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Using PowerPath for Cluster Disk Migrations

Dell EMC PowerPath is a fantastic tool for migrations (as long as you run Dell EMC storage products). The PowerPath tool is a monitoring and path management suite that includes migration capabilities. The cool thing is the migration capabilities also extend to Microsoft Failover Clusters. Recently, I was trying to retire all of our remaining […]

HPE Primera is company’s new mission critical data array built for simplicity

This week at HPE Discover in Las Vegas, HPE announced a new storage platform, HPE Primera, built on the technologies of both its Nimble and 3PAR storage lines. The new platform is targeted for mission critical workloads and offers a 100% uptime guarantee for customers. The new array draws a lot of from the 3PAR […]

NVMe and Storage Spaces Direct are a match made in SQL heaven

SQL Server is ready to take a ride directly on Microsoft’s Storage Spaces Direct (S2D), its own software defined storage (SDS) platform.  It is not new news – Microsoft has been talking about SQL on S2D since 2015 – but changes in the NVMe product offerings are changing the possibilities of very high performance from […]

Nimble storage finally gets sync replication, also Metro Storage clustering

After months of teasing that synchronous replication was coming, Nimble has finally delivered the capabilities to customers. HPE announced the new capability this week during HPE Discover in Madrid, but it went beyond simple replication in the same announcement.  HPE also enabled the ability to do metro clustering between Nimble storage arrays in the same […]

HPE Discover 2018 – Speed and Intelligence take center stage for 3PAR and Nimble

This week for HPE Discover in Madrid, HPE is talking about Speed and Intelligence within its storage lines.  Chiefly, the company’s folks are talking about 3PAR and Nimble and while there are other storage lines in the portfolio – most of the talking is around these two flagship platforms. HPE Nimble is built for use […]

HPE Discover 2018 – Nimble storage finally gets sync replication, more

After months of teasing that synchronous replication was coming, Nimble has finally delivered the capabilities to customers. HPE announced the new capability this week during HPE Discover in Madrid, but it went beyond simple replication in the same announcement.  HPE also enabled the ability to do metro clustering between Nimble storage arrays in the same […]

HPE introduces Optane in 3PAR and Nimble, skips over NVMe drives

This week I’m onsite at HPE Discover and I have had some interesting discussions with folks from HPE about NVMe and their choices around array architecture in 3PAR and Nimble.  HPE announced Memory-Driven Flash that is available for 3PAR arrays now and coming to Nimble arrays in 2019.  Memory-Driven Flash is storage class memory as […]

How NetApp MetroCluster Works

This post covers NetApp MetroCluster, a business continuity solution which provides synchronous data replication between two sites within 300km. Before getting into the MetroCluster details, let’s have a quick review of the NetApp High Availability feature first. When a Controller Fails The controller is the brains of the storage system and provides clients access to […]