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

Post by Anita Kibunguchy (thank you)

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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What Is True Hyperconvergence?

Post by Lauren Whitehouse (thank you)

Infrastructure convergence has been evolving over the last few years. We’ve seen several waves of solutions up until now. Converged infrastructure only attempts to address the acquisition and delivery issues brought on by virtualization and cloud adoption. Converged infrastructure doesn’t focus on the problems that customers are trying to solve, such as the data efficiency, data protection, performance, and global management issues for workloads running in the post-virtualization data center.

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FlexPod and All-Flash FAS for VMware Horizon View

Good post by vMiss (thank you) – follow her here on Twitter

My time with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, or VDI started in 2007.  We deployed VMware’s Virtual Desktop Manager for a couple of test projects, including desktops for the help desk, and desktops with admin tools for certain groups within our IT organization.  This was before linked clones existed, and we had a hard time justifying the storage costs for hosting desktops in the data center, no matter what the benefits were.  Things have certainly come a long way since then.  Now we’re working with VMware Horizon View, which is full of features like 3D graphics support, and real time audio and video.

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Heady Potential Eventually Means Catastrophe?

Post by Martin Glassborow (thank you)

Amongst the storage cognoscenti today on Twitter, there’s been quite a discussion about EMC and HP possibly merging. Most people seem to be either negative or at best disbelieving that something like this would bring value or even happen.

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Simplivity drops sweet OmniCubes into channel’s cup

Post by Chris Mellor (thank you)

Hypes up hyperconvergence as a tasty deal

Simplivity, the startup selling its hyper-converged server, storage and networking OmniCube, is expanding its global channel program with three membership tiers.

Launched in 2013 (story here), the company’s OmniCube product is called a v3.0 convergence system and Simplivity claims hundreds of customers around the globe and m0re than 1,000 systems installed.

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The future of the Storage business

Post by Eric Slack (thank you)

One of the topics at Hitachi Data Systems’ analyst summit in Colorado recently was the future of storage. The company was asked by several participants what their strategy was to deal with the ‘commoditization’ of storage hardware and the increased adoption of open systems software. HDS shared part of their strategy for combining some of these new technologies into their enterprise storage software platform as well as their general plan for moving their organization towards the future.

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Hey, who wants a 40TB all-flash Pure box? I dunno, you got $160k?

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

Pure Storage has given birth to two more all-flash arrays, and updated its storage software by adding data protection features.

The FlashArray FA-400 line has had an FA-405 entry-level product and an FA-450 high-end model added to the existing FA-420, creating a three-model range.

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IBM unveils Power8 and OpenPower pincer attack on Intel’s x86 server monopoly

Post by Sebastian Anthony (thank you)

IBM has taken the wraps off the first servers that are powered by its monstrously powerful Power8 CPUs. With more than 4 billion transistors, packed into a stupidly large 650-square-millimeter die built on IBM’s new 22nm SOI process, the 12-core (96-thread) Power8 CPU is one of the largest and probably the most powerful CPU ever built. In a separate move, IBM is opening up the entire Power8 architecture and technical documentation through the OpenPower Foundation, allowing third parties to make Power-based chips (much like ARM’s licensing model), and to allow for the creation of specialized coprocessors (GPUs, FPGAs, etc.) that link directly into the CPU’s memory space using IBM’s new CAPI interface.

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Rant about cool new tech vs Mainframes and SPARC

Good Post by Nigel Poulton (thank you)

Attended a Blogger Briefing at Dell Enterprise Forum today. Hmmmmmm….

From the off it was obvious that Dell wanted us bloggers (all 4 of us at the entire event!) to sit watch their panel run through a scripted discussion covering topics they wanted us to hear about.  Yeah.  Pretty cheesy and obviously doomed from the start. Literally the start.  For example, the first question got me annoyed.  It went something like this (names and companies changed)

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Pure: All Flash for Everyone


Post by Alastair Cooke (thank you)

Some flash array vendors want to make the fastest flash array they can. Pure’s array isn’t the fastest, that is by design. Pure Storage want to bring the benefits of flash storage by being price competitive with hard disk based arrays. Pure is targeting being a mainstream storage array that uses flash. Pure want to replace the spinning disk in your datacentre. When I say Pure isn’t the fastest flash array I mean a single array won’t do a million IOPS, only a few hundred thousand.

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