Performance Density – A New Metric for Rack-Scale Design

I’m constantly amazed by the specsmanship of the data storage industry.  Every month we hear about some new system that can achieve a gazillion IOPS or store 100’s of petabytes.  We revel in our own glory, often without consideration of the consequences.  Current examples are NVMe All-Flash Array and Software-Defined Storage (SDS) marketeers running amok.   Our industry is consistently rewarded for storage capacity density. This is the number of TBs that can be crammed into a shelf or rack unit (RU).  It is why drive makers constantly increase capacities for every form factor and Big Storage is cleverly stuffing as many drives as possible…

A Rising Tide

In June of 1963, John F. Kennedy sounded the optimistic note that good times would benefit all with the phrase, “a rising tide lifts all ships.”  It was as true in ’63 as it is today.  As new technologies are introduced, the benefits of communities working together creates a sum that is much greater than its individual parts.    I’m excited today that Pavilion Data Systems has joined the Storage Network Industry Association (SNIA) with a strong commitment to the standardization of composable/disaggregated infrastructures, management frameworks and data security.  Over the coming months our representatives will become integrated into these…

3 Questions to Ask Your Big Storage Vendor

2019 is the year of NVMe and Composable/Disaggregated Infrastructure (CDI) is ushering in the 2nd wave of NVMe adoption, offering disruptive performance, scale, and now, radical new business models. As the price per gigabyte continues to decline, drive manufacturers are increasing IOPs, throughput and capacity in a fashion that resembles Moore’s Law. As this continues, you would expect enterprise storage systems providers (aka Big Storage) to keep up. Yet the snazzy new All-Flash Array (AFA) you are planning to purchase is not upgradable, and as you purchase more capacity, you get to pay per GB for capacity expansion and support.…

Great Start for a Great Company

It’s always exciting to join a new company with cool tech and a great team. I’m even more psyched that just two weeks into my new role, Pavilion Data Systems was announced as a finalist for 2018 Product of the Year by SearchStorage in the Enterprise Storage Arrays category.   The competition is stiff, with mostly well-known brands who have deep pockets for marketing and advertising, but the folks at SearchStorage looked beyond budgets and dug into the products with a keen eye for innovation. This is clearly the Year of NVMe and 2018 was the precursor to defining innovation,…

It’s 2019 and Thin Is In…Again

I’ve been hearing claims that 2019 is the year of Enterprise NVMe.  Fantastic, it’s about time we are blessed to move what was once esoteric hyperscale technology to the mainstream.  Pavilion Data’s CTO VR Satish is fond of saying, “our goal is to democratize low latency.”  If this is indeed the year of NVMe, we are off to a great start toward democratization.   However, NVMe alone is not the answer, nor is NVMe-Over-Fabrics.  Just a Bunch of Flash or JBOFs along with old-school Direct-Attached Storage (DAS) NVMe SSDs inside servers make up the vast majority of deployments.  What happened…