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Garter Reveals Increasingly Irrelevant All Flash Array MQ

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Chris Mellor has posted a new ‘Register article that covers the inaugural Gartner Magic Quadrant for Solid State (or all-flash) Arrays.  It’s an interesting read, with EMC and Pure Storage topping the polls and IBM not far behind.  However as the use of flash within the enterprise has increased, the idea of a magic quadrant just for all-flash arrays looks ... Read More »

Compression – Table Stakes for Next Generation Storage Platforms

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The storage world of tomorrow will see a divergence of technology into two main camps; storage will be either capacity or performance focused.  At the performance end, today’s newest generations of storage platforms are taking advantage of technologies such as flash to deliver high throughput and low latency I/O for the latest generation of performance hungry applications and hypervisors.  High ... Read More »

EMC Focuses on Services with VMAX3

HyperMaxOS

Last week EMC announced an upgrade to their flagship Symmetrix high-end enterprise storage platform and the release of VMAX3.  With a maximum capacity of 384 cores and 5760 drives, the new platform scales to capacities never before seen in a single storage array.  What’s possibly more interesting though, is EMC’s intentions with what’s being called HyperMax technology. VMAX3 continues a ... Read More »

EMC Announces XtremIO 3.0

XtremIO

This week EMC held a launch event in London branded “Redefine Possible” covering announcements on VMAX, Islion, XtremIO and some of the software platforms.  This post covers a discussion of the changes to XtremIO. Background XtremIO was a startup company acquired by EMC in 2012, with the first products reaching general availability on 14 November 2013.  In some respects the ... Read More »

Two “New” Hardware Products from Violin Memory

ViolinDevice

The ups and downs of Violin Memory’s business has been well documented over the last few months.  With a new CEO and management team in place, the company is coming to market with new products, which they hope will revive their fortunes. Windows Flash Array First for discussion is the Windows Flash Array (WFA).  This is an upgrade to the ... Read More »

Understanding Tiered Storage

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This week I noticed a conversation taking place on Twitter discussing the subject of tiered storage.  The understanding of why tiered storage developed and why it is used today seems to be somewhat misunderstood, so perhaps it’s time for an update on this technology. Background Given infinite resources and infinite budget, all data would be stored on the fastest media ... Read More »