All-Flash is changing your hardware support

A couple of weeks back at Episode 29 of the In Tech We Trust podcast we talked about the the failure rate of flash drives. Apparently, when handled by smart controllers, it is far less likely than we would think. Some DMs with Vaughn Stewart (Chief Evangelist at PureStorage) later we came to the following statement: The failure rate of flash drives at PureStorage, 2.5 years after GA, is less than 10 in 1000’s of deployed drives. This is a truly impressive number. It also helps understand why SolidFire announced “an unlimited drive wear guarantee valid for all systems under

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Production storage needs new benchmarks

Dragster Benchmarking I’ve ranted on this more than once. Benchmarks are 99% of the time utter bull… and tell you nothing about what the solution’s real possibilities are, let alone what they mean to your environment. The dragster benchmarks (i.e. SPC-1) are just a show-off competition with little to no value to you. Allow me to bring up a couple of points why; Generally speaking the dragster benchmark is based on 100% 4k-reads. Let me assure you that there is not a single system out there – certainly not yours – that does 100% 4k reads, let alone 4k in

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What? PureStorage closes yet another round!

Waaw, just … waaw. PureStorage just closed another round of no less than $225 million. Now I am no financial analyst and I’m trying to understand startup financing bit by bit but doesn’t this seem a little odd? How much cash does a startup like Pure need to burn? It can’t be all to throw at EMC lawsuits can it? What was the funding of other companies before they went IPO or got acquired? Equallogic: $52mln – acquired by DELL at $1.4bln XtremIO: $25mln – aquired by EMC at $430mln FusionIO: $111mln – IPO at $1.4Bln valuation NexGen: $12mln –

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is VSAN more affordable?

I was very pleased to see actual results coming on the VMware blog concerning VSAN 5.5 GA benchmarks in the lab. First of all please read the blogpost first before going to my analysis/questions. Secondly if you are looking for answers, this is not going to be the place as I am just going to ask more questions. That being said let’s have a look at the actual results. If we simplify the results of the benchmark these are the finding: VSAN does scale lineair, up to 1600 heavy duty VDI’s on a 16-node cluster response times scale linear as

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PureStorage arrives in EMEA

If you follow my blog closely you’ll notice that I like to follow up on some storage startups. A lot of them I did meet at a TechFieldDay event earlier this year, others I’ve met at tradeshows or other storage events. One of them that I truly love but did not blog about yet is PureStorage. If you meet these people you’ll have to fall in love with them. The organization, the ‘vibes’ and not to forget: the product! If I have to be very honest I have applied to PureStorage earlier this year when I was looking for a

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