OpenStack Block Storage: Workload Distribution Does Matter

Earlier this month OpenStack Foundation launched Mitaka, the thirteenth release of its open source enterprise cloud platform focusing around greater manageability and scalability, as well as enhanced user experience. For me, the exciting part about the release is that the…

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Google still loves disks, should you?

Last month at the USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST), Google’s Eric Brewer gave a really interesting keynote talk (with an associated paper) on spinning disks and their role in Google’s datacenters.  Brewer’s presentation drove at two main…

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Evolve or Die

This article accompanies today’s announcement of Coho’s participation in Intel Storage Builders.  The article also appears on the Intel community blog. Today’s storage consumer faces an environmental threat. For decades, the hardware environment where storage was built — the disks,…

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Marketing your way to scale-out

Last week, Pure Storage announced their FlashBlade: a blade-based flash storage array that will be available for purchase a little over three quarters from now. Here’s a weird fact: in early 2013, the Coho Data engineering team took the decision…

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Deja vu: Storage goes the way of compute infrastructure

I grew up in a valley nestled in the lower Himalayas. When we needed to send a package to friends in different cities, my dad would send me to the local truck agency.  They would charge arbitrary, often exorbitant prices,…

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Cash for Cache? Why?

Performance in the storage industry is what we all as architects have strived to attain.  This has been a tricky balance when combined with the need to provide availability, mobility, shared resources, and other business continuity and disaster recovery features. In…

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Storage is now a network problem.

The Bugatti Veyron was designed with a singular purpose: to be the fastest, most awe-inspiring, and most envied sports car ever designed. The performance goals were jaw-droppingly ambitious — the Veyron was to be the first car ever built to…

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The year of invisible infrastructure

Here are a few quick thoughts from an interview that I did last week about how the datacenter is going to evolve in 2016. What do you expect to see happen in 2016? The coolest new technology of 2016 will…

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Coho DataStream 2.6 release

We have another exciting software release to share with the world. The 5th release this year brings key new features, Enterprise resilience and performance enhancements to our DataStream scale-out data platform. First up is integration into VMware Site Recovery Manager…

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Coho's SRA plugin - helping you do the right thing™

Coho Data is soon to release v2.6 of their DataStream software. This release is chocked full of goodness; don’t worry there’ll be a blog post covering all the high-level features. I wanted to take this opportunity to explain an associated…

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