Storage Deflation?

Chuck's Blog - EMC

While it’s true that I now work for VMware, I came from the storage hardware business.     And I think I could construct a plausible argument that we are in a sustained deflationary period for storage capacity: disks and arrays.  Storage

Windows Server 2016 Storage will Blow Your Mind! – Part 2

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The second in a three part series covering the amazing storage features found in Windows Server 2016. In this second video we will focus on the amazing capabilities provided by Storage Replica features in Windows Server 2016. Windows Server 2016 Storage Replica. [

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Windows Server 2016 Storage Will Blow Your Mind! – Part 1

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The first in a three part series covering the amazing storage features found in Windows Server 2016. In this first video we will focus on the amazing capabilities provided by Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) features in Windows Server 2016. Windows Server 2016 Storage Overview. [

Windows Server 2016 Storage will Blow Your Mind! – Part 3

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The third in a three-part series covering the amazing storage features found in Windows Server 2016. In this third video, we will focus on the amazing capabilities provided by Storage Quality of Service features in Windows Server 2016. Uncategorized Storage Windows Server 2016

The Split In Software Defined Storage

Chuck's Blog - EMC

In my cozy little world, it’s clear that one category is showing obvious signs of splitting cleanly into two completely different beasts that share the same name — software-defined storage. One core audience for software-defined storage is — obviously — storage professionals.

The New Storage Buyer

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    When it comes to storage, it’s been the same way for as long as I can remember: the storage team makes the recommendation.  But what if a relatively new storage buyer is emerging?  The New Storage Buyer. Servers As Storage: Interest Is Strong.

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?

Step-by-Step: Deploy Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) Cluster in Microsoft Azure

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In this short video, we’ll walk through deploying a Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) Cluster to a Microsoft Azure subscription using Azure Resource Manager (ARM) Templates. Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) on Microsoft Azure. Uncategorized Azure Cluster Storage Templat

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Software-Defined Storage: Choices Ahead

Chuck's Blog - EMC

We’re going to see something very similar when it comes to software-defined storage.  Before long, we’ll see many dozens of software storage options, all conveniently self-labeled “software-defined storage”.   Here is your familiar storage array.

Considering The Next Wave Of Storage Automation

Chuck's Blog - EMC

a nice chunk of new technology has been introduced to help automate perhaps the most difficult part of the data center – storage. It''s worth digging into these new storage automation features: why they are needed, how they work, and why they should be seriously considered.

Making The Case For Software-Defined Storage

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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?

Using VSAN With Storage Arrays

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  Many folks are comparing and contrasting what can now be done in the hypervisor vs. familiar storage arrays.    Besides the obvious fact that IT shops are heavily invested in storage array tech, there are certain things that storage arrays do very well.

VMware or Microsoft? Reducing VMware Storage Costs WITH Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces

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Windows Server 2012 can provide key advantages in one of the areas that is near-and-dear to every VMware administrator''s budget: Storage! Virtual Private Cloud Hyper-V Virtualization Server 2012 VHDx VM VMware Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Server 2012 Storage Clustering iSCSI

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Software-Defined Storage: An Alternate View

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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

Software-Defined Storage -- Where Are We?

Chuck's Blog - EMC

Now both networking and storage are approaching the same event horizon as server and compute did years before.   This inevitability is not lost on industry storage vendors, either.  traditional storage administrators!)

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

Software Defined Storage: The Journey Is Yours

Chuck's Blog - EMC

I thought it fitting that I close out this series on software-defined storage with a bit of practical advice for those of you who are intrigued — and motivated — to move in this direction.    Sort of like Huffman coding for storage service delivery :).

How Software-Based Storage Is Changing Servers

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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). 

Software-Defined Storage -- Reading

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For those of you interested in software-defined storage, I wanted to point you to two pieces (written by me) that you might find useful. Understanding The DNA Of Software-Defined Storage". " The VMware Perspective On Software-Defined Storage ". software defined storage VMware

Don’t Call It Software-Defined Storage, Unless …

Chuck's Blog - EMC

When it comes to one of my personal hot topics (software-defined storage), I do try to patient, but I fail.   The reality is that software-defined storage is a cluster of related concepts: some fundamental, others more optional depending on requirements. software defined storage

Datrium: Server powered enterprise storage with speed, simplicity and saving


Datrium provides a new class of storage called Server Powered Storage. It brings the best of server-side storage functions and enterprise grade management together in a solution with elastic performance. Bob Gourley. With this post we are initiating our coverage of Datrium.

Storage Caching 201

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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

Cold Storage in the Cloud: Comparing AWS, Google, Microsoft

Data Center Knowledge

As cloud storage options continue to evolve, organizations are finding more options for cutting the cost of keeping data Read More. Amazon Cloud Computing Featured Google Microsoft Storage blob cloud cold storage cool blob storage glacier nearline

IBM’s Tape Breakthrough May Change Cold Storage – But Not Anytime Soon

Data Center Knowledge

Design Featured IBM StorageResearchers find a way to jam more data than ever onto a square inch of tape Read More.

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.

Google Invests in Avere, a Data Center Storage Supercharger

Data Center Knowledge

Startup’s technology “hides latency” to and from enterprise storage clusters Read More. Featured Google Storage

How Quantum computing with DNA storage will affect your health

Cloud Musings

Brave new world: Quantum Computing with DNA-based Storage Basically, the fundamentals of quantum mechanics don’t permit you to store information on the quantum-computing machine itself. For decades, researchers have toying around with using DNA as both a computing and a storage device.

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The Future of Storage

Cloud Musings

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of doing a Blab on advanced storage with Daniel Newman and Eric Vanderburg. We covered some pretty interesting points on enterprise storage challenges, advanced storage trends and flash.

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The End Of Storage As We Knew It

Chuck's Blog - EMC

This morning, I came across this grim piece from Chris Mellor at The Register , detailing evidence of the violent restructuring in our familiar storage array market. The Lure Of Storage. Generally speaking, the last twenty years have been good for dedicated storage vendors.

Panzura Raises $32M to Make Cloud Storage Feel Like On-Prem NAS

Data Center Knowledge

Company’s technology combines hyperscale cloud storage services with in-house storage networks Read More. Storage

How Cloud Computing Changes Storage Tiering

Data Center Knowledge

One of the biggest challenges with cloud is controlling and managing storage. Here are some basics on storage tiering across hybrid infrastructure. Cloud Computing Storage cloudRead More.

Will You Build a Data Center Storage Tier With Next-Gen Storage? Not for a Few Years

Data Center Knowledge

Despite the way SSD prices have fallen, the all-flash data center continues to be something of a rarity – although Gartner has predicted that up to a quarter of data centers might use all-flash arrays for primary storage by 2020, with ROI of under six months in some cases. By then,… Cloud Featured Storage

Extending SQL Server 2014 AlwaysOn Resource Group with Storage Spaces on Microsoft Azure

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After completing 4 fields of information and clicking a single Create button, a complete cluster environment including an Azure Storage Account, Virtual Network, Active Directory Domain Controllers and SQL Server 2014 AlwaysOn cluster will be automatically configured.