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by Mat Young

Insights into storage innovation from Fusion-io, focusing on everything from new technology and best practice to compliance and industry news.

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November, 04 2013 12:51 PM

Building the all flash data centre

Data centres run our world, managing petabytes of information as it is networked through a labyrinth of wires, switches, servers and adapters. Some data centres are large, others small, some are built upon disk, whilst others are moving towards...

August, 14 2013 04:15 PM

Caching In On Virtualisation

Caches have been used throughout history to temporarily store valuables not in use at a given time. From storing a summer harvest to eat through the winter, to keeping skis or bicycles in the basement during the off season, caching helps us...

July, 01 2013 03:09 PM

Shifting bottlenecks: Overcoming new bumps in the road

Bottlenecks. The arch-enemy of the database admin, devouring CPUs everywhere. For me, there isn’t anything more frustrating than a system bottleneck. That speaks volumes about my rather geeky passion. Sure, poor overall performance can be a...

May, 10 2013 03:05 PM

Era of the all-Flash hyperscale data centre

Few today would doubt that flash memory is far more efficient than trying to scale performance with the humble disk drive, but the cost of flash has caused many companies to reserve it for enterprise servers hosting their most critical...

February, 25 2013 04:59 PM

Atoms vs Electrons: How flash memory is different from disk

The debate about flash versus disk has morphed significantly over the past few years. We have now shifted from a discussion on whether flash could even be used in the enterprise, to a conversation on price versus performance, to the acceptance...

September, 18 2012 11:12 AM

Big data's big questions and answers

Big is not a precise word - it depends on perspective. You can hide an army of vagueness behind the word ‘big.’ With the amount of attention the term “big data” has been getting lately, the challenge is trying to add...

August, 24 2012 12:34 AM

Convergence's big comeback

Convergence is a buzzword like a cat with nine lives. It’s been around the block and back. With industry leaders like Dell, IBM, HP and Microsoft now offering converged solutions, “convergence” is back in the IT limelight,...

July, 10 2012 02:52 PM

Monty Python and IT innovation

At the risk of being a little stereotypical, it’s safe to say that many of us techies also happen to be fans of science fiction and smart comedy. Given this crossover, it’s interesting to note that whether urban legend or production...

May, 28 2012 12:33 PM

Human brains, data centres and performance's split from capacity

Exploring this shift in our society, CNN recently posted a story on how we’re increasingly using digital devices to augment our mental memories. If you’re like me, you probably only remember a few phone numbers now, much fewer than...

May, 14 2012 01:26 PM

ROI in a Flash: deploying storage memory in the data centre

Flash is a hot topic, but what is the value of flash in the data centre? Is the price such that adoption in the enterprise will continue at a rapid pace? Or is it still a niche offering, only to be used in edge cases where extreme performance is...

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