How To Test Your HDD, SSD or All Flash Array (AFA) Storage Fundamentals
By Greg Schulz
Over at BizTech Magazine I have a new article 4 Ways to Performance-Test
Your New HDD or SSD that provides a quick guide to verifying or learning what
the speed characteristic of your new storage device are capable of.
Building off the basics, server storage I/O benchmark fundamentals
The four basic steps in the article are:
Plan what and how you are going to test (what's applicable for you) Decide on
a benchmarking tool (learn about various tools here) Test the test (find
bugs, errors before a long running test) Focus on metrics that matter (what's
important for your environment)
What this means and where to learn more
To some the above (read the full article here) may seem like common sense
tips and things everybody should know otoh there are many people who are new
to servers sto... (more)
iPad For Business
In case you did not hear, Apple announced the iTouch on steroids aka iPad
Apple iPad via www.apple.com
Is it a phone? No, its not an iPhone
Is it a PC? Well, not in the context of the traditional PC or Mac book
What is the iPad or more importantly, what is the possible business angle?
First as to what is it, it might be easier to describe what it is not.
As mentioned above, it is not an iPhone, granted you can get an iPad with 3G
or WiFi for data access (similar to how iTouch has WiFi). Likewise, the iPad
is not a PC in the context of running applicati... (more)
This is the first of a two part series, you can read part II here.
Robin Harris (aka @storagemojo) recently in a blog post asks a question and
thinks solid state devices (SSDs) using SAS or SATA interface in traditional
hard disk drive (HDD) form factors are a bad idea in storage arrays (e.g.
storage systems or appliances). My opinion is that as with many things about
storing, processing or moving binary digital data (e.g. 1s and 0s) the answer
is not always clear. That is there may not be a right or wrong answer instead
it depends on the situation, use or perhaps abuse scenario. ... (more)
This is the first in a multi-part series of posts looking at if large
enterprise and legacy storage systems are dead, along with what todays EMC
VMAX 10K updates means.
EMC has announced an upgrade, refresh or new version of their previously
announced Virtual matrix (VMAX) 10,000 (10K), part of the VMAX family of
enterprise class storage systems formerly known as DMX (Direct Matrix) and
Symmetrix. I will get back to more coverage on the VMAX 10K and other EMC
enhancements in a few moments in part two and three of this series.
Have you heard the industry myth about the demise or o... (more)
Cloud Expo New York
This is the time of year when people make their predictions for the next
Building on some recent surveys and polls including:
Whats your take on Windows 7?
Is IBM XIV still relevant?
EMC and Cisco Acadia VCE, what does it mean?
What do you think of IT clouds?
Whats Your Take on FTC Guidelines For Bloggers?
Not to mention those over at Storage Monkeys and the customer collective
Before jumping to what will be hot or a flop in 2010, what do you think were
the successful as well as disappointing technologies, trends, events,
products or vendo... (more)