Brian Garrett

Brian Garrett

Brian Garrett is the Vice President of ESG Lab, providing independent, hands-on validations and analyses of emerging technologies in the server, storage, data management, and information security industries. Throughout his career, Brian has created and managed world-class embedded development, performance measurement, and test organizations at companies including EMC, SEPATON, and Formation. Prior to joining ESG, Brian was the co-founder and CTO of I/O Integrity.

Recent Posts by Brian Garrett:

Seriously Smart, Wicked Fast Data Storage

The real-time performance and efficiency of Dot Hill's seriously smart Automatic Tiered Storage was highlighted during recent testing by ESG Lab. As you can see below, the fine grain 4MB efficiency kicked in within minutes. Multi-user database nearly tripled on a hybrid storage configuration with a mix of traditional hard drives and a relatively small amount of solid state disk.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure ESG Validation Services

Lobsters with a Side of Virtualized Storage Performance

If you're in the IT industry and you live in New England and you haven't heard about the Summer Slam, you should definitely consider attending this awesome event. If you've attended in the past, you've experienced the value of hanging out with your peers at one of the largest regional IT end-user groups in the country. Besides the knowledge that you gained from presentations from industry experts and vendors at the show, I'm sure you appreciated the great lobster boil that's free for qualified IT users. During my 11:00 session, you’ll learn about trends, technologies, tips, and tricks from the field based on ESG Lab hands-on testing in virtualized environments. And you’ll leave with a list of freely available storage benchmarking tools, best practices, and benchmark results with a goal of optimizing storage performance in your virtual environment.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure Cloud Services & Orchestration ESG Validation Services

The Future Is Now: Flash Throughout the Data Center

In a recent blog, Steve Duplessie made a bold statement about the future of Solid-state Storage(SSS) in the Enterprise:

People think about flash as a component of something. I think about it systemically – not inside a system, but inside the entire data center. The one who can orchestrate cache on flash throughout the entire data center is the one who will own the keys to the kingdom.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure ESG Validation Services

Storage Performance Cruise Control for Virtual Server Environments

This latest ESG Lab report documents how NexGen Storage combines the performance advantages of low-latency RAM and PCIe SSD with cost-effective high-capacity disk drives to create a storage solution that's ideally suited for mixed workloads and consolidated virtual server environments. Multi-phase data reduction and storage performance QoS (Cruise Control for Storage) delivers the performance that's needed, when and where it's needed, at a cost that's comparable with a traditional disk array.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure Cloud Services & Orchestration ESG Validation Services

Nasuni: Wicked Good Storage Services

Vinny and I recently tested an IT storage solution at Nasuni, a high tech startup near Boston where you'll often hear the locals describing stuff as "wicked good" or "wicked cool." After a couple days of ESG Lab hands-on testing (and some great sushi), we're pleased to report that the "wicked smaht" team at Nasuni is delivering wicked good storage services.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure ESG Validation Services