The Need for Speed: Amazon buys E8

The Israeli tech news site, Globes, reported today that Amazon is acquiring the NVMe flash storage start-up, E8. The report mentions the deal is estimated to be between $50 and $60 million. However, the article also notes that other sources estimate the deal might have been for less.  

So, why is Amazon buying E8?

At this time, I have not seen an official statement from Amazon. I speculate, however, that this is a technology, rather than a business, acquisition, something that offers high performance NVMe storage that fits Amazon’s hyperscale architecture. E8’s technology may be delivered as an ultra-fast storage tier. Or Amazon may use the technology in future versions of Outposts. Either presents a fascinating opportunity for Amazon and its customers.  

Topics: Storage

HPE Fully Embracing Storage Again (Video)

One of the pleasures of my job is speaking at events, some vendor-internal and some public. I say to speak ‘at’ but the formal presenting is really just the job aspect…much of the pleasure comes from the speaking with that naturally accompanies these engagements.

One example was when I addressed HPE’s Americas Storage Sales Kick Off in [mainly cloudy!] Orlando back in January. It was interesting because, frankly, for some time now, ‘storage’ would not be the first choice in a game of word association after HPE is uttered. At least not for anyone who was not in attendance in Orlando! Yes, there’s been progress and of course there are highlights; moreover, HPE is a huge machine so its revenue in all areas is pretty significant. But there has been little really new with which to grab the spotlight for storage – 3PAR and Nimble are established standards, and even HPE’s magnificent InfoSight analytics tool is delivering more genuine value than innovative excitement these days.

Topics: Storage

Google to Acquire Elastifile, Adding an Essential Piece for GCP

Today, Google Cloud announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Elastifile. For those of you who are not familiar the emerging storage firm or why Google might want to acquire the company, let me help break it down.

Topics: Storage

HPE Rediscovers Itself at Discover 2019 (includes video)

That title might sound odd…although to those that have watched HPE closely for the last few years (and back into its HP version), the meaning is probably clear.

My colleagues Scott Sinclair and Bob Laliberte have written insightful summaries and analyses in their blogs about the event. Here are the links to Bob and Scott's blog. There’s no point me reiterating what they have already covered thoroughly. Scott and Bob and I also put together this ESG On Location Video from the event with some additional thoughts.

Topics: Storage

HPE Discover 2019: Innovation Is Back

The technology industry moves at a blistering pace. New shining stars of innovation emerge constantly. And leaders that once dominated the market landscape can quickly get pushed to the wayside.

If HPE Discover 2019 showed me anything, it is that HPE will not be pushed around or aside. The company that has long claimed to be built on innovation has found its footing. HPE Discover 2019 was HPE’s message to the IT industry that the innovation has never stopped.

Topics: Storage

Lenovo Accelerate: Taming the Next IT Frontier, the Edge

Digital transformation takes many forms. Nearly every company wants to maximize the value of its data, but each has specific goals in mind. When IT vendors discuss transformation, however, their story often sounds the same: “Build from the data center out.”

While that approach is valuable, for a variety of industries, the Internet of Things (IoT) and the edge are the real keys to maximizing an organization’s digital future. IoT can no longer be ignored. According to recent ESG research, 36% of IT organizations indicated that they have IoT initiatives already underway.

Topics: Storage

In Conversation with Sam Grocott of Dell at DTW (Video)

At Dell Technologies World, I managed to grab some time, video camera in hand, with Sam Grocott. Sam leads marketing for what we’d all traditionally know as Dell EMC.

I asked him to start by briefly summarizing the key announcements at the show for his group, but what then developed was a discussion shaped by the fact – at least for Dell customers – that terms like “traditional” and “his group” are becoming steadily less pertinent as Dell’s strategic cloud embrace demands that it shifts from offering an enormous portfolio of products from largely independent operating units, to be instead a provider of integrated full-stack solutions. This both drives and reflects the market – and Sam explains how important it will be for Dell and its customers.

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Red Hat Summit 2019 - Capturing the Hearts and Minds of the Transformed Enterprise

Every technology event or conference offers insight into the future of IT. Few, however, rival the breadth of digital business impact or the passion among the attendees that Red Hat displayed this week. After only a few hours on the floor and talking with attendees, I am reassured not only that IBM is making a wise move with the acquisition, but also that Red Hat is incredibly well positioned to address the challenges of modern IT.

Topics: Storage

Dell Technologies World – Optimism & Happiness? (Includes Video)

Spring brings things you expect – tax day (in the US), storms and showers (in much of the Northern hemisphere), and some variant of Dell/EMC/Dell Technologies World (in whatever Las Vegas is!). But this Spring brought something unexpected too – at Dell Technologies World the discussion for the closing general session panel centered on “optimism and happiness in the digital age.” So there!

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Dell Technologies World: The Plan Comes Together & The Cloud is Just the Beginning

What a week. Now that I have had a day to recover, let’s discuss Dell Technologies World. What happened, what was interesting, and what does this mean for the future?

Now, let’s start by discussing the new product announcements, which were both numerous and impressive. For example:

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