August 2017 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

Server StorageIO August 2017 Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter

AWS S3 Storage Gateway Revisited (Part I)

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

AWS S3 Storage Gateway Revisited (Part I) This Amazon Web Service (AWS) Storage Gateway Revisited posts is a follow-up to the AWS Storage Gateway test drive and review I did a few years ago (thus why it's called revisited). As part of a two-part series, the first post looks at ...

Cisco Next Gen 32Gb Fibre Channel NVMe SAN Updates

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Cisco Next Gen 32Gb Fibre Channel and NVMe SAN Updates Cisco announced today next generation MDS storage area networking (SAN) Fibre Channel (FC) switches with 32Gb, along with NVMe over FC support.Cisco Fibre Channel (FC) Directors (Left) and Switches (Right)Highlights of the Cisco announcement include:MDS 9700 48 port 32Gbps FC ...

CompTIA needs input for their Storage+ certification, can you help?

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

CompTIA needs input for their Storage+ certification, can you help?The CompTIA folks are looking for some comments and feedback from those who are involved with data storage in various ways as part of planning for their upcoming enhancements to the Storage+ certification testing. As a point of disclosure, I ...

VMware VVOLs storage I/O fundementals (Part 1)

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

VMware VVOL's storage I/O fundamentals (Part I)

Despite being declared dead, Fibre Channel continues to evolve with FC-BB-6

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Despite being declared dead, Fibre Channel continues to evolve with FC-BB-6 Like many technologies that have been around for more than a decade or two, they often get declared dead when something new appears and Fibre Channel (FC) for networking with your servers and storage falls into that category. It seems ...

VMworld 2013 Vmware, server, storage I/O and networking update (Day 1)

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Congratulations to VMware on 10 years of VMworld! With the largest installment yet of a VMworld in terms of attendance, there were also many announcements today (e.g. Monday) and many more slated for out the week. Here are a synopsis of some of those announcements.Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) and ...

Care to help Coraid with a Storage I/O Content Conversation?

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Blog post - Can you help Coraid with a Storage I/O Content Conversation? Over the past week or so have had many email conversations with the Coraid marketing/public relations (PR) folks who want to share some of their content unique or custom content with you.Normally I (aka ...

Viking SATADIMM: Nand flash SATA SSD in DDR3 DIMM slot?

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Today computer and data storage memory vendor Viking announced that SSD vendor Solidfire has deployed their SATADIMM modules in DDR3 DIMM (e.g. Random Access Memory (RAM) main memory) slots of their SF SSD based storage solution.Solidfire SD solution with SATADIMM via VikingNand flash SATA SSD ...

Where has the FCoE hype and FUD gone? (with poll)

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

A couple of years ago I did this post about if Is FCoE Struggling to Gain Traction, or on a normal adoption course? Fast forward to today, has anybody else noticed that there seems to be less hype and fud on Fibre Channel (FC) over Ethernet (FCoE) than a year ...

Oracle, Xsigo, VMware, Nicira, SDN and IOV: IO IO its off to work they go

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

In case you missed it, VMware recently announced spending $1.05 billion USD acquiring startup Nicira for their virtualization and software technology that enables software defined networks (SDN). Also last week Oracle was in the news getting its hands slapped by for making misleading advertisement performance claims vs. IBM....

How can direct attached storage (DAS) make a comeback if it never left?

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Have you seen or heard the theme that Direct Attached Storage (DAS), either dedicated or shared, internal or external is making a comeback? Wait, if something did not go away, how can it make a comeback? IMHO it is as simple as for the past decade or so, DAS ...

Why FC and FCoE vendors get beat up over bandwidth?

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Have you noticed how Fibre Channel (FC) and FC over Ethernet (FCoE) switch and adapter vendors and their followers focus around bandwidth vs. response time, latency or other performance activity? For example, 8Gb FC (e.g. 8GFC), or 10Gb as opposed to latency and response time, or IOPS and other activity ...

AWS (Amazon) storage gateway, first, second and third impressions

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced the beta of their new storage gateway functionality that enables access of Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Services) from your different applications using an appliance installed in your data center site. With this beta launch, Amazon joins other startup vendors who are providing standalone gateway ...