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Dell EMC & VMware: The Value in Multiple Manifestations of SDS

Posted: February 01, 2017   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: Storage, VMware, software-defined storage, SDS, dell-emc

unique.jpgRecently my colleagues and I were embroiled in an intricate discussion with some of the Dell EMC/VMware team about the status, applicability, and positioning of the various SDS manifestations that behemoth now offers. And suddenly I had one of those “the penny dropped” moments…not of the “epiphany/eureka” type, but more of the “yeah, I knew that but all-too-often overlook it” type. And one more thing before I say what it was: it’s also somewhat ironic when you consider the tangled semantic machinations we have all gone through as an industry to actually define software-defined storage that we have – dropping penny time – overlooked the fact that it is an approach (or concept), and not a specific thing (or singular manifestation).

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2017 Enterprise Storage Predictions (Video)

Posted: January 20, 2017   /   By: Scott Sinclair   /   Tags: Storage, cloud, SDS, All flash, hyperconverged, 2017 predictions

predictions.jpgWith 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?”

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SDS Was Already Here To Stay!

Posted: June 30, 2015   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: software-defined storage, SDS

future-dataSoftware-defined Storage (SDS) is an inescapable term right now...and looks to become an inescapable reality soon. That is, of course, if you buy into it as being something that's brand new and not already all around us. I just posted what I hope is a fun, insightful, and intentionally somewhat provocative ESG Video Capsule on just this contention. Please take a look—as with all our Video Capsules, it's under 140 seconds:



Following on from our recent Next-generation Storage Architectures qualitative research, we just completed a comprehensive, quantitative Storage Trends survey. While the latter is not yet published (it will be soon!.... and there'll be lots more insights from it in this blog in the coming weeks and months), one thing stood out in both pieces of research...and that is the almost universal interest in SDS (whether "interest" is as existing adoption, active planning, or committed investigation).
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SDS and Flash Predictions for 2015

Posted: February 11, 2015   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: software-defined storage, flash storage, SDS, hybrid storage

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.

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VMworld 2014: Top Questions ESG Analysts Hope to Have Answered

Posted: August 04, 2014   /   By: Mark Bowker   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Storage, EMC, End-User Computing, IT Infrastructure, Data Protection, VMware, Private Cloud Infrastructure, Networking, Information and Risk Management, mobile, VMworld, software-defined data center, software-defined storage, Airwatch, hybrid cloud, SDDC, mobility, NSX, SDS

This will be my 9th year in a row attending VMworld! The event always proves to be a great display of end-user passion that is driving towards new innovation and IT vendors displaying their latest products, solutions, and services. I recently asked the ESG team attending the event if there was anything they planned to track closely or questions that they hoped to get the answers to and here is what they shared:

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