Mark Peters

Senior Analyst

  • Blogs
    Apr 23, 2014

    Infinio -- Less Clutter, More Productivity -- Lessons from a Performance-acceleration Software Startup

    A recent visit to performance-acceleration software startup, Infinio, provide some good reminders about the value of clear minds and clarity of purpose.

  • Blogs
    Apr 15, 2014

    ESG Research Shows that Storage Management Doesn't Get Easier with Scale

    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!?

  • Blogs
    Mar 20, 2014

    Video Blog: What Does HP Stand For These Days?

    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….

  • briefs
    Mar 7, 2014

    VMware Virtual SAN

    A Virtual Arrival That Cements Real Long Term Storage Industry Change

    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.

  • Blogs
    Mar 3, 2014

    A Solid Feel to SolidFire

    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. 

  • Blogs
    Feb 12, 2014

    A New Perspective on Centuries of IT…and The Demise of Disk Drives

    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.’

  • briefs
    Feb 6, 2014

    ‘Forever Flash’ from Pure Storage Streamlines Lifetime System Acquisition and Use

    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.

  • News
    Jan 8, 2014

    One-Click Application Caching For Developers - Dr. Dobb's

  • Blogs
    Dec 11, 2013

    Counter Service or Drive-Thru Storage?

    This blog discusses, and then links to, a recent article I wrote about the conceptual consumerization of storage.

  • briefs
    Dec 9, 2013

    Reduce Organizational Risks and Costs with Data-defined Storage for Enhanced Data Governance

    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.

  • briefs
    Nov 25, 2013

    Data Optimization with Data-defined Storage

    Data Management, not Storage Provisioning

    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.

  • Blogs
    Nov 20, 2013

    NetApp – Not Up Much, But That Masks Notable Growth Where it Matters

    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.    

  • Blogs
    Nov 15, 2013

    XtremIO: Truly Xciting or Just As Xpected?

    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.     

  • News
    Nov 14, 2013

    The waiting ends for EMC's XtremIO all-flash storage array - ComputerWorld

  • Blogs
    Nov 13, 2013

    Time for an EMC Update - Includes Video

    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.

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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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