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Think Before You Swap: Not All File Systems Are Equal in Scaling Cloud Apps

Think Before You Swap: Not All File Systems Are Equal in Scaling Cloud Apps

File Systems are like opinions. Everybody has one (or two). But they may not be the right ...

Storage Startup Brings DevOps Approach to Datacenters

Storage Startup Brings DevOps Approach to Datacenters

Building on the growing enterprise shift toward developer operations, a storage startup is emerging from stealth mode ...

LUG 2016 Wrap-up: Intel’s Lustre Line Gains Traction

LUG 2016 Wrap-up: Intel’s Lustre Line Gains Traction

Intel’s effort to expand Lustre’s beyond science and the Top500 HPC communities, where it has long been ...

HPE’s ‘Memory-Driven Computing’ Vision Emerges in New Server Options

HPE’s ‘Memory-Driven Computing’ Vision Emerges in New Server Options

HPE launched new ProLiant9 server options this week that include built-in support for persistent memory, a new ...

Storage

April 12, 2016(0)
Building on the growing enterprise shift toward developer operations, a storage startup is emerging from stealth mode with and "elastic" data fabric approach that promises to deliver public cloud-like block storage to hybrid cloud platforms. Datera, founded by the creators of the Linux IO storage stack, also announced a $40 million funding round on Tuesday (April 12) that includes ... Full article
April 12, 2016(0)
Worldwide, the HPC market is booming as the industry enters the era of exascale-size data sets, and supercomputing applications expand beyond the academic and scientific world into financial services, life sciences, manufacturing, oil and gas, aerospace, defense, and more. Analysts predict the HPC market will reach more than $44 billion by 2020. For many more industries, HPC – and ... Full article
April 1, 2016(0)
HPE launched new ProLiant9 server options this week that include built-in support for persistent memory, a new HPE product category that the company regards as the inception point for “memory-driven computing,” combining the performance of high-speed memory with the persistence of storage that retains data during power shut downs. While NVDIMMs (Non-volatile Dual In-line Memory Modules) are not new, ... Full article
March 30, 2016(0)
An open source option will be combined with flash storage as part of an alliance unveiled this week in a bid to make scale-out storage easier and cheaper. Red Hat Inc. (NYSE: RHT) and SanDisk Corp. (NASDAQ: SNDK) said Tuesday (March 29) their alliance would combine the Milpitas, Calif., flash specialist's InfiniFlash with Red Hat Ceph Storage. The combination ... Full article
March 18, 2016(0)
Most observers agree that enterprises must brace for the expected onslaught of unstructured data to be generated by the Internet of Things (IoT). The problem, according to a recent study, is that most of the proposed solutions for handling the data flood won't work. A recent Gartner report exploring the impact of IoT on enterprise infrastructure assumes that 25 ... Full article
March 15, 2016(0)
The ability to sweep up, store and organize vast amounts of data, then turn the connections among data points into insights and strategies is creating new revenue streams for enterprises. But what happens when stored data reaches its freshness "expiration date"? As more enterprises look to get a handle on storage and other costs via virtualization and a shift ... Full article
March 7, 2016(0)
Storage is a critical component of cloud services as providers seek to differentiate their offerings via storage platforms designed to handle more virtual workloads, an industry survey concludes. That requirement also has fueled various "multiple hypervisors" strategies as a way to reduce the cost of delivering virtualized enterprise applications. In a survey of 78 cloud service providers conducted at ... Full article
March 1, 2016(0)
Fibre Channel market leader Brocade today announced the G620 Switch, which the company says is the industry’s first Gen 6 fixed port Fibre Channel SAN switch designed to support the explosion in in storage networks. Nearly 100 percent of the world’s banks, airlines and retailers use Fibre Channel, and companies in those and other sectors conduct 30 billion transactions ... Full article
February 22, 2016(0)
IT departments are always asked to do more with less. But it is much easier to buy shiny new toys in a good economy than a bad one, which is one of the reasons why the all flash array (AFA) market has been so strong in recent years. If the economy turns south in 2016, which some are starting ... Full article
February 9, 2016(0)
The container-based service Docker is gaining massive momentum in the industry, and for many good reasons. The current appeal of Docker stems from issues associated with running VMs, namely that each one has to be provided with virtualized memory and storage resources.  Containers make it far easier to run enterprise-grade services and address concerns for data portability, scaling, processing, ... Full article
January 27, 2016(0)
The convergence of the hyper-convergers continues with infrastructure specialist Pivot3's deal to acquire flash array startup NexGen Storage Inc. Privately held NexGen, Louisville, Colo., was spun out a year ago from SanDisk Corp. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The boards of both companies approved the acquisition, which is expected to close next month. Pivot3, Austin, Texas, said ... Full article
January 24, 2016(1)
For the Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC), the C-SPAN of Canada, 2015 posed two major challenges – one of them data intensive, the other operational. On the data side, CPAC’s data management and storage infrastructure was nearing capacity, in part because CPAC was transitioning from standard definition viewing format to the denser high definition format. Operationally, CPAC was tasked ... Full article
January 4, 2016(2)
The consolidation of the storage sector gained momentum at the end of 2015 with NetApp Inc.'s deal to acquire all-flash startup SolidFire for $870 million in cash. The deal announced just before the holidays also accelerates efforts by NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) to push all-flash arrays into datacenters and other enterprise infrastructure. NetApp, Sunnyvale, Calif., noted that SolidFire's all-flash storage ... Full article
December 9, 2015(0)
Akin to their cloud deployments, enterprises are hedging their bets on storage by adopting a mix of storage options for virtualized infrastructure in datacenters. Hence, a new vendor survey concludes, flash-based hybrid storage is making inroads in the datacenters. A study on the state of storage in virtualized datacenters found that 61 percent of respondents—nearly all with some workloads ... Full article
November 19, 2015(0)
Analytics and other data intensive applications continue to drive new enterprise memory and storage approaches along with device manufacturing partnerships needed to scale production of emerging memory channel storage platforms. Another case in point is this week's announcement from Netlist Inc. (NASDAQ: NLST) that it is joining forces with Korean memory chip powerhouse Samsung Electronics Co. (KRX: 005930) to ... Full article
November 16, 2015(0)
Nearly one-third of storage systems spanning storage area networks to cloud platforms reached 1 petabyte or greater capacity in 2015, according to a user census that also projects more than half of installed storage systems will top the 1-PB level by 2020. The storage user survey released by market watcher Intersect360 Research also said surging storage demand driven by ... Full article
November 13, 2015(0)
The entire HPC world – from traditional HPC research sites to advanced scale computing in the enterprise – is at a crossroads. Then again, has it ever not been? A company standing in the crossroads, one that is usually ready for whatever is onrushing, is DataDirect Networks, the scalable storage specialist founded in 1998. Back then, HPC was mostly ... Full article
November 11, 2015(0)
With all-flash arrays making inroads into enterprise storage infrastructure, the growing list of vendors of PCIe flash arrays are looking for ways to differentiate themselves while persuading potential customers that they can reap a quick return on a still pricey investment. The latest gambit comes from flash array startup NextGen Storage Inc. that is promoting its multi-tier all-flash array ... Full article
October 19, 2015(0)
The oil and gas sector is slumping, cutting back on exploration and drilling as energy prices continue to slump. Perhaps based on the strategy that it's best to invest during a downturn, Sinclair Oil announced this week it is deploying new scale-out network-attached storage from intelligent storage startup Qumulo Inc. Seattle-based Qumulo announced earlier this year that Sinclair was ... Full article
October 8, 2015(0)
Mesosphere, the datacenter operating system specialist, is teaming with federated storage leader EMC Corp. to expand datacenter storage options within Apaches Mesos cluster management architectures. Mesosphere said Thursday (Oct. 8) its collaboration with EMC (NYSE: EMC) means its datacenter operating system (DCOS) would support storage platforms such as EMC's ScaleIO, OpenStack Cinder, Amazon Web Services (AMZN) Elastic Block Storage ... Full article

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