Dave Graham's Blog
With the advent of Cloud Computing and the general resurgence of computing
grids, data storage has been taken for granted. However, as cloud
computing’s storage and access demands continue to grow, the need for an
optimized storage layer and hardware accompaniment become even more critical.
The general focus has been on computational power, integration points via
software (API access, for example), and code portability. Storage, on the
other hand, was considered a commodity to be taken advantage of; a simple
pool of storage for whatever data needed some level of retention and
access. However, as cloud computing’s storage and access demands continue
to grow, the need for an optimized storage layer and hardware accompaniment
become even more critical.
In this series of articles (which represent a paper I am writing), I will
attempt to examine key a... (more)
As many of you may know, I work for EMC’s Cloud Infrastructure Group as
part of the Atmos solution team. In this role, I’ve been blessed with
getting a closer look at where the future of cloud storage is going as well
as some of the drivers that will get it there. In this post, I’d like to
talk a bit about policy and how this will shape the future of storage. I’m
going to keep this as abstracted from product as possible, but where
appropriate, I’ll try to show you how products are implementing this
What is Policy?
By definition, policy is “[an] action or proce... (more)
Dave Graham's Blog
In Part One of this Cloud Optimized Storage Solutions (COSS) series, we took
a look at the content being stored on COSS and in Part Two at how it is
Storage within the cloud is meaningless without a measurable level of
performance that it can be compared against. Since there are no established
benchmarks that determine performance of storage within a cloud
infrastructure, it is reasonable to apply tiering metrics to storage based on
content valuation and service level agreements (SLAs) and utilize this as an
overarching methodology to judge COSS storage... (more)
Well folks, it’s been fun being your “EMC Technical Consultant on the
Interweb.” (there are more of us, trust me. ) It is with great happiness,
however, that I get to report that I’m moving over to what has to be the
most exciting innovation within EMC in the short time I’ve been here: the
Cloud Infrastructure Group. Something about the cloud moves me to fits of
joy (or generally, paroxysms of short-lived hysteria) and the EMC Atmos
product line, in particular, is really the future of where I see storage
moving. So, what does this mean to you, my faithful readers?
Well, I’m de... (more)
This is a tongue in cheek video that I took in one of my labs showing why,
for no other reason but fabric reduction, that CEE/DCE/FCoE is a valuable
thing for ANY IT infrastructure.
A couple of things you’ll notice here are:
a.) it’s loud. Sorry about that…this lab is in a thermal chamber and it
gets crazy loud.
b.) I’m running Qlogic 2562 HBAs (fibre channel) and Qlogic 5802V switching
(more switches are coming)
c.) My GigE switches are, in a word, terrible (with the distinct difference
being the Foundry/Brocade switching which is good).
d.) I copt a TERRIBLE NorthEastern accent…I... (more)