So aaaages ago I downloaded and played with the community edition of NexentaStor – one of the real early software defined storage (SDS) technologies. And I remember being pretty excited…. I mean, at the time, SDS was still in its primordial state, and here was a free-to-download working product! What was there not to get… Read More »
OK then…. the *big* storage announcement at HP Discover was dedupe for 3PAR. Well, now that the fireworks are finished and the rock music’s died down, I think it’s time we take a closer look and make sure it’s not just a bunch of smoke and mirrors…. First though, let’s quickly summarise what HP announced… Read More »
So I presented at a VMUG in the UK earlier this week. Topic: The Future of Storage. Cracking topic I thought…. I can make up whatever I want and not get shot down. But more seriously, storage is one of the most interesting areas of enterprise tech at the moment, with so much going on.… Read More »
Holy shmokes! Pure Storage just netted an insane $225M in Series F funding! Taking their total VC cash haul – after 6 rounds – to a not too shabby $470M! That's right, 470 meeeeellion dollars! US dollars. Not Jamaican dollars! So what does that mean?
I caught up with Howard Marks last week when he was in town in London. We went out for a quick bite to eat one night and talked shop for two or three hours. I know my place when in the company of a grey beard like Howard, so for the most part I kept… Read More »
HUS VM: What is in the name? Ordinarily I wouldn’t spend much time on the name of a product, especially an HDS product where the incumbent Master Namer seems adamant on starting every product name with the word Hitachi. But a name can often tell you can tell you a lot about something.. So, while… Read More »
Due to the interest generated by the podcast I posted on Monday night about Data ONTAP 8.1.1, I thought it might be a good idea for me to follow it up with a short blog post outlining what I like and don’t like about ONTAP 8.1.1 and what I think about the current state of… Read More »
Today Pure Storage announced a pretty cool new all flash storage array, the Pure Storage FlashArray. An interesting startup playing in an interesting and massively disruptive area of technology. This post guts under the hood of the Pure Storage FlashArray and explains exactly why solid state storage technologies are literally changing the rules when it… Read More »
While attended the April 2012 Solid State Storage Symposium in San Jose I had the opportunity to host a panel of experts and technologists from four of the leading solid state storage array vendors. The panel discussed how to design and architect storage arrays built around solid state storage technologies. Some of the questions included….
Hu Yoshida, CTO of Hitachi Data Systems and long time legend of the storage industry is a person I respect a lot. Hu and I recently engaged in a discussion around the validity of architectures like VSP and their designation as Tier 1, which Hu summarised in a recent blog post he cut and pasted… Read More »