Category: Storage

My last work as independent analyst has been published

This week, my last work as an independent analyst was finally published. The title is: “Sector Roadmap: Object storage for enterprise capacity-driven workloads“. It was completed in December, before knowing I was going to join OpenIO. But It took some time to see the light because of Gigaom’s publishing schedule. It’s about Object Storage (of course, what else could it be about? 😉 ), but it’s not about webscale installations or S3. It covers traditional enterprises, how they use object stores, and the trends for use cases that are surfacing right now in these types of organisations. I put...

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The S3 outage showed how relevant object storage is

How important is object storage? Too important to fail! A few days ago, a problem with AWS S3 caused major issues over the entire internet. We could say that it shouldn’t happen… but, you know, it does. And, in this particular case, even the “design for failure” approach to application design wasn’t enough… because most applications have always taken S3 as being infallible (and that particular AWS region hosts some critical services for Amazon). Clouds bring rain To be fair, it’s not only storage that fails. In the last two/three years, thanks also to the growing relevance of cloud...

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Simplivity could be the next 3PAR for HPE

According to this morning’s news, it would seem that HPE is buying Simplivity at the bargain price of $650M. I’m not sure Simplivity’s investors have the same opinion but for HPE, if well managed, this could be another 3PAR-like success. Simplivity did good… Simplivity holds the number 2 position in the HCI market, after Nutanix. In fact, it’s somewhat lagging behind from the features point of view, it doesn’t have its own hypervisor and vision but, on the other hand, I found the company strategy less intrusive and having a much more pleasurable attitude. Don’t get me wrong, Simplivity...

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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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Two case studies on object storage

Last month I did some work with Caringo and a couple of their customers, Texas Tech University in the US and NEP in Europe. Totally different stories, but two of the most classic use cases for object storage: the first is about storage consolidation with distributed NAS front-end, while the latter is on smart and high performance CDN backend. I love talking to end users to find out how their choices pan out when it comes to infrastructure design and how they experience day-to-day system administration. The two documents are not particularly long, (for marketing reasons), but I think...

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