A new approach to the data center

What We Think

The Data Center is Dead, Long Live the Data Center

11.11.15

Google ‘The Data Center is Dead’ and you’ll find no shortage of pundits predicting just that. This guy, for example, first started predicting the death of enterprise data centers back in 2011. But is that really true? Are data centers going the way of the buggy whip?

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Why Software Defined Storage Matters

11.3.15

Everywhere you turn there are articles and blog posts about Software Defined everything: Networks, data centers, WANs and, more recently, storage. What is Software Defined Storage (SDS) and, more importantly, why do you care?

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Finding My Data

10.21.15

As anyone who knows me knows, I hate traffic. Which is why the Waze app caught my eye. The moving map is amazingly accurate regarding traffic congestion, accidents, and police locations.

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Why AWS Lambda is a Great Idea

10.13.15

Amazon introduced AWS Lambda last year at ReInvent. I believe Lambda is a game-changer, but it doesn’t go far enough. Let’s begin by reviewing what AWS Lambda is …

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Infographic: How did we get here?

10.1.15

Take a look back at information storage from its humble beginnings to the heights of current advanced computer technology and the future.

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The Trajectory of Technology is All About Reducing Friction

09.22.15

Just as a fish probably rarely thinks about water, we who work in technology rarely question the actual purpose of all this technology.

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Rethinking How Vendors Engage with Customers

08.26.15

A few years ago I read a Google-sponsored study about the B2B sales process. What jumped out was a stat that the typical B2B buyer is more than HALF way (57 percent) through their buying journey before they engage with vendors.

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Predicting the Future

08.11.15

Remember this viral video from 2007, (back when viral videos were still novel)? At the time, it was seen as a hilarious send-up of the excesses of tech in general and Silicon Valley in particular.

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Failure is the New Normal

08.4.15

Have you noticed how the approach to failure in computing has changed radically over the past few years? Good thing it has!

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Why Tape Sucks

07.28.15

It's time to end the long-running feud between disk and tape. Tape lost.

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Moving a Petabyte of Data

06.30.15

There is a saying that nothing beats the bandwidth of a FedEx truck. To this point, in 2007 Jonathan Schwartz (then CEO of Sun) claimed that moving a petabyte from San Francisco to Hong Kong would be faster via sailboat than via a network link.

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Where does storage go from here?

06.23.15

Trends are hard to spot. Sometimes it helps to step back and take a look from a distance at where we’ve been to get a better view to what is coming.

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What is Wrong with Today’s Storage Architectures?

06.16.15

In a recent post, I mentioned that VCs have been pumping more than a billion USD a year into the storage market for the past few years. That makes perfect sense to me. Almost nothing has changed for storage architectures in the past three decades.

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Storage Pricing is Insane

06.9.15

What is the number one issue customers have with storage pricing?  Here’s a hint: It is not the overall cost.

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Storage Is Cool

05.29.15

When you think of ‘cool’ tech market segments, which ones come to mind? Cloud, of course. Big data. The Internet of Things. But storage? For decades, storage has been a necessary, massive, but boring market.

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Cold Data

05.29.15

I just ran across an IDC forecast that predicted the human race would accumulate 8 zettabytes of data by 2015.  That got me thinking about storage.  First, how much is 8 ZB?  It is not an easy quantity to conceptualize, but let me try.

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What We Read

Dropbox exits the Amazon Cloud

03.23.16

Few companies have the capabilities or talent to build their own at-scale cloud infrastructure.  Dropbox talks about their journey from the public cloud to their own infrastructure and how ridiculously difficult it was. 

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Why Data-First Applications Will Come To Rule Enterprise Software

02.4.16

The world is moving from workflow-first applications to data-first applications.

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Data caps, the day of PCs is passing, petabytes will dominate film storage

11.12.15

Everyone is talking Petabytes, Exabytes and Zettabytes. See what we've been reading this week in storage.

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Qualcomm in server CPU market, tips for finding signals in big data, evolution of a terabyte

10.21.15

Take a look at the news that we've been reading recently.

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Putting Virtual Reality in the Hands of Everyone

09.30.15

Are you ready to declare VR another leg of the 3rd platform movement? 

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What is the hidden cost of SDS products?

09.16.15

Have you ever stopped to consider the hidden cost of software-defined storage products?

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Issues with widely deploying open source software

09.3.15

What type of issues do you get when you deploy open source software to tens of thousands of machines?

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New class of memory?

08.19.15

Exciting new memory technology was recently introduced by Micron and Intel that could alter the separation of storage and the compute. Are we seeing the future that puts the fast side of storage even closer to the compute?

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New use cases require rethinking architecture to store data

08.19.15

Earlier we wrote about Storage is Cool and how new use cases are creating new architectures.

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PMR drives are done, welcome SMR

07.31.15

In a prior linked article we re-posted flash is not taking over the world. New disk technologies like SMR will continue to increase the densities and lower the cost point for capacity storage.

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ARIN creates waiting list for the few remaining IPv4 addresses in North America

07.21.15

The Register reports that North America is down to its last few thousand IPv4 addresses.

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New Docker containers are not just a toy

07.20.15

Imagine having a fully-functional Lego-sized data center on your desk. Sounds pretty cool?

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Flash is not taking over the world

07.6.15

Computerworld's Lucas Mearian reports that hard drives will remain the dominant mass storage device in laptops and desktops for years to come. 

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Teaspoon-sized DNA storage can fit all the world's data

06.22.15

The human species may face extinction someday but all of our data could live on in DNA storage. Scientists say all the world's data can fit on a DNA hard drive the size of a teaspoon.

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Nanterro emerges from stealth | RayOnStorage

06.5.15

Nanterro came out of stealth this week and announced it has been developing a new form of non-volatile RAM (NRAM) based on Carbon Nanotubes (CNT). 

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Cloud Resistance

06.4.15

The Cloud is facing resistance or failing in many organizations. John Mathon dissects the problems and suggests 5 steps to start using the Cloud today.

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What hard drive is best?

05.29.15

Backblaze put hard drives to ultimate test and, lucky you, they're sharing their latest reliability stats.

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Buying An Average HDD | Forbes

05.29.15

New types of disk drives are shaping up to handle new types of applications and workloads.

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