Pure Nonsense – Separating Fact from Fiction in FlashThe buzz about NVMe has recently reached a fever pitch, and rightfully so. It’s the perfect technology buzz word – a nice little acronym that blends the right amount of nerdy and cool and promises to change the landscape of storage forever. Who wouldn’t want to talk about that? But as we’ve discussed before, it is important to understand that NVMe is more than simply putting a fancy new interface on the same old flash drives.As one of the pioneers of NVMe, Dell EMC couldn’t be happier that the world is building with anticipation that NVMe is finally coming to fruition in mainstream enterprise storage. When I say pioneer, I mean that literally – Dell EMC co-developed the NVMe standard starting back in 2007 and by the end of the year, we’ll release our next NVMe array, which will be the first of many in our mainstream all flash portfolio.You may have heard Pure Storage talking about their new “100% NVMe” array, but before you get sucked in, let’s level set on a few things:NVMe is an interface, which replaces SAS/SATA to overcome the limitations of these protocols that were designed over 30 years ago for spinning hard disk drives, and thereby take advantage of the parallelism of modern CPUs and SSDs.NVMe is NOT media, which in the short term is NAND-based flash, and is the same media that vendors have been shipping in all-flash arrays for years.NVMe will enable a modest improvement in latency but at a premium price.NVMe will, in the future, open up high-speed, low-latency access to the next generation storage media called Storage Class Memory, or SCM, (for example, 3D XPoint). And that’s where things get interesting. SCM will dramatically improve latency over NAND-based flash media, just as NAND-based flash dramatically improved latency over spinning disk media.In other words, SCM is Emerald City and NVMe is the yellow brick road – the game-changer in storage will be the combination of NVMe and SCM – not NVMe alone.So what about that snazzy new “100% NVMe” array from Pure Storage? They built their own proprietary “NVMe drives” (dubbed “Flash Modules”) for this new array, which was expensive, and customers are going to have to pay for that. To date, there have been no performance benchmarks published for the new FlashArray //X (also of note – existing performance metrics for Pure Storage’s FlashArray//M have been removed from their website as well). Which makes you wonder…What benefits does the FlashArray //X have beyond unspecified performance over their last generation array?What performance will you really get from it, and does it justify the premium?Given their proprietary approach, what is the go-forward path to SCM and when will that come?The proprietary road is littered with failure. See Violin Memory as a recent example.Dell EMC’s Strategy for NVMe in StorageWe recently evolved our NVMe strategy based on customer feedback and are now focused on continuing to deliver NVMe across our portfolio over the next 6 to 24 months. In fact, we’ll launch our first “mainstream” NVMe array by the end of the year. Unlike Pure Storage, we are leveraging industry-standard technology and collaborating with industry leaders like Intel to ensure our offerings are ready for enterprise requirements, while also minimizing price premiums for early adopters. In addition, this approach allows us to accelerate and optimize delivery of the ideal enterprise-ready Storage Class Memory (SCM) devices as soon as they become available.Dell EMC also continues to lead the industry in driving standards in NVMe with our cutting-edge portfolio of PowerEdge servers. We will offer NVMe in a variety of consumption models for storage including arrays, software-defined storage, converged and hyper-converged infrastructure solutions. As always, they will be backed by Dell EMC’s world-class engineering, services and support organizations – who have been designing and testing solutions for mission critical environments for decades.
An employee of Heritage House Nursing Home in Greensburg was arrested after an investigation into thefts that occurred in August.Janey Meltzer, 52, of Rusville was arrested on charges of theft and forgery.According to police, thousands of dollars were reported missing from a 70-year-old resident’s bank account. After more than a month of investigating, Meltzer was arrested in late September.If a resident of the nursing home believes they may be the victim of theft or forgery, or if you are a family member of a resident and suspect they may be victim, you should contact Tpr. Linville at the Indiana State Police Post in Versailles at 812-689-5000.
Little was originally scheduled to have an operation on Thursday but he has been forced to wait. Little wrote on his Twitter page: “Out of hospital. Unfortunately need to wait until Monday for surgery because of too much swelling! Taken back by all the msgs. Thank you.” The versatile Little has scored six goals this season after netting 25 last term. Rangers are yet to discover the extent of the injury suffered by Richard Foster, who left Ibrox on crutches after suffering an ankle injury. The club website said: “He has hurt his ankle but there is a lot of swelling around it and the club’s medical staff will have to wait until that subsides before they can determine the specific nature of his injury.” Skipper Lee McCulloch also suffered a head wound but played on after getting six stitches and scored the opening goal from the spot in the 70th minute. The penalty incident saw Dunfermline defender Jordan Moore sent off following a second booking for a foul on McCulloch and referee Gary Hilland booked a further eight players, three of them from Rangers. Press Association Little was carried off on a stretcher wearing a neck brace after lengthy treatment following a clash of heads with Dunfermline full-back Alex Whittle in the first half of Rangers’ 3-1 League One victory on Wednesday night. The 24-year-old went straight to hospital and Rangers say it will be 2014 before he is expected to make a comeback. Rangers and Northern Ireland player Andy Little will undergo surgery on Monday after tests proved he had broken his right cheekbone and jaw during his club’s win over Dunfermline.