Category Archives: Big Storage

Ethernet Interfaces Transform Object Storage

Ethernet Interfaces Transform Object Storage

Commentary Jim O’Reilly New direct Ethernet interfaces for object-oriented storage will change the rules of storage, allowing for large performance gains. The idea of direct Ethernet drive interfaces dates back to at least 2001, although very little interest was generated among the very conservative storage clientele. A product platform […]

Software-Defined Storage: How To Pick The Right Flavor

Software-Defined Storage: How To Pick The Right Flavor

2014 Private Cloud Survey SDS means different things to different vendors. Here’s how to decide which variety fits best. The number of storage vendors that claim to be software-defined is reaching epidemic proportions. But the actual software-defined part of storage leaves a lot of room for interpretation. After all, […]

How long do disk drives last?

How long do disk drives last?

blog-drive-study How long do disk drives last? The short answer is: we don’t know yet, but it’s longer than you might guess. Why does a company that keeps more than 25,000 disk drives spinning all the time not know how long they last? Backblaze has been providing reliable and […]

Internap Taps Solid-State Storage For Cloud Service

Internap Taps Solid-State Storage For Cloud Service

Charles Babcock Hosting services giant enters cloud sector, aims to differentiate itself from competitors with high-speed, performance-guaranteed block storage. Internap Network Services moved into the public cloud realm in November with its AgileCloud, and it is now offering compute and storage services from its data centers located in key […]

Object Storage: The Next Storage Paradigm

Object Storage: The Next Storage Paradigm

Jim O’Reilly Object storage is evolving from a data archive to the primary form of storage in large systems. I remember my first object store in 2007. Using a COTS x 86 server with 6 TB of storage, it was powered by Caringo software . I needed a cluster […]

First Look: Facebook’s Oregon Cold Storage Facility

First Look: Facebook’s Oregon Cold Storage Facility

October 16th, 2013 By: Jordan Novet fb-hdds-470 Tweet PRINEVILLE, Ore. – Last Thursday, Facebook began migrating data – primarily pictures – to its newly constructed cold storage facility, within walking distance from its two huge data halls containing thousands of servers. On Tuesday, it opened the facility to reporters, […]

Dell Creates Virtual Storage Blend

Dell Creates Virtual Storage Blend

Slide Show Five Best Practices for Disk Drive Storage Decisions When it comes to data storage, the less IT organizations have to think about it the happier they are. That’s the guiding principle behind a hybrid approach to data storage that spans magnetic disks and multiple types of solid-state […]

Tape rescues big data

Tape rescues big data

Enabling Apache Hadoop on GlusterFS: glusterfs-hadoop 2.1 released

Enabling Apache Hadoop on GlusterFS: glusterfs-hadoop 2.1 released

by Stephen Watt on September 5, 2013 The Gluster community is pleased to announce a major update to the glusterfs-hadoop project with the release of version 2.1. The glusterfs-hadoop project provides an Apache licensed Hadoop FileSystem plugin which enables Apache Hadoop 1.x and 2.x to run directly on top […]

How Memory-mapped Files, File Systems and Cloud Storage Works

How Memory-mapped Files, File Systems and Cloud Storage Works

Kelly has an interesting post about memory-mapped files and the cloud . This is in response to a comment on my post where I stated that we don’t reserve space up front in Voron because we  support cloud providers that charge per storage. From Kelly’s post, I assume she […]