Server storage I/O Intel NUC nick knack notes – First impressions

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Server storage I/O Intel NUC nick knack notes - First impressions This is the first of a two-part (part II here) series of my experiences (and impressions) using an Intel NUC ( a 4th generation model) for various things about cloud, virtual, physical and software defined server storage I/O networking. The ...

Server storage I/O Intel NUC nick knack notes – Second impressions

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Server storage I/O Intel NUC nick knack notes - Second impressions This is the second of a two-part series about my first and second impressions of the Intel NUC (Next Unit Computing). In the first post (here) I give an overview and my first impressions while in this post lets ...

Lenovo buys IBM’s xSeries aka x86 server business, what about EMC?

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Lenovo buys IBM's xSeries x86 server business for $2.3B USD, what about EMC? Once again Lenovo is new owner of some IBM computer technology, this time by acquiring the x86 (e.g. xSeries) server business unit from big blue. Today Lenovo announced its plan to acquire the IBM x86 ...

Dell Inspiron 660 i660, Virtual Server Diamond in the rough?

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Dell Inspiron 660 i660, Virtual Server Diamond in the rough? During the 2013 post thanksgiving black friday shopping day, I did some on-line buying including a Dell Inspiron 660 i660 (5629BK) to be used as a physical machine (PM) or VMware host (among other things). Now technically I know, this is ...

EMC New VNX MCx doing more storage I/O work vs. just being more

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

It's not how much you have, its how storage I/O work gets done that mattersFollowing last weeks VMworld event in San Francisco where among other announcements including this one around Virtual SAN (VSAN) along with Software Defined Storage (SDS), EMC today made several announcements.Today's EMC announcements include:...

HP Moonshot 1500 software defined capable compute servers

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Riding the current software defined data center (SDC) wave being led by the likes of VMware and software defined networking (SDN) also championed by VMware via their acquisition of Nicira last year, Software Defined Marketing (SDM) is in full force. HP being a player in providing the core building blocks ...

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 ...

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

Monday, January 14th, 2013

This is the second in a multi-part series of posts (read first post here) looking at if large enterprise and legacy storage systems are dead, along with what todays EMC VMAX 10K updates mean. Thus on January 14 2013 it is time for a new EMC Virtual Matrix (VMAX) model ...

SSD past, present and future with Jim Handy

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

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 (https://storageio.com/StorageIO_Podcast.xml)In ...

Part IV: PureSystems, something old, something new, something from big blue

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

This is the fourth in a five-part series around the recent IBM PureSystems announcements. You can view the earlier post here, and the next post here.So what does this mean for IBM Business Partners (BPs) and ISVs? What could very well differentiate IBM PureSystems from those of other competitors ...

Part V: PureSystems, something old, something new, something from big blue

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

This is the fifth in a five-part series around the recent IBM PureSystems announcements. You can view the earlier post here.So what about vendor or technology lock in? So who is responsible for vendor or technology lock in? When I was working in IT organizations, (e.g. ...

Part III: PureSystems, something old, something new, something from big blue

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

This is the third in a five-part series around the recent IBM PureSystems announcements. You can view the earlier post here, and the next post here.So what about the IBM Virtual Appliance Factory? Where PureFlex and PureApplication (PureSystems) are the platforms or vehicles for enabling your journey to efficient and effective ...

Part II: PureSystems, something old, something new, something from big blue

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

This is the second in a five-part series around the recent IBM PureSystems announcements. You can view the earlier post here, and the next post here.So what are the speeds and feeds of a PureFlex system? The components that make up the PureFlex line include:IBM management ...

Part I: PureSystems, something old, something new, something from big blue

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

This is the first in a five-part series around the recent IBM PureSystems announcements. You can view the next post here.For a certain generation of IBM faithful or followers the recently announced PureFlex and PureApplication systems might give a sense of DejaVu perhaps even causing some to ...