Network, your next big storage problem!

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Good post by Enrico Signoretti (thank you)

A few days ago I had an interesting chat with Andy Warfield at Coho Data and the topic of Network/Storage relationship came up several times. (Quick disclaimer: I’m currently doing some work for Coho)

In a couple of my latest articles (here and here) I talked about why many large IT organizations prefer PODs to other topologies for their datacenters but I totally forgot to talk about networking (I also have to admit that networking is not my field at all). So, this article could be the right follow-up for those posts.

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Re: The Rack Endgame: A New Storage Architecture For the Data Center

Post by Frank Dennemann (thank you)

Stephen recently post an excellent article about the future developments of enterprise storage architecture. His analysis about the different roles of storage is spot on, i.e. long-term capacity and short-term retention. Connecting high performance resources through high speed interconnects is an interesting idea, but I do have some comments I would like to share.

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Microsoft’s SQL Server 2014 release code: First look

Post by Tim Anderson (thank you)

In-memory database engine, improved integration with Windows Azure, and new indexing technology for high performance data warehousing applications – there’s plenty to like in SQL Server 2014, released to manufacturers on Tuesday.

But while Microsoft has been busy and done some heavy lifting, the code that will become generally available on 1 April has some glaringly rough edges.

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