Tag: SanDisk @en

Server-side caching is really hot!

Almost a year ago I wrote a piece about server-side caching, wondering if it was a mere feature or something more. After this VMworld it is pretty clear that server-side caching is quickly maturing and is a really interesting area to look at, not just for what it does today but for what we have to expect tomorrow… especially from the virtualization perspective. The basics Server-side caching is a technique to speed up data access by adding a local cache to the server (usually RAM or Flash) that sits in between the data path. Depending on its implementation it...

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SanDisk’s organic growth (and flash commoditization)

SanDisk is purchasing Fuision-IO for a $1.1B. This is the last of an interesting series of acquisitions and offers some interesting implications regarding the future of the enterprise flash memory market. About SanDisk and Fusion-IO SanDisk, which I recently met with during Storage Field Day 5, is well known to the public for its consumer products (like the USB memory sticks or the SD cards for your camera) but they are also one of the primary OEM vendors for enterprise storage array suppliers. In recent years many new products and technology have been added to their portfolio (some of...

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RAM and Flash are the key for effective general purpose scale-out infrastructures

A couple of weeks ago, during Storage Field Day 5, I had the opportunity to learn more about interesting “new” technologies set to have a tremendous impact on future infrastructures development: Flash and RAM. I’m not kidding! It could sound weird but it’s not about the technology itself rather how it can now be used to build next generation infrastructures. Yesterday In legacy environments scale-up architectures were the standard and, to obtain performance, you had to add resources (CPU, RAM, Disks, etc.) into the same box. The problem is that when you have filled up the box (A server,...

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News and thoughts from Next Gen Storage Summit

I’m here in the Airport lounge waiting for my flight back home and I’m trying to refocus on the chats that I had this week at the Next Gen Storage Summit. Some news HDS impressed me more than any of the others. Especially because they are usually seen as a very traditional vendor. On the contrary, in this particular case, the development of their Object Storage platform ecosystem is becoming consistent and promising. They know their flaws and they are working in the right direction to overcome them. I’m also pretty sure that their Enterprise DNA helps when it’s...

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Server-side caching: Holy grail or mere feature?

Flash storage is amazingly fast but it doesn’t come cheap! On the opposite side, using flash memory on the server is relatively cheap and superlatively fast but lacks in reliability and availability. Server-side caching allows for designing a fast storage solution based on traditional shared storage with the performance of flash memory. In recent months we’ve seen the birth of many new companies working on it, but how many of them will actually survive? and if so, how? What is it? A cache is a component that transparently stores data so that future requests can be served faster. The...

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