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Member Since: 4/4/2014
Blog Posts: 438
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Howard Marks is founder and chief scientist at Deepstorage LLC, a storage consultancy and independent test lab based in Santa Fe, N.M. and concentrating on storage and data center networking. In more than 25 years of consulting, Marks has designed and implemented storage systems, networks, management systems and Internet strategies at organizations including American Express, J.P. Morgan, Borden Foods, U.S. Tobacco, BBDO Worldwide, Foxwoods Resort Casino and the State University of New York at Purchase. The testing at DeepStorage Labs is informed by that real world experience.

He has been a frequent contributor to Network Computing and InformationWeek since 1999 and a speaker at industry conferences including Comnet, PC Expo, Interop and Microsoft's TechEd since 1990. He is the author of Networking Windows and co-author of Windows NT Unleashed (Sams).

He is co-host, with Ray Lucchesi of the monthly Greybeards on Storage podcast where the voices of experience discuss the latest issues in the storage world with industry leaders.  You can find the podcast at: http://www.deepstorage.net/NEW/GBoS

Articles by Howard Marks

3D NAND Goes Mainstream

4/17/2015
Joint flash memory ventures Intel-Micron and Toshiba-SanDisk are overcoming the limitations of conventional planar flash memory by going 3D.

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Putting Erasure Codes To Work

12/16/2014
Erasure coding is used in scale-out object storage systems from a variety of vendors and open-source software projects. Just don't expect it to solve all your data protection problems.

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RAID Redefined

11/19/2014
As storage vendors try to distance themselves from RAID as new storage technologies reveal shortcomings with the data protection system, it's time to adopt a new definition for RAID.

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Hyper-Convergence: The New Black

10/30/2014
With the introduction of VMware's EVO:RAIL platform, hyper-converged appliances are all the rage. The fashionable IT architecture is also coming out in all-flash designs.

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The VVOLs Cometh

10/23/2014
The long-awaited VMware Virtual Volumes appear to be on track to arrive next year. The technology promises a leap forward in storage management by providing VM awareness to storage systems.

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The State Of Enterprise Backup

10/21/2014
Backup is often called broken or otherwise denigrated, but our survey showed that it's alive and well. Here's a look at backup practices in the enterprise today.

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Time For LUN To Die

10/15/2014
In virtualized environments, managing storage with LUNs isn't practical. With the upcoming arrival of VMware Virtual Volumes, we can shift to VM-centric data services.

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The Facebook Data Center Delusion

10/8/2014
There's a lot of talk about how enterprises should run their data centers like Facebook and Google for increased efficiency, but emulating web-scale companies won't pan out for the average enterprise.

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Beyond Cage Nuts

8/12/2014
Cage nuts aren't the only option for mounting IT gear to racks. Find out about alternatives such as MonoSerts and Rackstuds, plus a handy cage nut tool if you want to stick with traditional hardware.

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Server SANs: The Dark Side

8/1/2014
The new technology promises compelling benefits, but mixing and matching storage hardware and software can backfire, as one IT pro found out when his VMware VSAN failed.

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Cage Nuts: The Ultimate Guide

7/15/2014
Here's everything you need to know about those annoying little cage nuts you wrestle with when filling a server rack. Learn how they're different from clip nuts, and get installation and removal tips.

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Waiting For VMware VVOLs

5/27/2014
VMware's Virtual Volumes functionality would help solve storage management problems in virtualized environments. But, like Vladmir and Estragon endlessly waiting for Godot, we're still waiting for VVOLs.

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IT Is A Quantum World

5/5/2014
System administrators need to take a quantum mechanical view when weighing the probability of new failure modes that come with new technologies such as deduplication.

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VMware's VSAN Benchmarks: Under The Hood

4/22/2014
VMware touted flashy numbers in recently published performance benchmarks, but a closer examination of its VSAN testing shows why customers shouldn't expect the same results with their real-world applications.

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A Tale of Two Object Stores

11/6/2013
New storage systems have joined the ranks of object stores, but they're really more general purpose storage devices that use some object storage concepts.

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A Tale of Two Object Stores

11/6/2013
New storage systems have joined the ranks of object stores, but they're really more general purpose storage devices that use some object storage concepts.

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Putting Flash On The Memory Bus

7/31/2013
Diablo Technologies' new Memory Channel Storage devices plug flash storage into the DIMM slots. If Diablo's performance claims prove true, expect to see some fast servers built around the technology.

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SSDs vs. RAID? Fix RAID

7/2/2013
SSD write endurance limitations could cause problems for RAID. But rather than adjust SSDs to support RAID, we should tweak or replace RAID to suit SSDs.

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