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Lightweight Clones “cp –reflink”

posted on November 7, 2016 by Amit Golander

Background Cloning a file, also commonly referred to as creating a Snapshot, is a very useful operation. Especially, if you can clone the data in a rapid, simple, low-overhead and coherent manner. Cloning usage varies. Creating on-demand database images for backups; replicating machine images (e.g., VDI); and forking live production environments in order to provide an instantly-available safe sandbox for developers, data scientists or QA, are just a few usage examples. [...]

Redis Labs Cuts Operational Costs with Plexistor

posted on October 9, 2016 by Amit Golander

  Guest post by:     Yiftach Shoolman, CTO     Redis Labs, home of Redis, the world’s most popular in-memory NoSQL database Redis Labs delivers enterprise grade Redis, both as a cloud service (Redis Cloud) and as downloadable software (Redis Labs Enterprise Cluster, RLEC). Redis Lab’s customers enjoy zero-downtime seamless scaling, and effortless cross-region, cross-datacenter high availability with automatic failure detection & failover, in addition to the high throughput and sub-millisecond latencies of [...]

Reducing Oracle Database Cost

posted on October 5, 2016 by Amit Golander

Guest post by:      Efstathios Efstathiou, Master Database Engineer,      Federal Office of Information Technology, Systems and Telecommunication (FOITT) This blog post is quick summary of my presentation at the Swiss Oracle User Group (SOUG), Sep. 20th 2016. The full set of slides is available at: http://www.slideshare.net/efstathioue/sougsdmoracledbv3 The Pain As everyone knows, Oracle Enterprise Database is an excellent solution. Excellent, but very expensive. Many efforts have been taken to improve the per-core efficiency and I/O [...]

The Storage Olympics

posted on August 2, 2016 by Amit Golander

No Doping Scandal Here! Maybe a few dopes, though.  After all, anyone can compete in the Storage System Olympics. Do you have an extent-based design written entirely in a defunct minicomputer company’s command line scripting language?  Bring it on.  Tuned for throughput, with musclebound 200 megabyte gulps lumbering down the test rig, you might score a Gold Medal for Throughput. Even if your Frankenstein monster is useless in the real world. Or [...]

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS just got better

posted on July 21, 2016 by Amit Golander

Today Ubuntu 16.04 reached maturity - the Long Term Support (LTS) phase. This is a big deal, because most Canonical users move from one LTS version to another, every two years, while skipping the minor intermediate versions. I won't bore you with how Ubuntu server 16.04 is better than the previous 14.04 LTS version. Just imagine how much progress was made in Docker and the Linux Kernel in two years. Entire [...]

Action!

posted on June 30, 2016 by Amit Golander

Last week we had the honor of meeting a dozen sharp technology analysts. A lot of interesting questions were asked. A nice by-product of the TFD event is that it is recorded, so several nice videos are available online. These videos explain the product and show results of several databases accelerated by SDM. You're welcome to get popcorn and watch: Product (15min)                    - https://vimeo.com/171968926 Technology [...]

Ampool data pipeline on Plexistor SDM @ IMC Summit

posted on May 24, 2016 by Amit Golander

Today was the 1st day of In-memory Computing (IMC) summit at San Francisco. Approximately 350 Big Data fans gathered, exchanged ideas and walked by the different booths. Hopefully, they will all return tomorrow to attend our talk on the benefits of Memory and Storage convergence to in-memory computing. In-memory computing frameworks using SDM can be split to two types: Existing IMC frameworks – in which, the benefit should be seen out-of-the-box [...]

SDM shatters more world records with near-instantaneous remote mirroring

posted on May 9, 2016 by Amit Golander

A year ago Plexistor’s SDM established record-breaking local file-level access latency: millions of operations per second at only a few microseconds per op. This was — and still is — orders of magnitude faster than any other published performance results. Ever since, we have been working toward extending SDM’s performance capabilities to handle remotely mirrored/replicated writes as well. A goal that many experts considered impossible. “The difficult we do immediately. The impossible [...]

NVML 1.0, DAX and the NVM Programming Model

posted on April 12, 2016 by Amit Golander

As a veteran researcher, I’m always interested in brand new approaches for doing things. One great example is the new NVM programming model proposed by SNIA (NPM). An approach that took a big step forward this week, as version 1.0 of the associated NVM library (NVML) was released. For the few people who understood this first paragraph – congratulation on the major milestone. If you haven’t really understood it however – [...]

HPE Persistent Memory Support

posted on March 31, 2016 by Amit Golander

After dreaming about "The Machine" for years, HPE completed the first milestone. Today, HPE announced that its DL360/380 servers support NVDIMM-N, or in their own words: "New HPE ProLiant Gen9 portfolio extends leadership with industry-first support for persistent memory". I wouldn't go so far as to say that they are the first to support PM or that they offer a complete solution (software anyone?), but HPE does deserve a round of applause [...]

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