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PCIe – LSI SSS6200

Following a recent announcement of a partnership between Seagate and LSI, LSI announced the bootable SSS6200 PCIe form factor solid state storage solution. Capacity is initially targeted at 300GB, scalable up to 1TB as flash technology evolves. The 300GB solution operates within the PCIe power envelope of 25W. In addition the front-end is PCIe 2.0 […]

SSDs – Impact on System Level Capacity and Performance

Both Facebook and MySpace are now using Fusion-io Solid State Storage to address the performance challenges of Social Networking. As James Hamilton notes in his Perspectives blog entry Scaling at MySpace social networking are difficult to implement. He calls them “hairballs” because the many-to-many relationships are difficult to partition and scale. Massive daily growth of […]

2010 Trends – IT Independence

IDC recently released their 2010 predictions for enterprise data storage. TechTarget covered it in a January 4, 2010 article titled:

Enterprise data storage outlook 2010: industry predictions for storage pros

I’d like to highlight a couple of points from the TechTarget article:

“……full recovery from the most recent downturn is still a ways […]

Morgan Stanley Mobile Internet Report

For those ready to digest A LOT of information, 424 pages worth of very good data, Morgan Stanley has posted their Mobile Internet Report. There is a condensed 92-page presentation that highlights the key themes from the report. As a minimum you should review the “Setup” material as it is a good overview of the […]

More on New Data Centers – Upfront Cost

Going forward I think we need to focus on the cost achieved by IBM and Yahoo! . While the average cost are now in the range of $1400 per sq. ft. there are some downward pressures to build out cost.

– A Data Center Shortage for Silicon Valley? article in Data Center Knowledge notes that […]

New Data Centers – Upfront Cost

There have been several new data center announcement over the last several months that provide some insight as to the cost of ‘infrastructure’. This is the upfront CapEx required before the on-premise or Cloud services can be offered. The following chart is based on public announcements of investment cost and the footprint of that investment.


A perspective on McKinsey’s ‘Discussion Document’

The “discussion document” released by McKinsey and Company, “Clearing the air on cloud computing”, attempts to reign in some of the hype related to Cloud Computing but has also lowered the expectations too far. By restricting the definition of a Cloud to hardware and focusing on hardware cost alone, several other value propositions of “Cloud” […]