As clients manage their need for reliable communications for storage access, host communications, and server clusters, three types of networking are common to modern data center infrastructures. Fiber Channel (FC) Network Switches are common for storage platform data access, while Infiniband Network Switches commonly manage cluster node inter-communications, and finally, common Layer2/Layer3 TCP/IP…
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In a world of persistent data growth, companies seek every advantage to manage storage space efficiently and reduce both acquisition and operational costs, all without impacting performance and reliability. However, with common approaches on the market today, we often find ourselves trading characteristics like performance, simplicity or even reliability, in order to save…
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Last month, INFINIDAT announced InfiniBox 3.0, a significant release packed with important new features like compression, performance analytics and iSCSI. Today, we take a closer look at those features courtesy of our CTO, Brian Carmody, from a recent interview he did with The Cube’s Dave Vellante. Compression: Successfully Overcoming the Performance Challenge “We…
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Everybody knows that the growth of data is having an impact on your storage budget. But do you know the other ways this impacts your overall budget? Sure there’s the IT personnel budget required to manage the storage, but more and more, these arrays are also consuming valuable data center real estate, forcing…
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Did you know the American industrial revolution actually began in Waltham, Massachusetts? Like many of those gathered recently to celebrate the grand opening of INFINIDAT’s new U.S. headquarters, I was ignorant of the fact. Waltham Mayor, Jeannette A. McCarthy, set the record straight during the ribbon cutting ceremony. It was in 1813 that…
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Gartner has named INFINIDAT a “Visionary” in its 2016 Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays1 for the second year in a row. It’s no wonder really when you consider the company was founded by Moshe Yanai, a visionary leader in his own right, who is often referred to as “The Godfather of Storage.”…
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The INFINIDAT team is headed to the OpenStack Summit in Barcelona this week and we turn our focus once again on how to best address the storage needs of your OpenStack environment. Back in 2013, INFINIDAT released a Cinder volume driver for InfiniBox that provides all the features OpenStack administrators need to use…
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Today marks the end of another VMworld event and though it’s time to say goodbye to Barcelona, our team had a truly wonderful time seeing our customers, meeting new people, and introducing them to InfiniBox. Here’s a quick wrap up of the event in pictures: INFINIDAT’s top notch team of enterprise storage experts….
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All the content is set (thanks to VMworld US) and we are getting ready to head to Barcelona, Spain for VMworld 2016 Europe. We are really looking forward to meeting new prospects and showing off our InfiniBox, especially how it can outperform today’s All-Flash arrays in real-world workloads. In fact, our mantra for…
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In this business, a “Dot-0” release represents a major milestone and countless hours of dedicated effort on the part of product managers, engineers and all those that support their efforts in getting a new version of a product ready for market. With significant new capabilities in the areas of compression, iSCSI support and…
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When you set out to change an industry like enterprise storage, you need to constantly deliver on new innovation. Just to note, INFINIDAT is now up to 62 patents granted and another 60 that have been submitted. With the release of version 3.0 of the InfiniBox yesterday, we are very grateful for the…
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Capacity, performance and reliability are the top technical requirements of every CTO and CIO when vetting a storage solution. As capacities move into the multi-PB range, a system architecture that can handle all existing business application needs, as well as accommodate the build out of a cloud infrastructure, is becoming a more pressing…
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We’re in a time when technology seems to reach for bigger, faster, better solutions for business application services, while still continuing to fight shrinking IT support budgets. In order to address an inevitable massive growth in data, companies today are craving lower costs for higher capacities and performance from storage vendors. The fact…
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Ten years ago, if you asked storage administrators about their read/write ratios, they would not think too much before saying it’s around 80/20 across most applications. This was especially true when it came to OLTP workloads and, later on, Virtual Machines. The Change in IO Pattern Over the last ten years, this ratio…
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I’m always interested to see how our customers use INFINIDAT storage. We have customers running InfiniBox in the VMware, OpenStack, Oracle, SAP, and numerous other environments. This time I had a chance to talk to a team which runs our storage as part of their High Performance Computing (HPC) setup. Data intensive workloads…
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Shows over and it’s time to go home. VMworld 2016, I believe, was a huge success for INFINIDAT and for VMware as well. Here is a quick wrap-up of the show from our perspective. Again, we opened the show this morning with a Facebook Live stream that can be found here and we…
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Two days down, one to go. Another very interesting day here at VMworld 2016. We opened the show this morning with a Facebook LiveStream that can be found here. We have done a few of these and if you would like to watch it each morning at 10am PT to see what we…
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Okay, so day one is under our belts.  Very interesting day here at VMworld 2016. We opened the show this morning with a Facebook Live that can be found here.  Each morning, we will be doing a live broadcast about the upcoming events for the day. If you would like to watch it…
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Yup, I did it. I hashtagged the title to my post. Hey, in a world where social media drives everything, I thought I’d give it a shot. It has been an interesting journey since we first started our trip to #VMworld. This year @INFINIDAT is a GOLD Sponsor and we’ve secured our booth…
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Any storage conversation that does not include thoughtful consideration of what is being stored is incomplete. The data in every environment has a unique profile which define its value to the business, and that value determines what services are needed to store, persist, protect, move and manage it. However, that general data profile…
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When it comes to large-scale, mission-critical workloads, INFINIDAT leads in enterprise storage by focusing on the evolving requirements of the datacenter.  Our unique, flash-optimized storage architecture addresses the rise of real-time analytics, performance, availability, and reliability transforming the modern datacenter. As future trends point toward the consolidation of primary and secondary applications on…
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Here is a pretty funny story. My dad was the best support engineer in New England for RCA / Sperry Univac, which later became Unisys. He traveled all throughout New England fixing computer systems for banks, retail businesses and many more. I can remember, in the evenings, him reading manual after manual on…
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The cost of enterprise data storage is long overdue for a reset. Think about it. Not only is the sheer amount of data that your business generates increasing, but the potential value of that data to your business is increasing too.  As a result, it no longer makes sense to purge large amounts…
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In today’s enterprise storage market, there are a few simple, immutable truths: organizations demand high capacity and scale to address their data growth requirements, and ample performance to address their competitive business needs. These characteristics must also be accompanied by low risk and reduced complexity. Above all else, they want to accomplish all…
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A month or so ago I traveled to India to find out more about how data is shaping the world around us.  Why India?  India, like China, has gotten a lot of press in the last 6 to 12 months regarding investments from the high-tech community.  Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, to name a…
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Google “data protection” and you get over 200M hits in less than .05 sec. Between products, white papers, articles and market research, more has been written about data protection within the storage industry than perhaps any other use case. I believe this is because no matter what the application, all data needs to…
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Many IT organizations find themselves dealing with storage sprawl which results in an infrastructure that is difficult to manage, often underutilized and frequently escalating in cost. Much of this has to do with virtualization and the ensuing increase in storage systems required to support virtualized environments. Another factor is the increasing pressure IT…
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In INFINIDAT marketing materials, you often see the phrases “a new enterprise storage array needed to be developed from the ground up” or “storage technology today requires a new way of thinking.”  But what does this really mean? Here are the four fundamental principles INFINIDAT has put into practice in order to build…
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The True Cost of Deploying and Managing Storage Arrays It’s 2016 and I’m still amazed how many enterprise storage solutions are still bound to concepts, designs and challenges I originally learned to deal with nearly 20 years ago. Back then, managing storage was truly a complicated practice that involved: Going through lengths of…
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One of the things I like to keep my eye on is the total amount of InfiniBox usable storage capacity we have shipped to our clients around the world. I find it to be an interesting metric to follow because not only does it represent the sum total of new clients we’ve recently…
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It’s easy to assume based on all the hype that all-flash arrays are a magical cure for all your enterprise storage and application ailments. But, a more thorough examination of the current and future state of enterprise storage demonstrates that this is simply not the case – for a wide variety of reasons….
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Humanity’s data footprint is exploding. Big data, analytics, cloud, the Internet of Things, social media and more, are all driving exponential data growth. Today, capturing, storing and analyzing data at scale presents a unique set of challenges for organizations. It is too expensive, fundamentally unreliable, difficult to maintain desired performance, and consumes too…
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A few weeks ago I had a lot of fun hanging out with my friend Steve Kenniston from INFINIDAT. It wasn’t your average hanging-out though because there was always a camera rolling. Some of the time we were recording content for his Data Unknown video series and some of the time it was…
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“You Can’t Manage, What You Don’t Measure…” Early in my career, I had the good fortune of being mentored by “A Few Good Men.”  No, I’m not referring to Tom Cruise or Jack Nicholson, but to individuals who were able to condense life lessons into profound, “aha” moments for me and my astute…
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Organizations are on a quest to increase operating efficiencies and reduce costs by maximizing the utilization of their precious resources.  One of the key technologies enabling this is virtualization.  The more virtualized an organization is, the more flexible they can be with their resources – enabling the sharing of resources and costs among…
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I recently hosted a webinar based on our first episode of Data Unknown, a new web series dedicated to making data more human.  Data Unknown looks at how data is created, stored and protected as it has become the lifeblood of our business and social lives. During this roundtable discussion we spoke with…
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Everything is big in Texas. So is the OpenStack Summit happening this week in Austin. So many opportunities to meet old – and make new – friends and partners. It’s going to be a very busy week for us in Austin – and here we are, ready for action! The proliferation of OpenStack…
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OpenStack is a growing trend across the IT industry, offering clear advantages in terms of standardization across vendors, accelerated application deployment, increased efficiency, and other benefits listed in the recently released OpenStack User Survey – in short, agility, flexibility, and direct TCO benefits. We at INFINIDAT firmly believe in the power of OpenStack,…
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As consumers, we usually prefer buying products that we have positive feelings about. There is no need to read lengthy studies in order to draw a correlation between one’s positive experience with a product or service, and one’s willingness to pay a premium for it or to make additional purchases. For evidence of…
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In 2013, INFINIDAT began shipping its first InfiniBox that was developed from the ground up as a truly unified storage solution, ready to offer multiple storage protocols for SAN, NAS and Object customers, both in open systems and mainframe markets.  The first versions of the product were delivered as a SAN (block) solution. …
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Why do I like working at INFINIDAT?  Here’s an example of why.  A day or so ago, our CTO, Brian Carmody sent this email to the company: INFINIDAT friends, If you follow tech news, you might have heard that a big milestone in quantum computing happened this week. A research group in Australia…
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“When we have all data online it will be great for humanity. It is a prerequisite to solving many problems that humankind faces.” – Robert Cailliau Data can seem somewhat abstract. We think in terms of bits and bytes. We look at whether data is structured or unstructured. We spend our working days…
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Good-Cheap-Fast? I saw this image from a restaurant recently, and it reminded me a lot of the state of enterprise storage for the last 20 years or so.  To make the analogy more clear, let’s replace the word “Good” with “Reliable.”  Yes, I know this ignores the features dimension, but since Tier 1…
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Is performance really king in the land of enterprise data storage? When I joined Fusion-io, a PCIe-based solid state start-up back in 2008, my job was to evangelize a new data center design and shift the hearts and minds of the storage industry from cost per GB to cost per IOPS.  How else…
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Last week at FAST16, Google presented an awesome white paper stating that “disks are the central element of cloud storage,” and “the cost per GB of SSD remains too high and that cost differential will not change in the coming decade.” This week, EMC responded with a press release that “commits to all-flash…
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Hybrid Array + Innovation = Capacity + Performance + Savings During last week’s post, I took a look at the challenge facing many IT leaders today when it comes to enterprise data storage — how does one achieve both high capacity and high performance without breaking the bank. Today we’ll take a closer…
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Capacity + Performance = Savings There’s no question about it. Everything we do as individuals or businesses that generates information requires a place to store that information. Historically, the only thing we needed at one point was “capacity” — Give me megabytes! There was little concern with regards to performance, features or functions,…
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Testing in the Real World When it comes to software and quality, the term “testing” is mentioned very often and in many different contexts. This has led to many people interpreting it many different ways. When you hear “testing the product”, it could mean anything from turning the product on and seeing that…
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“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”  — Jonathan Swift At INFINIDAT, we pride ourselves on our ability to see what is invisible to others when it comes to the challenges of storing data. For us, this means pushing beyond the boundaries of conventional thinking with respect to how…
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Disruption is the most annoying business meme right now. Everyone is disrupting something. Disrupt or be disrupted. Disruption-as-a-service. Disruption talk is why I can’t live in Silicon Valley, despite it having superior weather and the best burritos. Don’t get me wrong. Disruptive innovation is a sight to behold. It’s among the most beautiful,…
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So, as many of you know I started at INFINIDAT a few months ago doing product marketing.  I like to think that a big part of my role is helping to tie technology to business value.  In doing so, I feel that a big part of that process comes with the words we…
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The majority of today’s enterprises are struggling to manage and store the explosion of data from their clients in the last year. IT organizations have one arm tied behind their backs with decreasing budgets so they are left with bulky old-school storage boxes and Band-Aids. At INFINIDAT we believe in the importance of…
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As we begin a new year, thoughts turn to what we can expect during this time of continued data growth and increasing focus on harnessing data to provide critical business insights. Here are my top ten predictions regarding the trends and changes we can expect to impact the data storage market this year…
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These days, when you hear people speak of what separates one company from another in their space, they often say ‘the people.’  But how do you back that up?  When I think about the provenance of the INFINIDAT team, the first thing I think of is a team of people that probably has…
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Customers buy storage, not because of the type of technology it implements, flash or HDD, for example but because it solves their problems and is affordable. In the growing world of enterprise data storage, an innovative type of storage technology is making waves. Hybrid storage—the integration of flash, disk, and DRAM technologies—is proving…
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The amount of data a business needs to keep on line to be successful is exploding. But most storage architectures are not designed for what we call “Performance at Scale.” Scale up the amount of data being stored and your data center space grows geometrically, as does your power consumption. Scale up the data under management…
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