As well as outlining the upside that exists for Oracle in storage, and commenting about its recent analyst event, this blog entry includes video interviews with two Oracle storage execs - Phil Bullinger (ZFS storage) and Jim Cates (tape automation).
Many organizations that use solid-state storage attribute their initial adoption of the technology to performance challenges. In fact, previously conducted ESG research revealed that the majority of early solid-state storage users cited the alleviation of I/O bottlenecks caused by server virtualization as an initial adoption driver. However, as solid-state storage continues to mature, its relationship with server virtualization can further be used to gauge the technology’s increasing horizontal applicability.
Get a quick insight on what my ESG colleagues and I took away as our first impressions from EMC World last week, in easy-to-consume video format.
The latest storage industry consolidation (Fusion-io/NexGen) is probably not what was expected, but nonetheless makes a logical couple...
There are two elements in this blog entry: 1) Some thoughts from panels that I was lucky enough to moderate at Storage Networking World (SNW) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show and 2) Perspectives on industry events like this.
ESG’s survey of over 400 IT professionals showed that, while the total cost of data storage is very important to IT professionals, certain types of organizations care more about reducing storage-related hardware and software costs, while others are more interested in reducing IT staff-related costs of storage. This brief examines the storage purchasing processes of decision makers at midmarket and enterprise organizations, from the reasons behind their decision to acquire or upgrade storage, to the criteria they apply and the features they demand of their storage systems. It reveals just how much features such as 10GbE, solid-state disks, and thin provisioning really matter, and considers whether or not storage vendors should invest in projects such as pre-qualifying solutions or building reference architectures.
Whether it is ultimately called “tiering 2.0” or micro-tiering, or (near) real-time tiering, there’s a new approach to tiering that combines granularity and alacrity with ease and automation. This translates to both efficiency and effectiveness, which means this refinement of a much-used functionality looks poised for success.
IBM's recent announcement of its "Flash Ahead" initiative is a significant stake in the ground from Big Blue, and the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
Recent ESG research of the storage market on either side of the Atlantic provided valuable and accurate knowledge, although without as many intriguing differences as we might have instinctively expected….which is –of course – in itself intriguing!
Recent ESG research shows that cloud storage is moving from aspiration to adoption at rates – and in places – that are surprising. This blog entry gives some headlines from the research.
For this research project on data storage trends in Western Europe, ESG surveyed 307 IT and storage professionals who are responsible for evaluating, purchasing, or managing data storage at midmarket (i.e. 100 to 999 employees) and enterprise (i.e. 1,000 or more employees) organizations in the UK, France, and Germany. The survey questions were the same questions that were posed in a separate ESG survey of IT and storage professionals in North America (United States and Canada), as described in ESG’s research report on the U.S. storage market. The results of the two research projects provide valuable information about the similarities and differences in storage technology purchasing, deployment, and management in Western Europe compared to North America. In many cases, the findings from the two surveys were quite similar. However, there were key differences in some areas, and these differences will be highlighted throughout this report.
ESG conducted an in-depth survey of 412 IT and business professionals concerning their organizations’ current data storage environments including current storage resources, challenges, purchase criteria, as well as forward-looking data storage plans. Survey participants represented small (99 or less employees) and small midmarket (100 to 250 employees) organizations in North America (United States and Canada).
Using a few recent examples, this blog points out that the solid-state vendor community is steadily graduating from "basic" to "advanced."
Sanbolic's latest Melio5 software platform promises to combine the best of both worlds: advanced enterprise storage functionality and "public cloud economics."
Mark Peters is an ESG senior analyst focused on storage systems. His particular areas of emphasis are block storage; virtualized storage; all types of solid-state storage; and the challenges of power, cooling, and space efficiency in data centers. Mark has more than 25 years of data storage industry experience and has held senior management roles in sales, marketing, product management, business development, and customer intimacy in the U.S. and internationally.
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