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FAST Paper Casts Doubt on SSD Future

February 21, 2012 11:00 AM
At last month's FAST (File and Storage Technologies) conference, researchers from UCSD and Microsoft Research presented a paper, titled "The Bleak Future of NAND Flash Memory" that's put the rosy all-flash-all-the-time future predicted by some in doubt for the long term. The gist of the paper's argument is that the physics of flash, and the researchers' testing, indicate that as flash density increases, the life and performance of flash will degrade to the point that by 2024 flash will no longer be a viable solution.

EMC VFCache: Project Lightning Strikes

February 13, 2012 09:00 AM
EMC's recent announcement of the culmination of the code-named Project Lightning resulted in the new VFCache solution, a server-based flash cache, which may be used as a complement or alternative to flash storage that appears as if it were a disk drive. This lightning strikes twice, though not in the same spot. The first is dramatically improved I/O performance for customers and the second is the challenge that VFCache brings to competitors trying to distinguish their own flash storage solutions.

EMC Delivers On Server-Based Flash Storage

February 06, 2012 09:00 AM
Originally unveiled last May and scheduled to ship in 2011, EMC's PCIe/flash-based server cache technology, code-named Project Lightning, is now available under the name of VFCache. The enterprise storage giant has been the leader in enterprise flash drive capacity since entering this market in 2008, shipping more than 24 petabytes in 2011, an eight times increase in customer shipments since 2009, says Mark Sorenson, senior VP and general manager of EMC's Flash Business Unit.

Automated Tiering Needs Metadata

May 21, 2010 09:00 AM
EMC's announcements of FASTcache and sub-LUN FAST, the feature formerly known as FAST 2.0, has got me thinking once again about how to get the best bang for the big bucks flash memory will cost you. The whole idea of automated tiering is supposed to move the hot data to flash while leaving the less frequently accessed cold data on spinning disks. My question, is how do you determine what data is hot?

Automatic Tiering - It Isn't HSM/ILM 2.0

March 19, 2010 11:41 AM
Ever since NetApp's Tom Georgens said "I think the entire concept of tiering is dying" in an analyst call last month, the blogosphere has been all a-twitter about automated storage tiering, I mean George Crump alone got three blog entries out of it. Unfortunately, many of those writing about automated tiering are thinking about storage as strictly unstructured file data, arguing that better file management with an ILM-like solution would be a better idea. In array tiering, is the cost/performance answer for the problems ILM can't solve?

Predictions For 2010: Starting With Vendors Begining With "E"

January 30, 2010 08:49 AM
So, after some holiday time off and taking care of some unexpected family business, it's time to get back into the swing of things for 2010. I thought I'd kick off the new-year with a set of predictions. But rather than do an all-encompassing set of industry predictions, I've decided to start with companies starting with an "E" first and then move on from there. Here is how I see things unfolding for three "E" vendors in the IT space in 2010. We can match them up to actual events at the end of the year.

Automated Storage Tiering: EMC Is Moving FAST!

December 15, 2009 10:55 AM
EMC has just launched the maiden version of its FAST (Fully Automated Storage Tiering) software that will run on all of its main storage platforms, Symmetrix, CLARiiON and Celerra. FAST addresses a key question for modern storage systems: in what tier should the data be placed within an array? That issue has been complicated with the recent addition of solid state disks (SSD) in the form of flash memory drives (say Tier 0) in addition to Fibre Channel (FC) drives (Tier 1) and high-capacity SATA drives (Tier 2). Note that practically speaking, the SATA drives are not an active archive as the placement of the data is at the block level and not at the file level, such as with Centera CAS (content-addressable storage). However, the Celerra FAST can move to locations inside or outside of an array—such as another Celerra, Centera or ATMOS—for archive purposes.

EMC Delivers On FAST 1.0 - Call Me When v2 Is Ready

December 11, 2009 12:00 AM
This week EMC made a big splash, announcing that they're actually delivering the first version of the FAST (Fully Automated Storage Tiering). Now owners of the latest EMC kit can automatically migrate LUNs from one tier of storage to another. While that's a lot better than rocks for Christmas, it's really just a down payment on the best present ever. EMC is promising more later, and I don't even think they're keeping track of who's naughty or nice.

EMC FAST Brings Storage Tiering To Fibre Channel, SATA And Flash

December 08, 2009 10:45 AM
EMC today unveiled FAST, or "fully automated storage tiering" software, that analyzes data usage in its storage arrays and automatically moves data to the most optimal tier for performance, whether Fibre Channel, SATA or flash drives. The software works with EMC's Symmetrix V-Max and Clariion CX4 networked storage systems and its NS unified system.

Slip Sliding Away

June 22, 2009 09:58 PM
As if we weren't having enough fun integrating flash and RAM SSDs into the datacenter; startup DataSlide is proposing a new magnetic storage device that promises to deliver performance well beyond today's flash based SSDs. It's pretty cool to dream but like holographic storage the vibrating hard drive may be a year away forever.

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