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Lustre as a real storage system – – – Storage Soup Blog by Randy Kerns

By Randy Kerns, Thursday, June 16th 2011

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In the high performance computing (HPC) world, Lustre serves as a clustered file system meeting needs for extremely large numbers of files and extremely large file sizes. The problem is, Lustre has been used primarily for “build your own” storage...

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Vendors’ Battling Business Units hurt customers most, Storage Soup blog by Randy Kerns

By Randy Kerns, Wednesday, June 15th 2011

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Understanding storage technology can be difficult enough without vendors adding to the problem with odd product positioning. Yet vendors often make things worse when talking to customers or prospective customers. I recently had conversations with two IT professionals that brought...

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Best of need vs. best of breed, Storage Soup blog by Randy Kerns

By Randy Kerns, Friday, June 10th 2011

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I was recently teaching a class on storage technology and systems to a group of IT professionals. I’m always interested in finding out what they know about storage products and what they hear about the market. I discussed with the...

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Don’t Turn Data Archiving into Hoarding — Storage Soup Blog by Randy Kerns

By Randy Kerns, Tuesday, May 31st 2011

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Archiving has the potential to change individual behavior, depending on how it is implemented and introduced to data owners. An archiving system can prompt data owners to alter the way they handle their data, and this could unintentionally circumvent the...

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Storage purchasing decisions should focus on functionality, economics, Storage Soup blog by Randy Kerns

By Randy Kerns, Wednesday, May 18th 2011

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This is the season for vendors of storage systems, servers, software and networking equipment to hold events to show off their products and discuss their strategies. EMC World and Symantec Vision recently wrapped up, with more shows to follow. These...

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EMC: The Platform Company — Data-Driven Blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Wednesday, May 18th 2011

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It's Monday morning at EMC World 2011 and EMC Chairman Joe Tucci opens the show with 10,000-plus in the audience. On stage with Tucci are big black boxes. What's wrong with this picture? EMC is no longer a company that...

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Free storage features, Storage Soup blog by Randy Kerns

By Randy Kerns, Wednesday, May 11th 2011

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For years, storage systems have evolved with the addition of high value features. The features have become differentiating characteristics between the storage systems in many cases. They’ve also become in many cases requirements for any sophisticated storage array. These include:...

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Archiving’s Two Primary Use Cases – Storage Soup Blog by Randy Kerns

By Randy Kerns, Thursday, May 5th 2011

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Data archiving is often incorrectly assumed to be an extension of backup. That’s mainly because earlier technology limitations necessitated the use of backup software to store data on devices. Storing information that is not frequently accessed but must be retained...

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Questions Linger About Amazon Outage – – Data-Driven Blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Friday, April 29th 2011

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Today, April 29, 2011, Amazon Web Services released a "summary" of its EC2 (Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud) and RDS (Relational Database Service) disruption in its U.S. East Region. This came approximately one week after what appears to be a classic...

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Flash SSD Systems Redefine Storage Tiers — Storage Soup Blog by Randy Kerns

By Randy Kerns, Monday, April 25th 2011

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The popularity of storage systems that support tiering within the box, driven primarily by NAND Flash solid state drives (SSDs), has created confusion about the meaning of storage tiering. While speaking to directors and CIOs of IT operations at a...

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