Jim O'Reilly

Profile of Jim O'Reilly

Member Since: 4/4/2014
Blog Posts: 80
Posts: 174

Jim O'Reilly was Vice President of Engineering at Germane Systems, where he created ruggedized servers and storage for the US submarine fleet. He has also held senior management positions at SGI/Rackable and Verari; was CEO at startups Scalant and CDS; headed operations at PC Brand and Metalithic; and led major divisions of Memorex-Telex and NCR, where his team developed the first SCSI ASIC, now in the Smithsonian. Jim is currently a consultant focused on storage and cloud computing.

Articles by Jim O'Reilly

EMC: End Of The Golden Era?

EMC has enjoyed three decades as leader in storage, but is grappling with trends that are shaking up the storage industry, including all-flash arrays and white-box storage.

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6 SSD Myths Debunked

Solid-state drives are still gaining traction, despite misconceptions that have dogged the technology. We separate fact from fiction.

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Choosing High-Capacity Drives

From hard drives for specific uses to hybrid drives and various capacity-increasing technologies, there are a lot of options. How do you decide which is best?

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What Will Replace Flash?

Technologies such as RRAM are vying to upstage flash memory, but have a long way to go. Meanwhile, flash suppliers are making improvements.

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Embracing OpenStack

Major system vendors like HP and Dell are rapidly integrating OpenStack, putting the open-source cloud software in a strong position against cloud giants such as Microsoft Azure.

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GPU-Based Clouds

Cloud services from NVIDIA and Adobe using graphics processing units bolster performance and change the way we do video editing and big data analytics.

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SDN Rationales

Understanding the different motivations for adopting software-defined networking provides a clearer view into the technology.

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Converged Ethernet Vs. More Links

Converged Enhanced Ethernet improves Ethernet performance but is expensive. With the cost of 10 GbE equipment dropping and 25 GbE on the horizon, it may be cheaper to add more links.

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SDN Limitations

Software-defined networking is touted as a panacea for data centers, but the combination of faster networking speeds and virtualization restricts what it can do.

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What's Next For Flash?

Today's 2D flash is near its limit. The industry is evolving to 3D flash and developing storage technologies that promise to be faster and denser.

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Do We Need 25 GbE & 50 GbE?

Efforts to bring 25 GbE and 50 GbE to market are underway. Is there a strong case for these non-IEEE solutions? For cloud service providers, there is.

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Compromising Virtualization

Features such as instance storage are taking the virtual out of virtualization. The performance gains are tremendous, but the techniques open cloud security risks.

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The Fall Of The Storage Tiers

With drives and storage appliances rapidly evolving, traditional tiered storage classifications are no longer useful in the enterprise. We need a new system for classifying storage devices based on usage.

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