Storage Trends Research - Flash Storage (#2 in a series) - includes video

ESG recently completed in-depth research on the state of the storage market; its own technologies and market trends as well as its key intersections to other notable IT implementations and shifts. We are presenting some of the extended highlights from the findings in multiple ESG Briefs (each focused on a particular topic), as well as tighter summaries of those Briefs in accompanying ESG videos. These will be rolling out over the next few weeks and we’ll capture all the available links in these blogs each time a new piece is posted.

Topics: Storage flash storage IT Spending Intentions

Pure Storage FlashBlade: the all-flash data center just got closer

Last week, I, along with my colleagues Mark Peters and Tony Palmer, were given the opportunity to attend the Pure//Accelerate user conference in sunny San Francisco. You can check out Mr. Peters thoughts and our on location video here, but I would like to add my own perspective on the event and Pure’s announcements.

Topics: Storage flash storage All-Flash Data Center pure storage All-Flash Array

Pure Accelerate(s)

Last week’s first Pure Accelerate — the vendor’s user conference — marked a definite increase in pressure on the throttle for the all-flash player. Of course a cynic might argue that few vendors have embraced “all flash” in its non-technical meaning quite as well as Pure. However, aside from the abundance of orange at Pier 48 in San Francisco, there were rather more signs of substance than such cynics might expect or enjoy.

Topics: Storage flash storage pure storage

EMC Continues its March to Flash

This is an interesting week in storage — there's more to come that I can't share just yet but I can say that I am likely to type the word "mainframe" more this week than I have done in a long time prior! That'll make some older folks very happy as much of the intent of virtualization, convergence and clouds seems to be in line, at least conceptually, with what the mainframe was all about (now, there's a fine IT philosophy discussion to be sure!)

Topics: Storage EMC flash storage

SanDisk's InfiniFlash Is a Notable Arrival in the Flash Boxing Ring

2015 is shaping up to be just as busy on the solid-state beat as we expected. This week saw notable moves from two very strong players, which share the fact that neither are traditional storage systems vendors, but both wish to move in that direction since that's where account "stickiness" and higher margins lie. The logic and value of the intended acquisition of Amplidata by WD/HGST is covered by my colleague Scott Sinclair in a blog here. Meantime, SanDisk has come to the game with more chips (pun intended) than table-stakes would demand, and announced its InfiniFlash offering.

Topics: flash flash storage Sandisk

HGST in Agreement to Acquire Object Storage Provider Amplidata

On March 3rd, HGST announced an agreement to acquire Amplidata, a privately-held developer of object storage software. Here is the official announcement of HGST acquiring Amplidata

I, for one, am a fan of object storage and Amplidata’s technology as well. Himalaya, Amplidata’s object storage offering, is a software–defined storage solution designed for multi-petabyte environments. The technology leverages erasure coding to provide high levels of resiliency for massive capacity environments, while leveraging commodity hardware for greater affordability. While I currently do not have any information on the cost of the acquisition, based on what I do know, I applaud the move for Western Digital and HGST.

Topics: Object storage Private Cloud Infrastructure flash storage acquisition

SolidFire's Flames Are Very "Cool"

Last week, SolidFire held its second annual Analyst Day. "Cool"ness was in full force, both from a technical progress perspective.....and also from a climate perspective (as the video attached with this blog post demonstrates). I saw many of the analyst-erati that hail from warmer climes watching the flakes fall....though whether one of them will lay claim to the snowman remains to be seen!. Meantime - and indoors - SolidFire's execs were very credibly fanning the flames of their product and marketing expertise. To give an idea of the event and content here's my video from Boulder featuring CEO Dave Wright with a summary of the main company updates as well as commentary from my ESG Lab colleague Aviv Kaufman and me.

Topics: flash flash storage SolidFire next generation data center

SDS and Flash Predictions for 2015

I recently sat down with ESG VP of Research John McKnight to talk about what my expectations are for the Flash, SDS, and hybrid storage markets in 2015.

Topics: software-defined storage flash storage SDS hybrid storage

The Year Ahead in Data Storage

One of the few things one can foretell safely every year is that there will be an onslaught of predictions articles, blogging, and general prognostication from about mid-December through to about that point in January when we all think it’s got a bit too late to say “Happy New Year”! 

I would hate to buck that expectation!

Topics: Storage Object storage software-defined storage flash storage integrated computing platform cloud storage

IBM Making Solid Progress in Flash (includes video)

While IBM has always been known for some great technologies across the IT board, it's not every day that one chats to IBM storage executives about its market leadership. But right now, good old Big Blue is doing remarkably well in the all-flash battleground. To try to figure out a little bit of the how and why, I spoke to both Michael Kuhn and Kevin Powell while at the recent Flash Memory Summit. I asked Mike to talk about how he sees the general market situation - in addition to IBM's recent success - while Kevin talked more about the elements behind that sales improvements...both from an overall storage portfolio perspective as well as some details about the latest update to the IBM V840 (which was announced at the Summit). The results are in this 5 minute video:

Topics: IBM Storage IT Infrastructure Mark Peters flash flash storage