Of Object Storage, Filesystems and Multi-Cloud

IT has been calling for the elimination of silos seemingly forever. When cloud storage came along, it was thought this would solve storage silos. But as Chin-Fah Heoh points out in this piece, we just got siloed storage in the cloud. At Storage Field Day earlier this month, Chin-Fah got a look at Scality’s Zenko.io multi-cloud data controller. For him, this represents a new file system/data fabric, which may signal a new phase for cloud storage. One which bring high performance I/O to the table.


The power of E8

Chin-Fah Heoh does not mince words when it comes to what he saw from E8 Storage at Storage Field Day. In his view, it’s the most complete solution of all the next gen NVMe storage technologies. Their solution offers high throughput, low latency storage, via RDMA fabric. With this they can offer 10 million IOPS, with 100µsecs for reads and 40µsecs for writes.


DellEMC SC progressing well

At Storage Field Day, Chin-Fah Heoh and the other delegates got a look at Dell EMC’s SC series midrange storage arrays, which came out of the company’s acquisition of Compellent back in 2010. The presentation highlighted the arrays RAID Tiering and All-Flash SC hardware lineup.


Commvault UDI – a new CPUU

From Commvault GO, Chin-Fah Heoh shares his thoughts on one of the shows central tenants, that IT is now centered around data technology. From what he saw, Chin-Fah believes the Commvault Universal Dynamic Index should become a core component of Central Protection Universal Units to manage data across organizations. This is a demonstration of Commvault’s emphasis on powerful simplicity.


Commvault calling again

Commvault GO is right around the corner, and Chin-Fah Heoh can’t wait to attend. In this post, Chin-Fah runs through his personal history with the company, going as far back as 2001. He then outlines why the company has been successful in the backup and recovery space, with a long track record of innovation. The conference will include a Tech Field Day Exclusive presentation, so be sure to check back for more great coverage.


Can NetApp do it a bit better?

At Storage Field Day earlier this month, the delegates saw a presentation at NetApp. Chin-Fah Heoh wrote up his thoughts. For him, the highlight was hearing from company founder Dave Hitz, who spoke both during the presentation, and at a follow up lunch. He also liked what he saw from CloudSync, which he thought provided an interesting service for going between on-premise and AWS cloud. Make sure to check out the entire piece for Chin-Fah’s complete thoughts on the presentation.


The Engineering of Elastifile

Chin-Fah Heoh was at Storage Field Day last week. He’s written up his thoughts on what Elastifile presented, and came away “impressed to the max”. He thinks the company has put some in-depth computer science research behind their product, a truly distributed file system for object storage. The key to this is their internally designed consistency algorithm, Bizur. Check out the rest of the piece for a more in-depth look and the implications of their solution.


Ryussi MoSMB – High performance SMB

Chin-Fah Heoh saw a presentation from first time Storage Field Day company Ryussi, and they were talking about their MoSMB product, a proprietary SMB stack. Chin-Fah wondered what benefits it has over SAMBA, which has a long legacy and is free. Unlike SAMBA, MoSMB is designed for high availability and more demanding workloads. It also has support for enterprise grade applications like MS SQL and MSCS. Chin-Fah thinks there’s definitely an eager market for an enterprise-grade network file share system, and MoSMB seems up to the task.


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Chin-Fah Heoh

Mr. Chin-Fah Heoh is the Founder and Managing Consultant of Storage Networking Academy and a storage evangelist. He is an active technology blogger in his blog (http://storagegaga.com) since July 2011. His views on storage networking, virtualization, data management, cloud computing and data science has been getting rave comments and reviews from industry peers worldwide. He […]


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