Programming hardware isn’t easy. Unless you start out with the idea that you’re going to use a language that is easy to adapt to your needs. Tom Hollingsworth looks at the decisions made by Pensando to leverage P4 to extend its platform to adapt to the future needs of its customers.
It’s almost canonical wisdom is storage that you shouldn’t put primary and secondary storage on the same storage system. Doing otherwise is just asking or trouble. But given the rapidly changing IT landscape and the emergence of the cloud, is that really true anymore? The roundtable breaks it down in this spirited discussion.
The Drobo 5N2 is Drobo’s third iteration on a NAS device. If you look at their previous efforts in the field, the Drobo FS and Drobo 5N, you might not notice any external difference at all. Really since the initial Drobo devices in 2007, the company has stayed with their playful minimalist toaster design. Ten […]
SNIA and hyperscalers are working together on storage standards to better optimize for their particular needs. SNIA’s Mark Carlson recently gave a talk describing how the DePop standard was developed to get around the problem of tail latency seen in these massive scale-out data centers.
Caching and tiering have been abused by marketing in enterprise IT, often used interchangeably, or simply when not applicable. Luckily, we’ve got a table, it’s round, and surrounded by storage experts. They’ll explain the technical differences between caching and tiering, how to identify which is being used, and what are the performance implications of each.
Have you ever thought about what a backup is? I mean ?really ?think about it? I hadn’t until I read this piece by Preston de Guise. It seems that most of what I had thought about backups were either a tautology (a successful backup is a…backup), or relied on unspoken assumptions.
Richard Arnold put together a concise piece to address a lot of questions and concerns coming out of the WannaCrypt crisis. He outlines a little history and context for what exactly is ransomware. He then takes a storage centric approach to outlining basic IT policies that would help mitigate future disruptions.
The piece is a great summation. It doesn’t have the audacity to say the attack was preventable, but rather that best practices could serve to limit future disruptions. It’s an interesting read to wrap your head around a global issue.
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.
WARNING: Potential spoilers ahead for Rogue One.
I read a piece by Lee Dallas that reassured me I wasn’t alone in the universe. I saw Rogue One over the weekend. There has been a lot of reaction to the film. Some call it a refreshing change of tone for the franchise, other a dreary slog with unmemorable characters and an ultimately irrelevant plot. I definitely fall more on the positive spectrum of reactions. Right after the showing, I had had a shocking realization. I’ve been a Star Wars fan most of my life. I’ve read my fair share of the expanded universe novels, played most of the video game properties, and seen the movies more than I’d be comfortable counting. But seeing Rogue One made me realize that for all the monolithic terror the Empire represents, they have garbage IT.
Ethan Banks made an excellent point in his post about Ixia’s network visibility portfolio. It’s no longer enough to simply make an enterprise IT product that works as intended. For an analysis tool, ease of deployment and simplicity of operation are just as valuable as raw functionality. Otherwise that analysis just becomes another bottleneck to solving a problem. I was thinking about a recent product briefing from Komprise, and they seem to share a similar sentiment about storage.