Martin Glassborow from Storagebod comments: I know people think that storagebods are often backward thinking and hidebound by tradition and there is some truth in that. But the reality is that we can’t afford to carry on like this; demands are such that we should grasp anything which makes our lives easier. However we need […]
The time has come to take sides on the core question of storage for virtual servers: Do you want storage intelligence to live in the hypervisor or the array? Most administrators are already lining up on one side or the other, unintentionally casting their vote while the rest flounder. But the storage industry must wake up and embrace the divide.
Iâ€™ve noticed that I have been getting a lot of search engine hits relating to the various features, specifications and problems on the EMC CLARiiON array. One of the searches was related to a feature that has been around for a bit. It was actually introduced in 2001, but in order to give a full explanation Iâ€™m just going to start at the beginning.
FAST (FULLY AUTOMATED STORAGE TIERING). FAST made a debut in the storage market yesterday (12/08/09). Finally after the market buzz we got a preview of the product in terms of its features, functionality, characteristics, possible shortcomings and use cases. This blog post focuses on the features, the drawbacks and some applications around FAST. By no means is this a comprehensive or an exhaustive list of the above.
EMC’s Fully Automated Storage Tiering (FAST) was one of the most welcome annoucements made during the Symmetrix V-Max introduction. It would be a significant modernization of EMC’s Symmetrix line, and would be one of the first unique features of the Symmetrix V-Max line. But many, including me, were disappointed to learn in May that FAST […]
Whilst HDS and EMC throw rocks at each other with regards to whether it is better to build custom parts or take things off the shelf and just use custom when you require. I think we should look beyond the hardware and look at what is coming down the line to us.
VMware has cranked out another update to their flagship enterprise product, ESX 3.5. The last update came out in early November, 2008, and included some major new functionality. Whatâ€™s in store this time to intrigue storage folks? Not much.
Wide-striping is now just another feature; itâ€™s a very important feature but just another feature now. 3Par took wide striping and made it useable; EMCâ€™s historic implementation using metas and hypers was painful and with the large arrays of today it becomes a full time job to performance manage an array. 3Par made it easy and much kudos to them for doing so. I think 3Parâ€™s legacy will be the ease of management that they have brought to the Enterprise array (and thin provisioning).
I’ve just come back from a NetApp training course; good course and recommended for anyone who wants to pick up some storage fundamentals, it covers all the NetApp bases and by the end of it, you should be fairly confident to do pretty much all the day-to-day routine tasks that you might be asked to do as an administrator of a NetApp array.
At the moment, Enterprise Flash disks are all being used as faster spindles; as faster replacements to spinning rust. In the same way that I could remove my laptop/pc drive and replace it with a SSD; I can do it in an array at some extortionate price.I know thereâ€™s been a fair amount of tweaking to get them into the various arrays but it doesnâ€™t appear to be the proverbial rocket science! So can we have some rocket science now?