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I’m away on holiday at the moment (which is a blessed relief, looking at the Easter weather in the UK, no pun intended) however catching up with some emails I noticed the supposed post on Storagezilla’s site that IBM are to purchase Diligent.

I nearly worked for the UK arm of Diligent many years ago when they were getting started, but that’s another story. What struck me about the comments ‘zilla made with reference to IBM, Moshe and IBM’s acquisitive streak was the predicament HDS finds itself in.

HDS traditionally partners and doesn’t purchase companies however they don’t own their underlying hardware – the product is produced by Hitachi and resold by HDS and HP. The recent IBM acquisitions and EMC’s relentless purchase of anyone with a storage product mean HDS is falling behind the game. They currently have 2 product lines; enterprise hardware and modular hardware, neither of which they own. With IBM and EMC making inroads into acquiring more hardware and software tools to build entire solutions, how could HDS hope to compete going forward?

I’m not sure if HDS have a relationship with Hitachi which guarantees them access to storage products and a say in product design, however if they don’t then I can’t see how they will compete with the big boys. HDS need to look to acquire technology and start producing integrated solutions pretty quickly or they are going to get squeezed out of what looks to be an increasingly competitive and solutions’ based market.

Oh, one other little footnote; my 10-year old son bought a iPod Touch at the airport and fortunately for him I’d brought my laptop with me. Unfortunately, he didn’t understand why I couldn’t get online and download iTunes to configure his new toy while flying along at 35,000 feet…

About Chris M Evans

Chris M Evans has worked in the technology industry since 1987, starting as a systems programmer on the IBM mainframe platform, while retaining an interest in storage. After working abroad, he co-founded an Internet-based music distribution company during the .com era, returning to consultancy in the new millennium. In 2009 Chris co-founded Langton Blue Ltd (www.langtonblue.com), a boutique consultancy firm focused on delivering business benefit through efficient technology deployments. Chris writes a popular blog at http://blog.architecting.it, attends many conferences and invitation-only events and can be found providing regular industry contributions through Twitter (@chrismevans) and other social media outlets.
  • aDEPT

    Isn’t HDS a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Global?

    While this doesn’t definitely mean HDS will have access to anything, the shareholders of HDS (Hitachi) certainly can, should this be what they choose to do.

  • Doug

    “I’m not sure if HDS have a relationship with Hitachi which guarantees them access to storage products and a say in product design”

    HDS stands for Hitachi Data Systems and is 100% owned by Hitachi Limited.

    WOW!

  • david

    I am looking for a removable disk archive system – I am considering and would love comments on Prostor Systems and their Infinivault product.

    prostorsystems.com

    I am looking for affordable, secure and intelligent archive appliance with large capacity.

    Any comments would be appreciated.

    Thanks

    DT

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