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How Shopping for Solid-State Storage Is Like Shopping for a Fast Car

While you should be able to count on an all-solid-state storage system to deliver better performance than an array of spinning disks, the differences among solid-state systems are at least as significant as those among disk-based systems. While most storage professionals can generally identify a disk array as fitting into the high-end, midrange or value market segment, many have not …

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The Promise of LTFS

A bit more than a year ago the folks behind the LTO tape format standards, primarily IBM, with some contributions from HP and Quantum, added the Linear Tape File System to LTO’s feature list. While some niche markets, primarily the media and entertainment business, have adopted LTFS, it won’t live up to it’s promise without support from archiving and eDiscovery …

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Loading Up The Truck and Moving To Santa Fe

After half a century of living and working in the great city of New York and its environs, I decided it was time for a change. In the first week of September we’ll be packing up the DeepStorage labs loading the truck and moving to beautiful Santa Fe New Mexico. For the 25 years or so I made most of …

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Storage Performance Survey – Please Help

Two of the leading analysts in the storage business, Jim Handy The SSDGuy from Objective Analysis (who knows more about Flash from the component level than anyone I know) and Tom Coughlin (Who’s plugged in to the hard disk and entertainment businesses) are running a survey of IT professionals to get a rough idea of their IOPS requirements (real or …

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I’m Back on Infosmack

My buddies Rick and Nigel had me back on the Inforsmack podcast this week reviewing the 42 announcements at last week’s EMCworld. As usual we had a good time and discussed the goings on in Vegas, after all not everything can stay in Vegas. Subjects include a EMC marketing czar Jeremy Burton’s love of spectacle and cheese, EMC co-opting their …

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VMworld Server Side Cache Session

Now that I’m a vExpert for 2012 and elbow deep in researching our Server Side Solid State Storage report I’ve proposed a session at VMworld on the subject. While there are about a dozen of the 1300 or so proposed sessions on solid state storage this is the only one not being proposed by a vendor of SSDs or flash …

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2013 Will be a good year to buy used servers

I’m not above admitting that we at DeepStorage Labs use eBay as often as any reseller when buying equipment for the lab. When we’re looking for Ethernet switches, servers, KVM switches and other data center gear we can frequently buy equipment with several years usable life left in it for less than half what we would have to pay for …

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Practicing What I Preach, New Desktop w/SSD cache

I’ve been following developments in the server-side flash caching market pretty closely over the past few months. When I decided it was time to replace my former trusty desktop with a new, more powerful PC I decided to put my money where my mouth is and put some flash in the new system to speed things up. This month my …

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How to Get Me to Pay Attention to Your Product, Company or Client

Know who you’re talking to: I’m a technical guy, spent 25 years as a hands-on consultant building networks for mostly midsize organizations. By any definition I am both a tech journalist, having written for print and web publications since 1987, and an industry analyst, testing products and writing reports. In addition I blog and tweet. If your company or division …

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2012 Will Be Another Busy Year

Looking at my friend Stephen Foskett’s Enterprise IT Events Calendar I sometime think I could do nothing all year but attend conferences. That would unfortunately mean I’d have to give up beating storage equipment into submission in the lab for a living—So I have to pick and choose the events I attend. I’ve nailed down my schedule for at least …

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