Flash is an alien technology for disk users. I've noted before that flash drives can have really terrible write performance, but until I ran into it myself I had no idea how bad flash write performance could be.
Robin Harris writes about storage and other tech with a focus on the SOHO/SMB market. And fun stuff, too, like PS3 supercomputers and Google's technology.
Harris has been working with computers for over 35 years and selling and marketing data storage for over 30 in companies large and small. He introduced a couple of multi-billion dollar storage products (DLT, the first Fibre Channel array) to market, as well as a many smaller ones. Earlier he spent 10 years marketing servers and networks. After leaving corporate life he founded TechnoQWAN, a consulting and analyst firm. He also developed StorageMojo into one of the top storage industry blogs. Robin writes, consults, coaches and lives in Sedona, Arizona.
Ricardo Bilton writes for ZDNet's The ToyBox.
Power to the internet!Beginning 5 years ago, Google took the lead in making a power consumption an issue for IT vendors.
You didn't know?I'm sorry I was the one to tell you that RAID 5 is broken today and will be well and truly broken in 2009 (see Why RAID 5 stops working in 2009), but somebody had to do it.
The storage version of Y2k? No, it's a function of capacity growth and RAID 5's limitations.
I'm just hoping to avoid the worstVendors and large users won't tell us who makes the best hard drives. So I decided to figure it for myself.
What is the primary determinant of drive life? I've read the latest research and talked to insiders.
When you "archive" your Outlook email you probably suppose that your data is now safer than it was. After all, isn't "archiving" all about placing something important in a safe place?
It even happens to storage bloggersThings are quiet today at Mojo manor. My external 160 GB disk died.
I survived the Google Seattle scalability conferenceAnd Seattle's "summer" weather! The conference was titled "The Seattle Conference on Scalability".
They roll out new applications for millions of users with surprising speed, especially compared to corporate IT. They build data centers with hundreds of thousands of servers - and millions of disk drives - and run it all on free software.
Blu-ray wonThe sturm und drang over the Blu-ray vs HD DVD battle has come to naught. After a bit of jostling Blu-ray has taken an unassailable lead over HD DVD.
A new version of HDerase.exe has been releasedGo direct to UCSD's Center for Magnetic Recording Research website to download version 3.
You're Apple, Inc. You have a new kick-butt file system, ZFS, that blows away Microsoft's aging NTFS and complements see-and-gotta-have storage tools like Time Machine.
Flash drives only look like disks. In fact, nothing works the way you'd think.
Helping Mozy help MacsI'm a big fan of the remote backup concept embodied in Carbonite and Mozy. As a Mac user though I couldn't use either until recently, when Mozy released a beta Mac client.