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3Par Acquisition: The Future For The Storage Industry

The ongoing battle for 3Par by HP & Dell tells us much more about the state of the IT Industry than just the desires of two companies to acquire some interesting storage tech.  It signals an acceptance that storage is a key feature in the future direction of the IT industry – more important than networking and almost as important ... Read More »

Choosing Between Monolithic and Modular Architectures – Part II

This is a series of post discussing storage array architectures.  Previous posts: Choosing Between Monolithic and Modular Architectures – Part I In the first post, I discussed the shared storage model architectures typified by what we sometimes think of as Enterprise arrays, but I’ve called monolithic.  This term harks back to the mainframe days of large single computers (see Wikipedia ... Read More »

The Cost of Cloud Computing

Over the last month or so I’ve been building a new blog site for my virtualisation discussions.  If you are reading this post, then congratulations!  You’ve found my site.  I already write on storage at www.thestoragearchitect.com but I wanted to segment out the virtualisation part of my work and set some clear boundaries between some of my discussions, hence a ... Read More »

Playing with Virtual Box

I’ve been using VMware products for close to 10 years now.  Scanning back on my purchase history, the first version of VMware Workstation I bought was 2.0.1 for NT & 2000 back in August 2001.  I was an immediate fan of the product and at the time used it on a software development project I was doing.  I developed the ... Read More »

Choosing Between Monolithic and Modular Architectures – Part I

The recent proposed acquisition of 3Par by Dell and/or HP has made me think a little more about the direction the storage industry is taking in terms of their storage array design architecture.  Since storage arrays became a category of devices in their own right, we’ve seen the growth of the monolithic, sometimes called Enterprise storage array.  Hu Yoshida discusses ... Read More »

HP Challenges Dell for 3Par

So there we have it.  A week after Dell announce their intention to acquire 3Par, HP put their cards on the table and trump the Dell bid with an updated offer of $24 a share.  This represents a 1/3 increase over the Dell $18/share offer. HP have been pretty acquisitive in the storage arena over the last few years, acquiring ... Read More »