HPE gets "Nimble" for $1 Billion

The enterprise storage industry is heating up. Today, HPE announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Nimble Storage. HPE will pay $12.50 per share, for a nice round purchase price of $1.0 billion. The move makes sense on a number of fronts for HPE. The first and obvious benefit is that it injects new life and technology into the storage portfolio. While HPE already had some nice storage offerings including 3PAR and the StoreVirtual lineup, HPE’s overall revenue took a hit last year, with quarterly revenue down over 10% year over year. Although these results were similar across many of the big storage players, it is time to act. 

Topics: Storage data storage hybrid storage Nimble HPE All-Flash Array

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

Storage Systems Predictions for 2015

I sat down recently with ESG's VP of Research John McKnight to talk about what my expectations are for the storage marketplace in 2015:

Topics: data storage hybrid storage storage management storage tiering Converged

Well Hello There End-to-end Flash

So what do we know about flash? It used to be really expensive. It had limited implementation options in IT environments. Oh, let’s not forget the screaming performance you can expect when it’s implemented correctly. I’m hearing about more and more IT shops that are turning to flash to meet their business needs, but it’s not getting implemented the right way or the best way in my opinion. Sure, you can buy 12 flash drives and throw them in your underlying storage subsystem and it will help, but what if your mission-critical datasets don’t fit? What if they currently fit, but won’t for long because data is exploding exponentially? I’ll take 12 more flash drives please. With that approach you’re going to kill your budget, add complexity to managing your storage, and most likely create a bottleneck somewhere else in your infrastructure that will wreak havoc on the performance of every single application that uses that storage system.

Insert Fusion-io ioControl n5 SPX, a hybrid, end-to-end flash storage solution that uses PCIe flash at a storage system and server level. This lets you put flash where it matters most to you. Do you have a mission-critical OLTP database application that is consuming too many IOPS on your storage system so other applications are being hurt? Throw some PCIe flash in the server where the database is running and poof! Problem gone! Obviously a little more thought goes into it, but you get the picture. By strategically placing PCIe flash where it matters, you can continue to meet strict performance requirements, while alleviating a good amount of pressure being put on the underlying storage system.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure Fusion-io flash hybrid storage

Fusion-io’s Next Gen is NexGen

Just like the real world, there are various types of marriages in the storage ecosystem. Some are arranged (“Please buy us before we run out of VC money!”), some are expected (“As a systems behemoth, we need to acquire your cool new technology…”), and some are enjoyable emotional battles (“There’s no way I’m gonna let you hook up with him/her, so here’s a larger dowry…”). Every so often there’s one that doesn’t fit the standard mould, but actually when you look at it, it’s easy enough to see how the partners fit together.

And so, dearly beloved, we are here to bear testimony to yesterday's joining of Fusion-io and NexGen (well, of course the former actually bought the latter for $119m cash/stock, but let’s not spoil the story on such a brash technicality!). So what do we see for the happy couple?

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure Fusion-io flash storage hybrid storage NexGen