ioFabric would be a great name for a company that makes clothes with embedded LEDs. The kind of stuff you see someone wearing around a mall, even though they don’t sell those clothes at any of the stores. The person who wears ioFabric always seems to be there when you are, so you start to wonder. […]
Going into their building for their presentation, I was immediately struck by the building as an institution. Other companies we saw had offices, perhaps a floor. Dell EMC has a campus. When you’re there, the company surrounds you, ensconces you in a building created just for them. It was a space you could explore, perhaps get lost in. Luckily we were given generous supervision to get us to the Isilon presentation.
I saw Igneous Systems present at Tech Field Day earlier this month. Their offering is a bit of an odd mix at first. They want to offer the benefits of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for data that cannot be stored in the cloud. This seemed counter intuitive, after all, what else would you use the cloud for? But Igneous has a clever solution.
They say that education is a form of indoctrination. Personally, I think that’s a little dramatic, but there’s a kernel of truth in the phrase. Learning is not directionless. It comes from someone or something with a perspective, which effects how and what you are learning. I suppose in a Platonic universe there would be […]
Secondary storage sounds safe enough, but James Green brings to light the salient problem of dark data. Just so it’s understood, let’s define secondary storage as anything that isn’t considered mission critical for your business on a day to day level. Most of this would include backups, but it also could include archival data, test/dev, […]
Amit Panchal posted a great interview with an anonymous, self-proclaimed “lowly storage guy”. He’s been in the industry for over 25 years, and has some interesting insights to share. The interview again shows the unexpected ways a career can develop. The interviewee actually began his career thinking he’d go into marketing. But passion and technical […]
DriveScale wants to change how storage is considered in your datacenter. Think about how storage is added to a typical setup. If you need more storage on-prem, you throw a couple of pizza boxes on the rack, adding storage, but also compute, memory, connectivity. That’s great, if you just happen to need your storage to scale according to your vendor’s specification.
Backblaze published their drive reliability figures. They’ve got a few drives to derive data from, having 300PB of data kind of requires it. The company recently upgraded from 2TB drives from HGST and Western Digital to new Seagate 8TB drives. There was some concern that if these had significantly higher failure rates than the 2TB drive they would prove less cost effective. Afterall, the the HGST drives had a failure rate of just 1.6%.
Tim Miller isn’t a “storage guy” but he wrote a pair of “Linux Interlude” posts focusing on filesystem layouts, LVM, and Docker that are well worth reading. He starts with this bit about making a future-proof Linux filesystem layout in A Brief Linux Interlude – Partitions, Logical Volumes, and Layouts: To avoid those calamities with the default filesystem […]
Chin-Fah Heoh of Storage Gaga comments: In a world of utterly confusing messaging about Flash Storage, I was eager to find out what makes Tegile tick at the Storage Field Day session. Yes, I loved Tegile and the campus visit was very nice. I was also very impressed that they have more than 700 customers and over […]