Ok, who here has used their free Dropbox (or similar) account not just at home but at work? Turns out that most of us do that can get away with it…. As a problem for us end users - who here has run into the edge of their free file sharing account and wondered if they are going to be held hostage to paying $99+/yr for the rest of their life?... As enterprises wanted in on the Transporter “plug and play and we are done” approach to this problem, Connected Data today is announcing their Transporter Genesis appliance. Basically it’s a big brother that comes in a rack mount form holding up to 48TB. They’ve also added corporate-scale features….Read More
“Taneja predicted that 2014 would be the year of virtualized Big Data computing and BlueData is proving that out,” said Mike Matchett, senior analyst and consultant at Taneja Group. “BlueData essentially virtualizes scale-out computing, turning a physical cluster into a Big Data cloud platform with elastic provisioning and policy-driven management. Best of all, BlueData helps companies leverage their Big Data wherever it currently exists, wherever it is, and streams it in with performance boosting technologies to the self-provisioning Hadoop/NoSQL cloud. With this leap, companies of all sizes can now readily make progress on broader, more aggressive Big Data visions.” ....Read More
With HP entering the HyperConverged market it begs the question; who doesn’t offer a HyperConverged system these days?Read More
One thing is certain in technology - the wheel keeps turning from differentiating advantage to fungible commodity, and then eventually back again. Now we think the time has come for data center connectivity to arise once more and become a competitive asset again. Yep, I’m talking about cables, switches, and the actually physical connections that tie all our precious IT infrastructure together. We think Fiber Mountain is about to change the game here, and provide some real disruption to the way data centers are wired…
...What can you do with 2/3+ of your data center connectivity budget back in your pocket?
Oracle announced Oracle FS1, its first all-flash storage offering on September 29th at Oracle World. While there is much to study under the covers (which we will do in the next few weeks) it is clear that Oracle has thrown the gauntlet down against all-flash-array vendors, especially EMC and its XtremIO offering. There are essentially five things of importance with FS1. One, while it can be deployed as a true all-flash array, it is really designed as a hybrid, albeit with a flash-first engineering philosophy. Two, it is designed with four tiers, namely Performance SSD, Capacity SSD, Performance HDD and Capacity HDD. These four tiers are mapped to five QoS layers that are associated with application priority. This management framework is called QoS Plus. Three, the granularity of data movement between tiers is 640KB, compared to 1GB for EMC VNX1, 256MB for EMC VNX2 and HP 3PAR. Oracle claims for database workloads granularity matters and 640KB is much closer to ideal compared to larger chunks. Four, provisioning storage for Oracle and non-Oracle applications can be done with one click with FS1 Application Profiles that provide pre-defined and pre-tuned best practices storage profiles. Five, other Oracle differentiators, such as Hybrid Columnar Compression (HCC) and other data services available on existing Oracle systems are all available on FS1 and they are almost all free. According to Oracle, a single rack of FS1 compared to a 2-node version of EMC XtremIO configuration yields advantages in favor of FS1 of between 1.2X to 9.7X, along the dimensions of max capacity, read IOPS, write IOPS, 50/50 R/W IOPS, read GB/s and write GB/s, with the differences being huge in the sequential throughput dimension. Let’s look at these five elements in a little more detail below.Read More
Gridstore, a vendor known for its software-defined storage (SDS) offering especially designed for the Microsoft Hyper-V environment, today announced that it is extending its storage solution into the HyperConvergence category. The company’s storage offerings don’t disappear by any means and users can still buy just the storage alone but now they can essentially buy the entire IT in a box by opting for the HyperConverged Appliance(s). By doing so they will not need anything else to run the applications. Of course, this has been the entire raison d’être for HyperConvergence from the start and given the market response to the early HyperConverged products (and the fact that Gridstore had the underlying software defined architecture) it is no surprise to see them extend their product line into this blazing hot space.Read More