SanDisk Unveils InfiniFlash All-Flash Array For Big Data

Post by Adam Armstrong (thank you)

Today SanDisk Corp, unveiled its new storage platform, the SanDisk InfiniFlash. The InfiniFlash creates an entirely new category in the IT industry as it geared toward and dubbed “Big Data Flash.” InfiniFlash comes in three configurations that are all aimed at delivering high capacity, high performance, and reliability for big data and hyperscale workloads.

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HDS blogger names HDS flash array as latency winner

Post by Chris Mellor (thank you)

Flash array response times climb as load increases, with good ones able to delay the response time uptick for longer.

HDS blogger Hu Yoshida showed a chart produced from SPC-1 benchmark data showing how different flash arrays behave in response-time terms as the SPC-1 percentage benchmark task load increases from 10 per cent up to 100 per cent.

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Designing Primary Storage to Ease the Backup Burden

Good post by George Crump (thank you)

When IT planners map out their primary storage architectures they typically focus on how well the system will perform, how far it will scale and how reliable it will be. Data protection, that process that guards against corruption or system failure in primary storage or even a site disaster, is too often a secondary consideration, and often made by someone else. But what if the primary storage system could be designed to protect itself from these occurrences? Would that make it possible to simplify or even eliminate the data protection process altogether?

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What happens at which vSphere memory state?

Good post by Duncan Epping (thank you)

I’ve received a bunch of questions from people around what happens at each vSphere memory state after writing the article around breaking up large pages and introducing a new memory state in vSphere 6.0.

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Why SSDs are obsolete

Post by Robin Harris (thank you)

Solid State Drives – SSDs – are a product of convenience, not good architecture. Storage systems need to be re-architected to achieve the highest performance of NAND flash and, soon, byte-addressable non-volatile memory. Here’s an example.

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Installation Project: HP 3PAR StoreServ

Good post by Markus Leinonen (thank you)

With our previous installation project (part 1 & part 2) we installed the complete HP blade server infrastructure with Generation 9 blade servers and Virtual Connect FlexFabric modules up&running in the rack. They have been on display in the PROOFMARK portal ever since and quite a few of you have already seen them in action. Now it is time to add some serious storage to the picture!

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Why Docker is the new VMware

Good post by Erwin van Londen (thank you)

Server virtualisation is the result of software development incompetence

Yes, it has given me some grief given the fact 99% of respondents did not read beyond the title and made false assumptions saying I accused these developers for being stupid. Tough luck. You should have read the entire article.

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How do I get to the next level?

Very good post by Duncan Epping (thank you)

Every week I get an email from someone asking if I can mentor them, if I can help them get to the next level, if I can help them become a VCDX, if I can explain to them what I did to progress my career. I figured I would write an article for those who wonder what I did, this is not a magic formula by any means, following the same path and putting in the same amount of effort is no guarantee for success. There is also that thing called “being at the right place, at the right time” and of course seeing opportunities, grabbing opportunities and taking risks.

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What are IOPS and should you care?

Post by George Crump (thank you)

When evaluating a new storage system, especially an all-flash array, the number of IOPS (Inputs/Outputs per Second) that the storage system can sustain is often used to differentiate one storage system from another. But is this really a standard that has any merit given the demands of today’s data center and the capabilities of today’s storage systems?

There are three factors that when combined tell the full story of storage performance; bandwidth rate, latency and IOPS. Most storage vendors tend to focus on IOPS to brag about how fast their storage system is. But measuring storage system performance by IOPS only has value if the workloads using that storage system are IOPS demanding.

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