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J’s 2023 Storage Predictions: Year of Blockchain and NFTs

In Entertainment, Philosophy, Politics, Storage, Technology by J Michel Metz2 Comments

I’ve long been critical of weak predictions for the upcoming year. I mean, how often can you get to the point where we say that it’s not a prediction to say that there’s going to be “more data than ever before?” I love bold predictions. I actually especially love the predictions that were hilariously, objectively wrong. Just 3 years ago the predictions …

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Storage Short Take #56

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Hasta La Vista, 2022!Happy Hannukah! Merry Christmas! Happy Kwanza! Fabulous Festivus! (Whatever works for you.) This is the last SST of the year, and like we’ve come to expect there are several last-minute news and updates – as well as the usual “predictions.” All in all, it’s a rather busy short take this time around (with loads to get you …

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Napkin Dialogues: FCoE vs. QCN

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In this blast from the past (2011, to be exact), I finally found a blog that had previously only been on Cisco’s blog site. Unfortunately, they killed it off a few years ago, but recently I’ve had to refer to it again thanks to some conversations about congestion and QCN. So, instead of trying to find it over and over …

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Storage Short Take #55

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Winding Down 2022This is likely the penultimate Short Take for 2022, and has several interesting pieces. As always, links are live at time of publication.Storage Media and TechnologySeagate has announced a HDD that’s as fast as a SATA SSD. The key difference are the dual-actuators that work in parallel cut down access times. It’s not as fast as NVMe, but …

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Storage Short Take #54

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Short Take for the Short TakeIt’s an abbreviated one this time around, because of some intervening travel and a busier-than-usual few weeks. As always, links were live at the time of publication.Storage Media and TechnologyPersonally, when it comes to cars I am decidedly old-school. The increased “digitalization” of cars concerns me that we’ll soon have extremely strict EULAs just to …

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Storage Short Take #53

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Time for a Change?Ever since I wrote my recent article on what size drive to use for RAID 5, I’ve been diving much, much deeper into the topic. I picked up the FreeBSD Mastery: ZFS (affiliate link) and have been thoroughly entertained by the authors’ wit, and impressed with their succinctness. I also had a conversation with iXSystems about getting a …

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Storage Short Take #52

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A More Reasonable LengthNo lengthy intro today. Short and sweet. As always, links were live at time of publication.Storage Media and TechnologyTop of the list this time around is my good friend, Erik Smith’s new project – SANdbox. SANdbox is an open-source SAN solution that allows you to run NVMe/TCP-based SANs in a software-defined fashion. It has many of the …

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RAID 5 Recommendations

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What is the recommended size for hard drives used in a RAID 5 configuration? This is an excellent question. I have a feeling that the ‘gut instinct’ answer may seem like “as large as you can get.” However, that is not the case. For those unfamiliar with RAID, at a high level it’s a way of organizing data across more …

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Storage Short Take #51

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Re-Emerging Into The Real WorldSince the last Short Take we’ve had the SNIA Storage Developer Conference (you can register on-demand for $95, btw, and it’s a steal at the quality of content). I’m not going to lie – I had an incredible amount of anxiety about going to the conference. Not because of the conference itself, mind you, but because …

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Storage Short Take #50

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Out-of-Sequence Short TakeNext week is the 2022 SNIA Storage Developer Conference, and there’s a very strong possibility that I’ll not have much of a chance to update the Short Take items as I’ll be on-site and doing my Chair things. So, I figured I’d get this out in advance. This is the first time that I’ll be near an airport …

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Storage Short Take #49

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Miss me?I took a much-needed vacation and so this short take is about a week late. Of course, it just so happens to be the week where a lot of stuff happens, so I’ll try to catch up! As always, links were live at the time of publication.Storage Media and TechnologyWestern Digital has a blog on heatsinks and SSDs. For …

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In Defense of the Flash Memory Summit (FMS)

In Marketing, Storage, Technology by J Michel Metz2 Comments

On August 22, Storage Newsletter published an article written by Jean Jacques Maleval that accused the 2022 Flash Memory Summit as being “deceptive.” This is a very serious accusation. The Newsletter sent it out in its digest as the lead story. Obviously this warranted some immediate attention, particularly as I’ve been part of the Flash Memory Summit as a panelist and …

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Storage Short Take #48

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How’s Your Appetite for Controversy?As if the announcements of Flash Memory Summit weren’t enough (there’s a lot to consume!), the industry is full of drama over the past couple of weeks. Nutanix has stepped in it (again!), Infinidat has its own employee problems, and OpenCAPI was annexed by CXL. As always, links were live at publication time.Storage Media and TechnologyMan, …

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Storage Short Take #47

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A Minor Memo For LinkedIn RequestsLinkedIn spam has gotten pretty bad. But as this Short Take will be published  just before the 2022 Flash Memory Summit, I’ll say it here in case someone has a legitimate reason to contact me through that platform: Unfortunately, due to prior obligations, I will not be in attendance for this year’s FMS. I do …