Congratulations to IBM for releasing XIV SPC results

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Over the past several years I have done an annual post about IBM and their XIV storage system and this is the fourth in what has become a series. You can read the first one here, the second one here, and last years here and here after the announcement of ...

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 ...

Unified storage systems showdown: NetApp FAS vs. EMC VNX

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Unified storage systems that support concurrent block, file and in some cases object based access have become popular in terms of industry adoption as well as customer deployments with solutions from many vendors across different price bands, or market (customer) sectors. Two companies that are leaders in this space are ...

Happy 100th birthday or anniversary wishes

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

I would like to take a moment to wish a happy 100th birthday (or anniversary) to entities (or items) that Im involved with in one form or another. Both are technology and infrastructure related, both facilitate commerce and transportation and in active service. One is a company known to many as IBM ...

Dude, is Dell going to buy Brocade?

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Some IT industry buzz this week is around continued speculation (or here) of who will Dell buy next and will it be Brocade. Brocade was mentioned as a possible acquisition by some in the IT industry last fall after Dell stepped back from the 3PAR bidding war with HP. Industry rumors ...

NetApp buying LSIs Engenio Storage Business Unit

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

This has been a busy week as on Monday Western Digital (WD) announced that they were buying the disk drive business from Hitachi Ltd. (e.g. HGST) for about $4.3 billion USD. The deal includes about $3.5B in cash and 25 million WD common shares (e.g. ...

Dude, is Dell doing a disk deal again with Compellent?

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Over in Eden Prairie (Minneapolis Minnesota suburb) where data storage vendor Compellent (CML) is based, they must be singing in the hallways today that it is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. Sure we had another dusting of snow this morning here in the Minneapolis area ...

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 ...

August 2010 StorageIO News Letter

Monday, August 30th, 2010

August 2010 Newsletter Welcome to the August Summer Wrap Up 2010 edition of the Server and StorageIO Group (StorageIO) newsletter. This follows ...

Back to school shopping: Dude, Dell Digests 3PAR Disk storage

Monday, August 16th, 2010

No sooner has the dust settled from Dells other recent acquisitions, its back to school shopping time and the latest bargain for the Round Rock Texas folks is bay (San Francisco) area storage vendor 3PAR for $1.15B. As a refresh, some of Dells more recent acquisitions ...

Kudos to HP CEO Mark Hurd for dignity to step down from his post

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Yesterday (Friday) late afternoon, HP announced (or read here) that their CEO Mark Hurd was resigning due to improprieties uncovered during an internal investigation. HP is far from being alone in the corporate world involving investigations, lawsuits by governments or allegations of bribes and impropriety. However what ...

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 ...

Post Holiday IT Shopping Bargains, Dell Buying Exanet?

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

For consumers, the time leading up to the holiday Christmas season is usually busy including door busters as well as black Friday among other specials for purchasing gifts and other items. However savvy shoppers will wait for after Christmas or the holidays altogether perhaps well into the ...