[DFWUUG:Discuss] DTrace enabled storage analytics (StorageMojo) and How Amazon builds the world's most scalable storage (StorageMojo on ZDNET)
e2eiod at gmail.com
Sat Mar 14 03:51:08 CDT 2009
Two interesting topics.
(1) DTrace enabled storage analytics
For latecomers, Adam once defined DTrace as
. . . a systemic observability framework that’s designed explicitly
for use on mission-critical systems. It lets users and system
administrators get concise answers to arbitrary questions.
DTrace is available on Solaris, OpenSolaris and Mac OS X.
DTrace and Fishworks are a powerful combo. One more reason - along
with ZFS - that OpenSolaris is a better platform than Linux for
DTrace is also a very powerful profiling tool for software development.
[from post comments - reply to Anonymous]
Anonymous: they are making NAS/SAN appliances to eat Netapp’s lunch,
as well as some of EMC’s midrange stuff, and offering analytics as a
differentiator. Keep in mind that the UI is not open-sourced, only
DTrace is. DTrace is very mature now (it’s been available since the
first rev of Solaris 10, unlike ZFS), but the power also means a steep
learning curve. The Fishworks analytics UI masks all that complexity
and makes it usable for the average harried admin who can’t afford to
spend a week learning DTrace’s D scripting language.
Sun is introducing some very interesting SSD devices engineered for
specific purposes which makes them very price competitive.
(2) How Amazon builds the world's most scalable storage
The cloud storage market is accelerating fast - despite naysayers and
alarmists - and Amazon’s S3 is leading the charge. Storing over 40
billion files for 400,000 customers Amazon is the one to beat. How do
they it for pennies per GB a month? Read on.
I attended FAST ‘09, the best storage conference around, where Alyssa
Henry, S3’s GM, gave a keynote. Amazon doesn’t talk much about how
their technology works, so even the little Alyssa added was welcome.
I am having strong reservations about the future of Desktop Linux. It
is and has been a blessing for me because of the price and
This may be an artifact of the Desktop?
One interesting alternative could be OpenSolaris (x86)?
Since I don't use Linux servers I can't comment knowledgeably about them.
My guess would be Linux servers are staying competitive. They are
where the money is.
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