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Viking SATADIMM: Nand flash SATA SSD in DDR3 DIMM slot? By Greg Schulz Today computer and data storage memory vendor Viking announced that SSD vendor Solidfire has deployed their SATADIMM modules in DDR3 DIMM (e.g. Random Access Memory (RAM) main memory) slots of their ...
Server and Storage IO Memory: DRAM and nand flash By Greg Schulz DRAM, DIMM, DDR3, nand lash memory, SSD, stating what's often assumed Often what's assumed is not always the case. For example in along with around server, storage and IO networking circles including virtual ...
How much storage performance do you want vs. need? By Greg Schulz How much storage performance do you want vs. need? The answer is probably it depends on cost, which applications or benefit among other things. I recently did a piece over at 21cit titled Parsing the Nee...
In case you missed it, recently the State of Oregon had a data center computer problem (ok, storage and application outage) that resulted in unemployment benefits not being provided. Tony Knotzer over at Network Computing did a story Oregon Storage Debacle Highlights Need To Plan For F...
Can RAID extend the life of nand flash SSD? By Greg Schulz Can RAID extend nand flash SSD life? Imho, the short answer is YES, under some circumstances. There is a myth and some FUD that RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) can shorten the life durability of nand...
First there is a bit of play on words going on here with needs vs. wants, as well as what is meant by non disruptive. Regarding needs vs. wants, they are often used interchangeably particular in IT when discussing requirements or what the customer would like to have. The key different...
HDDs will continue to be declared dead into the next decade, just as they have been for over a decade, meanwhile they are being enhanced, continued to be used in evolving roles. SSD will continue to coexist with HDD, either as separate or converged HHDD's. Where, where and how they ar...
Seagate provides proof of life: Enterprise HDD enhancements By Greg Schulz Proof of life: Enterprise Hard Disk Drives (HDD's) are ehnahced Last week while hard disk drive (HDD) competitor Western Digital (WD) was announcing yet another (Velobit) in a string of acquisitions ( ...
There is an old saying that the best I/O (Input/Output) is the one that you do not have to do. In the meantime, let's get a side of some context with them IOPS from vendors, marketers and their pundits who are tossing them around for server, storage and IO metrics that matter. The go...
The question should not be if SSD is in your future, rather when, where, with what and how much will be needed. As part of this announcement, HDS is releasing an all flash SSD based HUS enterprise storage system. Similar to what other vendors have done, HDS is attaching flash SSD stor...
Part II: EMC Evolves Enterprise Data Protection with Enhancements By Greg Schulz This is the second part of a two-part series on recent EMC backup and data protection announcements. Read part I here. What about the products, what's new? In addition to articulating their s...
EMC Evolves Enterprise Data Protection with Enhancements (Part I) By Greg Schulz A couple of months ago at EMCworld there were announcements around ViPR, Pivotal along with trust and clouds among other topics. During the recent EMCworld event there were some questions amon...
Upgrading Lenovo X1 Windows 7 with a Samsung 840 SSD By Greg Schulz I recently upgraded my Lenovo X1 laptop from a Samsung 830 256GB Solid State Device (SSD) drive to a new Samsung 840 512GB SSD. The following are some perspectives, comments on my experience...
June 2013 Server and StorageIO Update Newsletter By Greg Schulz June 2013 News letter Welcome to the June 2013 edition of the StorageIO Update. In this edition coverage includes data center infrastructure managem...
Morning Summer Storms Walking Through The Midwest By Greg Schulz It is June 21st which means closet enough to Summer solstice to say it's also Summer here in Minnesota. Being Prepared Summers in Minnesota also means severe thunderstorm...
EPA Energy Star Data Center Storage Draft Specification review By Greg Schulz For those of you interested in EPA Energy Star for Data Center Storage, here is an announcement for an upcoming conference call and review of the version 1.0 final draft specification. There are a ...
IBM buys Softlayer, for software defined infrastructures and clouds? By Greg Schulz IBM today announced that they are acquiring privately held Dallas Texas-based Softlayer and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider. IBM is referring to this as Cloud without Compromise...
Web chat: Hot Storage Trends for 2013 (and beyond) By Greg Schulz Join me on Thursday May 30, 2013 at Noon ET (9AM PT) for a live web chat at the 21st Century IT (21cit) site (click here to register, sign-up, or view earlier posts). This will be an online web ...
May 2013 Server and StorageIO Update Newsletter By Greg Schulz May 2013 News letter Welcome to the May 2013 edition of the StorageIO Update. This edition has announcement analysis of EMC ViPR, Software D...
Part II: How many IOPS can a HDD, HHDD or SSD do with VMware? By Greg Schulz How many IOPS can a HDD, HHDD or SSD do? This is the second post of a two-part series looking at storage performance, specifically in the context of drive or device (...
FusionIO (FIO) SSD vendor CEO out in a flash, whats up with that? By Greg Schulz FusionIO (FIO) who recently bought Nexgen to expand their reach from just a server centric to a more broad flash focus has seen their CEO and founder David Flynn race out the door. No...
How many IOPS can a HDD, HHDD or SSD do? By Greg Schulz How many IOPS can a HDD, HHDD or SSD do? A common question I run across is how many IOPS (IO Operations Per Second) can a storage device or system do or give. The answer is or sho...
ViPR is not a technology creation developed in a vacuum instead includes customer feedback, wants and needs. Its core themes are extensible, open and scalable. What is ViPR addressing? IT and data infrastructure (server, storage, IO and networking hardware, software) challenges for t...
EMC ViPR software defined object storage part III By Greg Schulz This is part III in a series of posts pertaining to EMC ViPR software defined storage and object storage. You can read part I here and part II here. More on the object opportunity Other object acces...
EMC ViPR software defined object storage part II By Greg Schulz This is part II in a series of posts pertaining to EMC ViPR software defined storage and object storage. You can read part I here and part III here. Some questions and discussion topics pertaining...
April 2013 Server and StorageIO Update Newsletter By Greg Schulz April 2013 News letter Welcome to the April 2013 edition of the StorageIO Update. This edition includes more on nand flash SSD, after all...
Spring SNW 2013, Storage Networking World Recap By Greg Schulz A couple of weeks ago I attended the spring 2013 Storage Networking World (SNW) in Orlando Florida. Talking with SNIA Chairman Wayne Adams and SNIA Director Leo Legar this was th...
How a pressure cooker should be used for good things By Greg Schulz First, let me say condolences to those and their families that were killed and/or injured in the tragic terrorist act at the Boston marathon bombings this past week. Second, ...
Dave Demming talking tech education from SNW Spring 2013 By Greg Schulz Now also available via This is a new episode in the continuing StorageIO industry trends and perspectives pod cast series (you can view more episodes or shows along with other audi...
HDS Claus Mikkelsen talking storage from SNW Fall 2012 By Greg Schulz Now also available via This is a new episode in the continuing StorageIO industry trends and perspectives pod cast series (you can view more episodes or shows along with other audio ...
Introducing Josh Apter and the Padcaster By Greg Schulz Now also available via This is a new episode in the continuing StorageIO industry trends and perspectives pod cast series (you can view more episodes or shows along with other audio and video cont...
Riding the current software defined data center (SDC) wave being led by the likes of VMware and software defined networking (SDN) also championed by VMware via their acquisition of Nicera last year, Software Defined Marketing (SDM) is in full force. HP being a player in providing the c...
Talking with Tony DiCenzo at SNW Spring 2013 By Greg Schulz Now also available via This is a new episode in the continuing StorageIO industry trends and perspectives pod cast series (you can view more episodes or shows along with other audio and video ...
Farley Flies into SNW Spring 2013 By Greg Schulz Now also available via This is a new episode in the continuing StorageIO industry trends and perspectives pod cast series (you can view more episodes or shows along with other audio and video content her...
SNIA Spring 2013 update with Wayne Adams By Greg Schulz Now also available via This is a new episode in the continuing StorageIO industry trends and perspectives pod cast series (you can view more episodes or shows along with other audio and video cont...
SNIA's new SPDEcon conference By Greg Schulz Now also available via This is a new episode in the continuing StorageIO industry trends and perspectives pod cast series (you can view more episodes or shows along with other audio and video content here) as well as...
Conversation with Justin Stottlemyer of Shutterfly and object storage discussion By Greg Schulz Now also available via This is a new episode in the continuing StorageIO industry trends and perspectives pod cast series (you can view more episodes or shows along ...
March 2013 Server and StorageIO Update Newsletter By Greg Schulz March 2013 News letter Welcome to the March 2013 edition of the StorageIO Update news letter. You can get access to this n...
In 2012 AWS released their Storage Gateway that you can access and try for free here using either an EC2 Amazon Machine Instance (AMI), or deployed locally on a hypervisor such as VMware vSphere/ESXi. About a year ago I did a storage gateway post (First, second and third impressions) w...
Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently added EBS Optimized support for enhanced bandwidth EC2 instances (read more here). This industry trends and perspective cloud conversation is the second (looking at S3) in a three part series companion to the AWS EBS optimized post found here. Part I ...