Storage Versus Data: The Role of Storage in Managing the Larger Data IT Ecosystem (Video)

As a storage guy, this is going to be little difficult for me to say, or write, but the enterprise storage technology is only one part of the data management ecosystem. It is not the be-all and end-all of data management.

This realization may be tough for some storage vendors to admit, while I assume the majority of CIOs just intuitively understand it. For a business, what matters is the data, not the storage. In this ever-increasing digitally enabled world of business, data management is not a necessary evil, it is a business enabler, and can in the right circumstances become a differentiator for your company and drive revenue growth.

Topics: Storage Data Management

Future of Flash from Flash Memory Summit: Where there’s smoke, there’s fire

Flash Memory Summit (FMS) 2017 just wrapped up last week in beautiful Santa Clara, California. While I have added the list of official winners from the show below, the biggest unofficial winner of the week might have been the bar in the lobby of the Santa Clara Hyatt Regency Hotel. For those of you who did not attend, a fire in one of booths closed the entire expo floor for the length of the event. No one was injured, and you can read more about it here, but the bottom line is that the combo of fire and water is not good for technology. And… attendees had to go somewhere to discuss all things flash, and the bar was as good of a place as any.

Topics: Storage All flash NVMe Flash Memory Summit Storage Class Memory

The U.S. Versus China with Flash Memory Stuck in the Middle

I normally don’t mention politics. My expertise is in technology and business, so I like to stick to those topics. But, an article in the Wall Street Journal today caught my eye. It is well worth a read, if you get a chance.

It a nutshell, the article describes growing tensions between the U.S. and China in response to Chinese firms attempting to acquire U.S semiconductor vendors and technology. According to the article, “Big U.S. players like Intel Corp. and Micron Technology Inc. find themselves in a bind—eager to expand in China but wary of losing out to state-sponsored rivals.” I cannot talk to the nuances of the geo-political landscape, but what I do know is flash memory, and this tension doesn’t look good.

Topics: Storage Intel All flash Micron

“Dev-Test” in the Cloud Can Mean Ops as Well as Apps

There are some very common usages that one finds for the public cloud when it comes to business IT; along with data protection and long-term archival storage (and, yes, increasingly but not ubiquitously, there are production applications), one of the most oft-mentioned uses for the cloud is that of Dev-Test.

It is easy to see why – it can be viewed as a safe sandbox to play in, with no realistic danger of contaminating your production data. Meantime there are resources that are as flexible (whether in terms of scale, type, or speed of implementation) as your budget allows. And perhaps most important of all, of course, when you’re done, you’re done; just wrap up the project, and check out of the IT hotel.

Now, just as you're expecting it, there’s actually no “but” to this blog; instead there’s an “and”….

Topics: Storage applications operations public cloud dev-test

A Quick Talk with Yousuf Kahn, CIO of Pure Storage: High Performance Flash Is Powering Digital Business Transformation (Video)

With Flash Memory Summit a few weeks away, now is a good time to reflect on how flash technology has transformed business as well as our everyday lives. The wealth of digital products and services available today as well as the ever increasing value of business insights gathered through analytics would likely not be possible without flash storage technology. And if it were possible, it would be way too costly. The bottom line is that the modern business is built on data, and the speed at which that data can be accessed and understood directly impacts business success. Flash storage technology is a huge step forward and continued innovation in this space will further propel digital businesses in the future.

Topics: Storage All flash pure storage Flash Memory Summit

As the Storage Industry Converges on VMworld, HPE and NetApp are Poised to Make Noise

It’s the middle of summer. While for some that means time for a well-needed vacation, for those of us in the enterprise storage industry, it means that VMworld is just around the corner. Over the past few years, VMworld has become the premier multi-vendor storage industry event. While there is some debate on whether that status may be up for grabs over the next few years, VMworld still serves as an opportunity to take stock of the latest in storage innovations and capture a glimpse of how storage vendors' strategies are progressing with their customers.

Topics: Storage Netapp VMware VMworld Nimble HPE Simplicity

VMworld – What I’m Intrigued To See

We all know that VMware changed the world of IT. Most of the way that change was effected is pretty obvious – a layer of software to make more effective and more efficient use of computing platform resources. While virtualization wasn’t new to IT, it had never been used so broadly or ubiquitously. And, yes, VMware’s offering has continued to get broader and more comprehensive, covering all the major elements of IT infrastructure – software joined with custom/partnership hardware as appropriate to deliver storage and networking capabilities along with the good-‘old’-server virtualization. 

Topics: Storage VMware VMworld

Is the "Silver Lining" of Clouds Just Free Money for Some [of Your] Vendors!? (Video)

 

The video below pretty much says it all: while the value of public clouds - most often as a part of the growing 'hybrid IT' model - is indisputable for the majority of IT organizations, there are some vendors that have seen the opportunity to capitalize at users' expense. Those wanting to make a quick buck are likely driven by a desire to make the cloud look artificially more expensive than it is, as much as a desire to protect revenues....but either way it is insidious. It is insidious for two reasons: obviously it is just wrong, but also it is another example (like the bad kid that gets the whole class detention!) of the minority spoiling things for the majority.

Anyhow, take a look at the video first, and then take a look at your invoices too....just to be cautious and sensible.

Topics: Cloud Computing Storage

At .NEXT, Nutanix Says It’s Time For a 'Real Hybrid Cloud' (Video)

 

Nutanix held its user conference - .NEXT – last week in Washington D.C. If it felt a bit cult-like that was only in the good sense, as befits an organization with NPS scores over 90% for three years running (that is ethereal territory).

As many other vendors are running hard, hoping to catch Nutanix and steal/borrow its “HCI cloak,” so it is running just as fast to try to ensure that spot is vacant by the time any others get there. It spent the conference explaining and promoting the malleability and expansion of its “Enterprise Cloud” approach.

Some key takeaways from, and comments about, the event can be found in the ESG On Location video that my colleagues Terri McClure, Brian Garrett, and I shot while there.

Topics: Storage nutanix .NEXT

Pure Accelerates its Move from Being Purely About All-flash Arrays

Pure Storage held its "Accelerate" event in San Francisco earlier this month. The descriptor "in San Francisco" is accurate but doesn't really do justice to the actual location: Pier 70 was a very special - no doubt challenging, but certainly worthwhile - place to hold an event of this sort. Indeed Accelerate will be the last event that happens at Pier 70, as it - and the whole area - is due to be cleared for redevelopment.

With a degree of sadness to see something so proud and once-useful be done away with, it was nonetheless a fitting place for a company with a "disruptive gene" like Pure to stage its event. I took the chance to produce a video blog of the event - which includes interviews with both Brian Schwarz and Matt Kixmoeller of Pure - and it encapsulates my key insights and views from the event.

Topics: Storage pure storage All-Flash Array Pure Accelerate