SFD7 – Connected Data, Transporter and Private “Cloud” Storage

In the IT community I wonder if there is anyone who hasn’t at least tried out (if not heavily used) Dropbox, Box, Google Drive or one of the many other “sync-n-share” cloud storage offerings.  As a refresher for those of us familiar (or new information for those not aware), cloud-based storage solutions provide the ability to store unstructured (file) data in ... Read More »

SFD7 – Catalogic Software Addresses Data Copy Management

About 10 years ago I worked on a project for a large bank where we put in place the ability to replicate test data from the production environment to a third array deployed in a lower cost data centre.  The whole design was perhaps overly complex, with scripting required to re-establish replicated LUNs when switching between production sites and to semi-automate ... Read More »

X-IO Technologies Takes SPC-1 Value Top Spot with New All-Flash Array

Following on from HDS and NetApp posting news about their Storage Performance Council SPC-1 benchmark results, we’ve seen another two vendors perform tests that have quickly trumped NetApp in the price/performance category.  Current top spot now goes to X-IO Technologies and their new ISE 800 All-Flash Array, which achieves a $0.32/SPC IOP figure, some 40% lower than that achieved by NetApp. ... Read More »

Storage Field Day 7 – 11-13 March 2015

Next week I will be in the Bay Area to attend Storage Field Day #7, the latest event of Stephen Foskett’s hugely successful Tech Field Days.  The Tech Field Day (TFD) series has been running since 2009 (see the nice picture with the first attendees in it) and has grown to encompass specific disciplines including virtualisation, networking, wireless and potentially “big data” ... Read More »

Flash In The Enterprise 2015 Report Now Available

This year I’m moving to producing more independent content and analysis through Langton Blue (my consultancy company).  I’ll be continuing to blog here however the content will likely change to be more technical while the blog at Langton Blue (https://www.langtonblue.com/blog/) will become more business focused. The first of a series of independent reports has been published and is available for purchase ... Read More »

All-Flash Arrays – Call For Information (Updated)

It’s just over 12 months since I posted this spreadsheet on all-flash array comparisons, based on previous work from Calvin Zito and Vaughn Stewart.  I posted an update here but this is now woefully out of date and so I’m rewriting the comparison matrix and hope to have a new version online in February.  I’ve started contacting vendors but I’m ... Read More »