EMC XtremIO

This is my review of XtremIO based on EMC’s presentation at Storage Field Day 5. Getting a clear picture of what XtremIO was about from EMC’s presentation was a significant challenge. It’s taken me a few re-watches of the video, and triangulation from other sources (including Solidfire’s presentation, ironically) to … Read More

SFD5 Prep-work: PernixData

PernixData sell storage cache software, essentially. Their Flash Virtualization Platform, or FVP, is a software shim that sits between the Hypervisor (VMware only, according to their datasheet [PDF]) and the SAN (block only, so FC, FCoE or iSCSI attached, no NFS or SMB). It uses server-side flash to hold the … Read More

SFD5 Prep Work: Sandisk

Flash Prices 2007-2010

Sandisk are the other public company presenting at Storage Field. Their financial statements tell a very different story from those of EMC that we discussed previously. Check this out: That’s a pretty bumpy ride through the GFC. Here’s what it did for investors, in terms of Return on Equity: Ouch. … Read More

Phage Wars

Phage Wars is an excellent Real Time Strategy Flash game. You pick a type of ‘phage’ (which is technically a kind of virus that infects bacteria), and your aim is to conquor territory (cells). Each cell will then make more of your phage, and you can infect other cells. Bigger … Read More