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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Flash Data Efficiency Leader: EMC or Pure? We Know It’s Not NetApp!

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Over the last week there has been a firestorm of news as EMC announced GA for their XtremIO enterprise flash array offering and yesterday NetApp announced their stop-gap Engenio-based flash offering. I commend EMC, not so much for the product, but more for the marketing and spin-up of what’s really important in storage today – Data Efficiency! So, with all this marketing hype, who is the leader in the enterprise…

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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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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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The Big Picture – IT Trends That Matter – Information Growth

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  This post is the third 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 had presented during a local Gartner session. In this post I’ll delve into Information Growth trends that are reshaping the IT environment. We’ve all heard of the “data deluge” or the “information explosion” and even “Big Data”…

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Floods in Thailand – Accelerates adoption of SSDs and dedupe

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Flooding in Thailand is driving up prices and constricting availability of HDDs.  A Gartner Note, “How to Cope with a Worldwide Hard-Disk Shortage in 2012” (G00227631) by Valdis Filks and Stanley Zaffos, December 6 2011, predicts:”HDD costs will increase by up to 20% in 2012″.  Their number one recommendation to cope with the shortage is: “Accelerate the deployment of storage efficiency improving technologies and procedures.” Data growth isn’t going away. IDC…

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