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Symbolic IO IRIS a breakthrough in server, storage architecture
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of May 2017, Vol. 16, No. 3
Chances are, you haven't heard of IRIS, which stands for Intensified RAM Intelligent Server, from Symbolic IO. Well, you are about to. And, from what you read in this column, I hope you will be as intrigued by it as I am. Readers know I seldom advocate for a hardware kit. Truth be told, I was on the "I hate hardware" path long before the software-defined storage (SDS) crowd made it hip and cool. Indeed, most of what I've written here has sought to critique costly and overbuilt hardware kits, including storage area networks that weren't really networks, or shared arrays built with commodity components but nonetheless sported huge price tags because of some silly value-add software service. I preferred my servers and storage simple and manageable, mostly finding value only in storage software that was hardware-, vendor- and workload-agnostic. While those positions may not have put me on the Christmas card lists of most vendors, and have largely framed my public persona as something of a curmudgeon or naysayer, they are not ...
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Features in this issue
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Columns in this issue
Some storage vendors want you to think that one type of storage will work for all scenarios and enterprises. Thanks to changes in storage technology that's not always the case.
Intensified RAM Intelligent Server from newcomer Symbolic IO questions fundamental and often unstated foundations of contemporary server and storage design.
Object storage that supports immutability or versioning can ensure a faster and easier recovery from ransomware attacks.
Trends, such as event-triggered computing, as exemplified by Lambda Architectures, converge on data center storage to hasten data center intelligence evolution.