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Storage News Bits 1/2014

The following news items struck me as significant enough to pass on to you loyal readers. Oracle picks LSI for PCIe SSDs in Exadata. It’s clear to me that the bulk PCIe SSDs are going to be sold in bulk orders of one sort or another.  Basically I see most PCIe SSD sales as either direct sales of thousands like …

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Dell’s C6100 and Joys of eBay Shopping

As I mentioned in 2013 will be a good year to buy used servers, we at DeepStorage Labs are not too proud to buy equipment on eBay from time to time. One item that’s commonly available on eBay that seems like a great fit for many labs is Dell’s C6100 high-density server. The C6100 C6100 front and back view. Note …

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New in the Lab—Virident FlashMAX II SSDs

It’s interesting how some vendors manage to capture—and, if they’re good, retain—sufficient mind share that their company or brand name becomes synonymous with their market segment. In the storage world, Fusion-IO has managed to maintain that position without falling into the trap that Kleenex and Xerox have, where those companies have to defend the brands from becoming generic terms like …

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Tech Field Day – Under the Covers

In part because Tech Field Day’s own Dread Pirate Roberts, Stephen Foskett, and I are both members of the storage chattering class and that we don’t doesn’t take ourselves too seriously and have become friends. I’ve had the privilege to be a delegate at a total of six Tech Field Day events. I always have a great time with the …

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I Guess I am A Big Shot – Storage Field Day Edition

Next week I’m off to another Storage Field Day, number 4 . As most of you know Tech Field Days are “Influencer” events that Stephen Foskett and his minions at Gestalt IT put on a dozen or so times a year. Basically Stephen brings a dozen bloggers, analysts and other slightly socialized geeks from around the world together to get …

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Microsoft Engineers Need To Live With The Hardware Their Customers Use

Every time I’ve been on the Microsoft campus I’ve noticed that the developers there aren’t lacking for hardware.  While developers can crank out more code on their multi-monitor i7 desktops they occasionally forget that most Windows users have much more modest hardware and create software that demands more than the average user’s machine can deliver. The latest example of this …

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PC Vendors Must Show More Than Craptops

PC Vendors Must Show More Than Craptops Over the past few months I’ve been reading a series of articles including a particularly cogent one titled Microsoft: Kill the Craptops Before They Destroy Windows! by my friend Stephen Foskett lamenting how PC vendors have been trying to leverage Windows 8 to rejuvenate PC sales, while simultaneously failing to deliver the horsepower, …

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I’m Speaking in the Valley Monday

I’ll be kicking off my week in Silicon Valley with a presentation at the Silicon Valley Database Meet Solid State MeetUp Monday at 6:30. While the official MeetUp page says the location is a secret only available to members of the MeetUp group I’ll spill the beans and let you know it’s at Fusion-io’s offices in San Jose. I’ll be …

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Guest Post for Tegile – Zebi Storage for SQL Server

I recently wrote a guest post for the good folks at Tegile  (rhymes with agile) pointing out the top 5 reasons you should consider Tegile’s Zebi storage for SQL Server. Tegile’s Zebi, for those that don’t already know, is one of the new generation of storage systems designed with solid state storage in mind. Zebi is primarily a hybrid storage system …

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I Spoke at Interop and Wow I Made the Top 5

Of all the things I occasionally get paid for my favorite is getting in front of an audience and speaking.  While I under stand that public speaking makes most people uncomfortable I’m one of those guys that draws energy from the audience.. After this spring’s Interop I was pleased to find out that I was doing something right as I …

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