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.
This blog discusses, and then links to, a recent article I wrote about the conceptual consumerization of storage.
By deploying an emerging solution—data-defined storage—users can enjoy a storage-media independent, data-centric model that enables them to manage the placement, use, and retention of data according to its prescribed value over time; this allows for optimized application service levels combined with advantageous economic efficiencies and reduced organizational risk.
The daunting—and costly—challenges associated with data management and compliance can be ameliorated by the new, emerging management approach called data-defined storage. This sophisticated yet easy-to-deploy solution reduces user reliance on outmoded media-centric and reactive storage provisioning solutions through the use of multiple integrated tools to provide broad, proactive data optimization.
NetApp's slim revenue improvement in Q2 looks dramatically better once you appreciate that (a) many significant storage vendors actually contracted in the same period, and that (b) NetApp is also managing to grow its newer businesses in line with its strategic intent.
XtremIO - not EMC's first all-flash array, but its first purpose-built and 'only-flash' array - entered General Availability yesterday. The implications for EMC, for its competition, and for users are far more pertinent than explanations of this much anticipated / trailed/ 'late' product.
EMC recently outlined some of its future direction to the analyst community; while largely under non-disclosure for now, here's my video commentary of the main takeaway, combined with video updates from four EMC execs that cover the current/imminent storage spectrum.
Spectra's latest announcements could really shake up the long-term-inexpensive-persistent-storage world. Indeed, its RESTful approach could lead to lots of new activity! In addition to the high level written blog summary, there's a video blog included, with insights from my colleague Jason Buffington, commentary from Molly Rector of Spectra, and my overall key 'takeaway.'
Amidst all the hubbub of the America's Cup, one could be forgiven for missing the fact that there was also a vendor event of some note in San Francisco last week - Oracle Open World! Whether you were one of the 60,000 attendees or whether you could not get there, this blog entry - which includes a short video from the event with multiple ESG analysts - provides a brief overview and some key insights.
Mark Peters is an ESG senior analyst focused on storage systems. His particular areas of emphasis are block storage; virtualized storage; all types of solid-state storage; and the challenges of power, cooling, and space efficiency in data centers. Mark has more than 25 years of data storage industry experience and has held senior management roles in sales, marketing, product management, business development, and customer intimacy in the U.S. and internationally.
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