Ray Lucchesi recently weighted in on where innovation is occurring in IT, hardware or software. He considered Dell EMC’s decision to kill their DSSD NVMe storage device, and frames it in the continuing debate. Ray thinks it’s further evidence that we are in a software innovation cycle. As further evidence, recent releases by both Excelero and E8 Storage. Both are using commodity hardware to achieve high level performance, over 4 million IO/sec with ~120 to ~230µsec response times. It’s an interesting discussion, and Ray gives both sides their due.
I recently watched a brief talk given by Dave Hitz, a founder and Executive VP at NetApp. His particular portion didn’t get down into the weeds of what NetApp is bringing to the table with their Data Fabric or StorageGRID. There were presentations before he spoke that sated my need for technical details. Instead, Dave focused on giving a broader vision of what NetApp was trying to do. This is always a bit of a risky bet when addressing a more technically minded crowd. It’s easy to sound grandiose with your overall corporate vision, and too often these talks stray into marketing. Fortunately, Dave took the time to make it an engaging discussion.
Hyperconverged infrastructure has changed the way a lot of organizations view virtualization. It brings a certain kind of simplicity to how it can be managed, provisioned, and deployed. Yet, this often only applied to organization at scale. The initial wave of hyperconverged approaches still didn’t change complexity of operation, instead focusing on deployment and provisioning. We are now starting to see a wave of HCI solutions that address that gap. Maxta offers a vision of HCI that gives you flexibility on hardware, simplicity of operation, and scalability. Hyperconvergence on the hardware you want? I’m interested!
Adam Leventhal didn’t feel like waiting for snapshots in future MacOS updates, so he decided to find a way to take advantage of the fs_snapshot system call included in the most recent betas. He basically uses DTrace to reverse engineer how a snapshot is created. He then builds an app in an attempt to create an actual snapshot.
What is data control? I thought it seemed like a pretty straight forward idea, but reading this piece by Justin Warren changed the way I conceived of it. I assumed that control meant that I could use my data however I wanted. But that is less about control and more about access and movement of data. Control subsumes these functions, but it also includes the ability to restrict that data.
In a move that could shake up the backup market down the road, StorageCraft announced the acquisition of the storage appliance company Exablox. Exablox is no stranger to Gestalt IT or Tech Field Day, and has been around for more than a little while. The combination of the two could make a compelling combined solution. The companies aren’t exactly strangers, they’ve had an OEM agreement in place since last October.
What if you took cloud storage management and brought it on-prem? At Tech Field Day, I saw a presentations proposing just that. But these solution required a pretty large upfront block buy-in. This takes away management headaches, but doesn’t give you the dynamic provisioning the cloud allows. What you would need is on-prem storage as a service. Zadara Storage is offering just that, and more.
How do you plan for large scale disaster recovery? Not like a whole site, building, or even a city, but all of civilization as we know it? All of the sudden you’re less worried about IOPS. The issue with a lot of digital archival techniques is that they generally assume some sort of regular human maintenance, and a continuing basic infrastructure. These archives are almost never human readable, and require systems in themselves to recover data.
My life has been a lie. Up until reading this article, I thought my RAID setup was providing a backup of my data. I’ve longed idolized ZFS for its robust snapshotting capabilities, thinking that was a formidable backup as well. My walls of perception have been torn asunder by the fundamental question of what actually is a backup. This Socratic examination goes to the root of the question.