Quick Thoughts on ONTAP 8.1.1

Posted July 17, 2012 By Nigel Poulton

Due to the interest generated by the podcast I posted on Monday night about Data ONTAP 8.1.1, I thought it might be a good idea for me to follow it up with a short blog post outlining what I like and don’t like about ONTAP 8.1.1 and what I think about the current state of play with NetApp ONTAP.  I’ll keep it to ONTAP as I am a technologist at heart….

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Benchmarks Shmenchmarks

Posted June 12, 2012 By Nigel Poulton

I recently recorded a podcast with Ray Lucchesi, a guy with a shed load of storage experience that I respect a lot.

Ray puts out a pretty decent monthly newsletter covering interesting things that have happened in the world of storage, as well as a roundup of some of the latest benchmark and performance news. In this podcast we discuss items from Rays newsletter, including -

  • Is there any point to benchmarks
  • Which benchmarks are good (i any) and which are a waste of time
  • What Ray has found interesting from the world of performance benchmarks in the last few weeks
  • IBM XIV – is it midrange or enterprise and how does it fair in SPC-2 benchmarks
  • Why dont we see flash array vendors submitting SPC benchmarks
  • Why doesn't EMC submit SPC benchmarks

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Pure Storage FlashArray: Ooooooh yeh!

Posted May 16, 2012 By Nigel Poulton

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Today Pure Storage announced a pretty cool new all flash storage array, the Pure Storage FlashArray.  An interesting startup playing in an interesting and massively disruptive area of technology.  This post guts under the hood of the Pure Storage FlashArray and explains exactly why solid state storage technologies are literally changing the rules when it comes to storage array design.

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How to Build a Solid State Storage Array

Posted May 10, 2012 By Nigel Poulton

While attended the April 2012 Solid State Storage Symposium in San Jose I had the opportunity to host a panel of experts and technologists from four of the leading solid state storage array vendors.  The panel discussed how to design and architect storage arrays built around solid state storage technologies.  Some of the questions included….

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SMB 3.0. Best Feature of Windows Server 2012

Posted May 7, 2012 By Nigel Poulton

I’m not exactly enamoured by Windows Server 2012.  I’m not sold on the UI and have not yet seen any killer features to make me, or customers, desperate to have it.

But….. looking closely at version 3.0 of Microsoft’s Server Message Block (SMB) protocol has me excited.  It looks the bizzo!

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Solid State Storage Symposium

Posted April 19, 2012 By Nigel Poulton

Next week sees the first ever Solid State Storage Symposium in San Jose, CA.

The who’s who of the solid-state storage world will be in attendance and I’m expecting it to be cracking technical event discussing what is easily the most important and interesting topic in the storage world! In fact one of the attending vendors has recently implied that the solid-state revolution may be as pivotal as the transistor revolution.  Interesting take, considering the massive influence on life and society that the transistor has had.

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VSP and VMAX Tier 1 Shenanigans

Posted April 2, 2012 By Nigel Poulton

Hu Yoshida, CTO of Hitachi Data Systems and long time legend of the storage industry is a person I respect a lot.  Hu and I recently engaged in a discussion around the validity of architectures like VSP and their designation as Tier 1, which Hu summarised in a recent blog post he cut and pasted wrote. Hu has asked that I summarise my thoughts on the topic in a blog post so that he can fully digest and potentially answer.  Here goes. Read the remainder of this entry »

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Christmas podcast with the co-inventor of RAID technology

Posted December 22, 2011 By Nigel Poulton

RAIDing a Planet Sized Brain

Last week, Rickatron and I had the privilege of having Dr Garth Gibson, the co-inventor of RAID technology, on the Deep Dive podcast.

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Xsigo Would Seriously Up HP’s Game

Posted December 8, 2011 By Nigel Poulton

I got pretty excited about SCSI Express the other week when I was at HP Discover in Vienna.

Well…. while there I had a quick Twitter exchange with Scott Lowe and Amnon Izhar about fabrics.  This is another topic that gets the old juices flowing.

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Ive Seen The Future of SSD Arrays!

Posted December 2, 2011 By Nigel Poulton

I’ve a keen interest in SSD, especially SSD based arrays.  So I was pretty damn excited when at last weeks HP Discover event in Vienna I saw would could well be the future of SSD and SSD arrays, and it’s cool, really cool…….

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