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Oracle Open World…& the new FS1 SAN (with video)

Posted: October 08, 2014   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Storage, Big Data, Data Management & Analytics, IT Infrastructure, Oracle Open World, Hadoop, Enterprise Software, Mark Peters, Data Management, Oracle

This year’s Oracle Open World (OOW) was – as ever – huge from just about every measurable dimension. While the weather is seemingly always lovely (except at SFO where “flow control” seems to have been the order of the day all September), it is not available to any regular tourists unless they are prepared to pay the stupendous rates that a sold-out city can charge.

Stealing a page from Microsoft when it “got” the Internet (what seems like an eternity ago!) Oracle spent its time at OOW confirming that its flirtation with this cloud thing is a full blown romance! Of course there were a ton of specific product announcements (a very beguiling new SAN product – the FS1 – being of course what caught my eye! More on that below). But this event was also about the occluded front that often accompanies clouds: that occlusion being the change in role for Larry Ellison and the emergence of the Safra-Mark show (lest there be one more “Hurd-ing Katz” jibe….). The change was managed effortlessly with Larry revelling in his “lead techy” role. What were the key takeaways? My colleague Nik Rouda and I already commented in our esg-recap-of-oracle-openworld-2014/index.html" target="_blank">joint blog about Oracle OpenWorld but here’s a bit more depth in one of our ESG on Location video reports….

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Dot Hill - A Video Look Behind the Engineering Scenes

Posted: September 17, 2014   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: Storage, IT Infrastructure, Mark Peters, Dot Hill

Storage isn't all about the IOPS and TBs. It has to work, be usable, and indeed get to its place of use along the same roads (with the same potholes and construction) as anything else.

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IBM Making Solid Progress in Flash (includes video)

Posted: August 19, 2014   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: IBM, Storage, IT Infrastructure, Mark Peters, flash, flash storage

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:

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Flash Storage Summit - and the beat goes on (includes video)

Posted: August 12, 2014   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: Storage, IT Infrastructure, Mark Peters, flash, flash storage

Last week saw the annual Flash Memory Summit taking place in Santa Clara. As one glanced out from the convention center it was possible to hear the screams of delight from the Great America theme park next door and the hush of anticipation from the new Levi's Stadium - also a new neighbor - where the 49ers NFL team will now play. "Delight" and "anticipation" have long also been the watchwords around flash in the commercial storage world....what is clear this year is that the general market balance is definitely shifting to delight rather than anticipation.

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EMC’s MegaLaunch: Storage Specifics (Includes Video)

Posted: July 22, 2014   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: Storage, EMC, IT Infrastructure, Mark Peters, Terri McClure, Isilon, VMAX

It might seem incongruous to be talking ‘storage specifics’ when discussing EMC – after all, isn’t it a storage company? Well, I mean this in two ways: Firstly, as we move to a more integrated world, so EMC is spending plenty of energy on discussing things other than storage per se; that’s all well and good, but it’s not the focus of this blog. Second, even storage now gets broader by the day; again, that’s all great but this blog is all about delving a little deeper into the ‘vanilla’ storage announcements at EMC’s MegaLaunch earlier this month. One final point here – ‘vanilla’ is neither a pejorative nor a comment on what EMC delivered, it is merely a statement that here I’m focused on the basics. So, to get a summary of the key points for the three main product areas (in this case VMAX, Isilon, and XtremIO) I pointed my video camera at three of EMC’s finest. Take a look at the video and then my comments follow.

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EMC’s 2014 MegaLaunch - a Tour de Force? (Includes Video)

Posted: July 14, 2014   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Storage, IT Infrastructure, Data Protection, Mark Peters, Jason Buffington, ProtectPoint, Terri McClure, Isilon, VMAX

Last week EMC held the fourth of what it has now established as its “MegaLaunches.” The scale of the events that surround these launches is consistent with the range of announcements that are included. EMC has never been a company that can be accused of being backwards about coming forwards, but even its most vociferous critics and ardent competitors would – albeit no doubt reluctantly! – have to concede that the substance that was delivered to the market last week had some real weight and value. Of course with so much to cover and comment upon it’s hard to do justice in one blog: however, with the help of my colleagues Terri McClure and Jason Buffington, I hope that this video blog will do a darned fine job of not only covering the announcement highlights but also giving you a flavor of the event. While the video itself is longer than we usually produce, I would – with all due humility – commend it to you as a great overview, as I think it feels way shorter than its 8 minute run time.

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NetApp Stakes Its Claims (with video)

Posted: June 17, 2014   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Storage, Netapp, Mark Peters, Mark Bowker, Terri McClure

NetApp recently held its annual Analyst Summit. As one might expect from a company constantly ranked as a good place to work, there was plenty of open-ness and a frank appraisal of where stumbles had occurred in recent years – the combination of delays in getting to clustered ONTAP, a massive government IT spending squeeze (significant for NetApp as it does a huge amount of government work), and the recent general softening of the overall storage industry had hardly been conducive to great times for this industry icon of ‘up and to the right.' CEO Tom Georgens summarized it simply by pointing out that there has to come a time when you simply “shut up and fix it." Well, apparently that work is essentially done, and so the Analyst Summit was in many respects a coming-out party. How did NetApp do? There’s some more written commentary below, but first here’s a 6 minute overview video with insights from my colleagues Terri McClure, Kevin Rhone, and Mark Bowker as well as me, and also discussions of the key takeaways that senior NetApp Executives (Tom Georgens, George Kurian, and Jullie Parrish) wanted to implant in the heads of the attendees and thence users and prospects.

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EMC Has Plenty of Storage Aspiration Left! (with video)

Posted: June 05, 2014   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: Storage, EMC, IT Infrastructure, Mark Peters, emc world, data storage

Last month (my how time flies!) saw EMC’s annual EMC World event. You may already have seen ESG’s broad-brush video blog that tried to cover some of the key general themes – if not, you can get it atemc-world-2014-initial-esg-analyst-impressions-video/index.html" target="_blank"> this link. The purpose of this follow up blog is to get a little more into the nitty-gritty of the storage specific takeaways from Vegas. Along with my written commentary that follows below, here is another video, as I was able to persuade Barry Ader and Jonathan Siegal to stare into my camcorder from their soapboxes for a few minutes!

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IBM "Edge"s In A Better Storage Direction?

Posted: May 30, 2014   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: IBM, Storage, IT Infrastructure, Mark Peters, data storage, IBM Edge

Just recently IBM held its latest "Edge" event - its systems- and storage-focused user conference. Now, those of you that read my blog regularly will know that I often like to have a little time to reflect after these big industry shindigs, before I put my thoughts down....to let the hype fade and to see what's left. Irrespective of how many of these things you go to (and I do plenty!) it's all-too-easy to get caught up in the flurry of announcements (and there were plenty!) and the general razzmatazz and get carried along on the wave of news. I want to try to see the bigger picture, or at least what will be the lasting changes - not so much what gets immediately reported, but what will be impacting a vendor, the market, and users for years to come.

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EMC World 2014 – Initial ESG Analyst Impressions (Video)

Posted: May 12, 2014   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Storage, EMC, IT Infrastructure, Data Protection, Information and Risk Management, Mark Peters, Jason Buffington, emc world, Terri McClure

EMC World has always been a cornerstone event for the storage industry; driven roughly equally by EMC’s leadership position in the market and by its strong marketing abilities. At this year’s event (held last week in Vegas) there was an important new wind of change as the storage focus was noticeably expanded with EMC trading its customary [and sometimes over-stretched] thematic emphases of prior years for a fresh look at IT market and user directions and where the “Federation” (that is traditional EMC, plus VMware, Pivotal, and RSA) intends to play.

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