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NetApp, Storage Class Memory and Hyperconvergence

Chris Mellor at The Register has an interesting article following up on rumours of NetApp moving into the hyper-convergence market.  This intention shouldn’t be a surprise in some respects.  As the storage market fragments, the incumbents have to adapt to the needs of customers and hyper-converged systems are – by any measure – popular. Storage… Read more »

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Nutanix Acquires PernixData and Calm.io

So it appears the rumours were true as Nutanix finally announces the acquisition of both PernixData and calm.io, a start-up focused on DevOps automation.  Naturally the blog post and press release from Nutanix puts a positive spin on things, with talks of shared vision, shared ambition and a “like-spirited” approach to IT operations. As I discussed in… Read more »

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PernixData and Nutanix – Where’s the Synergy?

Although not officially announced, it looks like the acquisition of PernixData by Nutanix is a done deal.  Confirmation came from Frank Denneman, Dutch blogger and former tech evangelist for Pernix who has now left the company.  So what can we make of this?  What benefit is there in taking a caching technology and adding it… Read more »

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Long Term Evaluation: Scale Computing HC3

For about the last 6 months I’ve been working on a long term evaluation of Scale Computing’s HC3 platform.  I was fortunate to be given a cluster of three nodes to use as I choose and today this system forms the main part of my lab environment.  For those not familiar, HC3 is a scale-out… Read more »

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Hyper-Convergence – It’s all About the Appliances

In a recent post I talked about whether NetApp may choose to move into the hyper-converged appliance market.  Since then, Cisco has released their own hyper-converged offering called HyperFlex, a product based on UCS and software from Springpath (rebranded as the Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform).  Until now, Cisco has been part of the hyper-converged… Read more »

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Will NetApp Build A Hyper-Converged Appliance?

The market for hyper-convergence seems to know no bounds as more and more vendors move into this segment of IT.  Last week EMC released their rebranding of the failed VSPEX BLUE platform as VxRAIL with EMC supplied hardware and VMware software. Looking across the market we have the two leaders (Nutanix and SimpliVity) offering hardware… Read more »

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Fixing Storage Performance with Software

This week I’ve had two interesting briefings that talked about significant storage performance improvements which have been achieved through storage updates.  The first was from DataCore, a long time storage virtualisation company that has been in the industry for 20 years.  The second was from Nutanix, which released a series of updates as part of AOS 4.6… Read more »

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VSAN 6.2 – Is it RAID or Erasure Coding?

Update: The day after this post was released, VMware issued a clarification post on the Virtual Blocks website.  The post pretty much summarises what is written here, with a little more detail, although it doesn’t look like erasure coding in VSAN will be extended past the 3+1 and  4+2 schemes.  You can find the post… Read more »

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Hyper-convergence and Private Cloud

Hyper-convergence has been one of the biggest IT trends of the last 24 months, with start-ups and existing technology vendors offering a suite of hardware and software solutions.  Many have conflated hyper-convergence and private cloud to mean one way of deploying and managing IT infrastructure and applications.  Although there are many similarities between the two… Read more »