Today, Let’s talk about Storage.

I love to talk about storage.  I talk about block storage, file storage, local attached storage, shared storage and ephemeral storage,

There’s ‘Software Defined Storage’ and Enterprise Storage.  There’s Software Defined Enterprise Storage.  

Lets not forget about storage protection.  There’s RAID protection, there storage backups and there’s storage replication.

There’s storage clones and storage snapshots.  There flash storage, and there spinning disk storage.  There’s even RAM-based storage which is making a comeback in some circles.

There’s storage block IO sizes, storage interconnects such as Fiber Channel, iSCSI, Infiniband, ATA, SAS and SATA.

There’s storage strip size and there’s storage efficiency such as thin provisioning, storage compression and storage de-duplication, and there’s storage encryption ‘at rest’.

There are file systems that go on storage: FAT, FAT32, NTFS, NFS, HDFS, VMFS, EXT, EXT2, EXT3, EXT4, XFS, ZFS (just to name a few).  There are clustered file systems and network file systems and there are standalone file systems.

Did I mention – I love to talk about storage?  

The bottom line:  What is the right storage solution to meet the business needs now and into the future?, and what are the underlying characteristics of that storage solution that are actually at work to deliver the results to the business?

What are your favorite storage solutions, and why are they your favorite?  I’d like to know.  And in future articles – I’ll share some of mine, as well.

(Comments and Questions are always welcome and responded to.)


About randyloeschner

Technology Professional since 1988. SQL Server DBA since Windows NT 3.0 Beta and SQL Server 4.21a Beta. Yes, I really did install Windows 2.11 from floppy disks. With a work history too long to include here I'm currently working with Teradata Applications - Cloud Services - A Teradata company as the Principal Systems Architect since 2011. I'm married to my wonderful wife - Mel, and we recently moved to Middle Tennessee.
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