What is the best kind of IO? The one you do not have to do

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

What is the best kind of IO? The one you do not have to doUpdated 2/10/2018What is the best kind of IO? If no IO (input/output) operation is the best IO, than the second best IO is the one that can be done as close to the application and processor ...

More Storage IO momentus HHDD and SSD moments part II

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

This follows the first of a two-part series on my latest experiences with Hybrid Hard Disk Drives (HHDD's) and Solid State Devices (SSD's). In my ongoing last momentus moment post I discussed what I have done with HHDD's and setting the stage for expanded SSD use. I have the newer ...

More Storage IO momentus HHDD and SSD moments part I

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

This is the first of a two part series on my latest experiences with HHDD and SSD's About two years ago I wanted to start installing solid state devices (SSD's) into my workstations and laptops. Like many others, I found the expensive price for the limited capacity gains of the then ...

EMC VFCache respinning SSD and intelligent caching (Part II)

Monday, February 6th, 2012

This is the second of a two part series pertaining to EMC VFCache, you can read the first part here. In this part of the series, lets look at some common questions along with comments and perspectives. Common questions, answers, comments and perspectives: Why would EMC not just go into the same market space and ...

EMC VFCache respinning SSD and intelligent caching (Part I)

Monday, February 6th, 2012

This is the first part of a two part series covering EMC VFCache, you can read the second part here. EMC formerly announced VFCache (aka Project Lightning) an IO accelerator product that comprises a PCIe nand flash card (aka Solid State Device or SSD) and intelligent cache management software. ...

IT and storage economics 101, supply and demand

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

In my 2012 (and 2013) industry trends and perspectives predictions I mentioned that some storage systems vendors who managed their costs could benefit from the current Hard Disk Drive (HDD) shortage. Most in the industry would say that is saying what they have said, however I have an alternate scenario. ...

My Server and Storage IO holiday break projects

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Happy new years!Following up from a flurry of posts in the closing days of 2011 including industry trends perspective predictions for 2012 and 2013, top blog posts from 2011, top all time posts, along with a couple of other items here and here, its time to get back to 2012 ...

What industry pundits love and loathe about data storage

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Drew Robb has a good article about what IT industry pundits including vendors, analysts, and advisors loath including comments from myself. In the article Drew asks: What do you really love about storage and what are your pet peeves? One of my comments and perspectives is that I like Hybrid ...

New Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid drive (SSD and HDD)

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Seagate recently announced the next generation Momentus XT Hybrid Hard Disk Drive (HHDD) with a capacity of 750GB in a 2.5 inch form factor and MSRP of $245.00 USD including integrated NAND flash solid state device (SSD). As a refresher, the Momentus XT is a HHDD ...

Speaking of speeding up business with SSD storage

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Solid state devices (SSD) are a popular topic gaining both industry adoption and customer deployment to speed up storage performance. Here is a link to a recent conversation that I had with John Hillard to discuss industry trends and perspectives pertaining to using SSD to boost performance ...

2011 Summer momentus hybrid hard disk drive (HHDD) moment

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

This is the fourth in a series of posts (others are here, here and here) that I have been doing for over a year now taking a moment now and then to share some of my experiences with using hybrid hard disk drives (HHDD) along side my hard disk drives ...

Measuring Windows performance impact for VDI planning

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Here is a link to a recent guest post that I was invited to do over at The Virtualization Practice (TVP) pertaining to measuring the impact of Windows Boot performance and what that means for planning for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) initiatives. With Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI) ...

Are Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) getting too big?

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Lets start out by clarifying something, that is in terms of context or scope, big means storage capacity as opposed to the physical packaging size of a hard disk drive (HDD) which are getting smaller. So are HDDs in terms of storage capacity getting too big? This question of if HDDs ...

Using Removable Hard Disk Drives (RHDDs)

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Removable hard disk drives (RHDD) are a form of removable media which includes magnetic tape that address many common use cases. Usage scenarios include enabling bulk data portability for larger environments or for D2D backup where the media needs to be physically moved offsite for small and mid sized environments. ...