Stellus Sets Performance Record -  Giving File Data a Much Needed Speed Boost

Modern IT has a need for speed. In the digital era, data fuels decision making, enhances how businesses interact with their customers, and determines operational efficiency, plus in a growing number of cases, data is the product.

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Pure Storage Announces Impressive Growth

Last week, Pure Storage announced some very impressive fourth quarter earnings results. Some highlights include:

  • Q4 revenue $492.0 million, up 17% year-over-year.
  • Full-year revenue $1.643 billion, up 21% year-over-year.
  • Q4 GAAP gross margin 70.8%; Full-year GAAP gross margin 69.0%.
  • Full-year free cash flow was $101.7 million, up 59% year-over-year.
  • Pure added more than 500 new customers in the quarter, reaching over 7,500 total customers.
Topics: Storage

Addressing the Edge of Business Will Require More Than Technology

The edge, or the internet of things (IoT), is the next technology frontier. Though edge environments have existed for some time, it has recently become the wild west of technology, one defined by many harsh realities and a new ramp in investment, as businesses look for the next digital goldmine.

Nearly four out of ten (38%) storage decision makers believe IoT workloads will be a top driver of on-premises storage spending growth over the next 24 months, with one-third (33%) identifying IoT workloads for cloud storage spending over that same time period. IT is preparing for an onslaught of data growth resulting from these workloads, but how are IT vendors poised to address these needs of businesses at the edge?

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New IBM FlashSystem Family: More than just Flash, More than just Systems

This week IBM announced an update to its FlashSystem storage portfolio. While new flash storage releases have become somewhat commonplace lately, thinking that IBM’s FlashSystems are just systems with flash does them a huge disservice. IBM has integrated some game-changing software innovation into its FlashSystems. While much of this technology has been in there for a while, the benefits extend far beyond the average storage system.

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A Pure Market Conversation

It’s always refreshing to hear from vendor peeps that are not based in their main corporate HQ. I had that opportunity recently with Patrick Smith, the EMEA CTO for Pure Storage, who is based in London. It’s not that he is off-message (of course not!) but his insights into what customers are looking for and grappling with are born of myriad direct end-user conversations, as well as his decades of experience as an end-user himself prior to joining Pure. It made for a very considered discussion, the highlights of which are captured in this video:

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ESG Experts Comment on Dell Technologies Summit 2019

After the recent Dell Technologies Summit, I posted a video with my summary thoughts on the event, its tone, and its key announcements. (Watch it here.)

But, as mentioned in my blog at the time, I also wanted to drill down a bit more into some of the specific technology areas, as well as get the commentary of some smart people that I am lucky enough to have as colleagues here at ESG. In this companion video, you will hear from Bob Laliberte, Christophe Bertrand, and Scott Sinclair. Six minutes, four brains, multiple insights...

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Dell Technologies Summit (Includes Video)

Even if Dell is not quite at its own intended summit yet, it certainly showed a route map, milestones, tools, and (mixing metaphors wildly!) drew a notable line in the sand at its recent event in Austin.

The video here captures my high level (ha - back to the summit metaphor!?) takeaways from the event. I won’t spoil your viewing pleasure by repeating things here....suffice to say that I saw a massive company fully aware of its opportunities, obstacles, and even obligations.

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Dell Tech Summit 2019: Delivering Automatic, On-demand IT, with Goals for Sustainability and Inclusion

At this year’s Dell Tech Summit, there were several high-impact announcements, each one important and each one valuable. But, with each, the real story will be whether these are just single isolated announcements or whether each one can become a first step in a larger journey that helps define Dell and its offerings moving forward.

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A New NetApp? (Includes Video)

NetApp’s Insight event last week felt very different to me from prior iterations. The degree of "credible spring in its corporate step" was noticeably improved. An outside -- and purely numbers-focused -- observer might find that somewhat counter-intuitive as NetApp's recent financial results have not been what the Sunnyvale outfit would have wanted. Meantime, I’ll also bet that some long-in-the-tooth customer attendees found the changes surprising and even a little jarring. After all, NetApp generally -- and Insight specifically -- has traditionally been a comfortable, technically astute organization. The Filer Cult. Even when it has been way more than that.

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Hitachi NEXT 2019: Faster, Bigger, Smarter, and Embracing the Cloud

Hitachi NEXT this year had a new feel about it. Sure, there was some great tech, which we will get to in a minute, but speaking with the attendees and the executives, there was an element of excitement in the air. Hitachi Vantara has already had great tech, but this year, with new innovations for the data center, the cloud, and data ops, there is much more to Hitachi Vantara than in years past.

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