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Avere Systems Releases Virtual Edge Filer To Deliver Data to Compute

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It’s been a little over three years since I first was introduced to Avere Systems at what was SNW Europe (now Powering The Cloud) in Frankfurt.  At the time, the positioning on their FXT hardware platform was as an edge “caching” filer to allow core NAS assets to be extended to branch offices without sacrificing on performance.  The technology could ... Read More »

Hewlett Packard Splits In Two

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Overnight news officially broke that Hewlett Packard Inc is to divide its business into two, focusing on PCs and printing through HP Inc and enterprise services and hardware through a company to be called Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.  Meg Whitman will run one (Hewlett-Packard Enterprise) and chair the other (HP Inc). The idea of spinning off parts of HP (including the PC ... Read More »

Cloud as a Tier of Storage

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In my last post I talked about storage tiering and how it has evolved with the advent of new technology and of course the arrival of flash storage to mainstream deployments.  One of the comments on that post indicated that I’d excluded Cloud as a tier of storage.  Now, there are two ways to look at storage in the cloud, ... Read More »

HDS Influencers’ Day and Speaking in Tech Podcast

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Last week I was fortunate to spend the first few days in Colorado Springs, staying at The Broadmoor resort.  I was attending Hitachi’s HDS Influencers’ Day, a small select group of 30 people chosen from across the industry to hear how Hitachi/HDS is changing and what we can expect from them in the future.  Events as small as this are ... Read More »

Iaas Series: Amazon S3 Version Objects Lifecycle Management

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S3, or Simple Storage Service is Amazon’s high capacity, high resiliency object store.  The company recently announced a new feature, which allows versioned objects (those objects where multiple versions are retained for historical archive purposes) in S3 to be managed with lifecycle rules that either move data to AWS Glacier or assign a time period for the deletion of historical ... Read More »

EMC takes on Google and Amazon with Elastic Cloud Storage

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One of the more interesting announcements from EMC World 2014 last week was a new platform from EMC called Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS).  ECS is the “productisation” of the previously announced Project Nile, which I discussed last year.  At the time, the indications were that Nile was some kind of packaged VNX solution sold in a cloud/scale-out model.  We now ... Read More »