Nutanix files for IPO

Short story here. I am not going to pour over their S-1 form to find interesting tidbits, others will do that, and are paid to do so. They are the first of several, though I had thought that Dell would acquire them before they hit IPO. I am guessing that the combination of the price […]

M&A: NetApp grabs SolidFire

This one has been in the rumor mill for a while. NetApp has been needing something to play well in the all flash array space, and it now has something. This said, the array space is very much on the decline certainly with respect to dumb JBODs and smart “filer heads”. That design is being […]

There are no silver bullets, 2015 edition

In Feb 2013, I opined (with some measure of disgust) that people were looking at various software packages as silver bullets, these magical bits of a stack which could suddenly transform massive steaming piles of bits (big … uh … “data” ?) into golden nuggets of actionable data. Many of the “solutions” marketed these days […]

Shiny #HPC #storage things at #SC15

Assuming everything goes as planned (HA!) we should have a number of very cool things at SC15. 100Gb Unison storage system with BeeGFS 100Gb Unison Ceph system 100Gb connection to a partner/customer booth Forte 100Gb is awesome. The first time I ran an iperf bidirectional test, saw 20GB/s … it blew me away. 40/56GbE is […]

sios-metrics core rewritten

This was a long time coming. Something I needed to do, in order to build a far better code capable of using less network, less CPU power, and providing a better overall system. In short, I ripped out the graphite bits and wrote a native interface to InfluxDB. This interface will also be adapted to […]

M&A: EMC gobbled by Dell

Need to think how this will play out. The Register’s take is here. It seems that this will solve the “shareholder value” problem indicated by Elliot Management (e.g. they wanted more return on their investment). As part of the increasing the return and value return to shareholders, EMC had been in a cost cutting mode. […]

As the benchmark cooks

We are involved in a fairly large benchmark for a potential customer. I won’t go into many specifics, though I should note that lots of our Unison units are involved. Current architecture has 5 storage nodes (6th was temporarily removed to handle a customer issue). Each Unison node has a pair of 56GbE NICs, as […]