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Storagebod is better known as Martin Glassborow, an IT geek who has been playing around with computers for over 30 years; who at the age of 4 having been left alone in a university computer room proceeded to re-IPL the mainframe. He has been breaking IT infrastructure ever since. A career which has taken in banking, shipping, petrochemicals, seismic and many other industries, Martin is currently adrift in a sea of media working on building one of the largest digital media archives in Europe.
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Sick of storage vendors? Me too. Let's build the darn stuff ourselves

StorageBod Any half-way competent storage administrator or systems administrator should be able to build a storage array themselves these days. It’s never really been easier and building yourself a dual-head filer that does block and network-attached storage should be a doddle for anyone with a bit of knowledge, a bit of time and some …
StorageBod, 16 May 2016
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Free Workload Central

Storagebod Load Dynamix and Virtual Instruments have launched a free modelling tool. Register columnist Storagebod writes: As the role of the storage admin changes, the toolset will change and we will need new tools that assist us. Modelling tools that enable us to work with our workloads are generally very expensive and often have …
StorageBod, 04 May 2016

The beginning of the rise of the Planet Of The LUN Monkeys

Storagebod There is no doubt that the role of the storage admin has changed. Technology has moved on and the business has changed, but the role still exists in one form or another. You just have to look at the number of vendors out there jockeying for position; the existing big boys, the new kids of the block, the objectionable ones and …
StorageBod, 19 Apr 2016

The thing about reality: It's really... persistent

StorageBod I see quite a few posts about this storage or that storage ... how it is going to change everything or has changed everything. And yet, I see little real evidence that storage usage is really changing for many. So why is this? Let’s take on some of the received wisdom that seems to be percolating. Object storage can displace …
StorageBod, 18 Apr 2016
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You always hear about storage's big dogs. How about the little firms?

Storagebod Last week, I was at A3 Communications’ Technology Live marketing event. It’s a smaller event where a group of journalists, bloggers and analysts are briefed by three or four companies. Good fun, a chance for awkward questions to be asked and generally good-humoured banter. It is a chance for some of the smaller and lesser …
StorageBod, 22 Mar 2016

Microsoft SQL Server for Linux is a brilliant and logical idea

Storagebod I imagine there was a sharp intake of breath as Microsoft announced SQL Server for Linux, quickly followed by a checking of dates. Yet it makes perfect sense; it's a very sensible strategic move for Microsoft. My question, and I know I’m not the only person asking this, is: what is the future of Windows in the data centre? …
StorageBod, 14 Mar 2016

The beached whale of storage thrashes on the all flash array shoreline

Storagebod This should be an interesting year for the industry with the mergers, takeovers and companies simply thrashing around trying to reinvent themselves. The recent announcements from companies large and small around all flash arrays has temporarily pricked me awake. Hopefully, at some point soon, the All Flash Array Announcement …
StorageBod, 02 Mar 2016
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Storage in 2016: Could abandonware claims come to the fore?

Storagebod blog Predictions are a mug’s game ... the trick is to keep them as non-specific as possible and not name names ... so here are mine! What is the future for storage in the enterprise? Well, 2016 is going to pan out to be an interesting year. There are company integrations and mergers to complete with more to come so I hear, and …
StorageBod, 01 Jan 2016
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Could NetApp's purchase of SolidFire see the end of ONTAP?

Comment NetApp has finally bitten the bullet and bought an AFA vendor, plumping for the technology-driven SolidFire as opposed to some of the marketing-driven competitors in the space. At less than a billion dollars, it appears to be a very good deal for NetApp and perhaps with an ever-decreasing number of suitors, it is a good deal …
StorageBod, 22 Dec 2015
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HPE and Scality team up? I, for one, am underwhelmed

Storagebod I was hoping that one of the things that I might be able to write about after HPE Discover was that HPE finally had a great solution for scale-out storage, either NAS or object. There had been hints that something was coming; yes, HPe had done work with Cleversafe and Scality for object storage but the hints were that it was …
StorageBod, 04 Dec 2015
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Array with it: What's next for enterprise storage?

Storagebod So I was sitting in my hotel room on day 2 of HPE Discover* thinking about some of the discussions that happened on the previous days/evenings. It seems that even vendors are now coming round to the idea that enterprise storage is pretty much dead – at least in its current form. What do we mean by dead? Well, we don’t mean …
StorageBod, 03 Dec 2015
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Overcoming objections: Objects in storage the object of the exercise

Storagebod My friend Enrico Signoretti is a massive fan of object storage, whereas for a long time I’ve had the reputation of being somewhat sceptical. I've felt for a long time that the whole thing has been more than a little overhyped, with the hype beginning with EMC’s Atmos launch, and continuing from there. The problem with object …
StorageBod, 14 Oct 2015
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I have one thing to say to MacBook users at EMC: Whoops

EMC/Dell deal Here are a few of my thoughts on Dell's announcement that it plans to buy EMC. 1. In a world where IT companies have been busy splitting themselves up – think HP, Symantec, IBM all divesting from server business – it seems a brave move to build a new IT behemoth. 2. However, some of the restructuring already announced hints …
StorageBod, 13 Oct 2015
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Storage's boss blogger could be on the way back

Storagebod I intend to start updating here again occasionally as the itches begin to build up, and I feel the need to scratch. There’s a lot going in the industry and there’s a massive amount of confusion about where it’s going at the moment. I’m having interesting conversations with industry figures and many of them are as confused …
StorageBod, 10 Sep 2015
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Don't listen to me, I don't know what I'm talking about – a pundit speaks

Storagebod A day rarely goes by without someone declaring one technology or another is dead and rarely a year goes by without someone declaring this to be the year of whatever product they happen to be pimping, or be in favour of. Yet you can often find dead technologies in rude health and rarely does it actually turn out to be the year of …
StorageBod, 30 Mar 2015

Qumulo: What the scale-out NAS market has been waiting for

StorageBod One of the things I have been lamenting for some time with many vendors is that there's been a lack of truly credible alternatives to EMC’s Isilon product in the scale-out NAS space. There are some technologies out there that could compete, but they just seem to fall/fail at the last hurdle. There are also technologies packaged …
StorageBod, 20 Mar 2015
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The storage is alive? Flash lives longer than expected – report

StorageBod The Tech Report has been running an ‘SSD Endurance Experiment’ utilising consumer SSDs to see how long they last and what their "real world" endurance really is. It seem that pretty much all of the drives are very good and last longer than their manufacturers state. It's a fairly unusual state of affairs – something in IT that …
StorageBod, 19 Mar 2015
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Don't be afraid, cloudy storage folk, just admit you’re a bit bi-modal

Storagebod We’ve been talking about cloud in one form or another for many years now, and this current iteration of utility computing that has come to be known as 'cloud' might actually be something. And yet, for all of the talk and all of the noise, traditional IT does seem to just rumble on, quietly working away in the background. Some …
StorageBod, 09 Mar 2015
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Another day, another load of benchmarketing, this time from HDS

Storagebod I had hoped we’d moved beyond the SPC-1 benchmarketing but it appears not. If you read HDS veep Hu Yoshida’s blog, apparently the VSP G1000 is "the clear leader in storage performance against the leading all flash storage arrays." Yet when you look at the list of AFAs Hu uses for that comparison, there are so many missing that …
StorageBod, 05 Mar 2015

CloudExpo makes me thirsty. Barman, a pint of storagebeer for my friend

Storagebod It’s late notice for the CloudExpo crowd, but it has been suggested that we need another #storagebeers event and a pretty good opportunity has presented itself. The cloud conference takes place next week (11 and 12 March) at the ExHel Centre. So for those of you interested, we have decided that on the evening of 11 March we will …
StorageBod, 05 Mar 2015
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Oh Big Blue, can't you think of anything new for your product line?

Storagebod "If in doubt, rebrand" ... has IBM completely run out of ideas with its storage offerings? The Spectrum rebrand of its storage offerings feels like the last throw of the dice. In fact, it is not all of its storage offerings that have rebranded, but appears to be only the software offerings. DS8K, for example, is missing from …
StorageBod, 26 Feb 2015
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Traditional enterprise workloads on an all-flash array? WHY WOULD I BOTHER?

Storagebod Are all-flash arrays ready for legacy enterprise workloads? The latest little spat between EMC and HP bloggers asked that question. But it’s not really an interesting question. A more interesting question would be: "Why would I put traditional enterprise workloads on an AFA?" More and more I’m coming across people who are …
StorageBod, 12 Feb 2015
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Get your special 'sound-optimising' storage here, hipsters

Comment Is it April already? I really cannot tell from this post, which poses the question: "Is it really possible that the sound quality of bit-identical audio files is influenced by their storage medium before being delivered to the hi-fi system's DAC?"* Well, if this is the sort music experts are spreading around, then I am going to …
StorageBod, 08 Jan 2015
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Keep an eye on those Object Storage critters, y'hear?

Storagebod So as another year draws to a close, it appears that everything in the storage industry is still pretty much as it was. There have been no really seismic shifts in the industry, yet. Perhaps next year? The flashy start-ups still continue to make plenty of noise and fizz about their products and growth. Lots of promises about …
StorageBod, 17 Dec 2014
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Shaking that AAS: It's time for vendors to stop selling storage

Storagebod In the shower today, I thought back over a number of meetings with storage vendors I’ve had over the past couple of weeks. Almost without exception, they mentioned AWS and the other large cloud vendors as a major threat and compared their costs to them. We’ve all seen the calculation and generally we know that for many large …
StorageBod, 24 Nov 2014