IT - Storage

104,130 HDDs Tested By Backblaze, May 7th, 2019

"As of March 31, 2019, Backblaze had 106,238 spinning HDDs in its cloud storage ecosystem spread across three data centers. Of that number, there were 1,913 boot drives and 104,325 data drives. This review looks at the 1Q19 and lifetime HDD failure rates of the data drive models currently in operation in our data centers and provides a handful of insights and observations along the way. In addition, we have a few questions for you to ponder near the end of the post..."

"The rise of the hybrid cloud and the repatriation of public cloud workloads on site to private clouds are driving the broader cloud trends of 2019 toward multi-cloud...

Storage was one of the original service offerings of clouds -- focused initially on general-purpose content distribution, then on file sharing or mobile-device-capacity expansion. Today, storage-related service offerings run the gamut from backup and archive data repositories to more complex storage solutions that support cloud-based applications and virtual machines..."

1CQ19 HDD Market - Tom Coughlin, May 9th, 2019

"Total HDD shipments in CQ1 2019 were down 11.4% compared with CQ4 2018 (77.7 million units in Q1 2019 versus 87.7 million units in CQ 2018) compared with down 9.7 % in CQ4 2018 compared with CQ3 2018 (87.7 million units in Q4 2018 versus 97.1 million units in Q3 2018). This is after an 0.6% decline from CQ2 2018 to CQ3 2018 and an 3.1% increase from CQ1 2018 to CQ2 2018..."

Understanding the NVMe Performance Problem
SearchStorage, May 9th, 2019

"Storage software is a primary performance concern when using NVMe. Discover three workarounds vendors use to fix the problem that exists between NVMe flash and storage software...

NVMe has a lot to offer enterprise storage systems. The technology improves flash storage performance by increasing command count and queue depths while using PCIe as its primary interconnect. It is a protocol that works both inside a server and outside, and it is networkable for shared storage environments..."

Storage Underpins Interplay Between HPC And AI
The Next Platform, May 9th, 2019

"It is difficult to talk about AI at scale without invoking the decades of work that has happened in the supercomputing trenches. This is where much of the underlying GPU foundation was built, not to mention various other elements in storage, networks, and systems software to keep beefy CPUs and accelerators fed..."

5G To Drastically Helps Storage Industry, May 10th, 2019

"The move from 4G to 5G will drastically helps the storage industry.

According to a recent survey, 5G consumer potential, from Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, Swedish company deeply involved in 5G, average world smartphone usage in 2018 stood at 5.6GB/month and is expected to increase to 21GB/month in 2024, an increase of roughly 4 times from today's usage.

Stastica, on its side, reports that there was 2.53 billion of smartphones users in the world in 2018 - 1.4 billion for IDC -. This means 142TB/month, and consequently this figure will increase to 532TB/month in 2024, or an astronomical figure of 6EB/year, to be stored somewhere, into smartphones on flash memories and/or some storage devices and/or cloud..."

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