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It's not often that I get excited over new hardware, well at least not on a daily basis but the new Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array was something I felt compelled to write about. So what exactly excites me of what is in essence just a JBOD of SSDs? Could it possibly be the delivery of over 1.6 million read and 1.2 million write IOPS? Could it also be that an approximate 100K price tag for 2TB of SSDs works out at as a much cheaper alternative to flash drives which would have ordinarily been in a capsule residing at the back end of an Enterprise array? The answer is "yes" and then some. Not only is it a cheaper option but being based on Single Level Cell (SLC) non-volatile solid-state technology with 64 SAS lanes (16 x 4-wide ports), 4 domains and SAS zoning, the F5100 provides flexible and easy deployment as well as scalability. In order to really take advantage of ... (more)

Green Storage: MAID to Do More Than Just Spin Down

The fundamental Green problem of all data centers is that they cost a fortune to power up, which in turn produces heat which then costs a fortune to cool down. Within this vicious circle a bastion was set up to counter this, namely ‘Green Storage', which has mostly taken shape in the form of virtualized storage, data deduplication, compression, thin provisioning, DC power and SSDs. Add to the circle power conservation techniques such as server virtualization and archiving onto nearline storage, and you have most companies claiming they are successfully moving towards being ‘Green... (more)

Commentary: Sun’s Oracle Merger

Mergers & Acquisitions on Ulitzer With only the ‘you may now kiss the bride’ custom to follow, the Oracle/Sun marriage (or dare I say Sun/Oracle) is now finally complete. After months of legal wrangling which has caused nothing but embarrassment and dwindled Sun’s stature within the market sphere, reports also came out that half of Sun's 27,000 staff will be made redundant. Thus initial indications are clear that Oracle, known for its past agnosticism to open source has an eye for the merger being based on maximizing profit. In the meantime Sun’s competitors are probably smiling... (more)

The Best Back Up Solution for VSphere4?

When VMware first introduced VCB as part of the ESX package, it never did seem more than a temporary / complimentary solution for customers who had a small environment of 100 VMs or less. With the launch of VSphere4 and the subsequent introduction of APIs which allowed external applications and scripts to communicate directly to the ESX, it was apparent that VMware was beginning the gradual move to offload the backup solution to the Backup experts. Now having run with VSphere4 for more than six months, it seems a good time to assess and evaluate who has taken advantage and the le... (more)

Are SUN to end Hitachi Data Systems OEM Relationship?

On January 26th just prior to the official announcement of Oracle’s takeover of SUN Microsystems, I confidently predicted in my article “SUN’s Oracle Merger” with regards to SUN’s storage portfolio that “One certainty is that the OEM partnership with HDS’ enterprise arrays will continue.” Perhaps it’s time to eat some humble pie. If current indications are anything to go by, it’s more than likely that the SUN agreement of reselling HDS Enterprise Storage may be coming to an abrupt end. Oracle clearly have a different business approach to their customers than SUN Microsystems did,... (more)