GridIron CTO Talks About PCIe Flash

March 22, 2012

GridIron Systems is making news this week about its new SAN-attached data accelerator called the TURBOCHARGER (can somebody please alert the marketing department this product name is reserved for automobiles engines?).

Anyway, the CTO is Som Sikdar — no introductions needed, right?  Legend!  Here are his views on flash:

GridIron Systems

Open Letter to Kevin Hunt re FIO Analysis

January 25, 2012


Your recent comments regarding FIO are off the mark, in my opinion.  The competition in the enterprise is, so far, non-existent; ask anyone at the end-users or even at the mftrs.  Can you find EVEN ONE data center to stand up and say we have a 2nd source w/ Virident?  OCZ?  TMS?  Or you can go direct to LSI, OCZ, Virident:  where has anyone developed even one relationship (OEM or end-user) or sold even one device to a major data center?

You keep saying there is pressure on FIO — but where is it coming from?  I think it comes from Violin, Exadata, etc — perhaps Solidfire, Nimbus.  But even Kaminario and Schooner use FIO inside  — so the appliance v. PCIe argument is less meaningful.

I think FIO shot itself in the foot this qtr — as a young company it really does not know how to manage expectations yet.  More importantly, the market is blue ocean and highly unpredictable.  But in the meantime, they are growing (incontrovertibly) to $100m per qtr.

I think you will agree that they are looking at something north of $350m for the FY.

And, at the same time, they are sucking the oxygen out of everyone else’s fire.  ioTurbine and ACM are truly disruptive — it takes time to get the message out, show the value, funnel the sales efforts.

The margins will come back — we both know this — and when they do, FIO is $40 and beyond.  They really ARE the next VM, DDUP, Riverbed — you name it.

I am a former employe and long FIO.

The New TMS Ramsan 720: Next Move in the Flash Appliance Wars

December 9, 2011

You can read about this at THEREGISTER and STORAGESEARCH or go straight to the datasheet HERE.

Do you know Nigel Poulton?

December 9, 2011

Yes, I know most of you do — for the rest of you — time to get introduced here:

Ive Seen The Future of SSD Arrays!

Fusion-io + Kaminario: WHY IS THIS BLOG ENTRY CRITICAL??

September 13, 2011

…because now FIO owns both sides of the equation:  server-based and shared.  Here is the full text from the FIO BLOG:

Kaminario and Fusion-io: A Perfect Storm for Enterprise-class all Solid-state SAN Storage

Posted: 09/13/2011

According to Wikipedia, a perfect storm is “an expression that describes an event where a rare combination of circumstances will aggravate a situation drastically.” In the case of Kaminario andFusion-io, removing the barriers enterprises face in obtaining high performance and highly available SAN storage that they can afford, this is a perfect storm that is long overdue and will drastically revolutionize the way enterprise applications access critical data.

Commenting on the announcement, Jim Dawson, Fusion-io executive vice president worldwide sales, stated, “Kaminario and Fusion-io have combined Fusion’s solid-state technology with high availability and an all solid-state SAN storage architecture to deliver unsurpassed performance and enterprise-grade reliability, at a highly competitive price point.”

So what is so revolutionary about Kaminario’s approach? Aren’t there a number of SAN storage vendors that have incorporated Flash technology into their solutions and made these same claims? Part of the answer to this question lies in better understanding the problems that enterprises are facing in trying to improve the performance needs of a diverse set of applications with very different data access requirements for acceptable I/Os per second (IOPS), latency and throughput. For example, random write-intensive, latency sensitive data workloads such as high-end OLTP or RBMS applications require a higher level of solid-state storage performance than do predictable read-intensive workloads that are not so sensitive to high latency, such as some analytics and data warehousing applications.

For most enterprises, addressing the performance needs of diverse applications and their data workloads is daunting in its complexity and expense. They are often forced to put their data and databases on more expensive, and sometimes overly provisioned, SANs to meet their high performance needs. Or they use less expensive local storage to gain performance, but lose on maintaining enterprise-class scalability and availability. Neither of these situations is manageable from the point of view of application business managers or an IT organization, because in the end, neither side of the business really gets an all-inclusive high performance, highly available and scalable storage solution that it can afford. In addition, both organizations are likely using many more system resources to marginally serve their existing clients, and with no growth path.

By bringing to market Kaminario’s next generation K2 product family, Kaminario is provide enterprises with a solution that was architected from the ground up as an all solid-state, high performance, highly available shared SAN storage solution that offers both DRAM and Flash solid-state media for their unique application workloads and budgets. By incorporating the Fusion ioDrive Duo into the Kaminario K2 innovative Scale-out Performance Storage Architecture (SPEAR), the two companies have enabled their customers to significantly cut the cost and footprint of legacy SAN storage while providing substantially greater application performance – all without compromising on enterprise-class high availability or manageability.

Kaminario, working with Fusion-io, has created a positive, market-changing perfect storm for enterprises looking to dramatically improve the performance of high-value applications, at a price that enables them to grow their businesses.