The solid-state industry—its players, offerings, and technologies—has undergone considerable evolution in just the past few years. The most recent era of solid-state storage has seen the rise of multiple new vendors with all-flash arrays, and hybrid solutions, along with PCIe offerings and even software-only solutions. The traditional storage players, such as EMC, NetApp, etc., responded quickly by acquiring one or more of these new entrants, by developing their own offerings, or both. With more product options available, those organizations with the greatest demand for high-performance low-latency technology quickly and happily adopted these initial solutions. These were invariably applications where a latency reduction could translate directly into visible and tangible economic benefits: good early examples were high-frequency trading, and high-performance databases.
Nik Rouda and I just spent a few days at Oracle Open World...in another "ESG on Location" video, you can quickly get our succinct summary insights into some of the key takeaways. And - for good measure, and due to my storage focus! - I have added some comments on Oracle's new flagship SAN offering - the FS1.
The impending split of HP isn't likely going to mean that much for its storage business and customers in the short term - and that's not a bad thing!
This year’s Oracle OpenWorld has reflected some interesting bets on the future of databases, cloud, big data, and analytics, along with many other macro-trends like social, mobile, and Internet of Things (IoT).
PernixData just extended and upgraded its FVP server-side storage offering; and it serves as a good reminder that we need to redefine (indeed, for the technically minded, parse) what we mean by the word "storage" in IT.
Many organizations that use solid-state storage attribute their initial adoption of the technology to an attempt to solve performance challenges. In fact, previously conducted ESG research revealed that the majority of early solid-state storage users cited the alleviation of I/O bottlenecks caused specifically by the demands of server virtualization as an initial adoption driver.
HP's announcement to provide an entry level of its SDS offering - VSA - for free with certain server purchases is interesting for what it represents just as much as for what it actually is.
The new SANblox offeering from Permabit allows the retrofitting of data reduction technologies (dedupe and compression) onto existing FC arrays. That's clearly an attractive proposition for some users...but will their vendors give them a chance to deploy it?
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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