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Developing an NVMe over Fibre Channel Strategy

Most All-Flash Arrays (AFA) are setup as block devices connected via a Fibre Channel (FC) Storage Area Network (SAN). The deterministic nature of FC and its inherent low latency are an ideal match for AFAs. As data centers begin to

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Lightboard Video: Analyzing SANs at NVMe Speeds

The enterprise storage industry is undergoing a widespread transformation. Scale-out applications can generate the IO demands needed to justify further investment in storage area network infrastructure. NVMe All-Flash Arrays can deliver millions of IOPS with unprecedented bandwidth. NVMe-oF, and especially,

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Silos of Clusters – Is this the End Result of Data Center Modernization?

Applications like Elastic, Hadoop, Kafka and TensorFlow typically operate on scale-out architectures built from dozens, if not hundreds of servers, which act as nodes in the application’s cluster. Many organizations now use a mix of these applications to derive the

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New eBook: Hyperscale Performance, Is NVMe Enough?

Hyperscale architectures that support Elastic, Hadoop, and Kafka, often vary wildly between organizations and even within each organization. Each workload often needs its own cluster and IT teams are constantly trying new technology within those clusters, trying to improve performance.

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Flash Memory Summit 2019 – Day 3 Wrap Up

The third and final day of the Flash Memory Summit was as busy as the previous two. Most conferences fizzle out the last day; FMS day 3 was still abuzz with interesting sessions and quality briefings. Briefing 1 – Fibre

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Flash Memory Summit 2019 Day 2 – Western Digital

Our second day at Flash Memory Summit (FMS) 2019 was another jam-packed day. Western Digital’s activities before and at the event are so extensive that we’ve broken them out into a full detailed briefing note on their IntelliFlash products and

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Overcoming the Real Roadblock to the All-Flash Data Center

All-Flash storage is taking over many, but not all, production storage responsibilities but because of cost, most organizations can’t justify placing all production workloads on all-flash storage. These organizations then certainly can’t justify placing secondary storage and data protection workloads

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How Do I Prepare for PCIe Gen 4?

2019 will be the year that new CPUs and motherboards supporting the fourth generation of the Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) interface (PCIe 4.0) will come to market – meaning that new storage systems using the interface are also on

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The ROI of Extreme Performance

In our recent webinar, “Flash Storage – Deciding Between High Performance and EXTREME Performance”, Storage Switzerland and Violin Systems discussed the use cases that demand extreme performance over high performance. Extreme performance is for applications that can benefit from consistent

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Does the Storage Media Matter Anymore?

It used to be that the storage media was the determining factor of an application’s performance. However, with non-volatile memory express (NVMe) solid-state drives (SSDs) now having reached price parity with Serial-Attached SCSI (SAS) SSDs, the potential to achieve hundreds

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