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Building the all flash data centre


Data centres run our world, managing petabytes of information as it is networked through a labyrinth of wires, switches, servers and adapters. Some data centres are large, others small, some are built upon disk, whilst others are moving towards all...


Tags: flash, flash memory, fusion-io, infrastructure, storage

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Caching In On Virtualisation


Caches have been used throughout history to temporarily store valuables not in use at a given time. From storing a summer harvest to eat through the winter, to keeping skis or bicycles in the basement during the off season, caching...


Tags: central processing unit, data centre, fusion-io, ibm, san, server, virtual machine, virtualisation, vmware

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Shifting bottlenecks: Overcoming new bumps in the road


Bottlenecks. The arch-enemy of the database admin, devouring CPUs everywhere. For me, there isn’t anything more frustrating than a system bottleneck. That speaks volumes about my rather geeky passion. Sure, poor overall performance can be a pain, but bottlenecks are...


Tags: application programming interface, central processing unit, dynamic random-access memory, fusion-io, porsche

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Era of the all-Flash hyperscale data centre


Few today would doubt that flash memory is far more efficient than trying to scale performance with the humble disk drive, but the cost of flash has caused many companies to reserve it for enterprise servers hosting their most critical...


Tags: dynamic random-access memory, flash memory, fusion-io, servers, solid-state drive, storage, twitter

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Atoms vs Electrons: How flash memory is different from disk


The debate about flash versus disk has morphed significantly over the past few years. We have now shifted from a discussion on whether flash could even be used in the enterprise, to a conversation on price versus performance, to the...


Tags: computer data storage, data centre, flash memory, fusion-io, hard disk drive, hardware, infrastructure, micron technology, solid state, solid-state drive, storage

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Big data's big questions and answers


Big is not a precise word - it depends on perspective. You can hide an army of vagueness behind the word ‘big.’ With the amount of attention the term “big data” has been getting lately, the challenge is trying to...


Tags: apache hadoop, big data, data set, data warehousing, databases, datacentre, fusion-io, hardware, ibm, nosql

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Convergence's big comeback


Convergence is a buzzword like a cat with nine lives. It’s been around the block and back. With industry leaders like Dell, IBM, HP and Microsoft now offering converged solutions, “convergence” is back in the IT limelight, and the term...


Tags: dell, disk array, flash memory, fusion-io, hewlett-packard, ibm, infrastructure, microsoft, networks, storage.

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Monty Python and IT innovation


At the risk of being a little stereotypical, it’s safe to say that many of us techies also happen to be fans of science fiction and smart comedy. Given this crossover, it’s interesting to note that whether urban legend...


Tags: fusion-io, infrastruture, it budgets, monty python, star treck

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Human brains, data centres and performance's split from capacity


Exploring this shift in our society, CNN recently posted a story on how we’re increasingly using digital devices to augment our mental memories. If you’re like me, you probably only remember a few phone numbers now, much fewer than what...


Tags: central processing unit, cnn, data centre, flash memory, fusion, fusion-io, siri, steve wozniak

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ROI in a Flash: deploying storage memory in the data centre


Flash is a hot topic, but what is the value of flash in the data centre? Is the price such that adoption in the enterprise will continue at a rapid pace? Or is it still a niche offering, only to...


Tags: data centre, flash memory, fusion-io, hardware, storage

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