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What Next for Storage in 2015?

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Sometimes it’s hard to believe that there’s anything more to achieve in data storage.  Surely things are pretty much complete; we have the ability to store vast quantities of data reliably and each year the per unit cost of storage continues to decline.  So as 2015 rolls in, is there anything left to achieve?  What are the challenges of the ... Read More »

2014 in Review

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As we approach the start of a new working year, it’s time to take the almost traditional and obligatory review of the year hence.  So, what made the news and how does that provide us insight on the year to come? Big Trends There were certainly some interesting developments in storage and the wider IT arena.  Containers repopularised by Docker ... Read More »

Understanding IDC’s Flash Sales Figures

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IDC recently produced a report showing the sales and shipment of all-flash and hybrid storage arrays.  The report shows EMC as top dog and not surprisingly, EMC have provided a free downloadable excerpt, available here.  I always like to dig into numbers into a little more detail as you can start to uncover interesting trends or anomalies (I guess that’s ... Read More »

HDS & 3PAR Top In Gartner’s General Purpose High End Arrays

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It’s HP Discover week in Barcelona and so an appropriate time to talk about Gartner’s recent Critical Capabilities for General-Purpose, High-End Storage Arrays report.  Chris Mellor covered the details in a recent article, which included a chart of the top players.  Hitachi (through both the HDS and HP models) comes out top with their VSP platform, followed by HP 3PAR, ... Read More »

Flash Tiering – HP 3PAR Adaptive Cache

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I recently completed a white paper for HP on a new feature in the 3PAR StoreServ platform called Adaptive Cache.  In disk-based 3PAR systems, flash SSD devices can be used to augment the DRAM cache and act like a second level of memory tiering by cascading cached pages to flash rather than simply flushing them out.  The benefit is increased ... Read More »

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 »