Tag: hybrid storage

Hybrid is getting flashier… and more high-end

I’m sure you already know that Nimble has just launched a new hybrid array which is capable of addressing more flash memory. At the same time, other players, like Tegile for example, are presenting similar solutions or All-Flash Arrays which can be expanded with hard disks. This is a slight change compared to what has happened in the past; we are moving from a 1:10 Flash/HDD ratio to a 3:10 or, sometimes, a 5:10 ratio. What does it really mean? Efficiency for everyone Taking for granted all the data footprint reduction techniques available today, All-Flash arrays are still more...

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X-IO: Software-defined what?

X-IO, born in 2007 and based in Colorado Springs (CO), is the result of the fusion of XioTech and the Advanced Storage Architecture division of Seagate (yes, the Hard Disk vendor). It’s not a proper startup actually (XioTech was born in 1995) but it does have most of the characteristics, of which the most important seems to be innovation. In a world of Software-defined everything they have chosen just the opposite direction with a product that relies on a strong hardware architecture and few (if any) software frills… but it doesn’t mean that it isn’t a good solution for...

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News and thoughts from Next Gen Storage Summit

I’m here in the Airport lounge waiting for my flight back home and I’m trying to refocus on the chats that I had this week at the Next Gen Storage Summit. Some news HDS impressed me more than any of the others. Especially because they are usually seen as a very traditional vendor. On the contrary, in this particular case, the development of their Object Storage platform ecosystem is becoming consistent and promising. They know their flaws and they are working in the right direction to overcome them. I’m also pretty sure that their Enterprise DNA helps when it’s...

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Some thoughts about flash storage (and why $ 150M!)

Last week I read two interesting pieces of news: Violin has finally filled for the IPO and PureStorage has raised the astonishing amount of $ 150M! You can find a very good article about it from Chris Evans in his blog and I would like to add something more to his analysis. SSD market is maturing It’ clear that something is happening and it’s happening very fast. The storage landscape is evolving very quickly and SSD has become a viable choice for many Tier1 applications. Costs are continuously going down for many different reasons but the most important are:...

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Video: John Spiers introduces NexGen Storage

John Spiers, CEO and co-founder of NexGen Storage (and former cofounder of Lefthand Networks), talks about NeXGen Storage and the strategy of the company. Enjoy the video! Disclaimer: I was invited at this meeting by Condor Consulting Group and they paid for travel and accommodation, I have not been compensated for my time and am not obliged to blog. Furthermore, the content is not reviewed, approved or published by any other person than the Juku’s...

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