HDS Claus Mikkelsen talking storage from SNW Fall 2012

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Now also available via This is a new episode in the continuing StorageIO industry trends and perspectives pod cast series (you can view more episodes or shows along with other audio and video content here) as well as listening via iTunes or via your preferred means using this RSS feed ...

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 ...

EMC VMAX 10K, looks like high-end storage systems are still alive (part III)

Monday, January 14th, 2013

This is the third in a multi-part series of posts (read first post here and second post here) looking at what else EMC announced today in addition to an enhanced VMAX 10K and dispelling the myth that large storage arrays are dead (or at least for now). In addition to the ...

EMC VMAX 10K, looks like high-end storage systems are still alive

Monday, January 14th, 2013

This is the first in a multi-part series of posts looking at if large enterprise and legacy storage systems are dead, along with what todays EMC VMAX 10K updates means. EMC has announced an upgrade, refresh or new version of their previously announced Virtual matrix (VMAX) 10,000 (10K), part ...

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 ...

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 ...

Are large storage arrays dead at the hands of SSD?

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

An industry trends and perspective.. Are large storage arrays dead at the hands of SSD? Short answer NO not yet. There is still a place for traditional storage arrays or appliances particular those with extensive features, functionality and reliability availability serviceability (RAS). In other words, there is still a place for ...

Do you know HDS or what it means?

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

How much do you know about HDS? When you hear HDS in the context of information technology do you think of Hitachi Data Systems? Along with a bunch of other IT industry advisors, analysts, bloggers, consultants, financiers and pundits or influencers, Im attending a event being sponsored by HDS this week ...

HDS buys BlueArc, any surprises here?

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Technically here in the northern hemisphere it is still summer, so there is another summer wedding to announce. The other day Hitachi Data Systems (aka HDS) announced that they finally tied the knot buying their Network Attached Storage (NAS) partner BlueArc whom they have been in a OEM premarital arrangement for ...

IBMs Storwize or wise Storage, the V7000 and DFR

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

A few months ago IBM bought a Data Footprint Reduction (DFR) technology company called Storwize (read more about DFR and Storwize Real time Compression here, here, here, here and here).A couple of weeks ago IBM renamed the Storwize real time compression technology to surprise surprise, ...

Re visiting if IBM XIV is still relevant with V7000

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Over the past couple of years I routinely get asked what I think of XIV by fans as well as foes in addition to many curious or neutral onlookers including XIV competitors, other analysts, media, bloggers, consultants as well as IBM customers, prospects, vars and business partners. Consequently I have ...

Is the new HDS VSP really the MVSP?

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Today HDS announced with much fan fare that must have been a million dollar launch budget the VSP (successor to the previous USPV and USPVM). Im also thinking that the HDS VSP (not to be confused with HP SVSP that HP OEMs via LSI) could also be called the ...

EMC VPLEX: Virtual Storage Redefined or Respun?

Monday, May 10th, 2010

In a flurry of announcements that coincide with EMCworld occurring in Boston this week of May 10 2010 EMC officially unveiled the Virtual Storage vision initiative (aka twitter hash tag of #emcvs) and initial VPLEX product. The Virtual Storage initiative was virtually previewed ...

SAS Disk Drives Appearing in Larger Mid-Range Arrays

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

2.5" and 3.5" 10,000RPM (10K) and 15,000RPM (15K) SAS disk drives have been available for entry level and SMB solutions from the likes of Dell, EMC, HP, IBM, Infotrend, LSI, NetApp, Promise, Sun and Xyratex among others for some time now. HDS recently introduced a new mid-range solution the ...