Where, How to use NVMe overview primer

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Updated 1/12/2018 This is the fourth in a five-part miniseries providing a primer and overview of NVMe. View companion posts and more material at www.thenvmeplace.com. Where and how to use NVMe As mentioned and shown in the second post of this series, initially, NVMe is being deployed inside servers as “ ...

NVMe Need for Performance Speed Performance

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Updated 1/12/2018 This is the third in a five-part mini-series providing a primer and overview of NVMe. View companion posts and more material at www.thenvmeplace.com. How fast is NVMe? It depends! Generally speaking NVMe is fast! However fast interfaces and protocols also need fast storage devices, adapters, drivers, servers, operating systems and hypervisors as ...

Different NVMe Configurations

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Updated 1/12/2018 This is the second in a five-part mini-series providing a primer and overview of NVMe. View companion posts and more material at www.thenvmeplace.com. The many different faces or facets of NVMe configurations NVMe can be deployed and used in many ways, the following are some examples to show you its flexibility ...

3D XPoint nvm pm scm storage class memory

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Part III - 3D XPoint server storage class memory SCMUpdated 1/31/20183D XPoint nvm pm scm storage class memory. This is the third of a three-part series on the recent Intel and Micron 3D XPoint server storage memory announcement. Read Part I here and Part II here. What is 3D XPoint and ...

Intel Micron unveil new 3D XPoint Non Volatie Memory NVM for servers storage

Friday, July 31st, 2015

3D XPoint NVM persistent memory PM storage class memory SCMUpdated 1/31/2018This is the first of a three-part series on Intel Micron unveil new 3D XPoint Non Volatie Memory NVM for servers storage announcement. Read Part II here and Part III here. In a webcast the other day, Intel ...

I/O, I/O how well do you know good bad ugly server storage I/O iops?

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

How well do you know good bad ugly I/O iops?Updated 2/10/2018There are many different types of server storage I/O iops associated with various environments, applications and workloads. Some I/Os activity are iops, others are transactions per second (TPS), files or messages per time (hour, minute, second), gets, puts or other ...

Server and Storage IO Memory: DRAM and nand flash

Monday, August 12th, 2013

DRAM, DIMM, DDR3, nand flash memory, SSD, stating what's often assumed Often what's assumed is not always the case. For example in along with around server, storage and IO networking circles including virtual as well as cloud environments terms such as nand (Negated AND or NOT And) flash memory aka (Solid ...

Can RAID extend the life of nand flash SSD?

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Can RAID extend nand flash SSD life? Imho, the short answer is YES, under some circumstances.There is a myth and some FUD that RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) can shorten the life durability of nand flash SSD (Solid State Device) vs. HDD (Hard Disk Drives) due to extra ...

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. ...

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 ...

FusionIO (FIO) SSD vendor CEO out in a flash, whats up with that?

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

FusionIO (FIO) who recently bought Nexgen to expand their reach from just a server centric to a more broad flash focus has seen their CEO and founder David Flynn race out the door. Not surprisingly, wall street who does not like to be surprised were ...

NetApp EF540, something familiar, something new

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

NetApp announced the other day a new all nand flash solid-state devices (SSD) storage system called the EF540 that is available now. The EF540 has something's new and cool, along with some things familiar, tried, true and proven. What is new is that the EF540 is an ...

SSD past, present and future with Jim Handy

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Now also available via This is a new episode in the continuing StorageIO industry trends and perspectives pod cast series (you can view more episodes or shows along with other audio and video content here) as well as listening via iTunes or via your preferred means using this RSS feed (https://storageio.com/StorageIO_Podcast.xml)In ...

IBM buys flash solid state device (SSD) industry veteran TMS

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

How much flash (or DRAM) based Solid State Device (SSD) do you want or need? IBM recently took a flash step announcing it wants and needs more SSD capabilities in different packaging and functionality capabilities to meet the demands and opportunities of customers, business partners and prospects by acquiring Texas ...