Hardware In An Era Of Software-Defined Storage

Chuck's Blog - EMC

While many of us are enamored by the vision of a software-defined data center (SDDC), we also know that hardware will still be a very important consideration: how much, how efficient, how fast, etc. Hardware Matters.   Certainly, putting flash storage on a PCIe card makes sense. 

Are Servers The New Storage?

Chuck's Blog - EMC

At one time, almost all storage was directly attached to servers.    Whether that was through disk drives in the server enclosure itself, or external racks directly connected, there was a clear 1:1 mapping between server, application and dedicated storage resources.

Storage Caching 201

Chuck's Blog - EMC

Three years ago, I wrote a popular post entitled " Storage Caching 101 ".  Using a memory technology for storage caching is different than using it for persistent storage , although that''s becoming popular as well.  Storage VMware

How Software-Based Storage Is Changing Servers

Chuck's Blog - EMC

As I track the various server vendor announcements, I couldn’t help but notice a pronounced shift towards designs that are obviously intended to be used as part of a storage or database farm. Here, we’re discussing software- based storage (vs. software- defined storage). 

How EMC IT Does Storage

Chuck's Blog - EMC

You might be used to getting storage advice from a storage vendor, but the better source might be to speak to someone in their IT group. Srini starts with creating a perspective of the "storage journeys" EMC IT has been on over the years. Storage

The Future Of Storage Data Services

Chuck's Blog - EMC

It might seem that we in the storage business are intentionally complicating things.    Up to this point, we''ve mostly thought of physical storage arrays as providing both: persisting data as well as providing important data services.  The New Storage Buyer.

Why Software-Defined Storage Matters

Chuck's Blog - EMC

  The more information we produce, consume — and depend on —  the more storage matters.    Software is inevitably changing core data center technologies — compute, network and storage — both individually and how they work together. We want the same from storage.

Storage Disruption: Choose Your Poison

Chuck's Blog - EMC

An awkward moment: I’m with a customer group, and someone asks me an innocent question: “ so, what’s happening in the storage world these days? ”. Enterprises invest an awful lot in storage technology, the rough cut is about $30B annually in hardware alone.  Storage

Who Will Be At Top Of Storage World Next Decade?

Storage IO Blog

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. The post Who Will Be At Top Of Storage World Next Decade?

Server Storage I/O Converged (CI) Hyper-converged (HCI) overview

Storage IO Blog

The post Server Storage I/O Converged (CI) Hyper-converged (HCI) overview appeared first on StorageIOblog. This page provides insight in to Converged Infrastructure (CI), Cluster in box or Cloud in Box (CIB) along with Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) topics along with links to companion resources. CI, CIB and HCI can be complete data infrastructure for smaller environments, or component building blocks in larger organizations.

Did you want a side of SLBS (server less BS) with your software or hardware FUD?

Storage IO Blog

It turns out, serverless BS (SLBS) and hardware less are still trendy, and while some might view the cloud or software-defined data center (SDDC) virtualization, or IoT folks as the culprits, it is more widespread with plenty of bandwagon riders. SLBS can span from IoT to mobile, VID and workspace clients (zero or similar), workstations, server, storage, networks. To me what’s ironic is that many purveyors of of SLBS also like to talk about hardware.

Software-Defined Storage: An Alternate View

Chuck's Blog - EMC

When it comes to software-defined storage, things are surprisingly genteel: I yet to witness a good #twitpiss on the topic. Fortunately, someone sent me a link to a short PDF produced under the auspices of SNIA — the Storage Networking Industry Association. software defined storage

Servers As Storage: Interest Is Strong

Chuck's Blog - EMC

Not too long ago, I wrote a post " Are Servers The New Storage? where I made my case that newer software-based storage platforms -- based on commodity servers and agnostic software stacks -- would become increasingly popular for a number of compelling reasons. software defined storage

What Changes With Software-Defined Storage

Chuck's Blog - EMC

As a part of this series, we’ve already taken a look at the rationale and motivations behind software-defined storage , offered up a working definition, and taken a tour of the key elements found in our software-defined storage model.??. Storage Becomes Just Part Of What People Do??.

Parallel Processing and Unstructured Data Transforms Storage

Cloud Musings

Technology advances that exemplify this transition include: Big Data – The analysis, capture, data curation, search, sharing, storage, transfer, visualization, querying and information privacy of extremely large, complex and unstructured data sets.

Data Infrastructure Server Storage I/O related Tradecraft Overview

Storage IO Blog

The post Data Infrastructure Server Storage I/O related Tradecraft Overview appeared first on StorageIOblog. Tradecraft is knowing about tools, technologies, and trends in your primary domain as well as adjacent focus areas. However, tradecraft is also about knowing how and when to use different technologies, tools with various techniques to address different scenarios.

What Storage Might Look Like In Five Years

Chuck's Blog - EMC

  And that''s where storage comes in.    Re-Imagining Physical Storage.   Most of us have come to think of physical storage as big racks of dedicated hardware: blinky lights, lots of air whooshing, cables everywhere, etc.  Storage

Why You Should Consider VMware As A Serious (Future) Storage Vendor

Chuck's Blog - EMC

We can be a tight-knit group in the storage world. Virtualization has completely transformed the server landscape, and the same process has begun in earnest in the network and storage worlds. Today, VMware wouldn''t show up on any list of top storage vendors.

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Why You Should Care About Software-Defined Storage

Chuck's Blog - EMC

But if you''re in the enterprise IT space, here''s relatively new one to pay attention to: software-defined storage. Software-defined storage won''t be any different -- there will be loud arguments at the outset, followed by people just getting on with things.

Hardware In An Era Of Software-Defined Everything - Chuck's Blog

Chuck's Blog - EMC

Hardware In An Era Of Software-Defined Everything. Many might justifiably see SDDC as a linear extension of familiar server virtualization concepts, now being applied to things like storage and networks.  But what about hardware in this new world?  Storage.

Thinking About Intel Rack-Scale Architecture

Scott Lowe

You may have heard of Intel Rack-Scale Architecture (RSA), a new approach to designing data center hardware. Intel always seems to present Intel RSA as a single entity that is made up of a number of other technologies/efforts; specifically, Intel RSA is typically presented as: Disaggregation of the compute, memory, and storage capacity in a rack. Why should they buy this architecture instead of just buying servers? Establishing hardware-level APIs.

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DDN raises the bar as data intensive analytics push storage systems

CTOvision

It is no secret that today’s data intensive analytics are stressing traditional storage systems. SSD) to bolster the performance of traditional storage platforms and support the ever-increasing IOPS and bandwidth requirements of their applications. Analysis Architecture Big Data CTO

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Making The Case For Software-Defined Storage

Chuck's Blog - EMC

My corner of the IT industry is foisting a new concept on enterprise IT shops: software-defined storage.    The existing storage kit seems to be doing the job; why would we need anything radically different? When Will You Hit The Storage Wall? Maybe software-defined storage doesn’t solve an immediate, burning problem for you right now, but — over time — many IT organizations will hit an interesting wall. and rapidly declining hardware costs. 

Ruminations On The Storage Market - Chuck's Blog

Chuck's Blog - EMC

Ruminations On The Storage Market. At the end of last week, IDC published their latest storage market tracker.    Once you get past the obvious headlines (storage market is growing, EMC is growing share, etc.), Storage Does Well -- Again. Storage.

Updated Software Defined Data Infrastructure Webinars and Fall 2016 events

Storage IO Blog

Here is the updated Server StorageIO fall 2016 webinar and event activities covering software defined data center, data infrastructure, virtual, cloud, containers, converged, hyper-converged server, storage, I/O network, performance and data protection among other topics.

Data Infrastructure server storage I/O network Recommended Reading #blogtober

Storage IO Blog

Data Infrastructure Recommended Reading List and Book Shelf Updated 10/30/17 The following is an evolving recommended reading list of data infrastructure topics including, server, storage I/O, networking, cloud, virtual, container, data protection and related topics that includes books, blogs, podcast’s, events and industry links among other resources.

How Software-Based Storage Is Changing Servers

Chuck's Blog - EMC

As I track the various server vendor announcements, I couldn’t help but notice a pronounced shift towards designs that are obviously intended to be used as part of a storage or database farm. Here, we’re discussing software- based storage (vs. software- defined storage).    The distinction is important: software- based storage is anything that doesn’t prefer specialized external storage hardware, e.g. designed to run on industry-standard servers.

Data Infrastructure Server Storage I/O Tradecraft Trends

Storage IO Blog

Trends involving tradecraft include capturing existing experiences and skills from those who are about to retire or simply move on to something else, as well as learning for those new to IT or servers, storage, I/O, and data infrastructure hardware, software, and services. The post Data Infrastructure Server Storage I/O Tradecraft Trends appeared first on StorageIOblog.

EMC is now Dell EMC, part of Dell Technologies and other server storage Updates

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they sell Servers, Storage, I/O and Networking hardware, software and services). The post EMC is now Dell EMC, part of Dell Technologies and other server storage Updates appeared first on StorageIOblog. In case you missed it or did not hear, EMC is now Dell EMC and is future ready (one of their new tag lines). What this means is that EMC is no longer a publicly traded company instead now being privately held under the Dell Technologies umbrella.

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Software-Defined Storage And The Potential For Disruption.

Chuck's Blog - EMC

Software-Defined Storage And The Potential For Disruption. I believe a similar pattern is brewing in our IT world -- two trends are on a collision course; with the likely result being a significant disruption in the storage sector. But what about storageStorage.

Various Hardware (SAS, SATA, NVM, M2) and Software (VHD) Defined Odd’s and Ends

Storage IO Blog

The following are a collection of odd’s and end’s devices and tools for hardware and software defining your environment. Comment converged Education I/O Networking IT Industry Activity IT Infrastructure Topics little data Performance and Capacity post server ssd Storage and Storage Management Tools Storage Architecture and Access tools virtualization GbE hyper-v M2 NVM NVMe P2V pcie SAS sata SSD vmware Windows

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How EMC Views The Evolving Storage Market - Chuck's Blog

Chuck's Blog - EMC

How EMC Views The Evolving Storage Market. A while back, I shared how the industry analyst firm of IDC viewed the storage market.  As part of the recent EMC investor day , David Goulden shared a very detailed, behind-the-scenes EMC view of the evolving storage marketplace. 

The Shape Of Today's Storage Market - Chuck's Blog

Chuck's Blog - EMC

The Shape Of Todays Storage Market.   IDC just released their storage market estimates for 2012 -- both Q4 and for the full year.  Consider it Storage Marketplace 101? All data here comes from the most recent IDC Worldwide Disk Storage Systems market estimate report. 

2012: A Good Year In Storage For EMC - Chuck's Blog

Chuck's Blog - EMC

2012: A Good Year In Storage For EMC. There’s simply no arguing with the numbers – EMC continues to do very well indeed in the broader storage market and continuing to gain share in almost all sub-segments.  Posted at 08:45 AM in EMC Viewpoint , Storage , VNX | Permalink.

NetApp Announces ONTAP 9 software defined storage management

Storage IO Blog

NetApp has announced ONTAP 9 the latest version or generation of their storage software that defines and powers ONTAP storage systems and appliances (e.g. The major theme of ONTAP 9 is simple anywhere eluding to the software runs on storage system appliances (e.g. tin wrapped” or hardware platform based), virtual storage (e.g. The post NetApp Announces ONTAP 9 software defined storage management appeared first on StorageIOblog.