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Solid State Storage Symposium – Cache or Tier Panel Discussion


As part of last week’s Storage Field Day event, at the Solid State Storage Symposium I moderated a panel entitled “Solid State – Simply a big cache or a real storage tier?”  The full brief was as follows: Solid state disks blur the boundary between cache and storage, with a foot in both camps. Can solid state drives really be ... Read More »

Two New Podcast Appearances – Speaking in Tech and Violin


This week I managed to fit in two podcasts.  First was episode 5 of Speaking in Tech with Greg Knieriemen and co.  Second was the first of a new series of podcasts from Violin Memory, which I recorded while in California for Tech Field Day.  You can find both podcasts from the links below.  Enjoy! Violin Podcast Speaking in Tech ... Read More »

Unified Storage – A Genuine Product Category?


This week Hitachi launched their entry into the Unified storage array marketplace (press release).  Hitachi Unified Storage (or HUS) as it will be known, takes AMS2xxx arrays and BlueArc NAS gateway/heads, combining them together to produce a unified platform.  We’ll come back to Hitachi in a later post, but in the meantime, I think it is worth questioning whether Unified ... Read More »

Could XtremIO Steal EMC’s Thunder?


If the weekend IT press is to be believed, EMC are on the verge of acquiring solid-state array vendor XtremIO in a deal worth around $450 million.  This would be a remarkable outcome for a company that is still technically “in stealth mode” and has no obvious revenue or customers. Why would EMC do this?  Their normal acquisition process is ... Read More »

Primary Storage De-duplication: Only for SSD Arrays?


I recently wrote an article for TechTarget that looked at the implementations of data de-duplication in primary storage arrays.  One of the things that stood out for me was the lack of de-duplication support in traditional (and some might say legacy) storage arrays. The cynical amongst us would say that the big 5 storage vendors have no vested interest in ... Read More »

Restaurant Review: Prix Fixe, Dean Street Soho


Last Friday, as part of early birthday celebrations I had dinner in Dean Street in London’s Soho area.  Prix Fixe (French for fixed price, meaning a set menu) is a small and unassuming restaurant, styled to look like a typical French Brasserie. Inside, the table and chairs are basic and simple, with the decor representing a flavour of Paris.  However, ... Read More »