Tag: Cisco

Storage 2016? Thinking about CISCO…

Every year I tell myself I won’t fall into the “fortune telling” trap again… but then I can’t refrain and I eventually write something about what I think we will be seeing in the near future! This won’t be a lengthy post and it isn’t about technology. I’ve got a couple of ideas in mind… and as unbelievable as it may sound, CISCO could be the most decisive vendor next year when it comes to the storage market. The Hyper-converge market will change drastically The silence surrounding Springpath is quite curious. Many pundits agree that Cisco has a strong...

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Dell/Nutanix OEM deal is all about being relevant (but there is more)

You’re probably already aware that Dell and Nutanix have signed an OEM agreement, and from now on Dell will be able to build hyper-converged solutions leveraging Nutanix’s software. This comes with consequences and implications, especially because I have a hunch this is the first of a series of moves we’ll be seeing in the coming months. The deal Long story short, Nutanix produces a really efficient VSA (Virtual Storage Appliance) with dedupe, snaps, remote replica, and many other features. It can be used in conjunction with ESXi, HyperV or KVM. The product is packaged with servers and sold as...

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Comment: Cisco should hit harder, or give up… (about storage)

Yesterday I read this article by Chris Mellor on the register. I always find Chris’s comments reveal good insight need, and he raised an interesting point about the future of the all-CISCO integrated stack (UCS+NEXUS+Whiptail Invicta) but I too would like to put in my two cents. From my point of view, CISCO has two options here and neither of them are ideal. The scenario CISCO has, if not the best at least one of the best, server infrastructure products out there and the integration between it and its networking stuff makes the solution very appealing to a certain...

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62 is not the answer

Do you remember Douglas Adams and his, most famous, novel? (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) Well, the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is 42! (and not 62). Apart the joke, the only thing we can see after an year of blogs, join ventures and advertising is the numbers: 62. 62 is the number of the vblocks (CISCO+EMC+VMWARE preconfigured and integrated stacks) customers world wide! To me, 62, is a very (very) little number, what do you think? My concerns aren’t about the stack itself and his quality but on the customers perception: are we sure that customers want integrated stacks? Probably customers like end-to-end certified solutions and CISCO+VMWARE+EMC is one of these but they refuse to have a single vendor to avoid the lock-in! I’m sure that there are many more customers than those 62 who buy certified and integrated VMware+EMC+CISCO stacks but not vBlocks. *This figure of course is not coming from an official press release but from a Tweet coming from @vStewedthat I saw today on my Twitter...

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