What is an Archive Drive Anyway?

Guest Author: Per Brashers, Founder, Yttibrium LLCYttibrium
A consultancy focused on efficient storage and computing

 

Cold Storage Demystified

Most of the Internet Moguls have been asking for a longer service life. This may be a MTBF of 3,000,000 going to 4,000,000 or a warrantee of 7 years. Either way there are some tricky bits to deal with when talking about an archive class hard drive. The point of this article is to understand what are the top factors that are important to a ColdStorage system.

If you just want to jump to the conclusions, there is a section at the end for that, as well as the asks for both providers and consumers.

While still at Facebook, I coined a phrase, ColdStorage. I also regret coining the term ColdFlash, but more on that later..

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Open Source Paves New Roads to Advanced Server, Networking, Storage and Acceleration Technology

Author: Dave BerryPMC Data Centers

Since announcing our involvement in Canonical’s Ubuntu OpenStack Interoperability Lab in November of last year, PMC has also recently joined the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community that promotes the collaborative development of hardware and software based on IBM’s next-generation POWER microprocessor architecture.

The traction being gained by the open source movement is evident here. Just as individuals are embracing open source as a chance to participate in a revolution, so are leading companies like Google, Rackspace and even tech companies from China. The promise of cross-company innovation and the ability to influence the direction that the movement will take are opportunities that are too valuable to pass up.

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Is your ISCSI fast enough?

Author: Neil Cameron

iSCSI is a great technology. It gives you the ability to create SANs very cheaply and easily, without having to become a guru in Fibre Channel or put yourself into deep debt buying all the Fibre equipment. By using easily available networking equipment, you can add storage to existing boxes, even if you want to go crazy and do shared access, clustering or other high-end features.

A lot of vendors provide basically free iSCSI targets (there’s even one in Windows Server these days), and almost every OS has a free software initiator to connect to those targets. Yes, we can bang on about whether software or hardware initiators are better, but software initiators are free and work so well that most iSCSI hardware initiator vendors have stopped bothering.

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PMC Joins Canonical’s OpenStack Interoperability Lab

Author: Dave BerryPMC Data Centers

PMC recently joined Canonical’s Ubuntu OpenStack Interoperability Lab (OIL), an integration lab where Canonical tests and validates software with multiple versions of Ubuntu OpenStack on different hardware configurations.

When you’re in the business of high-density, high-performance I/O connectivity like PMC is, OIL is an important place to be. Canonical’s Ubuntu operating system and Ubuntu OpenStack are the most popular operating platforms for cloud and scale-out computing. Ubuntu is the hyperscale OS natively powering scale-out workloads on a new wave of low-cost, ultra-dense server hardware based on x86, ARM, and OpenPower processors.

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Can You Optimize Your Data Center Storage for Capacity AND Performance? With Adaptec by PMC Solutions, YES!

Author: Dave BerryIT technician in network server room

I would probably need a data center to help me keep track of how many data centers I’ve visited across the globe. But no matter where they’re located, or what market they serve, they all have a common mission: to do more with less at the highest performance.

Businesses and consumer demand for fast, reliable and secure access to data and content is skyrocketing, forcing data centers to add more and more storage capacity and maintain the high performance that their customers expect.

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A Data Center Fast Lane for Large Files

Author: Dave Berry

Big Block Bypass Mode Improves QoS for Scale out Storage

After commuting in Silicon Valley for a few decades now, I can really appreciate all of the techniques that the IT industry has invented to improve Quality of Service (QoS) for data center infrastructure.Truck After all, in the data center, like on our roadways, ever-increasing scale and density are the mother of all invention!

As an early Hybrid Toyota Prius adopter, I was able to use the carpool lane and laughed at everyone else while flying by and getting to work three times faster due to my privileged driving and the improved the overall QoS I was experiencing. Rules change with technology advancements; now I watch the new electric cars cruise by in my former spot, and it’s painfully clear that big trucks cause the bottlenecks, so maybe the solutions is to let them have the car pool lane!

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Solving the Cloud Data Center Storage-at-Scale Problem

Author: Dave Berry

In 2011, Andy Bechtolsheim highlighted the need to think about TCO with a famous economics quote, “Over the long term, absent of other barriers, economics always win.” Andy,Data Center Blueprint Open Compute of course, is a Silicon Valley legend, and talking economics provided insight into his total approach to innovation. The analogy clearly applies in the data center for storage as the explosion of Big Data arrives.

Data centers deploying storage at scale for workloads like Hadoop Big Data Analytics or OpenStack Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) need extreme capacity and performance/$ that a common 8-port HBA or adapter just can’t deliver. To get there, you need to redefine how a rack can be architected.

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