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

Lenovo enters the storage market with software-defined storage

Game on!

This week, Lenovo announced its StorSelect enterprise storage portfolio, entering the storage market and, according to Lenovo, driving deeper into the $87 billion data center market. The inaugural StorSelect solutions will feature integrated products that leverage Lenovo hardware and software from software-defined storage (SDS) players, Nexenta and Cloudian.

Topics: Storage Object storage NAS Lenovo software-defined storage Nexenta Cloudian

IBM Gets Clever(safe) to Broaden Cloud Offerings

Yesterday IBM announced its intent to acquire Cleversafe, a Chicago-based object storage vendor. This is a great move for IBM and certainly fills some gaps in the portfolio for the cloud business. That's because object storage is likely the next big storage technology wave that will house the massive amounts of unstructured data we are generating today, and the even more massive amounts we will be generating in the future.

Topics: IBM Storage Object storage

Object storage faces an education challenge [with video]

In an era of exponential data growth, our research is revealing—not surprisingly—that a significant number of organizations have identified managing that data growth as a top concern. Included with this blog post is the sixth in a series of seven videos that talk about the key findings from ESG’s recently published research report, Next-generation Storage Architectures. I collaborated with my colleagues Terri McClure and Mark Peters on the research. In this segment, I talk about object storage.

Topics: Storage Object storage next generation data center

Subduing the data storage growth monster with object

Have you ever seen the movie, Pacific Rim? As a fan of Guillermo del Toro and of science fiction in general, the movie was right up my alley. And with a 72% from Rotten Tomatoes, I am not alone. But what does this movie have to do with information technology and/or enterprise data storage? Hang on a second and I will get to that, but first let me set the stage for any reader who hasn’t seen the movie.

Topics: Object storage data storage data storage growth

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

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