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Four Platforms When One Will Do?

One of the more interesting discussions from SFD14 was the review of the various mid-range platforms that Dell EMC now offers.  The merger of the two organisations brought Unity and VNX(e) from EMC, while SC (Compellent) and EqualLogic came from the Dell side.  Each platform has very different characteristics.  Unity and VNX(e) have heritage from… Read more »

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Accelerating Workloads with NetApp Plexistor

I hadn’t realised that NetApp acquired Plexistor earlier this year.  Depending on which site you look at, the acquisition was a pretty cheap $20m or $32m, based on an A-round investment of around $4.5m in September 2014.  NetApp demonstrated application acceleration using the Plexistor technology at Insight in Berlin last week (see the day 2… Read more »

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Storage Field Day 14 Preview: E8 Storage

I initially held off reviewing E8 Storage as we had a podcast scheduled with CEO Zivan Ori, which went live last Friday.  Rather than make assumptions about the technology, I wanted to ensure I was giving some credit to the architecture.  I’m glad I did wait because there were one or two fundamentals I hadn’t… Read more »

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Can Violin Systems Successfully Rise from the Ashes of Violin Memory?

I recently met up with the CEO of Violin Systems, Ebrahim Abbasi, for a chat about the industry and the future of the company.  Those who knew Violin Memory will be familiar with this company as it is essentially the assets and IP of the failed Violin, acquired by the Soros Group and relaunched as… Read more »

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Flash Capacities and Failure Domains

Chatting with good friend Enrico Signoretti earlier today on the subject of 1PB flash in 1U, I was reminded of the new Intel Ruler form factor.  In case you missed the news, in August Intel debuted a long, thin form-factor SSD dubbed the ruler that stacks back to front and vertically in a server, potentially… Read more »

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QLC NAND – how real is it and what can we expect from the technology?

Since NAND flash storage was first introduced into enterprise computing, we’ve seen a rapid explosion in the types and capabilities of flash products that can now be deployed in servers, HCI solutions and storage arrays.  QLC is the next evolution of cost reducing, space increasing flash technology.  What is it and what can we expect… Read more »

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Flash Diversity: High Capacity Drives from Nimbus and Micron

The desire to provide cheaper and greater capacity storage devices knows no bounds and has been a focus of the industry for the last 60 years.  Following on from Seagate’s 60TB “concept” flash drive, we now have two vendors selling 50TB OEM flash drives from Nimbus Data.  Let’s put that into context – the largest… Read more »

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Pure Accelerate: FlashArray Gets Synchronous Replication

Synchronous replication is a key feature that many enterprises depend on for data protection as it offers the ability to ensure data is 100% copied to a remote site in the event of a disaster.  On flash storage, sync replication may seem a little at odds with the idea of providing high performance, but the… Read more »

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HPE 3PAR and Nimble – Finding that Differentiating Niche

Update: I initially wrote this post and had it in draft for publication, however my views were changed by an announcement made today (see later in the post) I had some interesting feedback from one of my recent previous posts, in which I suggested that HPE might be planning to retire the 3PAR platform in… Read more »