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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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How to Build the Ideal Storage Solution, Part 3: “Bring Me Your Applications!”

How to Build the Ideal Storage Solution, Part 3: “Bring Me Your Applications!”

In the first part of this series I focused on the hardware used in Coho Data storage solution, and in the second part I described how Coho Data’s software distributed your data across that hardware to provide both performance and data…

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Architecting Large Virtualization Environments Using Web-Scale Storage

Architecting Large Virtualization Environments Using Web-Scale Storage

When virtualization first came on the scene earlier this millennium, projects were generally limited to non-strategic server consolidation efforts and ancillary services. Mission critical services remained firmly in the physical world. Over the next few years, though, as the hypervisor…

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How to Build the Ideal Storage Solution: Part 2 - “It’s the software, stupid!”

How to Build the Ideal Storage Solution: Part 2 – “It’s the software, stupid!”

In part one of this series I explained how a Coho Data storage solution uses the best in commodity hardware offerings to build the next generation of web-scale storage arrays. Now hardware is, of course, incredibly important to any storage…

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How to Build the Ideal Storage Solution: Part 1 - Hardware

How to Build the Ideal Storage Solution: Part 1 – Hardware

  Last week at VMworld 2014 I met Andrew Warfield the CTO and co-founder of Coho Data. We were both heading to the Expo center one morning to meet with others and to prepare the booth for that day’s activities….

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The Five key Characteristics of Web-Scale Storage

The data center needs to change… and fast!  Legacy data center models are simply not able to keep pace with current and emerging business needs.  Moreover, even some modern data center architectures are more focused on technical outcomes rather than…

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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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Journey of a Storage Admin Part 2:  Scaling from TB to PB and the advent of Virtualization.

Journey of a Storage Admin Part 2: Scaling from TB to PB and the advent of Virtualization.

As I mentioned in my previous post,  I was looking for a scale out storage solution to solve some of the studio’s pain points. But before I could, ESC closed its doors. When one door closes, another opens As wayward…

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