There seems to be good news from many sides of the storage world lately; we've seen a flurry of good, consistent and genuinely impressive business results from many of the main vendors, which is encouraging. The world is high on 'big data' - which, let's face it, has to be kept somewhere (!) - VC money seems to be flowing, and solid-state storage is starting to really be embraced by vendors and users alike. As the Dow flirts with 13,000 I thought a potpourri of recent positive news would make for pleasant reading:
- SanDisk: It was very interesting to attend the SanDisk analyst day last week; as the company consolidated its move towards being an enterprise player (by adding the 'Active Data Management' of FlashSoft to its far larger Pliant purchase of last year) I was just as taken with its latest card for mobile computing: its 64GB iNAND Ultra is about the size of a small fingernail...and if you don't think that's relevant to the 'big iron' world then you will simply be very surprised when some bright-spark somewhere figures out how to package such technology in order to play there. It always happens.
- Pure Storage: there was a user story from Pure today that will no doubt be music to not only its ears, but also across the world of the new generation of all-flash and hybrid array producers. The customer's name is eMeter and its senior systems administrator was quoted thus: "After implementing Pure Storage, we are now CPU-bound on our hosts, and storage no longer limits our scale. The data reduction results have been nothing short of phenomenal - we looked at the numbers two or three times because we didn't believe them at first."
- GreenBytes is - also today - the most recent arrival on the all-flash array scene. While the company name has been 'out' for a while with an inline deduplication offering it has now ramped up to an alphabet-threatening offering (it's an HA system using GO OS that packages SSD for the SME market!). I think I prefer its 'Solidarity' name! In any case it's aimed squarely at providing an easy-to-use all-flash-array for the SME market, where its up to 60TB (effective) capacity and up to 120k IOPS (4k blocks) should be plenty of oomph for mid-sized virtualization efforts
- HP: so as not to focus entirely on the just the newest and shiniest objects, there was a notable milestone reached by HP late last month when it announced the shipment of its 100,000th EVA system. Of course I do hope that the system delivered to Cal State Monterey was indeed new and shiny (!) but you get my point. All too often we can spend so much time focused on the latest sparkly stuff that we can overlook the big real world that's going on all the time (and - yeah - there's solid state in EVA now too of course, but it's a venerable, popular platform nonetheless).
- Nimble: As an ex-pat Brit I have learned to have a sneaking admiration for the fact that North American sports competitions are called 'World Series' or produce 'World Champions.' There's a bravado there that I rather like: and so I enjoyed the recent announcement from Nimble in which it affirmed its position "as the fastest-growing storage company in history!" Whatever the 'asterisks' applied, ya gotta love the attitude....and its 500% growth (Q4'11 compared to Q4'10) with 100 new users in the latest quarter is certainly impressive.
There's bunches more where this came from; it's not inclusive of course (as I'm sure I'll hear!)...it's just to provide a few examples showing that the segment is vibrant right now. While the fighting over slices will always continue, the pie is getting bigger too....and that's good news for everyone involved in this business.
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