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HP & Violin?

I found the following article from last week’s “The Register” an interesting one: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/01/27/hp_and_violin_memory/ In it, Chris Mellor talks about HP producing an Oracle Exadata competitor by integrating the use of Violin Memory’s all-SSD storage array.  Folks may remember that I predicted exactly this set up in the following post: http://www.thestoragearchitect.com/2010/06/17/enterprise-computing-storage-arrays-where-data-goes-to-die/ While attending an HP event last year it became ... Read More »

How Many Drives? 47

Rick Vanover asked the question; “how many hard drives are spinning in your home lab/home today?”. My answer was 47, which quite surprised me.  It’s comprised of: Drobo Devices; 5 + 4 + 3 = 12 iX4 Devices; 4 + 4 = 8 NS4600 Device; 3 Backup HDD (SafePro); 1 CLARiiON; 15 Home Lab PCs; 2 + 2 + 3 ... Read More »

EMC Releases VNX and “Breaks Records”

If you received a broken record through the post (I didn’t) or have been following the twitterverse then you’ll know EMC had a big new release planned for today (18th January in US, 19th in UK/EMEA).  In a nutshell the announcements comprised the following: Unified NAS & modular SAN platform -VNX A “baby” VNX, the VNXe Upgrades on performance & ... Read More »

Will Poor SRM Products Kill The Storage Array?

A random comment made on twitter a few days ago has been stuck in my mind and been going around and around.  It’s finally emerged.  Even as we start into 2011 we don’t really have scalable Storage Resource Management products for the Enterprise. Sure, we have point products that can managed small numbers of arrays.  All vendors produce those.  They ... Read More »