Just a quick post to address something many people either get wrong or just live with due to convenience.
In summary: Please, let’s stop using average I/O sizes to characterize storage system performance. It’s wrong and doesn’t describe how the real world works. Using an average number is as bad as using small block 100% read numbers shown in vanity benchmarks. Neither is representative of real life.
Using a single I/O size for benchmarking became a practice for a vanity benchmark and to provide a level playing field to compare multiple products.
But, ultimately, even though the goal of comparing different systems is desirable, using a single I/O size is fundamentally flawed.
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This one is dedicated to an old friend that’s been asking me to write about certain technologies like a very specific filesystem and whether it should be used as the basis for enterprise storage.
He loves using open source stuff for business, mostly to save money, but also for the control it affords and the sheer pleasure of tinkering (and, I suspect, a modicum of masochistic proclivity).
This isn’t a post against open source (if nothing else, that would be utterly hypocritical since most commercial stuff is at least partially based on open source software).
It’s more about risk mitigation and TCO.
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Just a quick post since I’m getting inquiries regarding the status of my vital signs.
Yes, I’m alive, just very busy helping with the ongoing integration of Nimble Storage into HPE and all kinds of cool AI.
All kinds of training to be done all around, positioning guides to be written, strategy to plan, technology to design.
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In past articles I have covered topics about how Nimble Storage lowers customer risk with technologies internal to the array such as:
Now, it’s time to write a more in-depth article about the immense customer benefits of InfoSight, Nimble’s Predictive Analytics platform.
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As of February 27th 2017, Nimble Storage announced Nimble Cloud Volumes (NCV), marking Nimble’s entry into the cloud space.
For those short on time: Nimble Cloud Volumes is block storage as a service, works with compute from AWS & Azure, and avoids the significant block storage drawbacks of those two providers. In essence, it is enterprise storage as a service, at a competitive price, while retaining all the cloud conveniences.
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