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Unifying Sync ‘n Share

Like most people nowadays I use sync ‘n share services as a central part of my work process. I even wrote a blog post describing the process I used to synchronize my supplemental dictionaries between the various PCs I use on a regular basis. While SnS is a great solution to my personal file problems, DeepStorage Labs still needs more …

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New In The Lab: 25/40/100Gbps Networking

For the past few years, Ethernet has come in four speeds: 1, 10, 40 and 100Gbps. While the cost of 10Gbps Ethernet has fallen to under $500 a port, the next step up 40Gbps has remained four times as expensive as 10gbps and therefore been relegated to inter-switch links and the like. This year Santa brought us 25Gbps Ethernet which …

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Scality’s S3 Server Brings Object Storage to The Masses

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And DeepStorage Labs As recently as two or three years ago I would only recommend object storage to users who had requirements exceeding the capabilities of an enterprise NAS file system. The additional effort of writing applications to use new, and different, APIs wasn’t worth it for less than hundreds of terabytes of data. Times have changed. Backup, archiving, and …

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Chatsworth’s Clik-Nut Perfects the Cage Nut

I thought I had said all there was to say about the prosaic little cage nut in my 2000 word blog post in 2014. I even did a 1500 word follow up on alternatives like Rackstuds. I was therefore pleasantly surprised when I got an email from the folks at Chatsworth Products telling me that the tales of my travails with …

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Why Primary Deduplication Is A Different Animal From Backup Dedupe

A decade ago, storage admins took a chance on purpose-built backup appliances (PBBAs) (Insert link to Take a chance on me) and the magical technology that made them cost effective for data deduplication. It took a few years to convince the tape huggers (except maybe Jon Toigo) but the Society of Steely-Eyed Storage Professionals has acknowledged that deduplication is safe …

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On Calling Out and Being Called Out

It’s interesting how companies develop corporate personalities that extend not just to official communications but even to employees’ personal blogs. A few years ago, this was most apparent at NetApp and EMC. Today, the most visible example is how folks at Nutanix seem to take even the most tangential reference or minimal criticism as direct attacks that must be responded …

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Vote No on VMUG Board

Today I once again received an email from the national VMUG asking me to “vote” for their hand selected slate of candidates. When I went to the website I was presented with the three names of people the VMUG nominations committee hand selected and the opportunity to vote yes or no on the slate as a whole. Ladies and gentlemen …

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I Miss the Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer or Speaking at The Flash Memory Summit and VMworld

Up until just a few years ago I would get a break from my usually hectic pace when summer rolled around. Event planners figured that with people taking their family road trips to WallyWorld, IT departments would be shorthanded, and therefore less likely to send their people to Vegas for EvilCorpWorld. Then VMworld, in the last week of August became …

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The Changing Storage Market

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As a longtime observer of, and participant in, the storage market, I’ve noticed that, over the past two or three years, the basic dynamics of the market have changed significantly. Startups are living longer, partially because they’re able to raise more venture money than ever before. At the same time, the formerly clean divisions between drive vendors and the companies …

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Hitting the Road with VVOLs and NexGen

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I’ve been vocal over the past few years that the LUN has outlived its welcome as the default unit of storage management, as this blog post over at NetworkComputing and this video from Storage Decisions will attest. Now that VMware has finally gotten their virtual volume (VVOL) technology out the door, I am hitting the road to spread the news …

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