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 ...

Part II: What I did with Lenovo TS140 in my Server and Storage I/O Review

March 31, 2014 – 9:36 pm
Part II: Lenovo TS140 Server and Storage I/O Review This is the second of a two part post series on my recent experiences with a Lenovo TS140 server, you can read part I here. What Did I do with the TS140 After initial check out in an office type environment, I moved the TS140 into the lab area where it joined other servers to be used for various things. Some of those activities included using the Windows Server 2012 Essentials along with associated admin activities. In addition I also installed VMware ESXi 5.5 and ran into a few surprises. One of those was that I needed to apply an update to VMware drivers to support the onboard Intel NIC, as well as enable VT and EP modes for virtualization assist via the BIOS. The biggest surprise was that I discovered I could not install VMware onto an internal drive attached via one ...

Nand flash SSD server storage I/O conversations

March 30, 2014 – 8:29 pm
Nand flash SSD server storage I/O conversations Now and then somebody asks me if I'm familiar with flash or nand flash Solid State Devices (SSD) technologies and trends. Having been involved with various types of SSD technology, products and solutions since the late 80s initially as a customer in IT (including as a lunch customer for DEC's ESE20 SSD's), then later as a vendor selling SSD solutions, as well as an analyst and advisory consultant cover the technologies, I tell the person asking, well, yes, of course. That gave me the idea as well as to help me keep track of some of the content and make it easy to find by putting it here in this post (which will be updated now and then). Thus this is a collection of articles, tips, posts, presentations, blog posts and other content on SSD including nand flash drives, PCIe cards, DIMMs, hybrid and other ...

Data Protection Diaries: March 31 World Backup Day is Restore Data Test Time

March 29, 2014 – 10:53 am
World Backup Day Generating Awareness About Data Protection This World Backup Day piece is part of my ongoing Data Protection Diaries series of posts (www.dataprotecitondiaries.com) about trends, strategies, tools and best practices spanning applications, archiving, backup/restore, business continuance (BC), business resiliency (BR), cloud, data footprint reduction (DFR), security, servers, storage and virtualization among other related topic themes. Different threat risks and reasons to protect your digital assets (data) March 31 is World Backup Day which means you should make sure that your data and digital assets (photos, videos, music or audio, scanned items) along with other digital documents are protected. Keep in mind that various reasons for protecting, preserving and serving your data regardless of if you are a consumer with needs to protect your home and personal information, or a large business, institution or government agency. Why World Backup Day and Data Protection Focus By being protected ...

Matt Vogt of Computex talks VMware vCOPs in his first ever podcast

March 27, 2014 – 8:56 pm
Matt Vogt of Computex talks VMware vCOPs in his first ever podcast In this episode from the Computex Rethink your Datacenter for 2017 planning and strategy event I am joined by Matt Vogt (@MattVogt). Introducing Matt Vogt Matt is a Principal Architect with Computex Technology Solutions as well as certified VMware specialist and fellow vExpert. Not only is this the first appearance by Matt on the StorageIO Podcasts, it is also his first time as a guest on any podcast so I'm honored to host his global debut podcast appearance here. We talk about the role of automation for performance and capacity optimization along with how VMware vCOPs plays an important role. Listen in to learn more about how to gain insight and situational awareness to make informed decisions for your data infrastructure environment with Matt. Check out Matt's blog here at blog.mattvogt.net and listen in to the pod cast here. Also available via  ...

March 2014 StorageIO Update Newsletter : Cisco Cloud, VMware VSAN and More

March 25, 2014 – 3:49 pm
Industry Trends Perspectives: Cisco Cloud and VMware VSAN Welcome to the March 2014 edition of the StorageIO Update (newsletter) containing trends perspectives on cloud, virtualization and data infrastructure topics. Technically it is now spring here in North America and to say that we have had abnormal cold weather would be an understatement. However it is March with April just around the corner meaning plenty to do including several upcoming events (see below). Clouds and Cisco Some recent industry activity has included Cisco announcing ...