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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The paradigm shift in enterprise computing 10 years from now.

Good post by Erwin van Londen (thank you)

The way businesses arrange their IT infrastructure is based based upon 3 things: Compute, Networks and Storage. Two of these have had a remarkable shift in the way they operate over the last decade. The keyword here was virtualization. Both Compute and Networking have been torn apart and put together in a totally different way we were used to from the 70 to the early 2000’s.

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VVOLs are more than just “per-VM”storage volumes

Good post by Luca Dell’Oca (thank you)

As I’m following closely the growth and evolution of this new technology for vSphere environments, and I’m still in search of a solution to play with VVOLs in my lab, I’ve found an article on the blogosphere and some additional comments on Twitter that made me re-think a bit about the real value of VVOLs.

It’s just a “per-VM” storage?

The original article comes from one of my favorite startups, Coho Data. In this article Suzy Visvanathan explains how Coho being an NFS-based storage doesn’t really need to support VVOLs.

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Traditional enterprise workloads on an all-flash array?

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Post by Martin Glassborow (thank you) over at El Reg

Are all-flash arrays ready for legacy enterprise workloads? The latest little spat between EMC and HP bloggers asked that question.

But it’s not really an interesting question. A more interesting question would be: “Why would I put traditional enterprise workloads on an AFA?”

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Stop Selling Storage

Post by Martin Glassborow (thank you)

In the shower today, I thought back over a number of meetings with storage vendors I’ve had over the past couple of weeks. Almost without exception, they mentioned AWS and the other large cloud vendors as a major threat and compared their costs to them.

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Legacy IT makers IBM, EMC and others deal with, um, interesting times

Good Post by Barb Darrow (thank you)

To paraphrase the alleged ancient Chinese curse, legacy IT providers are living ininteresting times. The question is whether they will survive intact, get merged or acquired, or go the way of the dinosaur.

The business models of IT superpowers like IBM, EMC, Cisco, HP and Oracle are being buffeted by a profound change in the way customers buy (or, increasingly, rent) technology. And it’s unclear how these vendors will be able to sustain their leadership — or perhaps even relevance — going forward.

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Gridstore – Virtualization changes everything and nothing

Post by Rob Koper (thank you)

Gridstore as a storage company is obviously focussing on SDS. Virtualization has changed the way storage vendors need to look at their storage solutions, because their storage now needs to react on how applications work to be able to provide an optimal performance. And of course cost. How customers want their storage solutions is about cost. It needs to be cheaper, perform better and provide more insight in what the data is actually doing there.

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When it comes to storage, cache is king

Good post by John Martin (thank you)

Tape is Dead, Disk is Tape, Flash is Disk, RAM Locality is King.” So said the late Jim Gray of Microsoft Research, in 2006. While tape never really died, a new wave of vendors have picked-up his original theme, predicting that flash storage is on the verge of replacing traditional disks.

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