Optimising Storage Architectures for SSD

Last week I attended Hitachi’s 2012 Blogger Day.  Aside from catching up with some old friends, we were presented with some NDA stuff which will see the light of day soon.  In the meantime, I want to talk about a press release Hitachi made while I was still on holiday (and clearly missed as I returned, somewhat jetlagged). Previously I’ve ... Read More »

Could 12 September Announcements Mark a Turning Point for Apple?

Everyone who hasn’t been hiding under a rock or living on Mars knows that today is the day Apple Inc release details of their new iPhone 5.  I’ve used the iPhone since version 3, having had the 3GS, 4 & 4S, all of which have been great pieces of technology and invaluable for me during my working day.  In fact, ... Read More »

Podcast Interview with Mike Kazar, CTO Avere Systems

Before I went on holiday I managed to have a chat with Mike Kazar, Chief Technology Officer for and co-founder of Avere Systems.  Prior to founding Avere, Mike worked at Netapp after founding Spinnaker, which was acquired by Netapp in 2003 and was developed into Data ONTAP Cluster-mode.  Mike was recently awarded the IEEE Johnson Award for Lifetime Contributions to ... Read More »

Amazon Delivers Cloud Archive Storage with Glacier

At the end of August 2012, Amazon Web Services released their latest service offering – a long-term archive service called Glacier.  As a complement to their existing active data access service S3, Glacier provides long term storage for “cold” data – information that has to be retained for a long time but doesn’t require frequent access. What Exactly is Glacier? ... Read More »

Vendors Overcharging for SSDs and HDDs?

This morning I read an article on search storage’s Storage Soup blog that talked about the cost of SSDs and the amount of money made by storage array vendors as they mark up SSD vendor drives.  STEC were the main target of the article after discussing SSD adoption in their recent earnings call. Whilst I have no doubt that storage array ... Read More »

Goodbye Xsigo It Was Nice Knowing You

Yesterday Oracle Corp announced their intention to acquire Xsigo Systems Inc for an as yet undisclosed sum of money.  Xsigo was one of the original presenters at Tech Field Day back in November 2009.  That was the the inaugural event where I met great friends like Simon Seagrave, Greg Knieriemen and many more. Xsigo’s technology is all about consolidating the storage and ... Read More »