With the performance boost as well as power savings that SSDs have to offer,
the comprehensive move from mechanical drives to Solid State Disks is an
inevitability, While the PC user faced an almost immediate phasing out of 3.5
inch floppy disk drives (let’s forget the brief Zip drive era) for GB USB
sticks, surely the drive for tiered storage based upon different grades of
SSDs should be just as rapid? But this hasn’t been the case with one left
wondering as to why?
The first obvious answer is the price. Not many companies are prepared to
fork out the extra 30 times price hike for SSDs to the already expensive
magnetic disk drives they purchase.
The other and more controversial answer are the storage vendors themselves.
Not yet amongst the big daddy of corporate companies, the production of SSDs
are still limited to vendors not necessarily linked or partnered with ... (more)
In the past week HDS finally revealed their response to the VMware-Cisco-EMC
alliance with the launch of a unified computing platform including integrated
storage, server, and networking technology. With the aid of Microsoft, HDS
have stated that their centralized storage, server and networking platform
will be launched early next year. In the tradition of my enemy's enemy is my
friend, HDS have also signed an OEM deal with Microsoft under which Microsoft
System Center Operations Manager, System Center Virtual Machine Manager and
Windows Server 2008 R2 will be tightly integrated ... (more)
The pendulum has shifted. We are in an era in which Storage Managers are in
the ascendancy while vendors must shape up to meet customer demands in order
to survive the current economic plight. Long gone are the days of disk happy
vendors who could easily shift expensive boxes of FC disks or Account
Managers who boasted their huge margins at the selling of skyscraper storage
systems to clients who faced an uphill struggle to meet their
constantly growing storage demands. With responses such as
thin/dynamic/virtual provisioning arrays and automated storage tiering,
vendors have ta... (more)
It was about three months ago that one of my friends had informed me he was
leaving HDS to join a company named Virtual Instruments. ‘Virtual
Instruments?’ I asked myself, trying to fathom if I’d have heard of them
before only to realize that I had once seen a write up on their SAN
monitoring solution, which was then termed NetWisdom. I was then
inadvertently asked to mention Virtual Instruments in one of my blogs - nice
try pal but I had made it clear several times before to vendors requesting
the same that I didn’t want my blog to become an advertising platform.
Despite this ... (more)
On a recent excursion to a tech event I had the pleasure of meeting a
well-known ‘VM Guru', (who shall remain nameless). Having read some of this
individual's material I was excited and intrigued to know his thoughts on how
he was tackling the Storage challenges related to VMware especially with
Fibre Channel SANs.
"Storage, that's nothing to do with me, I'm a VirtGuy", he proudly announced.
To which I retorted, "yes but if there are physical layer issues in your SAN
fabric, or poorly configured Storage etc. it will affect the performance of
your Virtual Machines and their applic... (more)