Part II: IBM Server Side Storage I/O SSD Flash Cache Software

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Part II IBM Server Flash Cache Storage I/O accelerator for SSD This is the second in a two-part post series on IBM's Flash Cache Storage Accelerator (FCSA) for Solid State Device (SSD) storage announced today. You can view part I of the IBM FCSA announcement synopsis here.Some FCSA ssd ...

Part II: EMC Evolves Enterprise Data Protection with Enhancements

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

This is the second part of a two-part series on recent EMC backup and data protection announcements. Read part I here.What about the products, what's new? In addition to articulating their strategy for modernizing data protection (covered in part I here), EMC announced enhancements to ...

EMC Evolves Enterprise Data Protection with Enhancements (Part I)

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

A couple of months ago at EMCworld there were announcements around ViPR, Pivotal along with trust and clouds among other topics. During the recent EMCworld event there were some questions among attendees what about backup and data protection announcements (or lack there of)?Modernizing Data Protection Today EMC ...

HDS Mid Summer Storage and Converged Compute Enhancements

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Converged Compute, SSD Storage and Clouds Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) announced today several enhancements to their data storage and unified compute portfolio as part of their Maximize I.T. initiative.Setting the context As part of setting the stage for this announcement, HDS has presented the following strategy vision as part their ...

IBM buys Softlayer, for software defined infrastructures and clouds?

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

IBM today announced that they are acquiring privately held Dallas Texas-based Softlayer and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider.IBM is referring to this as Cloud without Compromise (read more about clouds, conversations and confidence here).It's about the management, flexibly, scale up, out and down, agility and valueware.Is ...

VCE revisited, now & zen

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Yesterday VCE and their proud parents announced revenues had reached an annual run rate of a billion dollars. Today VCE announced some new products along with enhancements to others. Before going forward though, lets take go back for a moment to help set the stage to ...

VMware buys virsto, is it about storage hypervisors?

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Yesterday VMware announced that it is acquiring the IO performance optimization and acceleration software vendor Virsto for an undisclosed amount. Some may know Virsto due to their latching and jumping onto the Storage Hypervisor bandwagon as part of storage virtualization and virtual storage. On the ...

Summary, EMC VMAX 10K, high-end storage systems stayin alive

Monday, January 14th, 2013

This is a follow-up companion post to the larger industry trends and perspectives series from earlier today (Part I, Part II and Part III) pertaining to today’s VMAX 10K enhancement and other announcements by EMC, and the industry myth of if large storage arrays or systems are dead. The enhanced ...

Many faces of storage hypervisor, virtual storage or storage virtualization

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Storage hypervisors were a 2012 popular buzzword bingo topic with plenty of industry adoption and some customer deployment. Separating the hype around storage hypervisors reveals conversations around backup, restore, BC, DR and archiving. backup, restore, BC, DR and archiving Cloud and virtualization components Storage ...

The Human Face of Big Data, a Book Review

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

My copy of the new book The Human Face of Big Data created by Rick Smolan and Jennifer Erwitt arrived yesterday compliments of EMC (the lead sponsor). In addition to EMC, the other sponsors of the book are Cisco, VMware, FedEx, Originate and Tableau software. To say this is a ...

SSD, flash and DRAM, DejaVu or something new?

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Recently I was in Europe for a couple of weeks including stops at Storage Networking World (SNW) Europe in Frankfurt, StorageExpo Holland, Ceph Day in Amsterdam (object and cloud storage), and Nijkerk where I delivered two separate 2 day, and a single 1 day seminar.At the recent StorageExpo Holland event in Utrecht, I ...

Have SSDs been unsuccessful with storage arrays (with poll)?

Monday, November 12th, 2012

I hear people talking about how Solid State Devices (SSDs) have not been successful with or for vendors of storage arrays, particular legacy storage systems. Some people have also asserted that large storage arrays are dead at the hands of new purpose-built SSD appliances or storage ...

Industry trends and perspectives: SNW 2012 Wayne’s World

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

This is a StorageIO industry trends and perspective audio blog and pod cast about Storage Networking World (SNW) Fall 2012 in Santa Clara California.Given how at conference conversations tend to occur in the hallways, lobbies and bar areas of venues, what better place to have candid conversations with people from ...

Cloud, virtualization, storage and networking in an election year

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

My how time flies, seems like just yesterday (back in 2008) that I did a piece titled Politics and Storage, or, storage in an election year V2.008 and if you are not aware, it is 2012 and thus an election year in the U.S. as well as in many other ...