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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.
GPFS Storage Servers based on System x servers

Big Blue's GPFS: The tech's fantastic. Shame about the product

IBM is a great technology company: so many of the technologies we take for granted can be traced to back to Big Blue. And many of today’s implementations still are poorer than the original implementations. And yet the firm is not the dominant force it once was; an organisational behemoth, riven with politics and fiefdoms doesn’t …
StorageBod, 15 Apr 2014

You'd better get out before the sync 'n' share bubble POPS

Virtualisation guru Chad Sakac hit on something interesting in one of his recent blog posts: he wrote of how a product becomes a feature: in this case "sync 'n' share" functionality. We’ve seen products become features before: remember when deduplication has moved from being a product to becoming a feature of most storage arrays …
StorageBod, 14 Apr 2014
Bullshit graffiti on side of van in San Francisco

'Software-defined anything' is NONSENSE. Don't bother pitching it

I like sales people and marketeers; they are often nice, genuine and good people… mostly. But I’ve got a new service to offer. If you think that you’ve invented a new product sector, a new market or a new concept, email me and we’ll arrange a call. If you can convince me that you’ve invented a completely new concept the call is …
StorageBod, 12 Apr 2014

Tell it to me straight, vendors: Are you cheap and easy?

Is it easy? Is is cheap? These are pretty much the only two questions which interest me when talking to a vendor these days – after years of worrying about technology. Of course, if I was to produce an RFP document with simply those two questions, I’d probably be out of a job fairly swiftly. But those two questions are not …
StorageBod, 02 Apr 2014

Stop fiddling with your VMAX knobs or I'll chop your fingers off

An EMC systems engineer has written a blog post about the VMAX FAST VP array. While it's full of good advice, he unintentionally sums up everything that's wrong with VMAX today: the knobs. The blog in question, written by Sean Cummins, is well written and goes into plenty of detail about getting the best out of VMAX FAST VP. …
StorageBod, 24 Mar 2014
vSAN is that converged storage layer in the storage scheme VMware has cooked up

I, for one, welcome our VMware VSAN overlord

So VSAN is finally here in a released form. On paper, it looks very impressive. I spend an awful lot of time looking at scale-out storage systems – looking at ways to do them faster, cheaper and better. And although I welcome VMware and VSAN to the party, I don’t think I’m really the target market: the product’s not really ready …
StorageBod, 12 Mar 2014
How to strangle a chicken - Aussie style

My work-from-home setup's better than the office. It's GLORIOUS

I’ve been fairly used to the idea that my PC at home is substantially better than my work one; this has certainly been the case for me for more than a decade. I’m a geek and I spend more than most on my personal technology environment. However, it is no longer just my home PC. I’ve got better software tools and back-end systems …
StorageBod, 11 Mar 2014

Ignore the pie-in-the-sky storage roadmaps. This is what's REALLY afoot

Roadmap! Roadmap! Bring out your roadmaps... I’ve now seen roadmaps going way off into the future and it is a pain. As soon as I start speculating about the future of storage, people seem to get very worried about breach of NDAs. But some general themes are beginning to appear. 1) Traditional RAID5 and RAID6 data protection …
StorageBod, 18 Feb 2014
Chinese Angry Bird toy rip-off

Oh, so you've founded a disruptive storage upstart? Do tell me more

So you’ve founded a new storage business. You’ve got a great idea and you want to disrupt the market. Good for you. But you want to maintain the same old margins as the old crew? Where do we start... So you build your startup around commodity hardware, using the same gear I can buy off the shelf from PC World or order from my …
StorageBod, 17 Feb 2014
big droplets falling from rain cloud

Commoditisation. It's HAPPENING. This is NOT a drill

Your mileage may vary somewhat but 2014 is already beginning to get interesting from a storage point of view. And it appears to have little to do with technology or perhaps too little technology. Perhaps the innovation has stopped? Or perhaps we’re finally beginning to see the impact of Google/Amazon and Azure on the Enterprise …
StorageBod, 07 Feb 2014
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IBM's bailed out of the server market - will they dump Storwize next?

January's not even ended yet and already we have an interesting technology market happening; IBM’s withdrawal from the x86 server market does lead to a number of questions. Not only the future of IBM is under the spotlight, but also what IBM execs feel the future of the market is. Could this be yet another sector they withdraw …
StorageBod, 29 Jan 2014
Dragon

No one's likely to get rich selling disks in '14... but it won't stop 'em trying

As we ended 2013, we saw both winners and losers in the world of flash, for example: Violin Memory crashing as it struggled to increase sales and reduce burn; yet Pure Storage seem to be on a stellar rise - and hiring like maniacs, I hear. A UK launch is imminent and its is going to be an interesting one to watch. All-flash …
StorageBod, 21 Jan 2014
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Never mind software-defined HYPE, 2014 will be the year of REALLY WEIRD storage boxen

As as we come to the end of another year, it's worth looking forward to see what – if anything – is going to change in the storage world next year, because this year has pretty much been a bust as far as innovation and radical new products are concerned. So what is going to change? I get the feeling not a huge amount will. …
StorageBod, 19 Dec 2013

Oh no, RBS has gone titsup again... but is it JUST BAD LUCK?

And here we go again, another IT systems failure at RBS. RBS appears to have been having a remarkable run of high-profile core-system failures, but I suspect that it has been rather unlucky or at least everyone else has been lucky. Ross McEwan, the new chief executive of RBS admitted to us in a canned statement that "decades of …
StorageBod, 05 Dec 2013
Soul of a New Machine

Big Data is getting too damn big - and nobody is helping to fix this

As vendors race to be better, faster and to differentiate themselves in an already busy marketplace, the real needs of the storage teams can be left unmet - and also those of the storage consumer. At times it is as if the various vendors are building dragsters, calling them family saloons and hoping that nobody notices. The …
StorageBod, 26 Nov 2013
Four of EMC/XtremIO's Project X all flash arrays

EMC's flashy XtremIO? I Xpect it will be great... in a few years

So we finally have general availability for XtremIO – not that general is much different from directed availability: it is still going to be pretty hard to get hold of an XtremIO if you want one. And that is of course a big *if*: do you really need an all-flash array? Can you use it? Is it just going to be a sledge-hammer to …
StorageBod, 25 Nov 2013

Nothing to SNIA at: Not dissing storage specs now, are ya?

At Storage Networking World in Europe – the big one when it comes to conferences for storage pros – I had a chance to sit down with David Dale of Storage Networking Industry Association, who told me that companies that have never been interested in standards are suddenly becoming interested in standards. We also talked about …
StorageBod, 18 Nov 2013
Discovery makes its exit: NASA

Storage upstarts, you disappoint me. Are you building SHELFWARE?

Sitting on the exhibition floor at Powering the Cloud, you sometimes wonder how many of these companies will be still here next year: the sheer volume of flash startups is quite frightening – I can see five of them just from where I am sitting. There's Pure, Tintri, Nimble, Fusion-IO, Violin – but an ever-expanding number are …
StorageBod, 06 Nov 2013
Death Watch Beetle

Tape rocks for storage - if you don't need to, um, access your data

Watching the SpectraLogic announcements from afar and getting involved in a conversation about tape on Twitter has really brought home the ambivalent relationship I have with tape; it is a huge part of my professional life but if it could be expunged from my environment, I’d be more than happy. Ragging on the tape vendors does …
StorageBod, 14 Oct 2013
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The LUN must DIE. Are you with me, storage bods?

I know people think that storagebods are often backward thinking and hidebound by tradition and there is some truth in that. But the reality is that we can’t afford to carry on like this. Demands are such that we should grasp anything which makes our lives easier. However, we need some help with both tools and education. In …
StorageBod, 08 Oct 2013
usb hamster wheel

How to design a storage array: NOT LIKE THAT, buddy

We’ve had a few announcements from vendors recently and I've seen all manner of storage roadmaps. If I had one comment to make on all of these, it would be to say that if I were to design an array or a storage product, I probably wouldn’t start from where most of these guys are starting. There appears to be a real fixation on …
StorageBod, 03 Oct 2013
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When the SSD came to storage land: How flashy upstarts got their break

Of all the recent changes in the storage landscape over the past five years, the most dramatic is the coming of flash-based storage devices. Half a decade ago, we were talking about general purpose, multi-tier arrays, automated tiering and provisioning – all coming together in a single monolithic device. The multi-protocol …
StorageBod, 26 Sep 2013
Cirrus clouds

5 years in storage: Flash mutants, big data and (WTF is) the cloud

Over the last five years, there have certainly been a few structural changes: the wannabes and the could've-beens have mostly disappeared through acquisition or general collapse. But the big players are still the big players: EMC, HDS, HP, IBM and NetApp still pretty much dominate the industry. And the big firms core products …
StorageBod, 25 Sep 2013

Those vendor blog sods fog the cogs. Wish they'd slog for user bods

Today is the fifth anniversary of the Storagebod blog. I had blogged a bit before and had commented on various posts about storage, but nearly all of them – and indeed, enterprise technology blogs in general – were aimed at vendors and resellers. The voice of the “user” was mostly missing… and so Storagebod was born. At the time …
StorageBod, 20 Sep 2013
Isilon 3-node S200

Storage rage: Like getting a nice steak and being told to only eat 80% of it

Despite compression, dedupe and other ways people try to reduce and manage the amount of data that they store, it still seems that many storage infrastructure managers tend to waste many thousands of pounds just by using it according to the vendor’s best practice. I spend a lot of my time with clustered file-systems of one type …
StorageBod, 12 Sep 2013

In London on 25 Sept? Join us in the pub: It's time for storagebeers

So as the evenings draw in, what could be nicer than a decent pint of beer with great company? Well, this isn’t that. It’s a #storagebeers to be held in London on 25 September. There’s a few storage events around this date and we thought that it would be an ideal opportunity to bring the storage community together. So if you …
StorageBod, 12 Sep 2013
River Nile

Hey, EMC. You and I are seriously falling out over this marketing crap

Word has reached me that EMC's marketing dept may not be reacting quite so well to my previous post; yet if truth be known, I actually toned down what I really wanted to write because I wanted to ensure that people who I like and have time for didn’t catch too much flak. Although I speak only for myself, I know that I am not the …
StorageBod, 05 Sep 2013
New EMC VNX range

Snide hashtags, F1 cars, death by PowerPoint: I'm sick of EMC hypegasms

EMC has done it again and managed to turn what could have been an interesting product refresh into something that just irritates me and many others. It's ongoing teaser campaign started off badly when the storage giant's marketing types put up a "sneak preview" video and decided to have a dig at their lead competitor – then the …
StorageBod, 04 Sep 2013

Don't let the SAN go down on me: Is the storage array on its way OUT?

With EMC saying it plans to put VMAX into the "capacity tier"* and suggesting that performance cannot be met by the traditional SAN, are we finally beginning to look at the death of the storage array? The storage array as a shared monolithic device came about almost directly as the result of distributed computing; the necessity …
StorageBod, 16 Aug 2013
Killer whale

Enterprise whales leave R&D to the startup minnows

Why are the small flash vendors innovating while the big boys don't bother? Why are they leaving them for dust? More to the point, do the big firms care? Innovation in large companies is very hard; you have all the weight of history pressing down on you and few large companies are set up to allow their staff to really innovate. …
StorageBod, 09 Aug 2013

Psst. Want to stop the data drip of leaky clouds but don't know how? Look here

Edward Snowden’s revelations about the activities of the various Western security organisations have not come as a real surprise. Yet they were a wake-up call to how the landscape of our own personal data security has changed. Multiple devices and increased mobility have meant that we have looked for ways to ensure that we have …
StorageBod, 05 Aug 2013
big droplets falling from rain cloud

Understanding what's going on in storage arrays is like doing MAGIC

As the announcements and acquisitions which fall into the realms of Software Defined Storage – or "storage", as I like to call it – continue to come, one starts to ponder how this is all going to work in the real world. I think it is extremely important to remember that you are going to need hardware to run this software on. …
StorageBod, 15 Jul 2013
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Sysadmins: Everything they told you about backup WAS A LIE

So, you're a sysadmin, slaving away to maintain the impossible 100 per cent uptime demanded by The Powers That Be. How many common myths about storage do you really believe? More to the point, how many of these common myths do your bosses believe? Of course, it really doesn’t matter which backup vendor you use - the myths are …
StorageBod, 12 Jul 2013

EMC's ViPR is great ... for other vendors, at least

Storagebod recently had the chance to chat to Amitabh Srivastava, head of EMC’s Advanced Software division and one of the principal architects of ViPR. Srivastava is not a storage guy - in fact, his previous role with Microsoft sticks him firmly in the compute/server camp - but cited his experience in building out the Azure …
StorageBod, 03 Jul 2013

When Apple needs speed and security in Mac OS X, it turns to Microsoft

I was looking through the documentation for Mavericks - the next major Mac OS X release - to find out more about the tags and other extra metadata we'll soon be able to add to our files. The feature was mentioned during the keynote at last week's Apple Worldwide Developer Conference in California. It made me wonder whether …
StorageBod, 20 Jun 2013

No one ever got fired for buying enterprise storage, right?

The concept of enterprise storage - kit sold by large companies who charge very high margins for providing hardware and support services - is more or less done. Sound like a rash statement to you? I'll explain what I mean. Pretty much all the functionality that you might expect to be put into a storage array has been done and …
StorageBod, 04 Jun 2013
Being haunted

Easy rip'n'replace storage using cheap kit? Nooooo, wail vendors

Does your storage sales rep have a haunted look yet? If they work for one of the traditional vendors, they should be concerned about their long-term prospects. If I was working storage sales, I’d certainly be wondering about what my future holds. Of course, most salesmen look no further than the next quarter’s target, but …
StorageBod, 03 Jun 2013
Sleeping

Hey, you, dev. What do you mean, storage is BORING?

Many years ago, as an entry-level systems programmer, I decided there were two teams that I was never going to join: the test team and the storage team - because they were boring.* A fellow blogger has a habit of referring to storage as snorage and I suspect that is the attitude of many. So why do I keep doing storage? Well, …
StorageBod, 24 May 2013
Rattlesnake

EMC's ViPR: Is it really that venomous?

There’s a lot of discussion about what EMC's ViPR is and what it isn’t. How much of this confusion is deliberate and how much is simply the normal of fog of war which pervades the storage industry? Firstly, it's a messy announcement; there’s a hotch-potch of products here, utilising IP from acquisitions and from internal EMC …
StorageBod, 15 May 2013
Elephant

IBM storage crew: Why bury your BEST kit at the back of the larder?

El Reg storage man Chris Mellor’s pieces on IBM’s storage revenues here and here make for some interesting reading. Things are not looking great with the exception of XIV and Storwize products. I am not sure whether Mellor’s analysis is entirely correct as it is hard to get any granularity from IBM. But his take on Big Blue …
StorageBod, 30 Apr 2013

Diagnostics tools ARE useful, but more for the vendor than me

It never ceases to amaze me that vendors believe that they can charge an additional fee for something which makes their product work properly, as it should have done in the first place. I believe certain products should be free and I struggle in many ways to understand why they're not. I can’t imagine they are sold an awful lot …
StorageBod, 23 Apr 2013

Damn you, world! WHY can't I have an object store on my desktop?

Another year, another conference season sees me stuck on this side of the pond watching the press releases from afar, promising myself that I’ll watch the keynotes online - or "on demand" as people have it these days. I never find the time and have to catch up with the 140 character synopses that regularly appear on Twitter. I …
StorageBod, 09 Apr 2013
Milky Way systems

I've got a super free multi-petabyte storage box for you: /dev/null

As data volumes increase in all industries and the challenges of information management continue to grow, we look for places to store our hoarded bytes. Inevitably the subject of archiving and tape comes up. It is the cheapest place to archive data by some way; my calculations give tape a four-year cost of something in the …
StorageBod, 27 Mar 2013
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Corporate IT bod? Show 'em what it costs and management WILL pay

Getting IT departments to start thinking like service providers is an uphill struggle; getting beyond cost-to-value seems to be a leap too far for many. I wonder if it is driven by fear of change or simply a fear of assessing value. How do you assess the value of a service? Well, arguably, it is quite simple ... it is worth …
StorageBod, 20 Mar 2013
Flashman

Flashman and the Mountain of Disk

Flash, flash and more flash seems to be the order of the day from all vendors; whether that is flash today or flash tomorrow; whether it’s half-baked, yesterday’s left-overs rehashed or an amuse-bouche; 2013 is all about the flash. Flashman Large and small, the vendors all have a story to tell but flash still makes up a tiny …
StorageBod, 14 Mar 2013
VMSAX detail

Storage fan seeks 'mature' cash cow for 'something more'

It may come as a surprise to some people, especially reading this, but I quite like the Symmetrix (VMAX) as a platform. Sure, it's a bit long in the tooth - in marketing speak, "a mature platform". It's also a bit arcane at times - Symmetrix administrators sometimes speak a different language and use acronyms when a simple word …
StorageBod, 11 Mar 2013
VMSAX detail

EMC: No need to swallow an array - just breathe in our storage cloud

So EMC has finally announced the VMAX Cloud Edition: which according to this blogger is an iteration that has little to do with technology and everything to do with the way that EMC wants us to consume storage. Firstly, let's discuss the cost model - in many ways the most important part of the announcement. EMC has now moved to …
StorageBod, 04 Mar 2013

Who'll do a Red Hat on open-source storage?

Are we heading for a Linux moment in the storage world where an open-source "product" truly breaks out and causes the major vendors a headache? I’ve had this conversation a few times recently with both vendors and end users - and the general feeling is that we are pretty close to it. What is needed is for someone to do a Red Hat …
StorageBod, 26 Feb 2013
Chronometer

Don't be shy, vendors: Let's see those gorgeous figures

One of the frustrations when dealing with vendors is actually getting real availability figures for their kit. You will mostly get generalisations, such as "it is designed to be 99.999 per cent available" or perhaps "99.9999 per cent available". But what do those figures really mean to you and how significant are they? Well, 99. …
StorageBod, 11 Feb 2013
Lenticular Cloud

Cloud doctors, DevOps and unconferences: Pass the Vicodin

At the recent London CloudCamp - "an unconference where early adopters of Cloud Computing technologies exchange ideas" - there was a lot of discussion about DevOps on the UnPanel. As the discussion went on, I was expecting the stage to be stormed by some of the older members in the audience. Certainly some of the tweets and the …
StorageBod, 01 Feb 2013