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.
Although it’s hard to imagine Oracle doing anything quietly, that’s exactly what has happened with its ZFS-based storage appliance. Developed and improved for nearly a decade, it has become a formidable unified and enterprise-grade storage offering without a lot of fanfare. The latest version—ZS3—has a trifecta of advantages: the prerequisite enhanced performance and scalability that is the wont of all new storage systems, a surprisingly inclusive set of functionalities (including class-leading analytics), and an extended group of “better together” elements that make this a particularly compelling offering for Oracle Database users. While the product has been speaking for itself by gaining market share, Oracle looks poised to increase its volume…in both senses of the word.
Read about the headline news from this week's EMC 'megalaunch,' my initial take on the new VNX platform, and watch a video that gives a flavor of the launch day together with interviews about the new product.
As we close the first decade of VMworld events, what is this highly "industry-meshed" vendor up to? Read a few of my insights and then you can also watch the video of what my colleagues (Mark Bowker, Wayne Pauley, Bob Laliberte, Jason Buffington, Kevin Rhone, and Terri McClure) took away as their main thoughts....
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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