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.
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.
ESG VP of Research John McKnight interviews Senior Analyst Mark Peters on his 2015 predictions for the Storage segment.
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.
In this ESG Video Capsule, ESG Senior Analyst Mark Peters outlines situations where one might use hybrid storage arrays.
In this ESG Video Capsule, ESG Senior Analyst Mark Peters summarizes the case for hybrid 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!
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.
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.”
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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