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 ...

Talking with Tony DiCenzo at SNW Spring 2013

Sunday, April 7th, 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 ...

Part II: XtremIO, XtremSW and XtremSF EMC flash ssd portfolio redefined

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Part one of this two-part post provided a summary of today's EMC (@EMCflash) announcement around XtremIO and renaming VFCache to XtremSF and associated software as XtremSW.Synopsis of announcement Product rollout and selective availability of the new all flash SSD array XtremIO ...

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 ...

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 ...

IBM vs. Oracle, NAD intervenes, again

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

With HP announcing that they were sold a bogus deal with Autonomy (read here, here and here among others) and the multi billion write off (loss), or speculation of who will be named the new CEO of Intel in 2013, don't worry if you missed the latest in the ongoing IBM vs. ...

Little data, big data and very big data (VBD) or big BS?

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

This is an industry trends and perspective piece about big data and little data, industry adoption and customer deployment. If you are in any way associated with information technology (IT), business, scientific, media and entertainment computing or related areas, you may have heard big data mentioned. Big data has been a ...

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 ...

Who will be winner with Oracle $10 Million dollar challenge?

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

In case you missed it, Oracle has a ten million dollar challenge (here, here and here) to prove that their servers and database software technologies are 5 times faster than IBM. Up to 10 winners open to U.S. Fortune 1000 companies running an Oracle 11g data warehouse on IBM Power ...

Oracle, Xsigo, VMware, Nicira, SDN and IOV: IO IO its off to work they go

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

In case you missed it, VMware recently announced spending $1.05 billion USD acquiring startup Nicira for their virtualization and software technology that enables software defined networks (SDN). Also last week Oracle was in the news getting its hands slapped by for making misleading advertisement performance claims vs. IBM....

NAD recommends Oracle discontinue certain Exadata performance claims

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

I Received the following press release in my inbox today from the National Advertising Division (NAD) recommending that Oracle stop making certain performance claims about Exadata after a complaint from IBM.In case you are not familiar with ExaData, it is a database machine or storage appliance that only supports ...

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 ...