Neither-fish-nor-fowl storage supplier XIO is looking to server virtualisation for growth spurt that has so far eluded it. If this fails then all XIO's bets could be off. XIO, the renamed Xiotech, makes Integrated Storage Elements (ISE): sealed enclosures of solid state and disk drives with a five-year warranty and rocket …
Pretty much all other vendors are starting to do or doing flash/drive hybrid arrays, which makes the solution less than unique. The drive makers are starting to strap a little bit of flash onto their drives for edge cases and the OS's can take advantage of SSD/Flash for a performance boost.
That's the big boys and the little players covered, so what market are these guys targeting?
I don't for a second believe the hypervisors won't start taking advantage of SSD in the server for a cache of the main storage on the SAN, which leaves the remaining market segments that I guess XIO are targeting looking really quite squeezed.
Just putting SSDs into a storage system does not a winner make. Nor does basic HDD...
Putting SSDs together with HDDs can be done many ways, mostly bad. Old methods of HSM or using
SSD as an extra cache actually cost more and perform worse than new methods such as Hyper-ISE, where
SSD and HDD are forever enjoined in a system that thinks. Before making judgements upon what or how things are
comprised, it would be better to look under the hood a bit to see that something unique has been put forth over the
'big guys' or the 'little' guys. Hyper-ISE is for tier-1 storage with no comprise and with the application in mind over 'little boosts'
here and there. $/IO/GB wins and Hyper-ISE does that automatically.
The problem is that the barrier to entry for a storage system is low nowadays..anyone with a linux kernel and an open stack can then
slap some SSD together with or without hard drives and call it 'soup'...Theres a lot more to storage than this like real application performance
reliability, availability, and data integrity.
He said what?
"A PCIe bus is not a good networking protocol. SAS can run at 12Gbit/s."
A protocol running just over 1GB/s that just came out is better for data connections than a protocol that's already going at 8GB/s and is getting ready to double that speed?
To quote Warrant Officer Ripley
"Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away? "