Category: Cloud

About scale-out storage ARM-ification… and $/GB

I came across two interesting news items this week – OpenIO introducing a 96-HDD appliance for its object storage platform and Western Digital launching 12 and 14TB disks! At first glance if you sum the two, it’s like crazy: just think about a single 96-slot appliance full of 14TB disks, which means 1.3PB in a 4U box, or 13PB in a datacenter rack. Again, it sounds crazy but in reality it’s totally different and it is absolutely brilliant! Is a 14TB HDD too big? 14TB is a lot (the 12TB is based on PMR technology while the 14TB is...

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It’s hard being HPE these days

I’m sitting here in the blogger lounge at HPE Discover 2016, in London (while also keeping an eye on the news coming from AWS Re:Invent in Las Vegas)… and the only thing that comes to my mind at the moment is something I read on twitter a few days ago: “the software is eating the hardware and the cloud is eating the software”. More Focus, but… HPE is much more focused than a year ago (thanks to the split from HP Inc.) and are trying to remain relevant in a world that has been seeing a major change on...

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Serverless-enabled storage? It’s a big deal

The success of services like AWS Lambda, Azure Functions or Google Cloud Functions is indisputable. It’s not for all use cases, of course, but the technology is intriguing, easy to implement and developers (and sysadmins!) can leverage it to offload some tasks to the infrastructure and automate a lot of operations that, otherwise, would be necessary to do at the application level, with a lower level of efficiency. The code ( a Function) is triggered by events and object storage is perfect for this. Why object storage Object storage is usually implemented with a shared-nothing scale-out cluster design. Each...

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TECHunplugged Chicago was great, what’s up next?

Last week TECHunplugged Chicago registered another great success, and I’m very pleased about it. The sessions presented by influencers and vendors were amazingly good, and the open panels were extremely useful and interactive. Chicagoans loved it! But don’t trust my word, all the videos are online and I’m sure you’ll enjoy them as much as we did! A special thanks goes to the vendors who helped us to make this event special for end users. Primary Data, Pure Storage and Veeam sponsored the event but it’s the value they brought with the quality of their speeches, always informative and...

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More ARM CPUs in the Datacenter for 2017?

AI, Containers, cloud computing, large storage infrastructures, IoT, HPC… and probably more. And to serve all of this, large Service Providers and Enterprises are building huge datacenters where everything is designed to maximize efficiency. The work covers all the aspects around the data center facility, power and cooling, security and compute power density as well. A lot has been done but there is more that has been asked. Failed attempts to do more (with less) In the past many vendors tried to get more work done taking approaches that failed miserably. Do you remember Sun Sparc T1 processors for...

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