What’s All The Fuss About Hyper-Converged Infrastructure?

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Technology has made it so easy that customers looking to purchase a product or service need to simply look online for reviews. Did you know that 80% of people try new things because of recommendations from friends? It’s the reason why e-commerce companies like Amazon have thrived! Customers want to hear what other customers have to say about: The product, their experience with the brand, durability, support, purchase decisions, recommendations … the list goes on. This is no different in the B2B space. That is why IT Central Station is such an invaluable resource for customers looking to adopt new technologies like hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) with VMware Virtual SAN. Customers get a chance to read unbiased product reviews from the tech community which makes them smart and much more informed buyers.

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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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HPE tops IDC’s all-flash array list. But look who’s not on the list

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

Severely narrow view of AFA industry

Research house IDC has put out an all-flash array marketscape which deliberately excludes most of the available all-flash arrays. HPE tops its AFA list.

IDC identifies three leaders:

  • EMC with its XtremIO product
  • HPE with its 3PAR 7450c
  • Pure Storage and its FlashArray //m

Can we put them in a 1-2-3 order?

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Market share: HP & Others up – everyone else down

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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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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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SanDisk Unveils InfiniFlash All-Flash Array For Big Data

Post by Adam Armstrong (thank you)

Today SanDisk Corp, unveiled its new storage platform, the SanDisk InfiniFlash. The InfiniFlash creates an entirely new category in the IT industry as it geared toward and dubbed “Big Data Flash.” InfiniFlash comes in three configurations that are all aimed at delivering high capacity, high performance, and reliability for big data and hyperscale workloads.

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

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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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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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Disk storage market shows strong growth in Q3

Post by Michael Kan (thank you)

Disk storage sales grew more strongly in the third quarter, helped by sales of non-branded storage gear sold directly to datacenters.

Third-quarter disk storage sales jumped 5.1 percent year over year, reaching $8.8 billion, according to research firm IDC. This was a change from the anemic growth the market saw earlier this year, brought on by falling demand in mature markets.

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