Beware of Square-Peg Salesmen with Hammers

September 30, 2013 | by VIOLIN SYSTEMS

By Gavin McLaughlin, Solutions Development Director, X-IO International Open any IT magazine, read a technology news website, or subscribe to any data storage mail lists and you’re probably fed up to the back teeth with headlines that make such bold statements as “How to Use SSDs in Your Business” or “Why Hard Disk Drives are… Continue Reading

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Fifty Shades of Storage, Part 7

July 09, 2013 | by VIOLIN SYSTEMS

— Storage Horizons Blog — What kind of data access makes up an application, and why is this important when thinking about tiering (for performance) vs. basic HSM? Application Data Attributes One of the key points is about “reaction time” for tiering. Another way to look at this is “Dynamic Data Placement.” Can the data… Continue Reading

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Fifty Shades of Storage, Part 6

June 18, 2013 | by VIOLIN SYSTEMS

— Storage Horizons Blog — Tiering and Hybrid Arrays: What’s the truth about these? Basic differences in performance between DRAM, SSD, HDD, and Nearline HDD (in X-IO terms) mean vastly different opportunities with respect to data tiering for Hierarchical Storage Management/Information Life Cycle Management (HSM or ILM) of data and backups, and also for performance…. Continue Reading

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Fifty Shades of Storage, Part 5

June 03, 2013 | by VIOLIN SYSTEMS

— Storage Horizons Blog — Hybrid and SSD Arrays What are they good for and what are they not? What are enterprise hybrids? What are just SANs in a can for SMB doing HSM/ILM?! What about All SSD arrays? Are they worth it? All HDD Arrays, Hybrids, and all SSD Arrays:  An Introduction All HDD… Continue Reading

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Fifty Shades of Storage, Part 4

May 13, 2013 | by VIOLIN SYSTEMS

— Storage Horizons Blog — What are the specific aspects that an array can and should have, to be efficient and TCO friendly? How does ISE meet and exceed these aspects by making the “whole greater than the sum of the parts”? I will deal with these questions across my next few blogs, but first… Continue Reading

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50 Shades of Storage, Part 3

April 29, 2013 | by VIOLIN SYSTEMS

— Storage Horizons Blog — When it comes to storage systems, the cost to build the product and the subsequent acquisition cost are only two aspects of the overall cost of owning and operating the storage. The $/GB argument does not hold up anymore as the only important point in storage, because the enterprise and… Continue Reading

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How to Minimize Data Storage Costs and Avoid Expensive Mistakes

April 16, 2013 | by VIOLIN SYSTEMS

There are titanic shifts occurring in data storage requirements today, often resulting in buyers making expensive storage purchasing mistakes. The most significant disruption to traditional storage thinking is a new problem brought about by the appeal of all-SSD systems, and that is the over-provisioning of performance (IOPS), in order to achieve the proper capacity (TBs)…. Continue Reading

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50 Shades of Storage, Part 2

April 10, 2013 | by VIOLIN SYSTEMS

As I began to go down the path to describe the “50 Shades of Storage” in my last blog, I noticed a blog from David Black (see http:www.blackliszt.com/2013/03/in-storage-there-is-x-io-and-then-there-are-all-the-others.html). He talks about X-IO, in a unique way, which is ripe for me to talk about as we delve into the storage products that work well

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Cloud Computing and Datacenter Automation in an Era of Efficiencies

November 08, 2012 | by VIOLIN SYSTEMS

— Storage Horizons Blog — What’s a cloud? To me, it is an automated datacenter that can provide compute, application, and backup services. It can be a private cloud for a company, or it can be public where the cloud provider wants to make money on the services it provides. In both private and public… Continue Reading

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