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.
Storage is what makes a computer your computer. 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.
Robin Harris is Chief Analyst at TechnoQWAN LLC, based in Sedona, Arizona. He has over 30 years in the IT industry, including DEC and Sun, and degrees from Yale and the Wharton School.
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.