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Some Server Storage I/O Benchmark Workload Scripts | Part 1 This is part one of a two-part series of posts about using some common server storage I/O benchmark tools and workload scripts. View part II here which includes the workload scripts and where to view sample results. There are various tools and workloads for server I/O benchmark testing, validation and exercising different storage devices (or systems and appliances) such as Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) flash Solid State Devices (SSDs) or Hard Disk Drives (HDD) among others. Various NVM flash SSD including NVMe devices For example, lets say you have an SSD such as an Intel 750 (here, here, and here) or some other vendors NVMe PCIe Add in Card (AiC) installed into a Microsoft Windows server and would like to see how it compares with expected results. The following scripts allow you to validate your system with tho... (more)

Which Enterprise HDD to Use for a Content Server Platform | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Storage

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 Pe... (more)

Happy Earth Day 2016: Eliminating Digital and Data eWaste | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Happy Earth Day 2016: Eliminating Digital and Data eWaste With Earth Day 2016 on April 22, here are some thoughts about electronic waste (e-waste). For those involved in data management or data infrastructures, the following are six tips to help cut the overhead and resulting impact of digital e-waste and later physical e-waste. Most conversations involving e-waste focus on the physical aspects from disposing of electronics along with later impacts. While physical e-waste is an important topic, let's expand the conversation including other variations of e-waste including digital... (more)

Storage Comments from the Field and Customers in the Trenches

When I was in Europe presenting some sessions at conferences and doing some seminars last month I meet and spoke with one of the attendees at the StorageExpo Holland event. The persons name (Han Breemer) came up to visit with me after one of my presentations that include SSD is in your future: When, where, with what and how, and Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking industry trends and perspectives. Note you can find additional material from various conferences and events on the Downloads page accessible via the resources menu on the StorageIO web site. As I always do, I inv... (more)

How much SSD do you need vs. want?

How much SSD do you need vs. want? By Greg Schulz I have been getting asked by IT customers, VAR's and even vendors how much solid state device (SSD) storage is needed or should be installed to address IO performance needs to which my standard answer is it depends. I also am also being asked if there is rule of thumb (RUT) of how much SSD you should have either in terms of the number of devices or a percentage; IMHO, the answer is it depends. Sure, there are different RUTs floating around based on different environments, applications, workloads however are they applicable to you... (more)