Tag: AFA

Nimble Storage All-Flash, late but right

Nimble has finally launched its new All Flash Array: Predictive Flash Array. It took too long but, now that it’s out, it can’t be said they didn’t get it right! All-Flash, finally All-Flash is table stake now. Don’t have it? …well then, you can’t play! That’s the real problem. All-Flash still counts for a relatively small percentage of overall primary storage sales but, again, it is an option that customers want to have in every new project. It is true that prices are continuing to fall, and somewhere down the line your next primary storage system could most likely...

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Are you going All-Flash? Nah, the future is hybrid

But it will be an All-Flash Hybrid. And, you know this can’t be considered a prediction. It’s just a fact. If you look around, a large part of the vendors are craving for Intel’s 3D Xpoint memory and this will be the next tier 0 (or cache) for many newly designed storage arrays. 3D Xpoint in short Intel 3D Xpoint is a new class of memory which sits in the middle between RAM and Flash. It’s persistent (like Flash), fast (not like RAM, but much faster than Flash), dense (again, not like Flash, but more than RAM) and durable...

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All-Flash is a synonym of tough market

Last week NetApp launched a new line of All-Flash Arrays called AFF. It’s based on a specialized version of ONTAP, which has added peculiar optimizations to read/write data paths. It’s not the notorious FlashRay yet, but it’s not that bad and it has something to say… especially if you are already a NetApp customer. New entrants do it better… There is no doubt we are not talking about the top notch implementation for a Flash Array. Startups like Pure, Solidfire, Kaminario and others designed their product from the ground up just a few years ago. They started from scratch...

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The solidity of SolidFire

I’m on my way home after a couple of days spent in Boulder (CO) with the SolidFire team for their annual meeting with analysts. My opinion about their product and technology were already clear but, this week, I had the chance to talk with various customers and executives and now I have an even clearer view about this company and its potential. Solid customers I’m going to start with the customers because I think it was one of the most important moments of the meeting. In fact, SolidFire’s customers (mostly big ISPs, *aaS providers and large enterprises) have chosen...

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I can’t stop wondering about SolidFire in the Enterprise

[UPDATE]: I had a further chat with SolidFire and I made a correction to the original post. Looks like, I’ve totally misunderstood a statement during the original session. Last week I met up with SolidFire once again, and I’ve been wondering about their potential role in the enterprise space. If you’re a frequent reader of my blog you’re probably familiar with my POV about them… but there is something more that should be taken into consideration even though you might not be a huge enterprise or a CSP. The company is small and they don’t want to be competing...

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