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 ...

EMC VMAX 10K, looks like high-end storage systems are still alive (part II)

Monday, January 14th, 2013

This is the second in a multi-part series of posts (read first post here) looking at if large enterprise and legacy storage systems are dead, along with what todays EMC VMAX 10K updates mean. Thus on January 14 2013 it is time for a new EMC Virtual Matrix (VMAX) model ...

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 ...

How much SSD do you need vs. want?

Monday, June 4th, 2012

I have been getting asked by IT customers, VAR's and even vendors how much solid state device (SSD) storage is needed or should be installed to address IO performance needs to which my standard answer is it depends. I also am also being asked if there is rule of thumb (RUT) ...

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 ...

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 ...

Why SSD based arrays and storage appliances can be a good idea (Part II)

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

This is the second of a two-part post about why storage arrays and appliances with SSD drives can be a good idea, here is link to the first post. So again, why would putting drive form factors SSDs be a bad idea for existing storage systems, arrays and appliances? Benefits of ...

Why SSD based arrays and storage appliances can be a good idea (Part I)

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

This is the first of a two-part series, you can read part II here. Robin Harris (aka @storagemojo) recently in a blog post asks a question and thinks solid state devices (SSDs) using SAS or SATA interface in traditional hard disk drive (HDD) form factors are a bad idea ...

Researchers and marketers dont agree on future of nand flash SSD

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Marketers particular those involved with anything resembling Solid State Devices (SSD) will tell you SSD is the future as will some researchers along with their fans and pundits. Some will tell you that the future only has room for SSD with the current flavor de jour being nand flash (both ...

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. ...

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 ...