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Solid State Drive Capacity: Evolution Becomes Revolution

Good news! It’s about to get easier to maximize data center efficiency for much better total cost of ownership (TCO). The evolution of solid-state storage technologies has taken a sharp up-turn in enabling capacity, speed and simplicity. Especially for organizations with high-capacity and high-performance data requirements, flash storage innovations like 3D NAND and NVM Express™ point the way to next-generation IT.

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  • Last Updated: 10/12/2017
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Improve Apache Kafka performance with flash storage.

My official role at Micron is Principal Storage Solutions Engineer. What that title really means is that I work to determine how flash storage can improve the performance and results of workload applications in the real world. To that end, I decided to evaluate one of the most used distributed messaging systems in the Big Data ecosystem, Apache Kafka. I wanted to see how Micron SSDs could be best applied to Apache Kafka and what sort of gains might be had by doing so. If you aren’t familiar with Apache Kafka, you might want to check out this, http://kafka.apache.org/, for a quick primer.

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  • Last Updated: 10/20/2017
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Change in IT can be tough, but is often worth it

Change in IT can be tough, with some of us staying with what we know or being a touch reluctant to move to newer – even if we think newer is better. Some of that is nature, but some of it is because making a radical change may come with risks, risks that we aren’t looking to take, at least without a strong notion of the benefits.

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  • Last Updated: 11/1/2017
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Save money by reducing enterprise software license costs

Every year, software license costs consume more and more of your IT budget – but they don’t have to. Here’s how you can save tens of thousands of dollars by fully utilizing your CPU cores and using fewer licenses across your server deployment.

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  • Last Updated: 10/3/2017
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Three things to consider when it comes to machine learning.

Machine learning. From a concept Gartner considered a “buzzword” in its 2016 hype cycle report, it’s now progressed to something that nearly all of us in IT are either pondering, exploring or executing. There’s no question that data-based analysis and predictions, where machines learn from informational assets and then inform and influence actions, both business and otherwise, are among the newest and hottest technology groundswells today. But the balancing act of the aspirational and practical is still precarious for those moving to the ML world; as with every new and evolving undertaking, infrastructure can make or break the deal.

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  • Last Updated: 10/26/2017
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Micron Senior Fellow Enriches Technology and Talent

Our customers crave memory and storage solutions with ever increasing performance and reliability that keep power consumption and cost in check. To meet these requirements, Micron needs technical expertise and innovation of the highest caliber. These are the kind of traits embodied by Mark Helm, the fourth and newest senior fellow in Micron’s Technical Leadership Program (TLP).

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  • Last Updated: 9/12/2017
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How to build fast and powerful MongoDB in smaller, space efficient clusters.

I went out to dinner w/some friends last month. We went to the best pizza restaurant in town. The place is huge and bustling every night (Fridays are the busiest!). Awesome. What does a very small pizza have to do with storage? I’m glad you asked.

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  • Last Updated: 9/7/2017
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The Top Myths of Server SANs Debunked

We continue to see more and more companies moving away from traditional SANs to more scalable storage architectures that help them drive down costs. As a result of this transition, NVMe SSD adoption is growing faster than any other storage technology due to the high performance and capacity available even in a single SSD (learn more about the business case for NVMe SSDs here). Additionally, the term “Server SAN” is coming to describe the combination of software defined storage (SDS) and NVMe (server local or NVMe over Fabric deployments).

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  • Last Updated: 9/22/2017
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NVMe is changing the storage status quo.

It’s always interesting in our crazy world of dynamic technology advances to see which latest innovation gets lots of hype, which actually transforms from a concept into a reality, and then which one emerges as a game changer impacting real computing and business needs. We’d all be rich if these were easy or obvious calls to make.

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  • Last Updated: 9/11/2017
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Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct is an IO Performance Beast.

In preparation for this year’s Microsoft Ignite show (Micron is a sponsor of the event), my team has been running tests using the early builds of Microsoft’s Fall Update 2017 of Server Core. In particular, we are very interested in the performance of the Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) functionality and how well it performs with solid-state media such as our Micron 5100 SATA SSDs. Based on our experience so far – we will re-evaluate once S2D is released later this year – S2D is a real IO performance beast. We released a technical brief that documents our initial results and they were truly unexpected based on our experience with various other hyper-converged software defined storage solutions we have tested.

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  • Last Updated: 9/25/2017