NetApp buying LSIs Engenio Storage Business Unit

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

This has been a busy week as on Monday Western Digital (WD) announced that they were buying the disk drive business from Hitachi Ltd. (e.g. HGST) for about $4.3 billion USD. The deal includes about $3.5B in cash and 25 million WD common shares (e.g. ...

From bits to bytes: Decoding Encoding

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

With networking, care should be taken to understand if a given speed or performance capacity is being specified in bits or bytes as well as in base 2 (binary) or base 10 (decimal). Another consideration and potential point of confusion are line rates (GBaud) and link speed which ...

Is the new HDS VSP really the MVSP?

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Today HDS announced with much fan fare that must have been a million dollar launch budget the VSP (successor to the previous USPV and USPVM). Im also thinking that the HDS VSP (not to be confused with HP SVSP that HP OEMs via LSI) could also be called the ...

Poll: Networking Convergence, Ethernet, InfiniBand or both?

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

I just received an email in my inbox from Voltaire along with a pile of other advertisements, advisories, alerts and announcements from other folks. What caught my eye on the email was that it is announcing a new survey results that you can read here as well as below. ...

Optimize Data Storage for Performance and Capacity Efficiency

Friday, October 30th, 2009

This post builds on a recent article I did that can be read here.Even with tough economic times, there is no such thing as a data recession! Thus the importance of optimizing data storage efficiency addressing both performance and capacity without impacting availability in a ...

I/O Virtualization (IOV) Revisited

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Is I/O Virtualization (IOV) a server topic, a network topic, or a storage topic (See previous post)? Like server virtualization, IOV involves servers, storage, network, operating system, and other infrastructure resource management areas and disciplines. The business and technology value proposition or benefits of ...

Storage Efficiency and Optimization – The Other Green

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

For those of you in the New York City area, I will be presenting live in person at Storage Decisions September 23, 2009 conference The Other Green, Storage Efficiency and Optimization.Throw out the "green“: buzzword, and you're still left with the task of saving or maximizing use of space, ...

Storage Decisions Spring 2009 Sessions Update

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

The conference lineup and details for the Spring 2009 Storage Decisions event (June 1st and 2nd) in Chicago is coming together including two talks/presentations that I will be doing. One will be in Track 2 (Disaster Recovery) titled "Server Virtualization, Business Continuance and Disaster Recovery" and the other in ...

On The Road Again: An Update

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

A while back, I posted about a busy upcoming spring schedule of activity and events, and then a few weeks ago, posted an update, so this can be considered the latest "On The Road Again" update. While the economy continues to be in rough condition and job reductions or layoffs ...

DAS, SAS, FCoE, Green Efficient Storage and I/O Podcast & FAQs

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Here are some links to several recent podcast and FAQs pertaining to various popular technolgies and trends.Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) FAQsDirect Attached Storage for SMB and other enviromnets that do not need networked (SAN or NAS) storage.Green and Energy Efficient Storage as well as FCoE and related topics ...

Will 6Gb SAS kill Fibre Channel?

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

With the advent of 6Gb SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) which doubles the speed from earlier 3Gb along with other enhancements including longer cable distances up to 10m, does this mean that Fibre Channel will be threatened? Well, I'm sure some conspiracy theorist or iSCSI die hards might jump up ...

Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go In The Water Again!

Friday, April 4th, 2008

In the shark infested waters where I/O and networking debates often rage, the Fibre Channel vs. iSCSI, or, is that iSCSI vs. Fibre Channel debates continue which is about as surprising as an ice berg melting because it floated into warmer water or hot air in the tropics.Here's a ...