In this ESG Video Capsule Series, Mark Peters discusses the trends in IT storage, based on recent market research conducted by ESG. This segment covers what we discovered about storage at a macro level.
It’s becoming increasingly hard, indeed inaccurate, to write about solid-state as something “special” in the storage world. It is, if you will, simply part of the standard furniture in a regular storage house. That said, apart from a few corner-cases that can be described as the IT super-rich, niche-needy, or, newly on this list, capacity-limited environments, solid-state is still likely to remain as a minority of the production storage capacity in most large environments, until there is another step-change in the media and therefore the economics. However that step-change has already occurred—and been realized—as far as economic I/O performance and bandwidth goes. That, together with a growing appreciation of the broader values of solid-state beyond just performance, is why it is already recognized as a part of the regular storage furniture.
VMworld has become, arguably but also most likely, the closest thing we have to a de-facto general IT conference. Despite being vendor-named and organized (duh!), that vendor has a driving necessity to [at least] be seen to be heterogeneous and even-handed…simply because of its central role in so many IT organizations. Nothing else is quite so “IT ecosystem” strong.
In this ESG Video Blog, ESG Practice Director and Senior Analyst Mark Peters compares looking at product and vendor relationships looking for a human relationship.
Software-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:
In thinking about when the founders of NexGen decided on their new company's name, one wonders whether, at the time, it was something of a placeholder—unless they were fortune-tellers as well as successful storage dudes that is! Since its founding in 2011, the company itself is on its fourth generation in as many years; and now, once more independent, finds itself well placed in what can be more generically called the next generation of storage arrays.
In this ESG Video Capsule, ESG Senior Analyst Mark Peters discusses how the only thing truly "new" about software-defined storage may be the name.
HP just held the US version of its biannual Discover user conference. And it was the last one as the HP we know - by the time the show arrives in London in December there should officially be two new companies: Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP, Inc. (the latter – conveniently – being the one with the actual ink!). In the “main tent” sessions there was much focus on, and myriad mentions of, the separation, but the users I spoke with remained skeptical; not so much of what value it might bring to the uber HP, but of what direct impact and value it might have on them. As weak and obvious a statement as it is, only time will tell.
Hopefully you have been enjoying our series of blogs and videos over the last few weeks that serve as summaries of the key highlights from our Next Generation Storage Architectures research project and report (the full report is available on our website). The final video installment here covers the landscape of storage purchasing approaches and preferences rather than a technology per se. Without stealing all the thunder of the video or report, suffice to say that the outlook remains most positive for the large brands and established players, as long as they continue to adapt and innovate (whether organically or via acquisition).
The 2015 edition of IBM’s Edge conference recently took place in Las Vegas. While it lacked some of the showbiz sheen of other big industry events, the feeling of being at a cult reunion was just as strong; and any lack of hype was more than balanced by the focus on links to real world business/societal outcomes that permeated everything.
So, the one thing you can be sure of at an EMC World is razzmatazz; and this year did not disappoint with diversions: what with a jumping truck, rock bands, Mr Spock, off-stage "Beast" roars, pumping water (for good reason!), and a motorcycle multi-champion - to mention just a few - it could get easy to be washed along with the tide of geek-humanity from one bright light and loudspeaker to the next.
At the recent HDS Connect Event there were -literally- all sorts of connections to be made. HDS had pulled its sales and partner conferences together with the analyst event, a leadership meeting, and sundry others. The first connection was to parade the huge range of mothership Hitachi's capabilities, and thereby give some tangible credibility to the vision, and even gradual manifestation, of the overall Hitachi drive for "Social Innovation."
In this ESG Video Capsule, ESG Senior Analyst Mark Peters discusses the assertion that an advantage of software-defined storage is that it will permit the use of “commodity storage.”
Mark Peters is an ESG Practice Director and Senior Analyst focused on storage systems. His particular areas of emphasis are block and unified storage systems, virtualized storage, all types of solid-state storage, and the emerging opportunities represented by “software-defined storage.”
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