About Mark R. Bush

Mark R. Bush is a Storage Architect for Sirius Computer Solutions.

Is There Such a Thing as the All-Flash Data Center?

Ready or not, there are big changes happening in the world of storage infrastructure. The data your organization depends on continues to grow at an astonishing rate, but budgeting boatloads of money to spend on your IT infrastructure is out of the question. After all, what’s the point of throwing more money at the same [...]

Is “Flash & Trash” Ready for the Garbage Can?

I once was an advocate of the storage industry’s so-called Flash & Trash design approach. I enjoy saying this to clients and watching their reactions. Flash & Trash is the combination of Flash, NAND-based storage, and the big, dumb animal version of the traditional magnetic disk (7200 RPM or slower, but high-capacity NL-SAS/SATA). On the [...]

Software-Defined Storage Is Awesome… If It Runs on Great Hardware!

It seems like everything is software-defined these days. You have software-defined networks, software-defined storage, and software-defined data centers. When did hardware get such a bad rap? After all, no matter what magic your software can do, it still requires hardware in order to run. I realize that what is really meant by software-defined is that [...]

A Storage Architect’s Analysis of the NetApp 3X Performance Guarantee

As a Sirius storage architect, I’ve designed and implemented NetApp’s Data ONTAP for enterprise clients for as long as the solution has been available. When I first heard about NetApp’s new 3X Performance Guarantee I was immediately curious, as I’m sure many of you are. For many IT decision-makers in both the public and private [...]

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