Google still loves disks, should you?

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

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

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

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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The year of invisible infrastructure

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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The private cloud is dead

The private cloud is dead

Long live the private cloud. There has been a lot of discussion (perhaps gesticulation is a better word) this week in the wake of the announcement that Dell, a massive and privately held server company, is about to borrow a…

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Welcome to the age of craft infrastructure.

Welcome to the age of craft infrastructure.

When I was a college student, there were two or three major breweries in Canada.  All their beer tasted the same, but we (as Canadians) took comfort in the fact that at least it had something along the lines of…

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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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