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This post is the first in a multi-part series based on a white paper hands-on lab report I did compliments of Servers Direct and Seagate that you can read in PDF form here. The focus is looking at the Servers Direct (www.serversdirect.com) converged Content Solution platforms with Seagate Enterprise Hard Disk Drive (HDD's). I was given the opportunity to do some hands-on testing running different application workloads with a 2U content solution platform along with various Seagate Enterprise 2.5" HDD's handle different application workloads. This includes Seagate's Enterprise Performance HDD's with the enhanced caching feature. Issues And Challenges Even though Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) including NAND flash solid state devices (SSDs) have become popular storage for use internal as well as external to servers, there remains the need for HDD's Like many of you who nee... (more)

Water, Data and Storage Analogy By @StorageIO | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Recently I did a piece over at InfoStor titled "Water, Data and Storage Analogy". Besides being taken for granted and all of us being dependent on them, several other similarities exist between water, data, and storage. In addition to being a link that piece, this is a companion with some different images to help show the similarities between water, data and storage if for no other reason to have a few moments of fun. Read the entire piece here. Water, Data and Storage Similarities Water can get cold and freeze, data can also go cold becoming dormant and a candidate for archiving ... (more)

Is IBM XIV Still Relevant?

IBM News on Ulitzer That is a question I get asked quite a bit and based on discussions in other blogs and twitter tweets; it appears that Im not alone. A little over a year ago I did a blog post about IBM and XIV, now seems like a good time to revisit, look back and look forward. Is IBM XIV still relevant? Given the time, money as well as effort IBM has poured into promoting and generating awareness around XIV, it must be relevant to someone. IBM recently released another round of momentum news, customer testimonials and product enhancements while making a point that there are no... (more)

Events for Storage Professionals from StorageIO

Spring 2012 StorageIO traveling out and about events are underway with activities already having occurred in New York City along with several online live and recorded web casts that you can find here and here. Other upcoming events and traveling to various venues include Dallas (SNW), San Francisco, Washington DC, Nijkerk Netherlands and Las Vegas among others you can see here. Themes and topics of these and other events include data center convergence, infrastructure optimization, data protection modernization, data protection for virtual and cloud environments, performance and ... (more)

Congratulations Imation and Nexsan

Last week Imation, the company that is known for making CDs, DVDs, magnetic tape and in the past floppy disk (diskettes), bought Nexsan, a company known for the SATA and SAS storage products. Imation also (or should be) owns the TDK and Memorex names (remember is it real or is it Memorex? If not Google it). They also have had for several years removable hard disk drive (RHDD) products including the Odyssey (I am in the process of retiring mine), as well as partnership with the former ProStor for RDX and having acquired some of the assets of ProStor namely their RDX based InifiVa... (more)