What’s Beyond the Storage Box?

  For years there has been one way of buying and implementing storage solutions to support tier 1, performance-centric, production workloads. The Storage Box – a bulky, inflexible and expensive purpose-built storage array consisting of tightly knit, pre-defined software and hardware. Customers bought it, used it for three or so years, and replaced it. It…

The Truth About Benchmarks: SPC-1 Matters

Benchmarks: they’re the flag flown by every storage vendor. They’re the numbers behind the big claims, the verification of the promises made about systems. But not all benchmarks are created equal. A couple of flash storage providers recently announced  benchmark results — from homegrown tests. While that doesn’t mean that the resulting numbers aren’t necessarily…

2 Million IOPS – It Takes The Right Architecture

In a recent blog post titled 2 Million IOPS – It Takes A Flash Village, George Crump discussed a joint project for Dell, Brocade, Emulex, and Violin Memory. These companies have built a high-end infrastructure of compute, network, and storage components. To quote George Crump: “The environment was tuned for performance without much regard to…