructure or other technology, well, it is not directly related, at least yet ;)... Some Backyard Black Bear Yogi Images First we see a short video of Mamma Bear and her cubs Via KarenofArcola.com Next we see a series of still black and white images of a single Yogi black bear. In the first image Yogi is a foot or two from the camera. In the others Yogi is a meter or two from the camera. Yogi0 Some more black bear yogi images.. Yogi1 Another Yogi (black bear). Yogi3 Enjoy the Stillwater St Croix Backyard Black Bear aka Yogis. Ok, nuff said, for now. Cheers Gs Greg Schulz - Microsoft MVP Cloud and Data Center Management, VMware vExpert 2010-2017 (and vSAN). Author of Software Defined ...

June 2017 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructures Update Newsletter

June 30, 2017 – 1:59 pm

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) Resources Are You Ready?

June 20, 2017 – 11:19 am
Updated 6/29/17

Microsoft Windows Server, Azure, Nano Life cycle Updates

June 15, 2017 – 2:39 pm
Microsoft Windows Server, Azure, Nano and life cycle Updates For those of you who have an interest in Microsoft Windows Server on-premise, on Azure, on Hyper-V or Nano life cycle here are some recently announced updates. Microsoft has announced updates to Windows Server Core and Nano along with semi-annual channel updates (read more here). The synopsis of this new update via Microsoft (read more here) is: In this new model, Windows Server releases are identified by the year and month of release: for example, in 2017, a release in the 9th month (September) would be identified as version 1709. Windows Server will release semi-annually in fall and spring. Another release in March 2018 would be version 1803. The support lifecycle for each release is 18 months. Microsoft has announced that its lightweight variant of WIndows Server 2016 (if you need a refresh on server ...

AWS S3 Storage Gateway Revisited (Part I)

June 14, 2017 – 6:48 pm
AWS S3 Storage Gateway Revisited (Part I) This Amazon Web Service (AWS) Storage Gateway Revisited posts is a follow-up to the AWS Storage Gateway test drive and review I did a few years ago (thus why it's called revisited). As part of a two-part series, the first post looks at what AWS Storage Gateway is, how it has improved since my last review of AWS Storage Gateway along with deployment options. The second post in the series looks at a sample test drive deployment and use. If you need an AWS primer and overview of various services such as Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2), Elastic Block Storage (EBS), Elastic File Service (EFS), Simple Storage Service (S3), Availability Zones (AZ), Regions and other items check this multi-part series (Cloud conversations: AWS EBS, Glacier and S3 overview (Part I) ). As a quick refresher, S3 is the AWS bulk, high-capacity unstructured and object storage ...

Part II Revisting AWS S3 Storage Gateway (Test Drive Deployment)

June 14, 2017 – 6:48 pm
Part II Revisiting AWS S3 Storage Gateway (Test Drive Deployment) This Amazon Web Service (AWS) Storage Gateway Revisited posts is a follow-up to the AWS Storage Gateway test drive and review I did a few years ago (thus why it's called revisited). As part of a two-part series, the first post looks at what AWS Storage Gateway is, how it has improved since my last review of AWS Storage Gateway along with deployment options. The second post in the series looks at a sample test drive deployment and use. What About Storage Gateway Costs? Costs vary by region, type of storage being used (files stored in S3, Volume Storage, EBS Snapshots, Virtual Tape storage, Virtual Tape storage archive), as well as type of gateway host, along with how access and used. Request pricing varies including data written to AWS storage by gateway (up to maximum of $125.00 per month), snapshot/volume delete, ...