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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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Journey of a Storage Admin: Scale-Up to Scale-Out to Virtualized and Back Again.

Journey of a Storage Admin: Scale-Up to Scale-Out to Virtualized and Back Again.

Part 1. It’s not easy to be an IT professional these days and with all the new emerging technologies, it’s hard to distinguish what’s truly innovative in the world of storage. I think back to the simpler days when you…

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Scale-out storage architecture, SDN style

Scale-out storage architecture, SDN style

At Coho Data we talk about our association with SDN (Software Defined Networking) most conspicuously, through our use of SDN switches built into our product. We use these SDN switches (currently Arista 7050s) to provide the connecting fabric for our…

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Hyperconvergence is a lazy ideal

Hyperconvergence is a lazy ideal

[NOTE: Here's a quick comment about this on April 14th, 2014...] Wow. This blog post has generated a bunch of attention over the past few days. Much of this is because Duncan Epping felt that I was trying to FUD VMware’s VSAN….

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Storage and Steve jobs

Software Eats Complexity

  This week a colleague of mine from my VERITAS days and a super smart guy at all things storage, Doug Fallstrom, joined us at Coho Data. I am very thrilled and excited to have him on our team.  Doug’s…

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Strata: A Coho paper at FAST

Strata: A Coho paper at FAST

This week, we presented a paper  at the conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST), which is the top research conference on storage systems.  It happens once a year, and features papers from both industrial and academic labs.  Our paper…

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Data, Storage, and SDN: An Application Example

Data, Storage, and SDN: An Application Example

A lot of the usual discussion that we all read surrounding SDN is about how the introduction of more flexible networks is going to solve a bunch of very real problems from a network operations perspective.  The rise of server…

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Storage by hand

Storage by hand

One of my favorite books of all time is Paul Bertolli’s “Cooking by hand”. Paul, former Executive chef at Oliveto in Oakland, CA and Chez Panisse prior to that, wrote what I consider the best technical cookbook out there. The…

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