Since I started this article series, I’ve had the awesome opportunity to have my ideas (well, some of the early articles at least) reviewed by person(s) who deal with the actual infrastructure of storage systems day in, day out. The benefit of such peer review is that you get to learn at the symbolic “feet” of the masters and discover flaws, omissions, and understated features that need to be understood and incorporated. This post is dedicated to some of those discussions and, where applicable, my understanding of how the FSS either incorporates or misses the boat.
It’s been awhile since I last did a review of what people are searching for (July 30th was the last time…wow) so, let’s see what’s new.
Search Term #1: EMC NX4
So, I’ve been toying around with this in my mind for some time. Essentially, I’ve tried to understand the basic “Storage Processor” limitation of current storage systems and propose an admittedly simplistic design to get around some of the difficulties. The biggest hurdle, in my mind, is to have cache coherency, low latency memory access to other nodes in a “cluster,” and have a communications “bus” between nodes that is extensible (or at least will grow bandwidth with more devices on the signal chain). Staring at that problem, then, look at the image below.
So, it’s been awhile since we last did one of these posts. To that end, let’s dive in and see what people are looking for these days.
No suprises here, but then again, I can’t talk about the CX4 just yet. Suffice it to say, I’ll be prepping a few auto-posts on the CX4 (and another product that may be announced during the same timefram) to give you a high level overview of such. There IS a post out there @ Block and Files that is somewhat correct but….somewhat off. 😉 You’ll get the “truth” on Monday.