We’ve been talking about the merits of SSD caching vs. tiering for a while now, but at last someone else did it right. Enter Apple’s Fusion drive announced earlier today.
For those needing a technical refresher on caching vs. tiering, see my earlier blog posts SSD Tiering versus Caching: Part 2 and SSD Caching versus . . . → Read More: Apple Fusion Drive, At Last A True Tiered Drive
For enthusiasts and gamers, over the past several years, combining several hard drives in a striped RAID configuration has provided reasonable benefits over and above a single hard drive. With my new SSD insight however, it’s now apparent that RAID never really provided sufficient improvements that justified the additional cost, time and effort involved other . . . → Read More: SSDs and World of Warcraft
A while back I wrote about some of the differences between caching and tiering when using solid state disk (SSD) drives in a PC or server.
Having just returned from the 2011 Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, I feel compelled to add some additional color around the topic given the level of confusion clearly . . . → Read More: SSD Tiering versus Caching: Part 2
One of the short comings of the original 32 bit Windows Home Server (WHS) for me was the lack of any built in tools to backup the primary WHS boot drive. While using a RAID 1 boot drive would protect me from a disk drive crash, it didn’t offer the capability to “rewind” back to . . . → Read More: Snapshot and Full Image Backup for Windows Home Server
I love simple-to-use technology, being a great advocate of the KISS principle. I could write a thesis on how many times I’ve seen engineers and marketers create funky steps in products to do the most basic things, usually because not enough attention was paid pre-design to figuring out ahead of time the multiple ways different . . . → Read More: Loving Personal Cloud Storage with SugarSync
The more you look at how SAN disk array systems are evolving, the more you start to wonder how traditional disk array systems vendors can survive long term without a significant change in their business model. What’s been a business primarily focused on building solid high-availability RAID arrays is now facing a serious commoditization challenge . . . → Read More: Will Traditional Disk Array Vendors Survive?
In some recent discussions, I sensed there is some confusion around solid state device (SSD) storage used as a storage tier vs, a cache. While there are some similarities and both are intended to achieve the same end result i.e. acceleration of data accesses from slower storage, there are some definite differences which I thought . . . → Read More: SSD Caching versus Tiering
Infoworld recently posted an interesting article (The numbers don’t lie — cloud computing boosts server sales) about how server market revenues have increased by around 11 percent in the second quarter of 2010, with quarterly revenues coming in around $10.9 billion for the quarter. In fact, if you look at IDC’s 2Q10 press release, unit . . . → Read More: Cloudy Server Growth