See You At Flash Memory Summit

August 2, 2013


Piper Jaffrey Says Fusion-io and OCZ Poised for Major Success Due to Romley Processor

February 21, 2012

Andrew Nowinski  Storage Analyst from Piper Jaffray & Co:

(repost from Wall Street Transcript)

Third, and I would say the area that I am most excited about, is the PCIe flash storage market. The upcoming launch of the Romley processor this quarter will dramatically improve server performance, which in turn will exacerbate the need for high-performance storage. Storage performance just really hasn’t kept pace with server performance over the last five years, which means servers sit idle, and are essentially underutilized while they wait for data from the external storage array. So to eliminate that bottleneck, vendors like Fusion-io and OCZ have developed solutions based on PCIe flash storage.

Barclays Believes In Violin Memory

February 20, 2012

Violin Memory – All Flash Memory Arrays Seeing Increased Interest

Violin Memory is a privately held emerging player in storage, offering all SSD Flash storage arrays for primary data. Violin’s storage arrays connect to servers and provide significantly improved performance over traditional HDD/SSD hybrid storage arrays. The company’s solutions are used in environments that require high power and capacity with little to no latency. According to Violin, its SSD arrays can help accelerate the performance of applications in database environments (for reporting and transaction acceleration), Web servers, scientific computing (HPC), and Tier 0 storage. In June of 2010, Violin acquired Gear6, a company focused on Memcaching, a distributed memory caching system for web and cloud environments, which helps increase utilization among server and storage assets. The company has key strategic relationships with Toshiba (a supplier of its NAND Flash) and Juniper, who have each made significant investments in the company over the past several years.

Violin’s go-to-market strategy consists of its direct sales force, key VARs, and co-branded joint-selling agreements with HP (to compete against Exadata) and IBM to deploy IBM’s GPFS file system in clustered, scale-out environments. Violin’s solution is seeing significant interest in databases running Oracle, DB2 and SQL. Violin has previously stated that it expects to exit its current fiscal year (ending in January 2012) with $100mm in trailing revenue, with a go forward run-rate of $40 million-$50 million per quarter. We believe the company is looking to fill out its solution set with feature-rich software and could look to acquire new point products or develop these capabilities internally. Violin’s technology already includes data management tools but the company seems to be looking at adding increased features and functionality over time. We believe that both all-flash memory arrays and flash-based PCIe-based server storage represent the next wave of technologies that are altering the landscape of the storage industry. We believe that customers can find compelling use cases for these solutions and that Violin Memory (as well as companies such as Fusion-io) will continue to gain share within this growing market.

(Copyrighted Material from Barclays Capital Equity Research)

The One Place You MUST BE Next Week

August 9, 2010

Too good to be true? Make me prove it…

April 19, 2010


Taking disruptive technology to early adoption is in my DNA — the very fabric of who I am.  I’ve had the privilege to engage with great technologists — many of whom remain colleagues today.  As many of you know, I am recently on board at Xiotech, some of which was part of Seagate until a few years ago and is still an integral part of our ownership and our IP.  The messaging in the storage space can be confusing — here are some ideas that may help break through the noise.  So here’s your challenge:


Q:  What do IBM, HP, Dell, EMC, NetApp, 3Par, Compellent and Xiotech have in common?

A:  We all use disk drives manufactured by Seagate.

No matter which storage vendor you deploy, Seagate drives are at the heart of the technology.  Now let me share with you Xiotech’s Integrated Storage Element (ISE).  We take the very same Seagate technology to the next level — after all, we know these drives better than any other storage vendor.


PLAN #1:  Deploy 100 $20k storage subsystems of [INSERT YOUR BRAND HERE] each costing  15% to keep under maintenance in years 4 & 5 (assuming 3 year warranty) = $600,000. 

PLAN #2:  Acquire xiotech ISE @ 30% less initial acquistion cost/space/energy to produce the same performance (or better) and pay $0 in hardware maintenance over 5 years. 

          or – use the comparable acquisition cost to get 30% more performance from the start

          or – use the NPV of the maintenance to get more performance/density

If you’re a former client from FileTek, Agilis, Sensar, Verity, Immersion or Fusion-io, you’ve seen what I’ve seen:  disruptive technology making a significant difference — and Xiotech ISE is no different.

Don’t believe me?  MAKE ME PROVE IT!


LUG 2010 This Week in Stunning Monterey!

April 12, 2010


Lustre Advanced User Seminar 2010 Agenda

Wednesday, April 14 – Seascape Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor, Seascape Conference Center

8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast – Riviera Room, 3rd Floor, Seascape Conference Center
9:00 – 10:30 Lustre Tips and Tricks

Andreas Dilger, Oracle
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break – Foyer, 2nd Floor, Seascape Conference Center
11:00 – 12:00 Administering Lustre at Scale, Lessons Learned at ORNL

Jason Hill, ORNL
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch – Riviera Room, 3rd Floor, Seascape Conference Center
1:00 – 2:30 A Look Inside HSM

Aurelien Degremont and Thomas Leibovici, CEA
2:30 – 3:00 Coffee Break – Foyer, 2nd Floor, Seascape Conference Center
3:00 – 5:00 A Deep Dive into Lustre Recovery Mechanisms:

Johann Lombardi, Oracle

LUG 2010 Agenda

LUG 2010, a two-day event, will feature a workshop and numerous presentations on select Lustre features, upcoming enhancements, site-specific experiences using Lustre, and much more.
Thursday, April 15 – LUG Day 1 – Seascape Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor, Seascape Conference Center

8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast – Riviera/Bayview Rooms, 3rd Floor, Seascape Conference Center
9:00 – 9:30 LUG Kickoff

Peter Bojanic, Oracle
9:30 – 10:00 Lustre Development

Eric Barton, Oracle
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break – Foyer, 2nd Floor, Seascape Conference Center
10:30 – 11:30 Lustre 1.8 Update

Peter Jones, Oracle
11:30 – 12:00 Lustre 2.0

Robert Read, Oracle
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch – Riviera/Bayview Rooms, 3rd Floor, Seascape Conference Center
1:00 – 1:30 Getting the Best from Lustre in a NUMIOA and Multi-rail IB Environment

Sebastien Buisson, Bull
1:30 – 2:15 What RedSky and Lustre Have Accomplished

Steve Monk, Sandia
Joe Mervini, Sandia
2:15 – 3:00 Lustre at the OLCF: Experiences and Path Forward

Galen Shipman, ORNL
3:00 – 3:30 Coffee Break – Foyer, 2nd Floor, Seascape Conference Center
3:30 – 4:00 Comprehensive Lustre I/O Tracking with Vampir:

Michael Kluge, ZIH
4:00 – 4:30 Lustre Deployment and Early Experiences

Florent Parent, Clumeq
4:30 – 5:00 Indiana University’s Lustre WAN – Empowering Production Workflows on the TeraGrid

Stephen Simms, Indiana University
5:00 – 5:30 LCE: Lustre at CEA

Stephane Thiell, CEA
5:30 – 6:30 Break
6:30 Dinner Reception – Seascape Resort: To be announced at Thursday’s event

Friday, April 16 – LUG Day 2 – Seascape Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor, Seascape Conference Center

8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast – Riviera/Bayview Rooms, 3rd Floor, Seascape Conference Center
9:00 – 9:30 Lustre SMP Scaling Improvements

Liang Zhen, Oracle
9:30 – 10:00 Lustre/HSM Binding

Aurelien Degremont, CEA
Hua Huang, Oracle
10:00 – 10:30 Lustre Enabled WAN in Government, NRL

Jeremy Filizetti, NRL/SMSi
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break – Foyer, 2nd Floor, Seascape Conference Center
11:00 – 11:30 Hedging Our Filesystem Bet

Kent Blancett, BP
11:30 – 12:00 Analysis and Recovery from Lustre Faults/Failures on Ranger

John Hammond, TACC
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch – Riviera/Bayview Rooms, 3rd Floor, Seascape Conference Center
1:00 – 1:45 Kerberized Lustre 2.0 over the WAN

Josephine Palencia, PSC
1:45 – 2:15 Reaping the Benefits of MetaData

Nic Cardo, NERSC
2:15 – 2:45 Coffee Break – Foyer, 2nd Floor, Seascape Conference Center
2:45 – 3:15 Porting Lustre to Operating Systems Other than Linux:

Ken Hornstein, NRL
3:15 – 3:45 Lustre and Community Development

Daniel Ferber, Oracle
3:45 LUG 2010 Concludes

DESKTOP HPC RECIPE: Start with 1ea OSS-PCIe-SYS-IS-2.4-9270-4

February 20, 2010

How to cook up a desktop HPC server

Ingredients List


OSS-PCIe-SYS-IS-2.4-9270-4                1ea (w/4 AMD 9270 GPU’s)
SAS Drives                                              4ea (LSI RAID Controller Included)
DRAM                                                      96gb
ioDrive Duo 640                                      4ea
Xiotech ISE                                             2 ea
Xiotech ISE High Perf DataPacs             4ea


Linux OS
Lustre File System

Someone plesae cost out this configuration and pass it along.