Generative AI continues to create industry buzz. Experts say storage plays a critical role in making the technology run.
Generative AI is rising in popularity due to a confluence of growth in IT infrastructure, including storage.
Generative AI relies on deep learning, compute and GPU, all of which have matured in the last ten years. It also needs high IOPS storage to provide fast access to large datasets tech vendors have been refining for decades as IT has continued to evolve. Storage tools such as object storage, which can scale for large datasets, and distributed parallel files systems, which provide high-performance, low-latency data processing, have been the backbone of cloud computing and the big data movement.
A new chapter is opening in the all-flash storage array (AFA) world as QLC flash enables closer cost comparisons with hybrid flash/disk and disk drive arrays and filers.
There are now 14 AFA players, some dedicated and others with hybrid array/filer alternatives. They can be placed in three groups. The eight incumbents, long-term enterprise storage array and filer suppliers, are: Dell, DDN, Hitachi Vantara, HPE, Huawei, IBM, NetApp and Pure Storage. Pure is the newest incumbent and classed as such by us because of its public ownership status and sustained growth rate. It is not a legacy player, though, as it was only founded in 2009, just 14 years ago.
An updated AFA history graphic - we first used this graphic in 2019 - shows how these incumbents have adopted AFA technology both by developing it in-house and acquiring AFA startups. We have added Huawei to the chart as an incumbent; it is a substantial AFA supplier globally.
RAID technology helps businesses manage their hard drive storage in a variety of ways. By deploying multiple drives in a RAID configuration in a single array, storage teams can employ protective, performative or restorative technologies for hard disk drives (HDDs).
If your business is considering implementing a RAID array, learn more about each of the major configurations to decide which would be best for your organization. This guide highlights the design of each of the most popular RAID configurations as well as their advantages and disadvantages.
RAID levels explained
- What is RAID storage?
- How does RAID work?
- What are the implementation types of RAID?
- What are the different RAID levels?
- Bottom line: Effectively using RAID in your business
What is RAID storage?
As Non Volatile Memory express (NVMe) storage performance increases, application design will have to change to take better advantage of the Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS) and bandwidth found in locally-connected NVMe devices.
This is a hypothesis I've been developing lately now that I'm semi-retired and have more time to think. If I'm right, this will have big implications for externally attached storage with high compute requirements, which we'll get to in a moment.
I base this thinking in large part on the massive increase in Input/Output performance we have seen over the last 40 years (from 3 MB/sec to 13 GB/sec). This doesn't compare to CPU or memory performance increases, of course, and networking increases largely fall in between storage and CPU/memory.
By delivering much better speed, reduced latency, and higher parallelism compared to conventional storage technologies like SATA and SAS, Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) has transformed the storage business
NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) is the next frontier in unleashing the full power of NVMe storage, which is gaining popularity among cloud-native practitioners. In this piece, we'll explore NVMe-over-Fabrics (oF), diving into its advantages, disadvantages and best practices for deployment in cloud-native settings.
Recent civil and criminal cases have brought CISO liability questions to the fore. Learn how to understand and manage personal risk exposure as a security executive.
When a federal jury found former Uber CSO Joe Sullivan guilty of charges related to a data breach cover-up, cybersecurity leaders across the world sat up and took notice.
"Many CISOs thought, 'Should I leave this occupation?'" said Gadi Evron, CISO in residence at venture capital firm Team8, during a panel discussion at RSA Conference 2023. "'Why is the CISO the only one standing trial?"
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