Tag: Software defined storage

Ceph in Big Data Analytics

In the last couple of months I did some work for Red Hat on Ceph Storage. It was a good occasion to get updated on Ceph and do a reality check on how it is used by end users and why they are adopting it. Some of these stories are really compelling and say a lot about what is happening to storage infrastructures in general… but this is another story. Ceph is highly successful in many fields now and the number of use cases is growing quite rapidly lately… and after the introduction of Red Hat Ceph Storage 2.0...

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Defining Software-defined Storage definition. Definitely.

I did a good job with this title, didn’t I?! But, actually, I’m not going to re-define software-defined. Not again and not definitely. I’d like to look around and try to make sense of different interpretations and architecture designs that make this claim. In this article, I intentionally left out some solutions because they are not software-defined for me while, for others, I may have just forgotten to mention them or simply am not aware of them. So, please leave a comment if you have something to add. Where did Software-defined come from? Well, the term was introduced in...

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Poorly-defined storage (and why Primary Data is different)

Software-defined storage is something that end users love, and the industry is going precisely in that direction. The only problem I have with it is that, as happens with other buzzwords, the term is being over-abused and generalization leads to confusion. I know that I’m not the first to raise this problem, but now that real software-define storage solutions are appearing in the market, the naming issue has become more apparent. As always marketing is the first to be blamed, but finding someone who is not responsible for this situation becomes rather difficult. Software-defined Borrowing the concept from Networking:...

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Primary data is the Nicira of storage!

I’m still in the U.S. for the last day of the IT Press Tour, and the prize goes to Primary data for the best meet up of the week, by far (no matter what I see next)! I spent only an hour with them and I’m now very thrilled and puzzled at the same time. Best vision and ideas I’ve seen in years but, at the same time, a vision that is incredibly hard to achieve. Everything is so immature that only faith, boatloads of money and the perfect strategy (all together) will lead this company to success. Thinking...

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The Good and the Bad of EMC at #SFD5

Last week I attended Storage Field Day 5 and the most controversial session was the one with EMC. If you didn’t get the chance to take a look at the videos recorded during that session you can find several links on Tech Filed Day YouTube channel (but I know, 4 hours is too long for anyone so I hope this short post will help!) In this blog I’ll try to recap what I’ve learned (the good part) and what I haven’t (the bad part… and it’s not my fault). The good The second part of the EMC presentation was...

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