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So, it’s 1201am and…well, now you know what we’re talking about, hinting about, laughing about, and honestly…what we’ve been waiting for.  The Symmetrix V-Max is here and it’s ready to drop the hammer on what you know about storage.

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Storage Fabric Lifecycles: An Overview

by dave on December 12, 2008


Continuing the thread of explaining the roles of storage fabrics that we’ve come to know and love (FCoE, Infiniband, 10GbE iSCSI, etc.), @rjhintz asked the following question:

What’s the expected technical life of a storage fabric install today before it’s upgraded to a new generation or forklifted out?

There are a few significant events that precipitate storage fabric changes:  the acquisition of technology that requires the change and CapEx/OpEx spend/reduction/allocations. That isn’t to say that incentivized fabric overhaul offerings don’t make any impact, but rather they’re the exception versus the rule.  Additionally, there are other factors that feed into infrastructure overhauls but are beyond the scope of this general discussion.  Let’s look at each of these metrics more closely.

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n Parts 1-4 of the Future Storage Systems articles, we focused on the SAN-facing technologies that would enable scalable propcessing growth, purpose-built technologies for deduplication and encryption, as well as the fabric that would tie nodes together.  However, in each of these articles, I never got into WHERE  that information would eventually be stored.  Today, I’m hoping to remedy that problem.  I’ll be referencing the diagram below as usual.

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FSS Backend Disk Layout Options

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Search Term Reviews: October 15th Edition

October 15, 2008

It’s been awhile since I last did a review of what people are searching for (July 30th was the last time…wow) so, let’s see what’s new.
Search Term #1: EMC NX4
Not really suprised here.  Honestly, take the Celerra NS-20, cut the price signficantly, allow blended SAS/SATA drive trays,

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Search Term Tuesday: June 17th Edition

June 17, 2008

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Having missed last weeks Search Term post (which actually was a good thing), I decided to delve deeper into the search term logs and see what the top reoccurring searches were for this week. Imagaine my suprise (or not) when I found that RAID and RAID group expandability was a consistent theme. To […]

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