Cloudified Snapshots done two ways

Mark May shares his thoughts on what he saw from Dell EMC at Storage Field Day in June. He particularly focuses on their Unity storage array and how it integrates with their Cloud Tier appliance. This allows for moving data from the storage array into the public cloud. Mark really likes the ability to take snapshots of Unity, but writing the data to S3 storage.

He compares this to Pure Storage’s approach, which he saw at a Storage Field Day Exclusive event at Pure Accelerate. Pure allows you to write snapshots to AWS in its native format, as opposed to converting it to an object store. Both are interesting approaches to extending storage arrays into the cloud.


What the heck is tail latency?

Mark May elaborates on the problem of tail latency, as presented on by SNIA at Storage Field Day. According to SNIA, these spikes in latency can be up to ten times as bad as average latency. Mark says that this problem could be fixed by building smarter software that can tag an IO with a retry policy hint, allowing it to favor response time over data recovery. According to SNIA, over 2% of IO may be suffering due to tail latency. Mark knows this is a real problem and hopes it can be fixed in the near future.


Infrastructure performance means business results

Infrastructure performance means business results


Moving beyond the data center with data protection

Moving beyond the data center with data protection


Business resiliency doesn’t have to be a one trick pony

Business resiliency doesn’t have to be a one trick pony


Breaking down silos between security and operations

Breaking down silos between security and operations


The NetApp future looks bright when embracing cloud

The NetApp future looks bright when embracing cloud


Can Violin Step back From the Brink?

Can Violin Step back From the Brink?


Storage software can change enterprise workflow

Storage software can change enterprise workflow


Redefining Secondary Storage

Redefining Secondary Storage


Data Analytics is the new hotness in storage arrays

Data Analytics is the new hotness in storage arrays


Maxta at Storage Field Day 7

Maxta at Storage Field Day 7


Storage Field Day 7 – Primary Data

Storage Field Day 7 – Primary Data


Goodbye to Storage Field Day 7

Goodbye to Storage Field Day 7


Day 0 of SFD7. Yankee Gift Swap and Delegate dinner

Day 0 of SFD7. Yankee Gift Swap and Delegate dinner


It’s almost time! #SFD7 is next week! – Storage Field Day

It’s almost time! #SFD7 is next week! – Storage Field Day


I’m going to Storage Field Day 7!

I’m going to Storage Field Day 7!


Mark May

Mark May is an infrastructure specialist focused on enterprise storage and backup and infrastructure convergence. Having been in the IT industry for nearly 20 years with roles ranging from UNIX curmudgeon to storage architecture, Mark brings a unique perspective to the table. Mark is passionate about storage, virtualization, and infrastructure in general.