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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 »

SolidFire Raise a Further $82m and Releases 3rd Gen Hardware

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Last week, SolidFire Inc, a startup in the “all-flash array” sector of the storage market announced a further $82 million in funding for the company, bringing their total investment to date to $150 million.  The new funds will be used for further expansion of the company’s business.  As well as raising money, two new hardware node options were announced.  SolidFire ... Read More »

EMC XtremIO Destructive Upgrade Demonstrates Architecture Matters

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News has emerged about a potential upgrade issue with the latest version of O/S code for the EMC XtremIO all-flash platform.  As discussed in this blog post, the upgrade to XIOS 3.0 is not simply disruptive but is destructive.  According to Chris Mellor’s post, the reason for the destructive nature of the upgrade is to change the on-disk de-duplication block ... Read More »