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.

Topics: Storage All flash NVMe Flash Memory Summit Storage Class Memory

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.

Topics: Storage All flash pure storage Flash Memory Summit

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:

Topics: Storage Kaminario All flash

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

The future of flash is guaranteed

When do we stop using the term "flash storage"? When does it become just "storage"? And when do we as an industry shift the qualifier to "mechanical spinning disk media"? That future may be a lot sooner than you might think. The industry perception of flash storage is transforming from why to why not as I write. At some of the more recent storage industry events I have attended, when a question is asked about the potential of flash storage, the storage administrators in the audience are just as likely as the presenter to speak up and sing the praises of all-flash storage.

Topics: Storage Netapp EMC flash Nimble Violin Memory Kaminario HPE All flash pure storage All-Flash Array