Posts Tagged MAID
Does Copan’s demise portend the death of MAID? Marc Farley thinks MAID is toast and recently wrote:
I suspect MAID storage will quickly become an afterthought now, except for a small number of customers and applications that will keep the technology on life support. The problem with MAID is that there aren’t enough applications for selectively-spinning disks. Selectively spinning disk drives are more expensive than tape for archiving and are more problematic than standard disk systems for backup. That leaves applications such as video on demand, which is not a large enough market to float a serious startup these days. Thin provisioning for primary storage and dedupe for backup have become the technologies of choice for customers looking to increase the efficiency of storage.
Nexsan and FalconStor announced today, a partnership that integrates the data deduplication software from FalconStor with Nexsan’s highly energy efficient, AutoMaid storage architecture.
Being someone who is heavily biased in favor of MAID like techniques and storage optimization techniques such as data deduplication to drive meaningful energy efficiencies, this is a partnership that I loudly applaud.
I look at the integration of Nexsan’s AutoMaid and FalconStor’s File-interface Deduplication System (FCS) as the best of two worlds delivering what is probably the most energy efficient, on-line data storage solution for active and semi-active data.