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SSD Bookmarks - 3rd in the new series - March 22, 2016

suggestions by - Steve Kenniston, VP Product Marketing at Infinidat
Here's the 1st article suggestion.

Flash before my eyes: the existential threat of fast, reliable, inexpensive enterprise storage - is a blog on Infinidat's own web site which explains why it believes that hybrid storage will remain the most affordable enterprise storage technology and why Infinidat regards assertions that "2016 is the year of the all flash data center" as nonsense.

Steve says - I recommend this because as we all think about data and storage technology evolving, there are some things we can do with the existing technology to make it even better. And I think Google has some ideas on how to do that which are pretty interesting…

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Disks for Data Centers (pdf) is a white paper presented at FAST 2016 by researchers at Google which looks at the growing gap between the technical specifications of hard drives today (due to their evolution to support classical small controller RAID architectures) and the TCO of an imagined ideal type of future hard drive which would provide better holistic features / benefits integration in cloud environments (which the authors say will be the biggest future markets for such products anyway). The authors argue their justifications for new HDD form factors and arrangements of internal subsystems to provoke an industry "discussion about how best to evolve hard disks".

Steve says - Even large consumers of storage aren't bought off yet on the all-flash data center. Here is Google's approach to massive long term storage. Google's approach is as scientific as those vendors creating new solutions. The issue to consider however is that the use case is very different.

Here's Steve's 3rd link suggestion.

optical research at Southampton University 5D glass discs can store data for up to 13.8 billion years - a story on the Verge which reports ongoing research at the University of Southampton into a new optical data archiving technology - using nanostructured glass - which holds the promise of media data remanence lasting "billions of years" .

Explaining why you should see this - Steve says - While flash may be a fascinating topic today, what is next? The next evolution of how data gets stored may upset all the work your doing today. I don't believe traditional storage arrays are going to house these? What then?

Editor:- thanks Steve for sharing your links.

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