While I enjoyed Spring Break with my family, there was plenty of activity in the world of solid-state vendors. I’ve chosen just a few examples of many that happened during the latter parts of March; thematically aside, they all support my contention...which is that—much like the school year—the start up/grade-school solid-state storage world (on which this entry is focused) is headed towards graduation.
As ever when I have a few vendors to mention, I’m going to do this alphabetically:
- Nimbus introduced HALO 2013 OS. Yes, there are general management and functional improvements (necessary when its Gemini array now scales to 48TB in 2U) but the elements I want to highlight are that the new release goes big on extensive analytics, its open API, and mobile operation;
- Pure now has its “Love Your Storage Guarantee.” Understanding that the jump to an all-flash array remains something of a leap of faith, Pure has introduced a very straightforward 30 day guarantee—it’s something like a Nordstrom approach; there’s no need to explain why you don’t like it (if that happens), just return it—it's "try it, you'll like it" without strings;
- QLogic delivers FabicCache. Although QLogic isn’t a start-up in the traditional sense, it has (gotta keep my theme going!) returned to school. Like many mature students, it has decided to address a pretty obvious problem that others have mainly only talked about. FabricCache can share its solid-state cache performance enhancements across all the servers on a SAN, providing significant flexibility and financial advantage;
- SolidFire promoted its guaranteed QoS for applications running on its systems in cloud provider environments. ESG’s research has shown that performance concerns are more of an issue for actual users of the cloud than for those thinking about it, so providing such assurance matters.