barrystoragewarsIn keeping with the season of award shows, Storage Advisor and AI, Barry M. Ferrite shows us the trailer to the latest installment of that blockbuster franchise, Storage Wars:  The Cores Awaken.

Have a listen then watch a replay of the in depth discussion on the technology and what it means for application performance acceleration and latency reduction using the TINYURL at the conclusion of the video.

Here is Barry’s preview:



If you want to learn more, watch the replay of the in depth webinar by clicking HERE.


Sneakernet is Not Dead

by Administrator on January 27, 2016

floppy-disketteSome of us who remember this little device also recall the term “sneakernet.”  Loosely translated, sneakernet was a manual system for moving data between machines via portable media.  Actually, all nets were originally sneakernets.  Tape was (and is) a great physical transport medium for moving data from point a to point b, especially over distance.  The amount of data that can be stored on a current generation LTO 7 tape (about 15TB compressed) would take more than a year and a half to transport across a T-1 link to another facility or to an on-line cloud service.  That is one reason why tape-based data transport is finding a lot of takers and cloudies are waking up to the technology.

In addition to moving large amounts of data via tape.  Just about everyone I know has a USB-attachable hard disk or SSD that lets them take a subset of their stuff (remember George Carlin?) with them wherever they go.  USB drives are old hat at this point, but there is an interesting little innovation that I just started using that may actually make the technique a bit more efficient.

Imagine how much faster things would be if the system of origin (where data normally lives) had a portable device connected directly to its SATA bus that could then be removed and re-attached to other systems via a USB port.  The time required to store data to the device so it is up to date and ready to travel wherever you need it to go would be greatly reduced.

The idea had some appeal to me, so I was delighted when Rosewill gifted me with their RX204 product.  It consists of an enclosure/docking station that installs in the front panel of your system or server into which you insert a disk/flash drive housing.  When inserted, the media inside the housing is part of the SATA bus.  Removed from the dock, the media housing provides a USB connector so I can attach the device to anything with a USB port (laptop, another system, etc.) and use the data on the drive via that method.  A big timesaver for not a lot of moolah.  I recommend it.

Easy install.  Unpack the box…


Next install the carrier into the system of origin (the one with the source data)…


The media just slides into the chassis and becomes a storage device on the system SAS/SATA bus.  Read and write to it like any other drive.  But when you need the data to go with you, push the button to eject the enclosed drive (HDD or SDD).


Easy peasy.

I kind of like this and it has been helpful to me in moving data around my infrastructure while I am moving to hyper-converged and tape.

Thought I would share…look for the product at your favorite computer retailer, or on Newegg.



Here Come The Cores…

by Administrator on January 27, 2016

thecoresdatacoreFinally…and I mean finally…the Storage Performance Council has certified the SPC-1 benchmark testing conducted in August by DataCore Software.  Adaptive Parallel I/O Technology is real and it is as impressive as I promised it would be when I hinted about it at Storage Decisions in NYC and elsewhere in the press.  Imagine getting nearly 500K SPC-1 IOPS™ from a 2U rig comprising a Lenovo server and some flash drives and SAS disk — all costing less than $40K — that also, by the way, hosts your VMs.  That is one heck of a hyper-converged infrastructure story and you will learn more about it if you attend today’s webinar:  Storage Wars The Cores Awaken.

Registration is here. The date and time are today at 2PM.  Replay immediately after.


A Bit of Levity for a Monday Morning

by Administrator on December 7, 2015

Four engineers share a car to work.  On the way, the car suddenly stops working.

The mechanical engineer posits that the problem is likely the starter motor.

The electrical engineer disagrees, it is probably the battery.

The chemical engineer chimes in, might be the fuel mixture.

The IT guy suggests a fix, “Let’s all try getting out of the car, then getting back in.”


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