Object stores? more, fast and small!

Good post by Enrico Signoretti (thank you)

A couple of weeks ago I published an article about high performance object storage. Reactions have been quite diverse. Some think that object stores can only be huge and slow and then others who think quite the opposite. In fact, they can also be fast and small.

In the last year I’ve had a lot of interesting conversations with end users and vendors concerning this topic. Having just covered the part about “fast object stores”, again I’d like to point out that by fast I mean faster and with better latency than traditional object stores, but not as fast as block storage. This time round I’d like to talk about smaller object stores.

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Too much of a Good Thing? IBM Buys Cleversafe

Good post by George Crump (thank you)

The industry is mesmerized by all things flash and sometimes forgets that IT professionals have other challenges to face than just meeting the performance demands of the modern data center. One of those is dealing with unstructured data. Data centers are drowning in data and are looking for solutions that can cost-effectively and reliably, store all of it. Despite its slower than expected adoption rate, object storage remains an ideal way to store and retain all the data that organizations capture. To that end, IBM has purchased one of the top companies in the object storage market; Cleversafe.

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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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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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Flash market skyrockets as big boys get in on the action

Post by Hannah Breeze (thank you)

Market value reached $11.3bn in 2014

The flash market is no longer being driven purely by aggressive startups, according to IDC, which has pointed to a flurry of storage giants that have cottoned on and helped propel the market to new heights.

In 2014, the global flash-based array market grew to $11.3bn (£7.43bn) – $10bn from the hybrid-flash array (HFA) market and the rest coming from all-flash arrays (AFAs).

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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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HDS, HP leapfrog NetApp in the land of the MAGIC QUADRANT

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

The gnomic Gartnerites have promoted HDS and HP over NetApp in their 2014 general purpose array magic quadrant, with an explanation of the concept given here.

NetApp, with its FAS8000, was second to EMC’s VMAX in the year-ago MQ, but Gartner has leapfrogged HDS’ VSP G10000 past it in the updated MQ, with HP’s StoreServ 10000 close behind.

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Can the promise of EVO be extended to business critical converged?

Post by Hanoch Eiron (thank you)

VMware’s announcement of EVO:RAIL at VMworld 2014 set a new bar for converged infrastructure efficiency. EVO is architected to accelerate time to production and improve operational efficiencies, the holy grails for modernizing IT.  VMware uses the term ‘hyper-converged’ to describe this class of converged infrastructure, defining it as ‘server hardware pre-integrated with virtualization software for compute, network, storage and management, providing a single point of entryfor the entire SDDC lifecycle.’

With commodity servers and local vSAN storage, EVO:RAIL is ideally suited for test/dev, remote office, VDI and other workloads that can failover and restart.  By contrast, Hitachi Unified Compute Platform is designed for workloads that serve as the enterprise backbone, typically requiring shared storage, multi 9’s availability, a high degree of redundancy and robustness, and comprehensive data protection.

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StorageSwiss Take on the HDS Acquisition of Sepaton

Good Post by George Crump (thank you)

Yesterday, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) announced they had acquired Massachusetts-based Sepaton, an established manufacturer of purpose built backup appliances (PBBAs) that use advanced de-duplication to shorten backup times and minimize backup appliance “sprawl”. The company will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi Data Systems, which is a division of Hitachi Ltd, of Japan.

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