Mark Peters

Senior Analyst

  • Blogs
    Mar 3, 2015

    SolidFire's Flames Are Very "Cool"

    Last week, SolidFire held its second annual Analyst Day. "Cool"ness was in full force, both from a technical progress perspective.....and also from a climate perspective (as the video attached with this blog post demonstrates). I saw many of the analyst-erati that hail from warmer climes watching the flakes fall....though whether one of them will lay claim to the snowman remains to be seen!
  • Blogs
    Feb 23, 2015

    Violin Refines its Pitch to "Software Major" (includes video)

    While it's always tempting to use some musical reference when talking about Violin (and I make no apologies for doing so in my blog title or the video blog below) I was struck by a different metaphor when speaking with CEO Kevin Denuccio recently. His office looks straight at the new home of the 49ers, Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. Imagine a football team that only played either offense or defense?! That was almost the Violin story early on - it was a perfomance value proposition and not a lot else. But winning requires playing both sides of the ball....and now Violin has rounded out and extended its software data services offerings so as to field a balanced team.

  • News
    Feb 23, 2015

    Violin Doubles Down on Flash Fabric Architecture - EE Times

  • Blogs
    Feb 11, 2015

    SDS and Flash Predictions for 2015

    I recently sat down with ESG VP of Research John McKnight to talk about what my expectations are for the Flash, SDS, and hybrid storage markets in 2015.

  • video
    Feb 5, 2015

    ESG 360: ESG 2015 Predictions - Storage, Part 1

    ESG VP of Research John McKnight interviews Senior Analyst Mark Peters on his 2015 predictions for the Storage segment.

  • briefs
    Jan 28, 2015

    Citrix: Pre-engineered Solutions Streamline Mobile Workspace Deployment

    Citrix recently acquired software-defined storage from Sanbolic and teamed up with technology partners, including global technology leader HP, to announce a new converged infrastructure solution line up targeted at simplifying and streamlining the deployment of mobile workspaces. These pre-engineered offerings include integrated compute, storage, and networking in converged “pods,” which have the ability to reduce the time, cost, and complexity of delivering applications and virtual desktops to end-users. The converged infrastructure appliances will be available in three offerings, which focus on differently sized deployments—from small to mid-sized to large organizations. While reducing the cost and complexity of application delivery and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments, this new solution also adds sophisticated new storage capabilities and positions Citrix side-by-side among the converged infrastructure players in the mobile workspace arena today—as long as Citrix can provide the architectural differentiation, economic advantages, and go-to-market awareness and execution to get prospective customers on board.

  • News
    Jan 28, 2015

    NetApp E Series 'performance' flash array platform gets an upgrade - TechTarget

  • News
    Jan 24, 2015

    Increased Functionally Drives Flash Array Adoption - EE Times

  • esg video capsules
    Jan 22, 2015

    ESG Video Capsule: Considering Hybrid Storage

    In this ESG Video Capsule, ESG Senior Analyst Mark Peters outlines situations where one might use hybrid storage arrays.

  • esg video capsules
    Jan 12, 2015

    ESG Video Capsule: The Case for Hybrid Storage

    In this ESG Video Capsule, ESG Senior Analyst Mark Peters summarizes the case for hybrid storage.

  • Blogs
    Jan 8, 2015

    The Year Ahead in Data Storage

    One of the few things one can foretell safely every year is that there will be an onslaught of predictions articles, blogging, and general prognostication from about mid-December through to about that point in January when we all think it’s got a bit too late to say “Happy New Year”! 

    I would hate to buck that expectation!

  • Blogs
    Dec 4, 2014

    The New ZS4 is a Window into Oracle’s Soul

    Just this past June I was writing about updates to the ZS3 from Oracle, a platform initially introduced the prior year. Now we have the ZS4-4, Oracle’s new flagship NAS system. The reason I mention the prior blog is because I want to extend some thoughts from it in considering the ZS4 and placing it in context.

  • Blogs
    Dec 2, 2014

    Storage 2.0...Coming Your Way Soon

    I saw a great quote recently—my friend Richard Heard (the CEO of Red8) uses it in his corporate deck. It is from Jack Welch: "If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.”

  • News
    Nov 28, 2014

    Q&A: Tape use for archiving - TechTarget

  • News
    Nov 12, 2014

    Dell World 2014: The Rest of the Story - IT-TNA

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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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