Sometimes we all miss changes that are happening right in front of us. Aspects of Oracle's recent ZS3-2 announcment made me realize this....
NetApp recently held its annual Analyst Summit. Read this blog for my high level take on what really mattered - but you can also enjoy a 6 minute video summary of the event with additional insights from my colleagues (Terri McClure, Kevin Rhone, and Mark Bowker); the video also features three senior NetApp Executives (Tom Georgens, George Kurian, and Jullie Parrish) explaining the key takeaways that they would want you to know.
After ESG's general 'takes' on EMC World (see our earlier blogs), this post focuses in more on the storage specific elements. My commentary is supported by a video with two of EMC's finest - Barry Ader and Jonathan Siegal - who offer succinct summaries of the immediate news and market intent.
A cursory glance at IBM from the outside shows a company with more than its share of challenges; but at IBM's recent Edge event it was apparent that the underpinnings for future success are solidly in place and that a perhaps-surprising optimism pervaded the customer and corporate executive bodies in equal measure.
As usual ESG had a strong analyst representation at this year’s EMC World, held last week in Las Vegas. Watch this 6 minute video blog, to get a flavor of the event and to hear the key “takeaways” and initial high level insights from a broad spectrum of ESG experts – on the storage ‘beat,’ there’s Terri McClure and myself, for data protection there is Jason Buffington, and you can also see and hear from Kevin Rhone (channels/partners) and Kerry Dolan (ESG Lab).
Some video thoughts and comments from an HP XP7 customer immersion day; includes interview with Kyle Fitze of HP.
Recent ESG research suggests that change is coming to the traditional ways that IT buying has happened in the past.
A recent visit to performance-acceleration software startup, Infinio, provide some good reminders about the value of clear minds and clarity of purpose.
There is a dizzying array of "automatic" storage management functions available to IT professionals these days. From snaps to tiering, to replication, and even integration of the cloud, much of it can be a "set and forget" policy-driven joy! Can't it!?
HP has changed a lot…and continues so to do. This blog has ‘live’ video thoughts from four ESG Analysts (Terri McClure, Jason Buffington, Mark Bowker and me) who recorded their immediate insights at HP’s Analyst Event earlier this month. There are also high level notes on what those iconic letters “HP” mean today….
VMware’s much heralded “Virtual SAN”—the hypervisor-managed provisioning of shared storage using pooled server storage capacity—is another line in the sand regarding the future of IT in general and storage in particular. VMware’s new product adds further clarity to the notion that convergence driven by software is a real direction—and a real choice—not only for the provisioning of business IT infrastructure, but also for the management of that infrastructure. While the functionality of the product still have room to grow, the simplicity and economy of Virtual SAN represents clear writing on the (software-defined data center) wall that traditional storage models are under threat.
Last week SolidFire held its first Analyst Day; of course it wanted to convey its recent progress and success, but in this case there was more to the decision than superficial (albeit valid) chest-beating. This blog post examines why SolidFire put on the event.
Perspective is crucial in how we see and analyze things. This blog entry examines how standing back and taking a longer viewpoint can – and does – change one’s perspective. So, before answering the question about the likelihood (or inevitability? Or ridiculousness?) of the demise of HDDs, you need to ‘check your perspective.’
Pure Storage—a leading general-purpose, all-flash solution vendor—has just announced its “Forever Flash” program, which is an amalgam of acquisition, maintenance/support, and non-disruptive system upgradability choices. This flexible arrangement between the vendor and its customers not only streamlines and makes explicit a traditionally obfuscated area, but also offers a choice between Opex- and Capex-optimized approaches. This offering should appeal to any Pure user who is looking to manage and constrain costs or uncertainty, while retaining control of, and flexibility in, her storage infrastructure. Pure’s existing and potential customers should evaluate this new program; if they are generally happy with Pure and expect to be committed to Pure, then their share of the mutual benefits of the Forever Flash approach will be a welcome practical bonus.
Mark Peters is an ESG 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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