Storage Field Day 6 – Wrap-up and Link-o-rama

Disclaimer: I recently attended Storage Field Day 6.  My flights, accommodation and other expenses were paid for by Tech Field Day and their sponsors. There is no requirement for me to blog about any of the content presented and I am not compensated in any way for my time at the event.  Some materials presented were discussed under NDA and don’t form part of my blog posts, but could influence future discussions.

This is a quick post to say thanks once again to the organisers and sponsors of Storage Field Day 6. I had a great time, learnt a lot, and didn’t get much sleep. For easy reference, here’s a list of the posts I did covering the event (not necessarily in chronological order).

Storage Field Day 6 – Day 0
Storage Field Day 6 – Day 1 – Avere
Storage Field Day 6 – Day 1 – StorMagic
Storage Field Day 6 – Day 1 – Tegile
Storage Field Day 6 – Day 2 – Coho Data
Storage Field Day 6 – Day 2 – Nexenta
Storage Field Day 6 – Day 2 – Pure Storage
Storage Field Day 6 – Day 3 – Nimble Storage
Storage Field Day 6 – Day 3 – NEC
Storage Field Day 6 – (Fairly) Full Disclosure

Also, here’s a number of links to posts by my fellow delegates. They’re all really smart folks, and you’d do well to check out what they’re writing about. I’ll update this list as more posts are published.

 

Eric Shanks
Storage Field Day 6
Local Premises Storage for EC2 Provided by Avere Systems
Nimble Storage Data Analytics – InfoSight

Will All New Storage Arrays be Hybrid?

 

John Obeto
Today at Storage Field Day 6

Day 2 at Storage Field Day 6: Coho Data

Day 2 at Storage Field Day 6: Nexenta Systems

 

Arjan Timmerman
Storage Field Day Starts Today :D

 

Nigel Poulton

Nexenta – Back in da house…

 

Enrico Signoretti
Avere Systems, great technology but…

 

Chin-Fah Heoh

MASSive, Impressive, Agile, TEGILE

 

Jon Klaus
Storage Field Day 6 Day 0 – Sightseeing and Yankee swap
SFD6 Day 1 – Avere, StorMagic, Tegile

 

Finally, thanks again to Stephen, Claire and Tom, it was a great few days and I really valued the opportunity I was given to attend.

Storage Field Day 6 – Day 3 – NEC

Disclaimer: I recently attended Storage Field Day 6.  My flights, accommodation and other expenses were paid for by Tech Field Day and their sponsors. There is no requirement for me to blog about any of the content presented and I am not compensated in any way for my time at the event.  Some materials presented were discussed under NDA and don’t form part of my blog posts, but could influence future discussions.

For each of the presentations I attended at SFD6, there are a few things I want to include in the post. Firstly, you can see video footage of the NEC presentation here. You can also download my raw notes from the presentation here. Finally, here’s a link to the NEC website that covers some of what they presented.

Firstly, I’d like to say up front that the NEC session was a little bizarre, in that the two lines of products presented, the M-Series block storage and the HYDRAstor deduplication solution, seemed years apart in terms of capability and general, erm, currency when compared to other vendor offerings. All I’ll say about the M-Series is that it seems like a solid product, but felt a lot like someone had taken a CLARiiON and added a SAS backend to it. (As an aside, a few people argued that that’s what EMC did with the first VNX a few years ago too). That would not be doing it real justice though, so I’ll stick with covering the HYDRAstor here.

Here are some of the highlights from that part of the session. The HYDRAstor is based on a scalable grid storage architecture using a community of smart nodes. These nodes are:

  • Industry standard x86 servers
  • Multiple types allowed (cross generation clusters)
  • Heterogeneous and open software

The system:

  • Is fully distributed
  • Is self-aware
  • Provides data management services
  • Virtualises hardware
  • And provides the capability to perform on-line upgrades / expansions with multi-generation nodes

There is no virtual edition, as NEC wants to control the performance of the whole thing.

The hands-free management also delivers:

  • Simple, fast deployment
  • Self-discovering capacity
  • Self-tuning and resource management
  • Self-healing
  • Web-browser GUI

I’ll say now that the GUI was a massive improvement over the M-Series Windows 2000-themed thing. It wasn’t amazing, but it was light-years ahead of where the M-Series is. NEC say that the system can scale to 165 nodes. Right now the biggest system in the US is 50 nodes.

In summary, I wasn’t a huge fan of what I saw from the M-Series, although I think it could be a solid workhorse in the data centre. I did, however, like the look of the HYDRAstor offering and would recommend you give it a look if you’re in the market for that kind of thing.