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Various Hardware (SAS, SATA, NVM, M2) and Software (VHD) Defined Odd’s and Ends

February 4, 2016 – 10:45 am
Various Hardware (SAS, SATA, NVM, M2) and Software (VHD) Defined Odd's and Ends Ever need to add another GbE port to a small server, workstation or perhaps Intel NUC, however no PCIe slots are available? How about attaching a M2 form factor flash SSD card to a server or device that does not have an M2 port, or, for mirroring two M2 cards together with a RAID adapter? Looking for tool to convert a Windows system to a Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) while it is running? The following are a collection of odd's and end's devices and tools for hardware and software defining your environment. Adding GbE Ports Without PCIe Ports Adding Ethernet ports or NICs is relatively easy with larger servers, assuming you have available PCIe slots. However what about when you are limited or out of PCIe ports? One option is to use USB (preferably USB 3) to GbE connectors. Another option ...

Software Defined Storage Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) Algorithms + Data Structures

February 3, 2016 – 5:07 pm
Software Defined Storage Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) Algorithms + Data Structures For those who are into, or simply like to talk about software defined storage (SDS), APIs, Windows, Virtual Hard Disks (VHD) or VHDX, or Hyper-V among other related themes, have you ever actually looked at the specification for VHDX? If not, here is the link to the open specification that Microsoft published (this one dates back to 2012). Click on above image to download the VHDX specification from Microsoft.com How about Algorithms + Data Structures = Programs by Niklaus Wirth, some of you might remember that from the past, if not, it's a timeless piece of work that has many fundamental concepts for understanding software defined anything. I came across Algorithms + Data Structures = Programs back in Graduate School when I was getting my masters degree in Software Engineering at night, while working during the day in an IT environment on ...

Big Files and Lots of Little File Processing and Benchmarking with Vdbench

February 2, 2016 – 10:48 pm
Big Files and Lots of Little File Processing and Benchmarking with Vdbench Need to test a server, storage I/O networking, hardware, software, services, cloud, virtual, physical or other environment that is either doing some form of file processing, or, that you simply want to have some extra workload running in the background for what ever reason? Getting Started Here's a quick and relatively easy way to do it with Vdbench (Free from Oracle). Granted there are other tools, both for free and for fee that can similar things, however we will leave those for another day and post. Here's the con to this approach, there is no Uui Gui like what you have available with some other tools Here's the pro to this approach, its free, flexible and limited by your creative, amount of storage space, server memory and I/O capacity. If you need a background on Vdbench and benchmarking, check out ...

Server StorageIO January 2016 Update Newsletter

January 31, 2016 – 10:38 pm

RIP Windows SIS (Single Instance Storage), or at least in Server 2016

January 5, 2016 – 1:58 pm
RIP Windows SIS, or at least in Server 2016 I received as a Microsoft MVP a partner communication today from Microsoft of a heads up as well as pass on to others that Single Instance Storage (SIS) has been removed from Windows Server 2016 (Read the Microsoft Announcement here, or below). Windows SIS is part of Microsoft's portfolio of tools and technology for implementing Data Footprint Reduction (DFR). Granted Windows Server 2016 has not been released yet, however you can download and try out the latest release such as Technical Preview 4 (TP4), get the bits from Microsoft here. Learn more about some of the server and storage I/O enhancements in TP4 including storage spaces direct here. Partner Communication from Microsoft Partner Communication Please relay or forward this notification to ISVs and hardware partners that have used Single Instance Storage (SIS) or implemented the SIS backup API. Single Instance Storage (SIS) has ...

Server StorageIO December 2015 Update Newsletter

December 31, 2015 – 2:16 pm

Server StorageIO November 2015 Update Newsletter

November 30, 2015 – 3:44 pm

Water, Data and Storage Analogy

November 25, 2015 – 11:14 am
Water, Data and Storage Analogy Recently I did a piece over at InfoStor titled "Water, Data and Storage Analogy". Besides being taken for granted and all of us being dependent on them, several other similarities exist between water, data, and storage. In addition to being a link that piece, this is a companion with some different images to help show the similarities between water, data and storage if for no other reason to have a few moments of fun. Read the entire piece here. Water, Data and Storage Similarities Water can get cold and freeze, data can also go cold becoming dormant and a candidate for archiving or cold cloud storage. Like data and storage water can be frozen Various types of storage drives (HDD & SSD) Different types and tiers of frozen water storage containers Data, like water, can move or be dormant, can be warm and active, or cold, frozen and inactive. Water, ...

The NVM (Non Volatile Memory) and NVMe Place (Non Volatile Memory Express)

November 16, 2015 – 6:35 pm
Industry Trends Perspectives Updated 1/4/16 Disclaimer Please note that this site is independent of the industry trade and promoters group NVM Express, Inc. (e.g. www.nvmexpress.org). NVM Express, Inc. is the sole owner of the NVM Express specifications and trademarks. Image used with permission of NVM Express, Inc. Visit the NVM Express industry promoters site here to learn more about their members, news, events, product information, software driver downloads, and other useful content. The NVM and NVMe Place Welcome The NVM (Non Volatile Memory) and NVMe Place (Non-Volatile Memory Express) place containing various links and content on, you guessed it, Non Volatile Memory (NVM) the storage memory and NVM Express (NVMe) the interface which is a companion to The SSD Place which has a broader Non Volatile Memory (NVM) focus including flash among other SSD topics. NVMe is a new server storage I/O access method and protocol for fast access to NVM based storage and memory ...

Server StorageIO October 2015 Update Newsletter

October 29, 2015 – 4:44 pm

Dude, Dell is Getting (Buying) an EMC and VMware Deal

October 12, 2015 – 9:05 am
Dude, Dell is Getting (Buying) an EMC and VMware Deal Some of you might remember the marketing campaign "Dude you're getting a Dell" to show somebody buying a Dell computer. Today, Dell as in Michael Dell and his corporation Dell along with partner Silver Lake investment announced a $67B USD deal that they are acquiring EMC along with their stake in VMware which will stay an independently public traded company. Dell brings strength in small and medium-mid market strength and supplier to cloud and other managed service providers, Dell financing combines with EMC strength and enterprise portfolio. This deal also reunites the two parties who before had a strong storage joint venture with Dell OEMing EMC storage for about a decade before going their separate ways in the late 2000s. Key points Privately held Dell is acquiring EMC and its various business units VMware will stay independent public company with ...

Server StorageIO September 2015 Update Newsletter

September 28, 2015 – 10:23 am

PACE your Server Storage I/O decision making, its about application requirements

September 20, 2015 – 8:22 pm
Updated 10/8/15 PACE your Server Storage I/O decision-making, it's about application requirements Regardless of if you are looking for physical, software defined virtual, cloud or container storage, block, file or object, primary, secondary or protection copies, standalone, converged, hyper-converged, cluster in a box or other forms of storage and packaging, when it comes to server storage I/O decision-making, it's about the applications. I often see people deciding on the best storage before the questions of requirements, needs and wants are even mentioned. Sure the technology is important, so to are the techniques and trends including using new things in new ways, as well as old things in new ways. There are lots of buzzwords on the storage scene these days. But don't even think about buying in until you truly understand your business' storage needs. However when it comes down to it, unless you have a unique need, most environments server and storage ...

Fall 2015 Server Storage I/O Cloud Virtual Seminars Going Dutch

September 20, 2015 – 6:53 pm
Fall 2015 Server Storage I/O Cloud Virtual Seminars Going Dutch It's that time of the year again where the fall 2015 events and activities are underway which also includes a week of sessions in Holland October 13-16. I will be participating in four days of workshop seminars being organized by Brouwer Storage Consultancy in Nijkerk covering server storage decision-making, converged and bulk storage options, software defined storage management, data center infrastructure management and data protection along with industry trends and update sessions. October 13th: Symposium - Software Defined Storage Management 09:00 -17:00 DOWNLOAD FLYER (Dutch) REGISTER HERE ...