Review: QSAN AegisSAN Q500-F21 SAN Array

Despite all the talk about new technologies, there’s still a market for SMB/SME capable storage arrays.  I already have a QSAN P100V4 in the lab, which is my main iSCSI array and that has been working faultlessly for the last 18 months.  Recently reviewed the QSAN Q500-F21, part of the AegisSAN range that supports both iSCSI and Fibre Channel. Product ... Read More »

Tech Trailblazer Winners 2014: Nutanix; PernixData; VMTurbo

The results are out for the 2014 Tech Trailblazer awards and there’s a few old favourites in the list of categories I follow and voted in, including Nutanix, Pernix Data and VMTurbo.  Runners-up include Avere Systems and GridStore. This year’s voting event was bigger and better than ever.  The judging list contains some prestigious names in technology and of course ... Read More »

Hitachi Added to All-Flash Codex Page

The work continues to collect more data for the All-Flash Codex page.  I’ve now added Hitachi’s HUS VM all-flash model, which uses custom FMD (flash memory device) modules rather than SSDs.  Finding the appropriate content can be tricky, so thanks to those who have come forward and offered material and links.  One document I hadn’t found was one on HUS ... Read More »

Review: Zadara Storage Virtual Private Storage Array

Over the last week I’ve been working with and reviewing the Virtual Private Storage Array (or VPSA) offering from Zadara Storage.  VPSA provides dedicated storage resources for cloud computing environments within Cloud Service Provider data centres like Amazon Web Services.  It seems somewhat counter-intuitive to describe dedicated storage resources as “software defined”, but that’s exactly how the company is pitching ... Read More »

AWS Supports Mainstream Protocols For Tape Backup

I’ve been catching up on some reading backlog and came across a recent post on the Amazon Web Services blog relating to tape-based backup.  Amazon are not about to support tape directly, however their storage gateway has been updated to support Virtual Tape Libraries.  I looked at the previous Storage Gateway about twelve months ago (Review: AWS Storage Gateway) and ... Read More »

New White Paper on Flash Storage For Download

The first of a series of technical briefs, this one covering flash storage, is now available online.  These are free to download and distribute as a whole document.  I’m hoping to get a document out each month; my editorial schedule is available for review here – Architecting.IT Editorial Schedule.  If you want to receive white paper, technical brief, company brief ... Read More »