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)
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)
Nothing tends to solidify a community more than a cause that hits each of us
at our base element: our physical being. In this case, we’ve seen a
massive explosion of support within the storage community with folks from
NetApp, HDS, HP, IBM, and EMC (amongst many) coming to the aid of Nick
Glasgow who is currently undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia. I’ll let
Mark Fredrickson tell the story on his blog, but on a personal note, this
strikes very close to home.
When I was in college, my brother had a friend who struggled with (and
ultimately succumbed to) leukemia. The devasta... (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)
Storage Sessions at Cloud Expo
I love receiving suprise packages. Way back in January, I got a briefing on
a VERY cool server offering from Dell that was going to be part of their DCS
(Dell Cloud Services) offering.
I, of course, requested one understanding it to be an almost perfect density
compute node for my EMC Atmos Virtual Edition testing and design work.
Well, what do you think decided to show up on my doorstep today?
Say hello to the Dell C6100. It’s a dual power supply, 4 compute node, 24
x 2.5″ SAS drive, 2U MONSTER of a platform.
Yes, Supermicro and Tyan have done thi... (more)