Market share: HP & Others up – everyone else down

IBM SVC 6.2 (with V7000) - SPC-1 520'043 IOPS

Good post by Robin Harris (thank you)

IDC’s Worldwide Total Disk Storage Systems Market for Q3 2015 had some interesting results. The thumbnail is the title of this post.

But there are a couple more details. ODM vendors – who sell direct to the hyperscale data center customers – had the fastest revenue growth of any supplier at 23.4%. HP’s revenue growth came in second at 16%, while the Others followed closely at 15.2%.

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Data Retention for Dummies

Good post by Chris Mellor (thank you) over at El Reg

All is confusion. The old certainties are gone. New certainties just don’t exist. The shifting shapes, players, products and technologies in the storage landscape are seen through fog. How the heck does everything fit together?

After four days in Silicon Valley meeting startups the bewilderment ratio us even higher. It’s like Dragons’ Den, where each new player is shinier and brighter than the previous one, becomes your favourite but then, as sure as eggs are eggs, will be eclipsed by the next one.

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DCIG 2015 AFA Buyer’s Guide is Fantastically Horrible

Good post by Brian Beeler (thank you)

Last week DCIG published their “2015-16 All-Flash Array Buyer’s Guide.” We’ve grown accustomed to ignoring most “Magic” and “Best Of” quadrants and awards respectively because almost every time they’re garbage. Analysts or media members anoint some vendor or technology best, shiniest, most rectangle or whatever else they can come up with to promote their own brand. What’s worse are the awards that are paid for, an even more disturbing part of enterprise IT sales and marketing.

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HDS storage is faring better than EMC’s trad arrays, reckons analyst

Post by Chris Mellor (thank you) over at El Reg

EMC is ahead overall with HDS mounting an IoT catch-up

HDS storage revenues are declining, but not as much as EMC’s core storage business. Joe Tucci’s business is doing better in its move to add business outside its trad arrays and HDS is mounting an Internet of Things catch-up, looking to store and analyse the hoped-for IoT data deluge.

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IDC Predicts Increasing Cost of Enterprise Hard Disk Drives

Good post by Hu Yoshida (thank you)

IDC’s Worldwide Hard Disk Drive Forecast for 2015 to 2019, published in May 2015, predicts that “Slow HDD areal density (capacity per disk) growth means that a steadily increasing number of components per drive will be needed on average to reach higher capacity points, particularly for the enterprise segment. This dynamic will push the overall blended average HDD ASP higher each year over the forecast period….”

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Dispelling Myths about IOPs

Good post by Hu Yoshida (thank you)

Since the SPC numbers for the G1000 came in at 2 million IOPs and blew away every other all flash array vendor, there have been a number of posts in the blog sphere discussing the relevance of IOPs as a measure of performance. Lets look at some of the myths about IOPs.

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HDS blogger names HDS flash array as latency winner

Post by Chris Mellor (thank you)

Flash array response times climb as load increases, with good ones able to delay the response time uptick for longer.

HDS blogger Hu Yoshida showed a chart produced from SPC-1 benchmark data showing how different flash arrays behave in response-time terms as the SPC-1 percentage benchmark task load increases from 10 per cent up to 100 per cent.

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How EMC Lines Up Against NetApp, HP, IBM, Hitachi In Storage Systems Market

Post by the Trefis Team (thank you)

Storage giant EMC has witnessed limited growth in its core information storage business through the first three quarters of 2014, with storage product revenues staying flat over the prior year period at $7.5 billion. On the other hand, the information storage services division grew by 4% year-on-year to $4.2 billion through the first three quarters. EMC as a whole observed a 5% rise in net revenues over the year-ago period to $17.4 billion with much of the growth coming from non-core businesses including VMware, Pivotal and RSA Security. As a result, both consolidated product revenues (+2%) and consolidated services (+9%) grew on a year-over-year basis to $9.7 billion and $7.6 billion, respectively.

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Hu Yoshida on VVOL’s

Post by Hu Yoshida (thank you)

What could be the better subject than Virtual Volumes (VVol) for my first blog of the year 2015. Sometime back I wrote about VVol and its promise to change the paradigm of storage management through significant enhancement in automation and efficiency throughout the life cycle of a virtual machine (VM).  I identified it in my trends for 2015 as an example of how “Software Defined” can provide the communication between software and infrastructure to enhance the capabilities of both.

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Understanding IDC’s Flash Sales Figures

Good post by Chris M Evans (thank you)

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 my Maths degree background for you).  In this instance I am struggling to work out how the figures translate to a comparable $/GB figure.

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