HGST’s new 10TB drive: Not for everyone

Post by Robin Harris (thank you)

WD’s HGST division announced today an industry first 10TB hard drive. The leading-edge technologies in it make it a hard act for Seagate to follow. Here’s why.

HGST announced delivery of the world’s first 10TB hard drive. That’s a 10,000x increase from the first 1GB 3.5″ drives shipping 20 years ago.

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Pure Storage FlashArray//m

Post by Justin Warren (thank you)

What I like most about the FlashArray//m is the combination of very dull things that combine to make this an interesting piece of infrastructure.

I tweeted out a cheeky picture of a 6509 with a Pure Storage logo on it, because that’s what the FlashArray//m reminds me of: a modular chassis with a backplane that was the workhorse core switch at multiple clients for over a decade. I quite liked them. We’ve had modular chassis like this for years in networking and server gear, so it’s somewhat astounding that storage doesn’t do this, at least, not in the same ubiquitous way (software based things on x86 servers notwithstanding).

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HP Announces A Series Of Innovations To Speed Flash Adoption In The Datacenter

Post by Adam Armstrong (thank you)

Today HP made a series of announcements around its 3PAR StoreServ Storage family. These announcements include lowering the price of flash capacity, new highly scalable all-flash arrays, and flash-optimized data services. These new innovations are aimed at accelerating the adoption off all flash in datacenters.

As we’ve seen over the past few years, flash technology is continuing to be adopted in many areas. With their increased density, performance, and predictability, all-flash arrays will continue to grow, in fact IDC forecasts that flash arrays will see a 46% compound annual growth rate over the next five years. Customers are looking to extend the benefits of flash into the datacenter.

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Running Microsoft Business Critical Application on Virtual SAN 6.0

Good post by Rawlinson Rivera (thank you)

VMware Virtual SAN 6.0 enables customers and partners to host Microsoft business critical applications such as Exchange Server, SQL Server, and SharePoint with consistent performance levels and constant availability. As part of the effort to extend the awareness of VMware Virtual SAN 6.0 ability to host business critical applications we have put together a solution white paper which covers the design, and configuration of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, SQL Server 2014, and SharePoint 2013 and tested the solution’s capabilities and supported features of these Microsoft business critical applications on Virtual SAN 6.0 as Proof of Concept.

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Newbies Guide to the 3PAR SSMC

Good post by 3PARDude (thank you)

So far in this series of posts on SSMC I have covered what’s new in the latest version, how toinstall SSMC and how to add systems to SSMC.  Today I want to run through the basics of the new interface so you can get up and running fast.

SSMC looks significantly different to the 3PAR Management Console, so the purpose of today’s post is to provide some familiarisation and to learn how to move around the new console.

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Why SSDs don’t perform

Good post by Robin Harris (thank you)

From their earliest days, people have reported that SSDs were not providing the performance they expected. As SSDs age, for instance, they get slower. Here’s why.

SSDs are a new and evolving (and the SATA versions are already obsolete) technology. It’s not surprising that we’re still learning how and where to use them.

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Deep Dive: Memory consumption of a Veeam repository

Good post by Luca Dell’Oca (thank you)

Veeam repositories, both Windows and Linux based, are running a software component responsible for receiving and storing data as they are processed by proxies. One of the most important parameter when sizing a repository is its expected memory consumption. Here are some informations for its proper configuration.

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Automating Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Configuration with PowerShell Desired State Configuration


Video by Michael Hendrickson (thank you)

FCoE is dead! (For real)

Good post by Enrico Signoretti (thank you)

How many times have you heard this statement? Tape is dead! Mainframe is dead! So on and so forth… it turned out not to be true, most of the times it was just a way to say that a newer technology was seeing a strong adoption, so strong as to eclipse the older one in the eyes of the masses. But, in the case of FCoE, it is slightly different.

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