Amazon, Azure and Google in race to the bottom … of cloud storage pricing

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

Storage 2016 A period of quiet, rest and reflection is what the storage industry needs after a frankly hectic and very eventful 2015.

It won’t get it. The opposing forces of simplicity and complexity, access speed versus capacity, server versus array, on premises versus cloud, and tuned hardware and software versus software-defined are still in deep conflict. And don’t forget the containerisation issues in the background.

There is also a growing generalised attack on storage data access latency, just to add something else into the mix.

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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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Pure gives its flash boxes some 3D TLC

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

Pure Storage wants to be its flash array customers’ best friend forever with announcements lowering flash storage cost and improving its availability.

The Silicon Valley biz is now supporting 3D TLC flash, the three-bits-per-cell stuff that has an endurance long enough for enterprise use. Other flash array suppliers using this technology include HP Enterprise, Kaminario, and Dell.

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Should you be able to turn All-Flash Deduplication off?

Good post by George Crump (thank you)

Deduplication, along with compression, provides the ability to more efficiently use premium priced flash capacity. But capacity efficiency comes with at least some performance impact. This is especially true on all-flash arrays where data efficiency features can’t hide behind hard disk drive latency. This has lead some all-flash vendors, like Violin Memory, to claim that an on/off switch on all-flash should be a requirement. Is that the case?

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From SSD to the All-Flash Array

Post by Artur Cole (thank you)

From the moment the first enterprise-class Flash device hit the channel, it was obvious the technology would have a dramatic impact on professional storage environments. But while so far the name of the game has been mainly swapping out short-stroked hard disk drives with more nimble SSDs, the market has taken a distinct turn toward all-Flash arrays as of late.

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Has a strange flash-array beastie emerged in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant?

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

There is dissent in the flash array vendor ranks over Gartner gurus’ magic quadrant. The all-flash array ranking quadragon has reared its head and breathed fire from its nostrils all over us puny Reg hacks.

Thanks to a tipoff, we can now update our earlier list to add another vendor:

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Why Scale-Out vs. Scale-Up Architecture is Hardly a Dilemma with Kaminario

Good Post by Shachar Fienblit (thank you)

No matter where you look in IT news outlets or storage forums, you can’t avoid heated conversations around choosing scale-up vs. scale-out architectures for primary storage. And for good reason.

The architectural approach used by all-flash array vendors often almost always makes a significant difference in the performance, scalability and total cost of the selected solution. Cost and performance often are the main elements for selecting a next-generation storage solution, so it’s important for companies to choose an architecture that’s flexible enough to meet their performance requirements, but also balance that need with a cost structure that’s suitable for both the initial purchase and future growth.

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Winchester Ships FlashDisk FX Hybrid Arrays

Post by Pedro Hernandez (thank you)

While vendors like Kaminario and Pure Storage are stoking competition in the growing market for all-flash storage arrays, Winchester Systems continues to make the case for hybrid systems.

The Billerica, Mass.-based maker of storage systems for industrial and military IT solutions providers announced that it has begun shipments of the company’s new FlashDisk FX hybrid storage arrays. Available in three configurations, the FX-2U12, FX-3U16 and FX-2U24, the new arrays feature new auto-tiering capabilities to optimize solid-state drive (SSD) and hard disk drive (HDD) capacity and deliver responsive application performance.

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DCIG 2014-15 Flash Memory Storage Array Buyer’s Guide

Good Guide from DCIG (thank you)

The DCIG 2014-15 Flash Memory Storage Array Buyer’s Guide scores and ranks more than 130 features of 39 different storage arrays from twenty (20) different storage providers. Scoring and ranking tables enable end users to do “at-a-glance” comparisons between many different array models, and our standardized data sheets facilitate side-by-side comparisons-enabling organizations to quickly get to a short list of products that may meet their requirements. Using ranking categories of Basic, Good, Excellent, Recommended and Best-in-Class, this 77 page report offers all of the information an organization should need to make a highly informed decision as to what Flash Memory Storage Array will suit their needs.

To download this Buyer’s Guide in its entirety, please click here