“We really needed to up the ante on our fibre channel infrastructure so we could cope, noting that the 'all flash array' market – geared to high performance and low latency – was really starting to come of age,” he said.
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“This is the right move at the right time because it gives us a few years of runway now for extremely high I/O scenarios for both extremely low latency media and extremely fast tape serial I/O.”
Carroll added that there of a cohort in the industry ‘banging on with the mantra that fibre channel and tape is dead.”
“I’ve got frank and carefully placed news for the individuals who believe that. In scientific computing or parts of the market where availability, latency and quality of service matter, it’s just not true.”
“We really do care about our quality of service and our frames arriving when they should arrive and with the latency that we expect. But further, we still can’t see from a TCO perspective that tape is dead. We just can’t see it in our world.
“No matter what we see and the rhetoric we are hearing from the disk vendors of the world, tape still has a big place in research computing.”
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