NVMe fabric flash and deduping VSAN lead

The Future Road Sign with dramatic clouds and sky.

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

EMC has new storage products coming in both external shared array form and in its converged and hyper-converged systems lines of products, using new VSAN capabilities.

These will be announced over the next two quarters and will change the shape of EMC’s product lines. We think we now have an overall view of what the mainstream product lines will look like.

This information comes from EMC’s latest quarterly results earnings call, from various sources, and from blogs by EMC VCE president Chad Sakac.

The background includes the point that VMware’s VSAN/EVO:RAIL/EMC VSPEX Blue products have not apparently been successful, hence the need for a revamp of the core VSAN software.

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Where VSAN doesn’t shine: Sources explain EMC’s ScaleIO purpose

Good post by Chris Mellor (thank you)

EMC introduced its scale-out ScaleIO Node virtual SAN a couple of weeks ago, with hybrid flash-disk and all-flash server chassises. It overlaps as a product with EMC-owned VMware’s VSAN, and therefore EMC’s EVO:RAIL implementation of that, and also competes with scale-out all-flash arrays.

Discussions with sources have clarified EMC’s thinking on the topic, and showed that the overlap is less than originally thought.

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Rumors, strategies and facts about Hyper-converged

Good post by Enrico Signoretti (thank you)

A few weeks ago I attended SFD7. Most of the conversations we had during the event where about hyper-converge. And we had at least three meetings where hyper-convergence was at the center of the stage: Maxta, Springpath and VMware. The market is very active, to say the least, and still in a very effervescently expanding phase.

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Why i think VSAN is so desruptive

Post by Chuck Hollis (thank you)

Looking for a great disruption story in enterprise IT tech?  I think what VSAN is doing to the established storage industry deserves to be a strong candidate.

I’ve seen disruptions — small and large — come and go.  If you’re into IT infrastructure, this is one worth watching.

A few years ago, I moved from EMC to VMware on the power of that prediction.  So far, it’s played out pretty much as I had hoped it would.  There’s now clearly a new dynamic in the ~$35B storage industry, and VMware’s Virtual SAN is very emblematic of the changes that are now afoot.

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EVO:RAIL – Under The Covers – Networking (Part1)

Post by Mike Laverik (thank you)

This is a topic I’ve written about previously in a blogpost called “Getting the RTFM In place”. Typically enterprise products are generally easy to setup so long as you have got your pre-requisites in place – fail to do that and your mileage will vary significantly. You’d be surprised (or perhaps not!) how frequently things go awry in life simple because the basics haven’t even been addressed. So despite having written about this before I want to touch on this topic again – this time adding steps the guy charged with the setup routine can follow. My apologies in advance if anyone thinks I’m teaching Grandma how to suck eggs. To be honest most of this is well documented in our EVO:RAIL User Guide. But heck, who downloads and reads an 8-page PDF before holding their nose and jumping in with both feet?

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What goes up but must come down? NetApp’s customer invoices

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

Growth has shuddered to a halt – here’s why

Decline is setting in: NetApp’s revenues are showing a distinctive downturn – and the latest quarterly numbers confirm the trend.

Sales in the third quarter of 2015, which finished January 23, added up to US$1.55bn, which was 3.73 per cent down on the year-ago quarter’s US$1.61bn.

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HP ConvergedSystem 200–HC EVO:RAIL available now!

Good post by Duncan Epping (thank you)

Yesterday I was informed by the EVO:RAIL team that the HP ConvergedSystem 200–HC EVO:RAIL is available (shipping) as of this week. I haven’t seen much around additional pieces HP is including, but I was told though that they are planning to integrate HP One View.

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With Hyper Converged: Don’t Believe the Hype???

Good post by Gabriel Chapman (thank you)

It’s about time for a contrarian viewpoint around Hyper Convergence, and what better place to put it forth than from one of its prime cheerleaders (me). With EMC entering the Hyper Converged marketplace with VSPEX:Blue, and the impending releases of the major VMware OEM partners and their EVO:Rail solutions, I thought I would take a hard look at the state of the Hyper Converged market 5 years on and try to give a fair analysis of the market in terms of where it’s being successful and where it’s not.

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How to make sense of the expanding hyper-converged market

Post by Garry Kranz (thank you)

Enterprise Strategy Group storage analyst Mark Bowker said VMware’s EVO: RAIL initiative should spur greater innovation by ‘disruptive’ hyper-converged storage startups in 2015.

The nascent hyper-converged market received strong industry validation in 2014. Dell signed an OEM partnership deal with Nutanix, and VMware moved fully into the market with its virtual SAN software followed by its EVO: RAIL initiative, which allows storage array vendors to launch systems with Virtual SAN software.

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2014: Validation of Hyper Convergence – 2015 Hyper Converged Goes Mainstream

Good post by Gabriel Chapman (thank you)

Looking back on 2014 I saw it as  the year that Hyper Convergence  has come into its own as a legitimate data center technology. It’s rare that I don’t run into a customer in my day to day discussions that is not evaluating one of the current Hyper Converged vendors, or looking to adopt or develop a strategy for how Hyper Converged can become part of their IT infrastructure to some extent.

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