Who Will Be At Top Of Storage World Next Decade?

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Who Will Be At Top Of Storage World Next Decade?Data Storage regardless of if hardware, legacy, new, emerging, cloud service or various software defined storage (SDS) approaches are all fundamental resource components of data infrastructures along with compute server, I/O networking as well as management tools, techniques, processes and procedures. Fundamental ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Web chat Thur May 30th: Hot Storage Trends for 2013 (and beyond)

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Join me on Thursday May 30, 2013 at Noon ET (9AM PT) for a live web chat at the 21st Century IT (21cit) site (click here to register, sign-up, or view earlier posts). This will be an online web chat format interactive conversation so if you are not able ...

SNIA’s new SPDEcon conference

Friday, April 5th, 2013

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Is 14.4TBytes of data storage for $52,503 a good deal? It depends!

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

A news story about the school board in Marshall Missouri approving data storage plans in addition to getting good news on health insurance rates just came into my in box. I do not live in or anywhere near Marshall Missouri as I live about 420 miles north ...

Top storageio cloud virtualization networking and data protection posts

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Im in the process of wrapping up 2011 and getting ready for 2012. Here is a list of the top 25 all time posts from StorageIOblog covering cloud, virtualization, servers, storage, green IT, networking and data protection. Looking back, here is 2010 and 2011 industry trends, thoughts and ...