Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Storage Provider about Data Efficiency

Top 10 Questions to ask your Storage Provider about Data Efficiency: Question #1- Block Size

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Question 1: At what granularity (block size) does your technology recognize duplicates? Best Answer: 4 KB blocks Unlike storage for backup, primary storage is characterized by high random access throughput and low latency. To be effective in primary storage, deduplication needs to scale with customers’ performance requirements and to run inline. For high-performance, flash-based storage devices, it must be able to operate at or above the 1M IOPS level when…

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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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Pure Storage looks up at EMC XtremIO?

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Looking up at EMC XtremIO? It’s been an exciting day in the storage industry. EMC held a coming out party for XtremIO – their all flash array.  When EMC makes such a significant announcement people listen.  Notably they have shipped a reported $30-50M of XtremIO. Are they the new industry leader in flash storage?  Time will tell, but that is a good bet. I saw an interesting comment from Scott (I raised $150M)…

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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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VDO at One Million IOPS: Zero Hour for Tier Zero

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Yesterday Permabit announced that Albireo VDO has achieved 1 million sequential IOPS and 500 thousand random IOPS, which (to the best of my knowledge) are the highest performance numbers achieved by anyone, ever for a storage system with deduplication.  As a follow on, I wanted to provide some background on why we bothered to collect these numbers, how we got them, and what they mean to the industry as a…

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STOP! Over! Provisioning! Flash! Arrays! Solve the problem with Data Efficiency

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In a Storage Newsletter article/tech alert from Skyera titled “Most SSD Array Vendors Overcharge Customers” it was revealed that there is significant over-provisioning by SSD vendors that raises the cost to the end customer. Over-provisioning occurs to increase flash life-cycles while the extra memory sits unused until failures occur. This is raising the cost of flash arrays by an average of 28% according to Skyera. Given the cost differential of…

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2015 is closer than you think!

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Recently we had a briefing with Mark Peters at ESG about the state of the storage market and about data efficiency adoption by the major vendors. His view is that most if not all the “majors” have data efficiency “waiting in the wings.” There is a herd mentality that occurs in IT/Storage… evidence abounds in  Cloud, Big Data, SDS and Flash Storage. Mark observed that once one major vendor plants…

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1,000 Going on 3,000

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Today we announced that our OEM partners have shipped over 1,000 units of Albireo deduplication software in disk and flash arrays over just the last 6 months.  We are on target to hit 3,000 by the end of the year. The results affirm that Permabit is the industry’s leading data efficiency pure-play.  Pure Storage, the only other significant pure-play deduplication vendor is “celebrating” shipments of just “100s” over their lifetime…

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