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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.

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

Storagebod 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

Storagebod 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

Storagebod 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

Storagebod 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

Storagebod 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?

Storagebod 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

Storagebod 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

Storagebod 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

Storagebod 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

Storagebod 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 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

Storagebod 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?

Storagebod 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?

Storagebod 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?

Storagebod 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?

Storagebod 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

Storagebod 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?

Storagebod 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

Storage Bod 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

Storagebod 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

Musings 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'

Storagebod blog 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

Storagebod 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?

Storagebod 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

Storagebod 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

Storagebod 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
Edison Phonograph

We trust computers to fly jets... why not trust them with our petabytes?

Storagebod blog Listening to The Register's latest Speaking In Tech podcast got me thinking a bit more about the craze of software-defined networking, storage and whatever next. I wondered if it is a real thing as opposed to a load of hype. For the time being I’ve decided to treat software-defined stuff as a real thing, or at least as something …
StorageBod, 21 Jan 2013

Storage for 'Enterprise': What does that even MEAN?

Storagebod I love it when storage vendors invent new market segments: "Entry-Level Enterprise Storage Arrays" appears to be the latest one, from the brilliant marketing team at EMC. And it is always a "new" space that only the company occupies. But are these new spaces real segments or just marketing? Actually, the whole Enterprise Storage …
StorageBod, 17 Jan 2013
Empty racks awaiting customer kit at HP's Aurora data centre

Buying a petabyte of storage for YOURSELF? First, you'll need a fridge

StorageBod A good friend of mine recently got in contact to ask my professional opinion on something for a book he was writing. He asked me how much a petabyte of storage would cost today and whether I thought it would affordable for an individual. Both parts of the question are interesting in their own way. How much would a petabyte of …
StorageBod, 09 Jan 2013

2013 in storage: Flash, file systems and... Is CDMI actually HAPPENING?

Storagebod There are a lot of things bubbling away in the storage pot at the moment and it appears to be almost ready to serve. Acquisitions are adding ingredients and we should see quite a few in early 2013 as well as firms snap up tech to flesh out the next generation of storage arrays. Yes, we will see some more tick-tock refreshes; …
StorageBod, 08 Jan 2013
Four of EMC/XtremIO's Project X all flash arrays

Is EMC really jealous of these nubile storage upstarts?

Storagebod It's kinda heartwarming to see an EMC veep publicly accuse a storage journo of misquoting him on XtremIO - but only because it feels like the spats of days gone by are back. It doesn't matter if it's about network-attached storage or flash; switch around the jargon and you’ll probably find the same blog entries work and the same …
StorageBod, 12 Dec 2012
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Yo, storage geeks: Fancy a bit of scale-out fun time?

Storagebod Recently I’ve been playing with a new virtual appliance; well new to me in that I’ve only just got my hands on it. It’s one of the many that our friends in EMC have built and it is one which could do with a wider audience. A few years ago Chad Sakac managed to make the Celerra virtual appliance available to one and all, and a …
StorageBod, 11 Dec 2012
Plextor M5 Pro 256GB SSD PX-256M5P

Flash is dead ... but where are the tiers?

Storagebod Flash is dead: it's an interim technology with no future. But yet it continues to be a hot topic and technology. I suppose I ought to qualify that. Flash will be dead in the next five to 10 years and I’m talking about the use of flash in the data centre. Flash is the most significant improvement in storage performance since the …
StorageBod, 26 Nov 2012
Remora sucker fish

Software sucks these days - and just maybe it's all YOUR fault

StorageBod Blog Every now and then, I write a blog article that could probably get me sued, sacked or both; this started off as one of those, and has been heavily edited by myself to avoid naming names. Software quality sucks. The "release early, release often" model appears to have permeated into every level of the IT stack; from the buggy …
StorageBod, 15 Nov 2012

Hey, start-ups: Why do you only cater to storage SIZE QUEENS?

StorageBod Blog One of the most impressive demonstrations I saw at SNW Europe was from the guys at Amplidata. On their stand, they had a tiny implementation of Amplistor with the back-end storage being USB memory sticks. This enabled a quick and effective demonstration of their erasure encoding protect and the different protection levels on …
StorageBod, 12 Nov 2012