Who Will Be The First Solid State Array Vendor To Be Acquired?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last two years, you can’t have failed to notice that solid state storage is here and is here in a big way.  Two weeks ago at TFD#8, we had presentations from two all-flash array startups, Pure Storage and SolidFire.  I’ll have more specifics on these companies over the coming weeks, however ... Read More »

Great Post on Disk Drive Futures from Hitachi

If you haven’t read it already, I urge you to have a look at the following post on Claus Mikkelsen’s (@yoclaus) blog over at HDS.  It’s a guest post from Ian Vogelesang, who seems to have held many jobs in HGST and Hitachi, but focusing on the disk drive industry.  I warn you it’s highly technical and a long post ... Read More »

VAAI Follow Up – VMware Recommend Disabling Thin Reclaim

Last week VMware issued this advisory on their knowledge base, recommending the disabling of VAAI Thin Provisioning reclaim in ESXi 5.0.  Apparently it seems to be causing “poor performance’ during certain vSphere actions like Storage vMotion.  The “cause” section contains the somewhat vague comment as follows: VAAI Thin Provisioning is enabled by default on devices that adheres to T10 standards. ... Read More »

Is Amazon Silk Too Good To Be True?

There’s lots of news over the last 24 hours about the release of the latest Kindle device (the Kindle Fire) and yet another browser coming to the marketplace.  The Fire will have it’s own browser, named Silk, using the analogy of silk cloth of being made up of many individual threads.  Amazon Inc are claiming the Silk architecture will improve ... Read More »

Alternative to Hybrid Drives – OCZ Synapse SSD

It’s hard to believe that over 3 years ago I asked a question on where hybrid drive technology had reached.  I was thinking of the Enterprise market at the time and as far as I am aware, at this stage, no Enterprise storage array manufacturers have yet integrated these devices into their products.  At the consumer level, of course there ... Read More »

US Programmer Uses Cloud Computing to Write The Works of Shakespeare

Probability says that with an infinite number of monkeys and typewriters given an infinite amount of time, at some stage the monkeys will produce the entire works of Shakespeare. According to this BBC News article, a programmer in the US has tried to do just that, using AWS (Amazon Web Services).  He’s created virtual monkeys that run on AWS instances, ... Read More »