IDC Predicts Increasing Cost of Enterprise Hard Disk Drives

Good post by Hu Yoshida (thank you)

IDC’s Worldwide Hard Disk Drive Forecast for 2015 to 2019, published in May 2015, predicts that “Slow HDD areal density (capacity per disk) growth means that a steadily increasing number of components per drive will be needed on average to reach higher capacity points, particularly for the enterprise segment. This dynamic will push the overall blended average HDD ASP higher each year over the forecast period….”

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3D NAND Poised to Break Down Flash Barriers

Good post by Scott D. Lowe (thank you)

In the early 2000s the Flash NAND manufacturers decided we were almost at a flash scaling brick wall. They assessed that 60nm was the maximum scaling they could ever achieve, but were looking into other creative solutions to allow for higher capacities without using smaller NAND cells. Here we are more than 10 years later and we have not hit a brick wall of flash NAND scaling yet, although it’s common knowledge that we are getting close to flash scaling limitations. The manufacturers can hear the familiar drum beat of progress getting ever fainter with each new generation of NAND flash.

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Docker: What do Storage Pros need to know?

Good post by George Crump (thank you)

Docker was created to solve the problems that organizations face when they implement server virtualization on a wide scale; overhead and inefficiency. These challenges occur because virtualization is a sledgehammer to the problem it was designed to solve; allow multiple applications to run simultaneously on the same physical hardware in such a way that if one application fails the rest of the applications are not impacted. This is the real goal of virtualization, isolation of applications so that a misbehaving application does not impact another application or its resources.

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Getting to know the Network Block Device Transport in VMware vStroage APIs for Data Protection

Post by Abdul Rasheed (thank you)

When you backup a VMware vSphere virtual machine using vStorage APIs for Data Protection (VADP), one of the common ways to transmit data from VMware data store to backup server is through Network Block Device (NBD) transport. NBD is a Linux-like module that attaches to VMkernel and makes the snapshot of the virtual machine visible to backup server as if the snapshot is a block device on network. While NBD is quite popular and easy to implement, it is also the least understood transport mechanisms in VADP based backups.

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The Benefits of a Cloud Integrated Hyper-converged Architecture

Post by George Crump (thank you)

Hyper-converged architectures (HCA) consolidate compute, storage and networking onto a single server and then through software, aggregate these servers, creating a shared pool of resources. These resources can then be allocated to virtual machines (VMs) based on their performance and capacity demands. The goal is to simplify the purchasing, implementation and operation of the data center by consolidating or converging it. The logical next step for HCA is to extend its capabilities to the cloud allowing data centers of all sizes to achieve greater flexibility and resilience from disaster.

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When Solid State Drives are not that solid

Post by Adam Surak (thank you)

It looked just like another page in the middle of the night. One of the servers of our search API stopped processing the indexing jobs for an unknown reason. Since we build systems in Algolia for high availability and resiliency, nothing bad was happening. The new API calls were correctly redirected to the rest of the healthy machines in the cluster and the only impact on the service was one woken-up engineer. It was time to find out what was going on.

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Faster Ethernet Gets Weird

Good post by Stephen Foskett (thank you)

Once upon a time there was Ethernet. Every half decade or so, the industry got together and worked out a faster version. Sometimes they didn’t totally agree, but a standard emerged at 10x the speed of the previous version. Throw all that out the window: Faster Ethernet is coming, and it’s going to be weird!

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Flash, Trash and data-driven infrastructures!

Post by Enrico Signoretti (thank you)

I’ve been talking about two-tier storage infrastructures for a while now. End users are targeting this kind of approach to cope with capacity growth and performance needs. The basic idea is to leverage Flash memory characteristics (All-flash, Hybrid, hyperconvergence) on one side and implement huge storage repositories, where they can safely store all the rest (including pure Trash) at the lowest possible cost, on the other. The latter is lately also referred to as a data lake.

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Is a Copy a Backup?

Good post by W.Curtis Preston (thank you)

Are we breaking backup in a new way by fixing it?  That’s the thought I had while interviewing Bryce Hein from Quantum. It made me think about a blog post I wrote four years ago asking whether or not snapshots and replication could be considered a backup.  The interview is an interesting one and the blog post has a lot of good points, along with quite a bit of banter in the comments section.
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Flash + Object – The Emergence of a Two Tier Enterprise

Post by George Crump (thank you)

For as long as there has been data there has been a quest to consolidate that data onto a single, consolidated storage system, but that quest seems to never be satisfied. The problem is that there are essentially two types of data; active and archive. Active data typically needs fast I/O response time at a reasonable cost. Archive needs to be very cost effective with reasonable response times. Storage systems that try to meet both of these needs in a single system often end up doing neither particularly well. This has led to the purchase of data and/or environment specific storage systems and storage system sprawl.

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