Kaminario Goes Software

GettyImages-518142550.jpegThere has been an understanding held by those inside the storage industry for some time now that enterprise storage is a software business. To those on the outside, though, it has looked like a hardware business. People see the mass of HDDs, SSDs, controllers, enclosures, power supplies, etc, and think "I am buying hardware." But inside the industry, vendors have known for decades that what separates the winners and the losers has long been the software.

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Enterprise Storage Predictions for 2018: IT Becomes Automatic

We live in a truly fascinating era of technology. Multiple avenues of innovation, such as blockchain, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, are poised to fundamentally transform business. Will it happen over night? No. Will it happen in 2018? To a degree. But more importantly, 2018, and probably 2019, will be about preparing for these new innovations by transforming IT to compete in the digital age. The bottom line is that in five years or so, the more digitally adept businesses will have already won, and it will be too late for a company to redefine itself. In other words, the time for IT transformation is now. It is this urgent need for transformation that provides the background for my 2018 predictions for enterprise storage.  

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Future of Flash from Flash Memory Summit: Where there’s smoke, there’s fire

Flash Memory Summit (FMS) 2017 just wrapped up last week in beautiful Santa Clara, California. While I have added the list of official winners from the show below, the biggest unofficial winner of the week might have been the bar in the lobby of the Santa Clara Hyatt Regency Hotel. For those of you who did not attend, a fire in one of booths closed the entire expo floor for the length of the event. No one was injured, and you can read more about it here, but the bottom line is that the combo of fire and water is not good for technology. And… attendees had to go somewhere to discuss all things flash, and the bar was as good of a place as any.

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The U.S. Versus China with Flash Memory Stuck in the Middle

I normally don’t mention politics. My expertise is in technology and business, so I like to stick to those topics. But, an article in the Wall Street Journal today caught my eye. It is well worth a read, if you get a chance.

It a nutshell, the article describes growing tensions between the U.S. and China in response to Chinese firms attempting to acquire U.S semiconductor vendors and technology. According to the article, “Big U.S. players like Intel Corp. and Micron Technology Inc. find themselves in a bind—eager to expand in China but wary of losing out to state-sponsored rivals.” I cannot talk to the nuances of the geo-political landscape, but what I do know is flash memory, and this tension doesn’t look good.

Topics: Storage Intel All flash Micron

A Quick Talk with Yousuf Kahn, CIO of Pure Storage: High Performance Flash Is Powering Digital Business Transformation (Video)

With Flash Memory Summit a few weeks away, now is a good time to reflect on how flash technology has transformed business as well as our everyday lives. The wealth of digital products and services available today as well as the ever increasing value of business insights gathered through analytics would likely not be possible without flash storage technology. And if it were possible, it would be way too costly. The bottom line is that the modern business is built on data, and the speed at which that data can be accessed and understood directly impacts business success. Flash storage technology is a huge step forward and continued innovation in this space will further propel digital businesses in the future.

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Kaminario Announces General Availability for K2 Generation 6

Today, Kaminario, all-flash storage vendor, announced general availability for the next generation, sixth actually, of its K2 all-flash storage systems. With generation six, or Gen 6, K2 systems received a boost to both speed and scale. I took the time to quickly list some of the key highlight below:

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Pure Storage Announces General Availability for FlashBlade

Today, Pure Storage announced general availability for FlashBlade. For those not familiar with FlashBlade, it is the all-flash storage company’s massive capacity, incredibly dense--1.6 PB usable in 4 rack units!--all flash storage system designed for unstructured data workloads--think files and objects.

Now I have written quite a bit about FlashBlade since Pure Storage announced it last year. You can check out some of my recent article on SearchStorage or my comment in my 2017 storage industry predictions video, so I don’t simply want to rehash all my early commentary now that the system is finally available to the general public.

 But I do want to make two points.

Topics: IBM Storage Object storage dell-emc All flash pure storage File System

2017 Enterprise Storage Predictions (Video)

With 2016 behind us, I recently had some time to sit down and record my thoughts on the storage industry for 2017. While I do not wish to spoil the predictions in the video too much, there are a few key points that I would like to make to set the stage.

  1. Public cloud services are fundamentally transforming the storage industry, to a point where the industry could look very different in five years.
  2. In response, on-premises storage solutions have seen insane levels of innovation over the past couple of years, in technologies such as all-flash, hyperconverged infrastructure, and software-defined storage.
  3.  However, the multi-billion dollar question is, “Is it enough?”
Topics: Storage cloud SDS All flash hyperconverged 2017 predictions

Are we evaluating the storage technology name or the benefit?

As a storage analyst, I am repeatedly asked to compare one storage technology solution to another. Several years ago, this wasn’t very difficult. In enterprise storage, there were really only a couple options: SAN or NAS. When comparing SAN storage, evaluations looked at performance, data resiliency features, and price. When comparing NAS solutions, technical comparisons likely emphasized price and capacity scaling, along with a myriad of different file system-specific features such as how granular the system could manage quotas or snapshots. Depending on how you look at it, those might be considered the good old days for a storage analyst. Comparing solutions was relatively easy.

Topics: Storage Netapp Gartner Scale-out HPE All flash File System

Lenovo and Nimble Storage Join Forces

Today, Lenovo and Nimble Storage announced a joint partnership, furthering the capabilities and the reach of both companies. The near–term product offering that results from the partnership will be Lenovo’s ThinkAgile CX converged system available on October 28th, with Nimble providing the storage element. From a business perspective, the deal makes so much sense for both companies; the real question may be what took them so long.

First, let’s start with the obvious benefits. Lenovo gets access to Nimble’s Predictive Flash technology for its converged offering, rounding out its storage portfolio and adding a larger scale converged offering to pair with its existing hyperconverged solutions from the partnership with Nutanix. Nimble Storage gains access to Lenovo’s substantial enterprise sales channel. While the immediate impact will likely be a boost in revenue for both companies, this partnership looks like it goes beyond the simple reselling of technology.

Topics: Storage Lenovo Nimble Converged All flash hyperconverged