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A New Class of Storage: Data Reduction meets 3D XPoint

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The Intel Optane DC P4800X looks like a typical PCIe NVMe SSD – with one key difference.  Instead of using traditional NAND flash, it uses the much-anticipated 3D XPoint non-volatile memory technology developed by Intel and Micron. As the folks over at anandtech.com note, “3D XPoint enables this SSD to deliver high throughput and lower access latency than any other NVMe SSD on the market.” The use of 3D XPoint…

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Permabit VDO on a Linux Laptop – Great Performance and 5:1 Space Savings

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  I get asked about VDO performance all the time and I’ve written several posts about big systems where we’ve seen spectacular performance numbers including 8 GB/s throughput and 650,000 mixed random 4 KB IOPS.  But what about performance on smaller systems for developers?  How about a laptop? A couple weeks ago I installed VDO version 6 on my Lenovo X230 laptop running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 and here’s a…

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Is the storage array on the endangered species list?

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A high-stakes game is playing out today as Amazon, Google, and Microsoft compete for leadership in cloud services markets that are projected to total in the hundreds of billions of dollars by 2020. In the last quarter alone, they spent a combined $9B to build out data centers to support the exploding cloud market (WSJ, 4/7/17). There is little question whether this triumvirate will be successful in their cloud efforts…

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Addressing Bandwidth Challenges in the Hybrid Cloud

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Any application infrastructure that relies on a single data center is only as safe as that data center’s physical resources and the competence of its staff.  Witness the recent S3 outage at Amazon. When you choose to deploy in a single public cloud, you are delegating infrastructure management to your provider. When you’re exclusively running in-house, private cloud infrastructure, you’re entrusting that management to your own organization.  Either way mistakes…

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Reduce Cloud’s Highly Redundant Data

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Storage is the foundation of cloud services. All cloud services – delineated as scalable, elastic, on-demand, and self-service – begin with storage. Almost universally, cloud storage services are virtualized and hybrid cloud architectures that combine on-premise resources with colocation, private and public clouds result in highly redundant data environments.  IDC’s FutureScape report finds “Over 80% of enterprise IT organizations will commit to hybrid cloud architectures, encompassing multiple public cloud services,…

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Transparent Data Reduction in the Private Cloud

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Tom Cook, Permabit’s CEO, recently discussed how to control private cloud infrastructure and software costs by utilizing data reduction software. Data reduction makes private cloud more affordable than ever. This is why, as you’re readying your private cloud deployment, you should be sure it has data reduction capabilities from the get-go. How should you implement data reduction as part of your private cloud deployment? If you’re implementing on Linux, the…

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Controlling Infrastructure and Software Costs in the Private Cloud

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Organizations choose private cloud deployments over public when they want to combine the increased flexibility of the cloud model with the privacy and security of their own control. Private cloud is also more scalable, flexible, agile, easy and efficient than traditional IT infrastructures of the past. As a result, IDC predicts in 2017 there will be $17.2B in infrastructure spending for private cloud, including money spent for on-premises and hosted…

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Effective use of data reduction in the Public Cloud

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  Permabit CEO, Tom Cook recently wrote about how data reduction technology can simplify the problems associated with provisioning adequate storage resources in the public cloud, while balancing performance and efficiency.  The good news is, taking advantage of data reduction software in the public cloud is easier than ever. For example,Permabit’s Virtual Disk Optimizer (VDO) is a pre-packaged software solution that installs and deploys in minutes on Red Hat Enterprise…

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Data Efficiency in Public Clouds

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Public cloud deployments deliver agility, flexibility and elasticity. This is why new workloads are increasingly deployed in public clouds.  Worldwide public IT cloud service revenue in 2018 is predicted to be $127B.  It’s powerful to spin up a data instance instantaneously, however managing workloads and storage still requires analysis, planning and monthly provisioning.  It would be extremely advantageous if public cloud storage capacity could automatically grow and condense to optimize…

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Latest VDO Performance Results – High-end Performance Meets Software Defined Storage

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Today Permabit announced that our Virtual Data Optimizer (VDO), using HIOPS Compression, achieved 8 GB/s throughput when tested on the Samsung NVMe Reference Design platform from Samsung Electronics, Ltd.  This is astounding performance from a single node Intel server platform, particularly one that has no custom hardware acceleration feature for compression. As a follow on, I wanted to provide some background on why we wanted to collect these numbers, how we…

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