Five recent results in high-performance data paths.

Five recent results in high-performance data paths.

First, a little context: Co-op at Coho At this time of year, Coho’s engineering team interviews applicants for co-op (4 month) and intern (12 month) student placements on the team. We take these student placements really seriously: it’s an opportunity…

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Technologies that transform.

Technologies that transform.

Change fascinates me.  It always has. More specifically, I’m talking about imposed change.  Not the weather, not the seasons, not the length of your hair.  The act of making a calculated and directed change, of moving a complex system from…

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The 80/20 rule...  for storage systems.

The 80/20 rule… for storage systems.

The 80/20 rule is often attributed to an Italian economist named Vilfredo Pareto. Born in 1848, Pareto was (inspirationally at least) one of the early members of the occupy movement: he observed that 80% of Italy’s wealth at that time…

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The New Data Services

The New Data Services

For as long as we’ve had enterprise storage, products have defined themselves as providing a combination of two things: data reliability and data services. Reliability — and I’m going to wind up some storage greybeards by imprecisely using that word…

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Why your old SAN doesn't scale

Why your old SAN doesn’t scale

This post also appeared as an article in InfoWorld. The speed of flash storage devices has changed how applications should access data and heralded the end of old storage Thanks to virtualization, the efficiency and flexibility of the server side…

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A Web Scale Case Study: Facebook as a File System

A Web Scale Case Study: Facebook as a File System

This week at OSDI (the research conference on Operating System Design and Implementation), Facebook presented the latest in a series of papers that they have written over recent years that document the evolution of their storage system. Given the enormous…

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Engineering for Change

Engineering for Change

There’s this Spoon song that I really like, called “The Underdog.”  It’s a simple, catchy tune, and, to my listening at least, it talks about the challenges of a small independent band struggling with the realities of working with the…

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Step right up: Why I’m excited about VMworld 2014.

Step right up: Why I’m excited about VMworld 2014.

In about two weeks, somewhere between twenty and thirty thousand IT professionals will descend on the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco for what is arguably the largest spectacle of enterprise technology that exists today.  VMworld is enormous.  It is…

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Letting it all scale out

Letting it all scale out

  I must own about 30 power cables for my notebook.  I forget the things everywhere.  I can’t seem to go on a family vacation without realizing that I’ve left my cable at home, and then have to spend and…

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EMC buffet line

Architecture, or carpet bombing?

It’s been fascinating to watch the announcements come out of EMC World over the past week. They reflect a culmination of a strategy that we’ve all seen happen with accelerating pace at EMC over the past couple of years: let’s…

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