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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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Big Data requires Little Memory [aka stealing some of the spotlight]

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With their recent $150M investment, Pure Storage has helped shine a light (more like a spotlight) on the importance of data efficiency in the flash storage space.  And we’re happy to steal a little of their light. Pure is setting the competitive bar for the entire flash array storage segment, but it turns out that Permabit has the most memory-efficient deduplication implementation in the industry.  I’ll say it again.  We…

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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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The Graduate Part II

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Yesterday I was at the Lazard Capital Markets Solid State Storage Day and participated in a panel discussion, “Flash Systems” moderated by Ed Parker – IT Systems Analyst at Lazard with Rado Danilak – Skyera, Max Riggsbee – Whiptail and Stephan Merman – Flexstar.  Also presenting at the conference were companies: SanDisk, STEC, Seagate, Marvell, Silicon Motion, NetApp, LSI and Micron.  It is great to see many friends and customers…

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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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