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 ...

IBM buys flash solid state device (SSD) industry veteran TMS

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

How much flash (or DRAM) based Solid State Device (SSD) do you want or need? IBM recently took a flash step announcing it wants and needs more SSD capabilities in different packaging and functionality capabilities to meet the demands and opportunities of customers, business partners and prospects by acquiring Texas ...

NetApp on rough ground, or a diamond in the rough?

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

In case you missed it, NetApp announced their most recent quarterly earnings a few weeks ago which in themselves were not bad. However what some of their competition jumping up and down for joy while others are scratching their heads is the forward-looking guidance given by NetApp. NetApp can be seen ...

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 ...

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 ...

EMC VFCache respinning SSD and intelligent caching (Part II)

Monday, February 6th, 2012

This is the second of a two part series pertaining to EMC VFCache, you can read the first part here. In this part of the series, lets look at some common questions along with comments and perspectives. Common questions, answers, comments and perspectives: Why would EMC not just go into the same market space and ...

EMC VFCache respinning SSD and intelligent caching (Part I)

Monday, February 6th, 2012

This is the first part of a two part series covering EMC VFCache, you can read the second part here. EMC formerly announced VFCache (aka Project Lightning) an IO accelerator product that comprises a PCIe nand flash card (aka Solid State Device or SSD) and intelligent cache management software. ...

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 ...

Commentary on Clouds, Storage, Networking, Green IT and other topics

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Rather than doing a bunch of separate posts, here is a collection of different perspectives and commentary on various IT and data storage industry activity.In this link are comments and perspectives regarding thin provisioning including how it works as well as when to use it for optimizing storage space capacity. ...

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 ...