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Experiences in the Home Lab With Micron P420m PCIe SSD, Part 3

Greetings once again from the homelab! In my last blog post, I described my findings running 4KB I/Os using the Micron P420M PCI-E SSD. Now, I’d like to summarize what I’ve found with 32KB I/O – a much more realistic blocksize, and do a bit of comparison as well.

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  • Last Updated: 6/23/2015
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Experiences in the Home Lab With Micron P420m PCIe SSD, Part 2

Hello again, and greetings from my home lab, where I’ve had the pleasure of running Micron’s P420m PCIe solid state drive (SSD). In my last post, I described my initial experiences—through installation, setup, and monitoring—of the SSD in a VMware 6.0 ESXi environment.

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  • Last Updated: 6/2/2015
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Micron Storage: Oh, the Places We’ll Go!

With camera crew in tow, I was recently afforded the opportunity to interview some of Micron’s storage visionaries. My interviewees are all relatively new to Micron – each having spent a good portion of their career in the “spinning” world of hard disk drive storage.

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  • Last Updated: 11/3/2015
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Rethinking Your Database Storage Infrastructure

In this blog, I give a broad overview of a new category of storage infrastructure that is tightly coupled with database application features: PCIe SSDs on local servers with application-level data mirroring protection across servers. And, I walk through some testing that Micron performed to validate the value of this combo for databases.

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  • Last Updated: 11/9/2015
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How M510DC SSD + PostgreSQL Combo Brings High Performance and Easy Scale-Up to Business Intelligence Platforms

Variety is constant, change is constant and demands are constant when designing and deploying a new business intelligence/decision support system (BI/DSS) platform. Build too small and you won’t get the answers you need fast enough for them to matter; build too large and you overshoot the budget; build an inflexible design and you’re stuck without a way to easily expand — possibly for several refresh cycles.

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  • Last Updated: 11/11/2015
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The Misrepresentation on the Value of Data

My recent travels have taken me to some customer meetings where I have had the chance to talk to some very forward-thinking CIOs and technologists. In our conversations it has become clear to me that the new models of computing are changing the intrinsic value of our data. What I mean is, the value of data today is at best mislabeled, and at worst misrepresented.

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  • Last Updated: 11/16/2015
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Choosing Storage Devices for VMware All Flash Virtual SAN (Without Overspending) — Part 1

Storage workload needs are evolving at an unprecedented rate. Workloads that were once satiated by the IOPS of spinning disks (HDDs)  now greedily hunger for the performance  flash-based devices (SSDs) offer.

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  • Last Updated: 11/23/2015
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CMOS Under the Array

CMOS Under the Array? That probably sounds like some new militaristic video game, but it is really an innovation in flash memory that enables lower cost solutions. Let me explain.

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  • Last Updated: 12/9/2015
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How Fast Is Fast? Understanding Competitive Benchmarks for Flash Storage

Storage workload needs are evolving at an unprecedented rate. Workloads that were once satiated by the IOPS of spinning disks (HDDs)  now greedily hunger for the performance  flash-based devices (SSDs) offer.

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  • Last Updated: 12/3/2015
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To the Point

As consumers, we are bombarded by ads showing us that more is always better. Smartphones are an excellent example. Over the past 5 years, smartphone screens have grown in size from 3.5” to 4.3” to 5” to even 6”. Steve Jobs famously compared a 4.3” phone (which is now considered small) as “Hummers.” But none of that mattered as consumers happily bought their “Hummers” by the millions. More, in this case, was better, at least as far as consumers were concerned.

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  • Last Updated: 8/7/2015