Who Moved My Cheese

Who moved my cheese? EMC did @ EMC World.

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“Who moved my cheese” is the allegory of two mice in a maze that discover a cache of cheese.  One mouse becomes complacent, sitting back and eating the cheese.  The other mouse is industrious. While she continues to consume cheese from the original cache, she also explores and discovers a new place with an abundant cheese supply.  One day the complacent mouse wakes up hungry and says, “Who moved my…

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What is….Compression

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This is the third installment in the What is Series.  We’ll publish What is… on a weekly basis to inform, educate and socialize better understanding of data efficiency technology and its business and technology benefits. After reviewing data deduplication let’s turn our attention to compression and discuss how these technologies differ and how they should work together to achieve maximum data reduction.  Like all data reduction techniques compression finds and…

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Tough Challenges Ahead for Pure Storage

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Pure Storage announced its latest round of funding last  week and at this point the investment community has them valued at over $3 Billion USD. What’s more, the key differentiating technology that has the investment community so excited isn’t flash — everyone has flash these days — it’s cost-efficient performance driven by Data Efficiency (deduplication and compression).   In a recent post, Permabit CEO Tom Cook asks the question, “Can Pure build…

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Honey, I Shrunk the Data*

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*How Pure Storage got valued @ $3 Billion. Data efficiency and “EFFECTIVE Cost” have hit the primary storage market.  We are hearing this theme in Q1 earnings reports from the major storage vendors and in the latest funding announcement made by Pure Storage this week.  Analysts are saying the combined impact of data efficiency in flash and of hyperscale commoditization in cloud is “shrinking” or deflating primary data storage. But,…

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What is…data efficiency?

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This is the first in the What is….series. We’ll publish What is… on a weekly basis to inform, educate and socialize better understanding of data efficiency technology and its business and technology benefits. Permabit is committed to the concept that data efficiency is the highest impact technology in storage today.  While data reduction is primarily concerned with minimizing the total amount of data that needs to be stored, Permabit’s definition…

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ZFS compression and Permabit Albireo COMPRESS compared

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In my recent article ZFS dedupe just doesn’t make any sense, I questioned why anyone would use ZFS deduplication. I’m not going to ask that question about ZFS compression, from what I’ve read it’s a well designed feature that for some use cases can actually speed up the performance of spinning disk. What’s missing from ZFS is frankly functional deduplication and that’s a shame because fast deduplication can actually speed…

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Pure 2:1 Dedupe Ratio – Seriously?

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In my last post I commented on David Hill’s piece about Pure Storage. As I look at Pure’s performance I am amazed that they are only getting 2:1 (actually 1.82:1) deduplication ratio. Yup it’s on their web site ! Since we’ve been in the Data Efficiency business longer than most, we understand how difficult it can be to attain good deduplication rates, but a number as low as 1.82 really…

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Copy Data has Huge Impact – Easily Corrected

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Catching up on my summer reading I ran across a great piece on Copy Data by Ashish Nadkarni of IDC. I have to say that I was taken aback by the data IDC had compiled; “Last year, more than 60 percent of all enterprise disk capacity worldwide was filled with copy data In 2012, 85 percent of hardware purchases and 65 percent of storage infrastructure software revenue in 2012 was…

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The Big Picture – IT Trends That Matter -The Cloud

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  This post is the fourth in a four – part series on IT Trends That Matter  In my previous posts on IT Trends That Matter  I reviewed four IT trends that Gartner presented during a local Gartner session. In this post I’ll delve into Cloud trends that are reshaping the IT environment. “The Cloud” seems like an amorphous entity that we all refer to but few can accurately define.…

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