Interview with Fusion-io

The main bottleneck in computers today is not the CPU, but the mechanical hard disk drive (HDD). When an application mostly waits on the CPU to get things done, it’s called compute bound. On the other hand when it’s mostly waiting to get data in or out of storage, it’s called I/O bound. Because CPU … Continue reading “Interview with Fusion-io”

FusionIO

The main bottleneck in computers today is not the CPU, but the mechanical hard disk drive (HDD). When an application mostly waits on the CPU to get things done, it’s called compute bound. On the other hand when it’s mostly waiting to get data in or out of storage, it’s called I/O bound. Because CPU performance keeps doubling and HDD performance doesn’t, today most systems are I/O bound. HDDs simply cannot keep CPUs fed with data fast enough. While storage capacities in HDDs have steadily increased, performance has languished — making it the system choke-point. It is one of the last remaining devices that has moving parts in a computer today. (Long ago, CPUs moved from vacuum tubes to solid-state transistors). The future of storage is solid-state disks (SSDs).

Here is an exclusive interview with David Flynn, CTO at Fusion-io, to talk about their ioDrive. It aims to alleviate the performance disconnect between computing and storage while staying within competitive price-points. Continue reading “Interview with Fusion-io”

Reduce Platform Switching Barriers

The computing platform is what matters. It’s one thing if you’re the big fish with THE platform. But what do you do when you’re the small fish, your competitor already owns the dominant platform, and has millions of customers? How do you switch customers to your platform? Answer: Reduce the platform switching barriers. However, it … Continue reading “Reduce Platform Switching Barriers”

Platform Edge

The computing platform is what matters. It’s one thing if you’re the big fish with THE platform. But what do you do when you’re the small fish, your competitor already owns the dominant platform, and has millions of customers? How do you switch customers to your platform? Answer: Reduce the platform switching barriers.

However, it may be more difficult than you think. I find it difficult enough to switch phone carriers. Maybe not, necessarily, for myself, but I find it difficult to get all my friends to switch with me. The benefit of a platform is exclusive lock-in. The benefit of getting your friends on the same phone carrier is free mobile-to-mobile chatting. Can you convince all them to switch again and again? Continue reading “Reduce Platform Switching Barriers”

The Platform Is What Matters

Today, Steve Jobs mentioned that the Apple iPhone will finally opening up for third-party application development in February 2008. Apple will provide a iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK) for developers to create applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

iPhone SDK

Today, Steve Jobs mentioned that the Apple iPhone will finally opening up for third-party application development in February 2008. Apple will provide a iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK) for developers to create applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Continue reading “The Platform Is What Matters”