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Dec
21
Are you doing a disservice to your company with RFPs?

Whether we like it or not, RFPs (Request For Proposal) are a fact of life for vendors.
It usually works like this: A customer has a legitimate need for something. They decide (for …

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5
Oct
22
So now it is OK to sell systems using “Raw IOPS”???

As the self-proclaimed storage vigilante, I will keep bringing these idiocies up as I come across them.
So, the latest “thing” now is selling systems using “Raw IOPS” numbers.
Simply put, some …

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35
Jul
26
An explanation of IOPS and latency

<I understand this extremely long post is redundant for seasoned storage performance pros – however, these subjects come up so frequently, that I felt compelled to write something. Plus, even …

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1
Jul
24
What is hard disk short stroking?

This is going to be a short post, to atone for my past sins of overly long posts but mostly because I want to eat dinner.
On storage systems with spinning …

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43
Jun
20
NetApp posts great Cluster-Mode SPC-1 result

<Edited to add some more information on how SPC-1 works since there was some confusion based on the comments received>
We’ve been busy at NetApp… busy perfecting the industry’s only scale-out …

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1
Feb
10
NetApp delivers 1.3TB/s performance to giant supercomputer for big data

(Edited: My bad, it was 1.3TB/s, not 1TB/s).
What do you do when you need so much I/O performance that no one single storage system can deliver it, no matter how …

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54
Nov
1
NetApp posts world-record SPEC SFS2008 NFS benchmark result

Just as NetApp dominated the older version of the SPEC SFS97_R1 NFS benchmark back in May of 2006 (and was unsurpassed in that benchmark with 1 million SFS operations per …

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Oct
19
Interpreting $/IOPS and IOPS/RAID correctly for various RAID types

<Article updated with more accurate calculation>
There are some impressive new scores at storageperformance.org, with the usual crazy configurations of thousands of drives etc.
Regarding price/performance:
When looking at $/IOP, make sure you …

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8
Jun
29
Buyer beware: is your storage vendor sizing properly for performance, or are they under-sizing technologies like Megacaching and Autotiering?

With the advent of performance-altering technologies (notice the word choice), storage sizing is just not what it used to be.
I’m writing this post because more and more I see some …

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4
May
12
NetApp vs EMC usability report: malice, stupidity or both?

Most are familiar with Hanlon’s Razor:
Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.
A variation of that is:
Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity, …

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