Scale that NAS - Justin Parisi - Ep50


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There is no doubt that the amount of data we have, manage, control and analyse continues to grow ever more rapidly and increasingly this is unstructured data, documents, images, engineering drawings, data that often needs to be stored in one place and be easily accessible. However, this presents problems, how do you get all of this data in one place when it's not just TB's it 100's of TB's and made up of billions of files that need to be accessed quickly, how on earth do you build that kind of capacity and deliver the performance you need? Well, scale-out NAS may be the answer, in a world where we have these ever growing massive unstructured data repositories scaling out our NAS services makes perfect sense, delivering not only massive capacity but also taking advantage of scaled-out compute to give us the ability to process the billions of transactions that come with a huge repository. So for Episode 50 of the Tech Interviews podcast, it seemed apt to celebrate the big five-oh talking about big data storage. To discuss this evolution of NAS storage I'm joined by a returning guest, Justin Parisi to discuss NetApp's approach to this challenge, FlexGroups. We discuss what a FlexGroup is and why you may want to use them and how it's about more than just capacity, as we discuss the performance benefits of spreading our single storage volume across multiple controllers. We explore the importance of simplification, and how NetApp has made sure that the complexity of scale-out NAS is hidden away from the user by presenting a simple, intuitive and quick to deploy technology that allows users to have the capacity without the need to rearchitect or relearn their existing solutions. FlexGroups is a really smart technology designed to simply address this ever-growing capacity and performance problem encountered by our traditional approach to file services and if you are looking at scale-out NAS and file services, it's a technology well worth reviewing. Next week It's the last show of the year as I'm joined by Jason Benedicic and Ruairi Mcbride to discuss the future of datacentre architecture as we talk next gen technologies. To catch that show why not subscribe in any of the usual podcast places. Hope you enjoyed Episode 50 – here's to the next 50! Thanks for listening. For full show notes -

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