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VAST Data: The first thing we do, let’s kill all the hard drives

VAST Data wants to direct an extinction event for hard drives. This is a bold ambition but VAST Data is a remarkable startup, certainly...
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VAST striping and data protection

The way data is written and erasure coded is crucial to VAST’s data protection capabilities and centres on striping. Suppose a QLC drive fails....

VAST Data’s business sitrep

VAST Data was founded in 2016 by CEO Renen Hallak, an ex-VP for R&D at XtremIO and its first engineer. Some time before that he worked on...

VAST Data’s Universal filesystem

The VAST Data system employs a Universal Storage filesystem. This has a DASE (Disaggregated Shared Everything) datastore which is a byte-granular, thin-provisioned, sharded, and has an infinitely-scalable...

VAST decouples compute and storage

Separate scaling of compute and data is central to VAST’s performance claims. Here is a top-level explanation of how it is achieved. In VAST’s...

Smartphones get NVMe for faster flash card data access

The SD Association is adopting the NVMe protocol to speed data access to add-in tablet and phone flash cards. The industry standards-setting group of...

Trust the public cloud Big Three to make non-volatile storage volatile

AWS and Google Cloud virtual machine instances – and as of this month, Azure's – have NVMe flash drive performance, but user be warned: drive contents are...

Your occasional storage digest featuring Crossbar, CTERA, Snowflake and Pavilion Data

Some bits and bobs for your perusal. Let's go. Short items ReRAM developer Crossbar Inc. is setting up a consortium...

Who are the Blocks & Filers?

Most Blocks & Files readers live in the USA and half read content on cell phones. Three months after the site formally opened an...

Seven Pillars of IBM Storage wisdom

You would think IBM was a storage chemist; there are that many IBM Storage Solutions floating around. And now we have three more with another four point...