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?
Like any other product, with storage we enjoy the use and value of the actual item; occassionally, however it is worth reminding ourselves of the attention to detail that goes into making a complete offering. So, on a recent visit to Dot Hill I took my camcorder to the engineering labs....
The ESG analyst team headed into VMworld 2014 with a list of questions and was met with the high energy of the event the moment we all deplaned at SFO. This blog collects each of the individual analysts' key takeaways.
ESG Senior Analyst Mark Peters discusses how HDS is pushing the Tier One storage envelope with new technology.
In this video blog from the 2014 VMworld event in San Francisco, members of ESG's analyst team give you some key insights - the "Cliff Notes" if you like - from the conference in just about six minutes.
This video blog has interviews that I conducted with Michael Kuhn and Kevin Powell of IBM at the recent Flash Memory Summit - the topics are the state of the flash storage market and also a drill-down into IBM's update to its V840 system that was announced at the Summit.
This year's Flash Memory Summit was a line in the sand for this contemporary storage technology - it is now definitely a 'norm' with value to offer across the board. Included in this blog is a brief video in which ESG analysts Mark Peters and Scott Sinclair cover some of the headline take-aways behind the headlines that were actually issued at the event.
This blog uses both video of EMC executives and ESG commentary to look in more detail at some of the key storage (VMAX, Isilon, and XtremIO) announcements made by EMC at its big launch earlier this month. Is it magic and "redefining the possible," or something impressive but a tad more pragmatically business focused?
July 2014 saw the fourth EMC “MegaLaunch,” featuring a broad swathe of announcements across EMC’s portfolio. While the range of news - and associated materials - to consume can seem daunting, this 8 minute “On Location” video blog (featuring ESG analysts Jason Buffington, Terri McClure and Mark Peters) will give you some key headlines and commentary in a very efficient and easily digested manner….
Sometimes we all miss changes that are happening right in front of us. Aspects of Oracle's recent ZS3-2 announcment made me realize this....
NetApp recently held its annual Analyst Summit. Read this blog for my high level take on what really mattered - but you can also enjoy a 6 minute video summary of the event with additional insights from my colleagues (Terri McClure, Kevin Rhone, and Mark Bowker); the video also features three senior NetApp Executives (Tom Georgens, George Kurian, and Jullie Parrish) explaining the key takeaways that they would want you to know.
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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