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IT Dog getting down and dirty today because that’s what it is going to take to deal with the dirty world of “vendor lock-in.”  There is really no way to dress this up and make it smell nice because it just stinks and although I would roll in something this nasty down at the dog park, I wouldn’t want you to have to live with the smell. I read an excellent article by Chris Mellor at The Register discussing the need to develop a standard for the server flash-storage array interface and it really got me thinking about the vendor lock in issue. “What is EMC up to with Project Lightning?” We all are kind of waiting to find that out now aren’t we?  EMC announced Project Lightning as their foray into the server side flash business, putting it sites on the nice people at FusionI/O, STEC and others.  I am wagging my tail to see EMC recogn... (more)

Big Data, NoSQL, SSDs And Amazon

Typically, the Dog here usually thinks of Amazon as the place with all the items I could want on my Christmas wish list like the “Outward Hound Back Seat Pet Hammock” (I prefer mine in blue, thank you).  But thinking from the IT part of the IT Dog brain, there is a lot more going on at Amazon to talk about. Who Knew? I really enjoyed reading about how the biggest of the big dogs in the relational database world – the mighty Oracle, announced a few months ago they are entering into the not-so-relational space of NoSQL.  This surprise announcement comes not long a... (more)

SSDs: The Beginning of the End for RAM Caching?

For years, the solution to IO bottlenecks has been pretty consistent: (1) add spindles to decrease seek time and increase throughput, and (2) add as much RAM as you can so your filesystems and applications can cache hot data and avoid disk access entirely.  These brute-force attempts to gain performance are inherently flawed and costly.  The price of increasing the number of disks in an array adds up quick, to say nothing of the investment in additional JBODs when you run out of slots in your array.  And although the cost of consumer-grade memory has fallen, relying upon RAM for... (more)

The Many Places You Can Go with SSD Caching Software

Disruptive technology is a term used to describe an idea or invention that typically disrupts an existing market, often completely displacing an earlier technology.  Sometimes disruptive is great (e.g. digital cameras and cell phones), and sometimes disruptive is not so great (e.g. laser video disks).  SSDs are a disruptive technology in that they are clearly changing the enterprise storage market.  The verdict is still out on just how disruptive SSDs will be; as is the case with many disruptive technologies, it is going to take some time to figure out exactly what to do with SSD... (more)

The VeloBit Launch: Looking Back, Looking Forward

The release of VeloBit HyperCache v1.1 is a major milestone and celebration for VeloBit and our customers, partners and investors. I’m pleased with the response we’ve received, and especially proud of our team. I like to pause and reflect at major milestones. This blog shares my reflections on the last year and a preview of what you can expect from VeloBit in the next year. Looking Back Nine months ago I wrote a blog on why I joined VeloBit, outlining our market opportunity and why I thought VeloBit would be successful. I couldn’t be happier with how things ha... (more)