Buying Guide: Backup Appliances

Post by Drew Robb (thank you)

IDC recently put out a report on the worldwide purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) market. The big news was declining revenues, which are likely to continue due to changes in the dynamics of this space.

“The worldwide PBBA market experienced a year-over-year decline in the second quarter of 2015 as the market continues to evolve,” said Liz Conner, a storage analyst at IDC. “Focus continues to shift away from hardware-centric, on-premise PBBA systems to hybrid/gateway systems. The results are greater emphasis on backup and deduplication software, the ability to tier or push data to the cloud, and the increasing commoditization of hardware, all of which require market participants to adjust product portfolios accordingly.”

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Purely Observations on Dell / EMC Deal

Post by Scott Dietzen (thank you)

Big news out of Round Rock, Texas and Hopkinton, Massachusetts yesterday: Dell and EMC have signed a definitive agreement under which Dell, together with Michael Dell, MSD Partners and Silver Lake, will acquire EMC. We want to share our insights on this news, and explain what it means for the storage market.

Pure Storage both cooperates and competes with both companies. Many of our customers also run Dell servers and VMware software, but we of course compete with both EMC and Dell storage. Our thoughts:

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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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LTO Program Announces Generation 7 Specifications

Post by Adam Armstrong (thank you)

Today the LTO Program Technology Provider Companies (HP, IBM, and Quantum) announced new specifications for the LTO Ultrium format generation 7 or LTO-7. The new specifications more than double the capacity per tape cartridge bring the capacity to 15TB (when compressed) up from 6.25TB of the previous generation. And the new specifications have even faster transfer speeds up to 750MB/s or 2.7TB/hour/drive, up from 400MB/s or 1.4TB/hour/drive of the previous generation.

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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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One new tape innovation, one giant leap in storage technology

Post by Jack Arnold (thank you)

I reside at about 39 degrees north latitude in the United States, which means that it is fall here. I live in the middle of a mostly deciduous forest, so right now fall is at its peak. The only word that can be used to describe the scenery of yellows and reds is “spectacular.” I’m including a picture of a bush outside my house. I could put up a full portfolio, but since the intent of this post is technical rather than artistic, we’ll save that for another time and place.

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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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A new kind of company – SanDisk and Fusion-io

Good Post by George Crump (thank you)

The news this week that SanDisk is buying Fusion-io for over $1 Billion dollars is something to pay attention to. If the acquisition goes through, SanDisk becomes a formidable competitor to a wide variety of companies in the storage and memory industry and may change the game altogether. These changes are important not only for storage vendors, but will also change how and who enterprises acquire their storage solutions from.

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Is it THE END OF BIG DATA? Quarta Horribilis for high-end storage

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

IDC has just revealed one of the worst storage quarters for a couple of years as buyers went on a high-end storage strike.

There’s been a quite spectacular slump in the storage business in the first 2014 quarter, according to the beancounters’ Storage Tracker. Notwithstanding the digital-universe-drowning-us-in-Big-Data narrative, the actual storage market shrank this quarter.

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IBM to end NetApp sales in May

Good Post by Robin Harris (thank you) – the “rumor” that most of the NetApp boxes where sold IBM internal is IMHO not a rumor.

IBM is suddenly ending sales of NetApp products this month to focus on pushing its own stumbling products. Who is the bigger loser — IBM, or NetApp?

According to a Bloomberg report, IBM is ending its nine-year OEM relationship with NetApp this month. The goal: higher sales of IBM’s own internally developed products.

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