The Shifting Storage Investment Paradigm

The standard evolution for startup vendors in the storage market has been to create a product, build a customer base and wait to be acquired or float the company in an IPO.  Some companies have been more successful than others.  XtremIO for example was acquired very early – great for the VCs that put up… Read more »

Is AWS Moving to Private Cloud with Snowball Edge and EC2?

At a recent AWS Summit in New York, Amazon Web Services announced the availability of EC2 on Snowball Edge devices.  Does this move represent a challenge for private cloud and could it be the start of a hybrid strategy for the company? Snowball Edge In case you’ve not seen it before, the Snowball is a… Read more »

Pure Storage AIRI – CI for AI

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (ML/AI) are two of the biggest buzzwords in the tech industry at the moment.  The technologies have wide application, much greater than the often-repeated stories about self-driving cars.  ML/AI solutions can be used in healthcare to improve diagnostics.  It has applications across the financial world, allowing companies to be more… Read more »

Is Your Flash Storage Riding the DRAM Curve?

The rate of growth in flash media is truly incredible.  In ten years, we’ve gone from highly expensive SLC devices to a range of NAND flash media for all requirements.  Flash manufacturers continue to push the boundaries, with 30TB and 100TB drives already on the market.  With no end to this growth in sight, how… Read more »

Why Deterministic Storage Performance is Important

In the days of spinning media, I/O performance was anything but consistent.  When mechanical head movement is involved, response time can vary enormously.  Actually, the variation of I/O isn’t just to do with mechanics as we will discuss in a moment.  However, inconsistent I/O response time is a problem for applications and as tolerances reduce,… Read more »

Samsung Introduces 8TB NF1 NVMe SSDs

Samsung has recently announced an 8TB NF1 format NVMe SSD.  NF1 was originally called NGSFF (Next Generation Small Form Factor) and is intended as a replacement for the existing M.2 format drives.  With 15K and 10K drives disappearing from the market, is it time to accept we should move on from legacy HDD drive sizes?… Read more »

Avoiding the Storage Performance Bathtub Curve

We’re probably all familiar with the concept of the HDD or SSD reliability bathtub curve (figure 1).  This shows how over the lifetime of a drive, failures typically follow a pattern where failure rate increases over time to a steady state, then increases again as the device wears out.  But have you considered the idea… Read more »

The Britpop Battle of Rubrik and Cohesity

Were you a Blur or Oasis fan?  Perhaps you were on the side of Jarvis Cocker and preferred Pulp.  Whatever your choice, the Britpop wars of the 1990s were memorable for building hype around the UK music industry and the idea of Cool Britannia. In lots of ways, the evolution of the data protection industry… Read more »

NVMe over Fabrics – Caveat Emptor?

For the past 20 years, Fibre Channel has been the dominant enterprise data centre storage networking technology.  By this, I mean traditional Fibre Channel, not variants that work over IP or use Converged Ethernet (more on that in a moment).  It’s true that other protocols exist.  Smaller organisations have typically used iSCSI, because of the… Read more »

IDC 1Q2018 Data Shows a Rebound for Storage Hardware Sales

The latest IDC Storage Tracker numbers are out and in the spirit of recent analysis, I’ve put the numbers into my tracking spreadsheet.  The figures represent data for Q1, which now has 12 years’ worth of coverage.  With around 42% growth in the general storage hardware figures and 20% in external storage sales, the numbers… Read more »

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  • HPE Sells off “Non-Core” Software Assets

    On the day the Dell/EMC acquisition/merger completed, HPE announced it was selling off a load of non-core software assets in a “spin-off” merger with UK’s Micro Focus.  HPE gets $2.5 billion in cash and HPE shareholders get a 50.1% ownership of the new entity, which will continue to be called Micro Focus.  In addition SUSE… Read more »

  • Object Storage Leading the Advancement of Software Defined Storage

    Software Defined Storage (SDS) is one of those terms that has been readily hijacked by vendors over the past few years.  The term developed from the adoption of Software Defined Networking (SDN), used to define the separation of control and data traffic in the networking world that provides the abstraction needed to deliver more efficient… Read more »

  • 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 »

  • News: Rackspace Goes Private with Apollo Global Management

    In a deal worth $4.3 billion, Rackspace is being acquired by investment company Apollo Global Management for $32 a share.  From what I’ve read so far, the press releases are putting a spin on it that implies the private route allows Rackspace to transform the company without the stress and attention of being a public… Read more »

  • Opinion: Is Enterprise Storage a Stagnant Market?

    Earlier this year I was at HPE Discover in Las Vegas and talking to Calvin Zito (HP Storage Guy) about the latest IDC Storage Tracker results.  Calvin posted on the Around The Storage Block blog, covering details on both servers and storage.  He highlighted the fact HPE was now ahead of EMC in terms of… Read more »

  • Seagate Ups The Ante with 60TB SSD

    Hot on the heels of Samsung’s 15TB SSD, Seagate has announced their own hyper-capacity drive, an (as yet) unnamed 60TB SAS solid state disk.  The new product was announced at the recent Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California, USA.  So is 60TB setting a new standard?  Is it a practical device for every day… Read more »

  • Hardware Still Delivering – New Products from Nimbus and E8

    Despite all the recent noise around software defined storage (SDS), vendors still keep coming to the market with new hardware solutions.  Over the past weeks we’ve seen new products from Nimbus Data and emerging startup E8. Nimbus Nimbus Data has had what can only be called a ‘chequered’ history.  My first introduction to the company was… Read more »

  • HPE Changes Storage Leadership – Goel out and Philbin in

    It was recently reported in the media that Manish Goel, HPE’s head of storage has left the company. This seems to be one of a number of changes, including the departure of Cloud head Bill Hilf.  Although I didn’t meet him directly, Manish presented to the bloggers/influencers at the latest HPE Discover event in Las… Read more »

  • 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 »