Diablo Technologies at SFD5 and Updates

Diablo Technologies are the second half of the SanDisk ULLtraDIMM partnership. They came up with the technologies for what they call Memory Channel Storage: using the memory interface from the CPU to talk to persistent storage more-or-less directly, instead of going over a storage subsystem. We covered the reasons for … Read More

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

X-IO and Hardware Defined Storage

In a world that’s gone software-defined mad, X-IO Storage are a refreshingly honest company seemingly devoid of hype. They make storage hardware, and specialised hardware at that. For the software-defined cheer-squad, this might sound like madness, but it’s not. First of all, software has to run on something, and that … 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