For years we've lived with "knowledge" that NFS is faster than CIFS... While this may still be true in general, it is not true on Microsoft systems running Windows 2012 with SMB 3.0. The new SMB 3 seamless supports multiple NICs and direct-to-memory transfers making it faster than almost all other protocols. Big Data... watch out. Microsoft is coming for you!
Today, for whatever reason, everyone seems to have their head in the cloud. EMC has Atmos (and now Isilon), NetApp has StorageGrid, HP and Dell fought over 3Par, etc. What does it all mean? How is ‘cloud’ different from ‘virtual’? Should I care? Is there any value here?
Depressingly (for me, anyway),today's generation doesn't even know what floppy drives are. In another 10 years the same will be true of 'disk' drives or 'hard' drives. This year is the beginning of the end for rotating media. You can already go to Staples and, for a reasonable price, buy an 80-gig solid state drive that is 100 times faster rotating media. Once there are no more rotating drives in desktop computers, servers will follow in a couple of years. Goodbye hard drive... you've served us well.
The bad news is that for this post I have to admit to being over 40 (maybe even over 50…).
These days I’m often fascinated to see what 30-something MBAs in high tech marketing can come up with – and how much money they get to spend once they do. The latest, of course, is Cloud Computing and Cloud Storage. What is Cloud Computing? All your data and your applications are somewhere else and you connect to them over the common carrier (read: phone company) network. We did this 40 years ago. It was called mainframe computing.
One of the hottest topics in the storage industry today is deduplication. Deduplication is this year’s fancy way to do data compression, something that has been available for decades. If you were a fan of compression in years past, then you will probably be a fan of deduplication. But it’s not all upside.
An interesting thing happened this year – an aspect of our business reversed… For years, the bulk of our discussions with customers has been about NTP Software QFS®. QFS provides a structural solution for managing file data. QFS users can set policies that govern the use of their resources. These policies can be both hard (an absolute rule) and soft (warnings, but not prohibitions). But in the majority of situations, QFS users set hard policies. Part of the value proposition for QFS is that it will automatically control what is allowed to go on in your environment.
The speed and depth of the economy’s decline has taken a lot of people by surprise, me included. Today it’s clear that the Storage Industry is no longer immune to reductions in IT spending. While we all still have to keep our businesses running, we also need to cut expenses and cut them now.
Over the years a fair number of people have asked my opinion about the job offers they have received. I am happy to say that most of these offers were quite good. In fact, a couple of times I was jealous…
In the world at large, there is a saying that goes: “Often, the old ways are the best ways.” When it comes to managing storage, this can be equally true.
While I don’t often admit it, I am old enough to have worked on and managed mainframes – in a world before networked storage existed. In those days users had limits on the amount of resources they could tie up, and most companies allocated the cost of the users’ consumption back to the department they worked for.
Every once in a while there is a breakthrough in technology that changes the character of an established paradigm. One such breakthrough has just occurred in the area of file archiving – On-demand Archiving™. On-demand Archiving dramatically increases the ROI on file system archiving by completely eliminating the need for repetitive file systems scans.