Seagate has shipped over 10 Million storage HHDD’s, is that a lot?

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Seagate has shipped over 10 Million storage HHDD's, is that a lot? Recently Seagate made an announcement that they have shipped over 10 million Hybrid Hard Disk Drives (HHDD) also known as Solid State Hybrid Drives (SSHD) over that past few years. Disclosure Seagate has been a StorageIO client.I know ...

Dell Inspiron 660 i660, Virtual Server Diamond in the rough?

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Dell Inspiron 660 i660, Virtual Server Diamond in the rough? During the 2013 post thanksgiving black friday shopping day, I did some on-line buying including a Dell Inspiron 660 i660 (5629BK) to be used as a physical machine (PM) or VMware host (among other things). Now technically I know, this is ...

As the platters spin, HDD’s for cloud, virtual and traditional storage environments

Friday, July 19th, 2013

HDDs for cloud, virtual and traditional storage environmentsUpdated 1/23/2018 As the platters spin is a follow-up to a recent series of posts on Hard Disk Drives (HDD's) along with some posts about How Many IOPS HDD's can do.HDD and storage trends and directions include ...

Seagate provides proof of life: Enterprise HDD enhancements

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Proof of life: Enterprise Hard Disk Drives (HDD's) are enhanced Last week while hard disk drive (HDD) competitor Western Digital (WD) was announcing yet another (Velobit) in a string of acquisitions ( e.g. earlier included Stec, Arkeia) and investments (Skyera), Seagate announced new enterprise class HDD's to their portfolio. ...

Can we get a side of context with them IOPS server storage metrics?

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Can we get a side of context with them server storage metrics?Updated 2/10/2018Whats the best server storage I/O network metric or benchmark? It depends as there needs to be some context with them IOPS and other server storage I/O metrics that matter. There is an old saying that the best I/O ...

Upgrading Lenovo X1 Windows 7 with a Samsung 840 SSD

Monday, June 24th, 2013

I recently upgraded my Lenovo X1 laptop from a Samsung 830 256GB Solid State Device (SSD) drive to a new Samsung 840 512GB SSD. The following are some perspectives, comments on my experience in using the Samsung SSD over the past year, along with what was ...

Part II: How many IOPS can a HDD HHDD SSD do with VMware?

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

How many IOPS can a HDD HHDD SSD do with VMware?Updated 2/10/2018This is the second post of a two-part series looking at storage performance, specifically in the context of drive or device (e.g. mediums) characteristics of How many IOPS can a HDD HHDD SSD do with VMware. In the first ...

How many I/O iops can flash SSD or HDD do?

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

How many i/o iops can flash ssd or hdd do with vmware?Updated 2/10/2018A common question I run across is how many I/O iopsS can flash SSD or HDD storage device or system do or give. The answer is or should be it depends. This is the first of a two-part series looking ...

Some things keep going around, Seagate ships 2 Billion HDD’s

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Seagate (@Seagate) announced today that it reached a milestone of having shipped 2 Billion hard disk drives (HDD's), something that is round stores data that keeps growing. As part of their announcement, Seagate has a good info graphics and facts ...

Putting some VMware ESX storage tips together (Part I)

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Have you spent time searching the VMware documentation, on-line forums, venues and books to decide how to make a local dedicated direct attached storage (DAS) type device (e.g. SATA or SAS) be Raw Device Mappings (RDM)? Part two of this post looks at how to make an RDM ...

Spring (May) 2012 StorageIO news letter

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Spring (May) 2012 News letterWelcome to the Spring (May) 2012 edition of the Server and StorageIO Group (StorageIO) news letter. This follows the Fall (December) 2011 edition.You can get access to this news letter via various social media venues (some are shown below) in addition to StorageIO web ...

Are large storage arrays dead at the hands of SSD?

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

An industry trends and perspective.. Are large storage arrays dead at the hands of SSD? Short answer NO not yet. There is still a place for traditional storage arrays or appliances particular those with extensive features, functionality and reliability availability serviceability (RAS). In other words, there is still a place for ...

Is SSD dead? No, however some vendors might be

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Is SSD dead? No, however some vendors might be In a recent conversation with Dave Raffo about the nand flash solid state disk (SSD) market, we talked about industry trends, perspectives and where the market is now as well as headed. One of my comments is, has been and will ...

More storage and IO metrics that matter

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

It is great to see more conversations and coverage around storage metrics that matter beyond simply focusing on cost per GByte or TByte (e.g. space capacity). Likewise, it is also good to see conversations expanding beyond data footprint reduction (DFR) from a space capacity savings or reduction ratio to also ...